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This Week’s Releases: July 29, 2014

New stuff (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Adelitas Way “Stuck” (producer: Nick Raskulinecz; first single: “Stuck”; Hear here; MP3) (Virgin)
Marc Broussard “A Life Worth Living” (a tribute to his late grandmother; it’s his first album since 2011; first single: “Hurricane Heart”; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Vanguard)
Paul Brown “Truth B Told” (guests: Larry Carlton, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Darren Rahn, Najee, Wendy Moten, Greg Adams, Ricky Lawson; Hear/read here; MP3) (Woodward Avenue)
Eric Clapton & Friends “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale” (guests: Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks and Cale’s widow Christine Lakeland; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Bushbranch)
Dark Lotus “The Mud, Water, Air & Blood” (hip-hop supergroup’s first album in more than six years; producer: Mike E. Clark; guest: ABK; Hear here; MP3) (Psychopathic)
Fela Kuti “Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Alex Gibney-directed documentary detailing the Afrobeat pioneer’s life; See here; MP3) (Knitting Factory)
Land Observations (aka musician James Brooks) “The Grand Tour” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Mute)
Mark Lanegan Band “No Bells on Sunday [Vinyl]” (five-song EP; Hear here) (Flooded Soil / Vagrant)
Jenny Lewis “The Voyager” (producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Beck, Johnathan Rice; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Warner)
The Muffs “Whoop Dee Doo” (the Kim Shattuck-led band’s first album of new material in a decade; Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Burger)
No Lands (aka Brooklyn electronic musician Michael Hammond) “Negative Space” (Hear here; MP3) (New Amsterdam)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Hypnotic Eye” (producers: Petty, Mike Campbell, Ryan Ulyate; first single: “American Dream Plan B”; Hear/read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Reprise)
Shabazz Palaces “Lese Majesty” (first single: “They Come in Gold”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Sub Pop)
Soft Walls “No Time” (Hear here; Vinyl; MP3) (Trouble in Mind)
Theory of a Deadman “SaVages” (producer: Howard Benson; first single: “Drown”; Hear here; MP3) (Roadrunner)
Various artists “Beck Song Reader” (covers of the 20 songs on Beck’s 2012 sheet-music album, featuring Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling, Sparks, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, Fun., Jack Black, etc.; producers: Beck, Randall Poster; MP3) (Capitol)
Various artists “Get On Up: The James Brown Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (biopic, directed by Tate Taylor, opens in theaters Aug. 1; Chadwick Boseman stars as Brown; See here; MP3) (Universal)
Various artists “Guardians of the Galaxy [Film soundtrack]” (the Marvel superhero movie, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, opens Aug. 1; music by Tyler Bates; See here; MP3), “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” (MP3) (Hollywood)
Rick Wakeman “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” (40th anniversary rerecording with The New World Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by The English Chamber Choir and the English Rock Ensemble; Read here; Vinyl; MP3) (Music Fusion)

More Releases for the Week of July 29, 2014

New stuff (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Johnny Apple “Mr. Happie [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (WordSmith Entertainment, July 28)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Please Return the Evening: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies … Salute the Music of the Rat Pack [MP3]” (producer: lead singer Steve Perry; Hear here) (Space Age Bachelor Pad)
Classy Mongrel (aka Kentucky musician Grant Short) “Love & Resistance [MP3]” (See here; ReverbNation) (Classy Mongrel Music)
The Darlings (L.A. rock quartet) “Made of Phantoms [MP3]” (producers: Andy Carpenter, frontman Buddy Darling; guests: Jason Cruz, Jason Freese; Hear here) (Echotone)
Alain Héroux (singer-songwriter from Calgary) “Let It Go [MP3]” (producer: Héroux; ReverbNation) (Alain Héroux, Aug. 1)
Rhett May (India-born rocker based in Australia) “‘Live’ rough Diamonds from Black Rock Basement ‘down Under’ [MP3]” (ReverbNation) (Famous)
Nikki W (16-year-old singer-songwriter from London, Ontario) “Sad Generation [MP3]” (six-song EP; producer: Gavin Brown; first single: “Transparent Hands”; Hear here; See here) (Handsome Boy / Fontana North)
Boyd Shropshire (formerly of Human Television and Kurt Vile & The Violators) “Victory Weather [MP3]” (Hear here; Read here) (Wonderland Archives)
The Smile Case (Canadian rock band) “Angel Beach [MP3]” (guest: Brendan B Brown of Wheatus; ReverbNation) (Blacktop)
Jody Watley “Paradise [MP3]” (six-song EP; first single: “Nightlife”; Hear here; See here) (Avitone Recordings, July 28)

Reissues (CDs / vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
The Allman Brothers Band “The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings” (six discs; Vinyl; Blu-ray Audio; MP3) (Mercury / UMe)
The Artwoods “Steady Gettin’ It: The Complete Recordings 1964-67” (the early ’60s group included future Deep Purple member Jon Lord; three CDs, 65 songs; Hear here; Read here) (U.K. – RPM / Cherry Red, July 28)
Michael Des Barres “Carnaby Street / I’m Only Human” (2012, 1980 album on two CDs; remastered) (U.K. – Gonzo Multimedia, July 28)
The Dream Academy “The Morning Lasted All Day … : A Retrospective” (two CDs, 24 songs; compiled and remastered by lead singer Nick Laird-Clowes; See here; Read here) (Real Gone Music)
Eighth Wonder “The Remix Anthology” (12 tracks; Track list) (U.K. – Cherry Pop, July 28)
Cass Elliot “Don’t Call Me Mama Anymore: Plus Rarities – Her Final Recordings” (1973 album; remastered, with six bonus tracks) (Real Gone Music)
The Everly Brothers “The Cadence Sessions 1957-1960” (19 tracks, with rare studio chatter) (Topp)
Jefferson Airplane “Late Show-Signe’s Farewell: At the Fillmore Auditorium 10/15/66” (Relayer Friday Music)
The Kingsmen, et al “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini: Original Stereo Soundtrack” (1965 album; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Ramsey Lewis “Sun Goddess (Expanded Edition)” (1974 album; remastered, with three bonus 7-inch versions) (Funky Town Grooves)
Peggy Lipton “The Complete Ode Recordings” (17 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. “I Hope We Get To Love In Time (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; Read here) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, July 28)
Bette Midler “Songs For the New Depression (Limited Anniversary Edition)” (1976 album; remastered; MP3) (Friday Music)
*NSYNC “The Essential *NSYNC” (two CDs) (RCA / Legacy)
PictureHouse (Irish rock band) “Evolution” (2013 album; repackaged with some new remixes; Hear here; MP3) (U.K. – Cherry Red, July 28)
Gene Rains “Far Away Lands: The Exotic Music of Gene Rains” (Real Gone Music)
Renaissance “Scheherazade and Other Stories [Hybrid SACD]” (1975 album; remastered) (Audio Fidelity)
The Shirelles “Happy and in Love / Shirelles” (1971, 1972 albums on one CD, 24 tracks; remastered) (Real Gone Music)
Silver Convention “Get Up and Boogie (Expanded Edition)” (1976 album; remastered, with two bonus tracks; See here; Read here; MP3) (U.K. – Big Break / Cherry Red, July 28)
Tease “Tease (Expanded Edition)” (1983 album; remastered, with three bonus tracks) (Funky Town Grooves)
Various artists “The Best of 2 Tone [Vinyl]” (featuring tracks by Madness, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, etc.; CD) (Rhino / Parlophone)
Various artists “Ghostbusters [Vinyl]” (1984 album; remastered) (Columbia / Legacy)
Various artists “Let’s Stick Together: The Fury Records Story” (two CDs, 50 songs; featuring hits by Wilbert Harrison, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lee Dorsey, The Emotions, etc.) (U.K. – One Day Music, July 28)
Various artists “John Morales Presents Club Motown” (two CDs, 20 songs; remixes of 1980s Motown hits; Hear here) (U.K. – UMC, July 28)
Dee Dee Warwick “The Complete Atco Recordings” (two CDs, 35 songs) (Real Gone Music)
Johnny Winter “Live Bootleg Series: 11” (Vinyl) (Friday Music)
Pia Zadora “When the Lights Go Out (Deluxe Edition)” (1988 album; remastered, with a second CD of 12 bonus mixes) (Funky Town Grooves)

More Releases for the Week of July 29, 2014

Reissues (MP3s)

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Booker T. & The MG’s “Green Onions [MP3]” (1962 album) (Rhino / Atlantic, July 28)
Ella Fitzgerald “Newport Jazz Festival Live At Carnegie Hall July 5, 1973 [MP3]” (33 tracks) (Columbia / Legacy)
Lionel Hampton “Reunion At Newport 1967 [MP3]” (1967 album) (RCA Bluebird / Legacy)
Ella Jenkins “More Multicultural Children’s Songs from Ella Jenkins [MP3]” (20 songs; Hear here) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Thelonious Monk “Live At Newport 1963 & 1965 [MP3]” (Columbia / Legacy)
Tavares “New Directions [MP3]” (1982 album; with four bonus tracks) (RCA / Legacy)
Various artists “Argentina: Tritonic Musics of the North-West [MP3],” “Peru: Music of the Indigenous Communities of Cuzco [MP3]” (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO)
The Young Rascals “Green Onions [MP3]” (1967 album) (Rhino / Atlantic, July 28)

DVD / Blu-ray

Artist: Title: Label/Due date:
Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, et al “Marty [DVD]” (1955 Oscar-winning film; Blu-ray) (Kino Lorber)
Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place, et al “The Big Chill (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]” (1983 film; Read here) (Criterion Collection)
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, et al “Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX [DVD]” (four discs) (Shout! Factory)
Grace Kelly “Grace Kelly Collection [DVD]” (seven-disc set includes “High Society,” “Dial M for Murder,” “The Country Girl,” “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Mogambo”) (Warner Home Video)
Paul Le Mat, Dianne Hull, et al “Aloha, Bobby and Rose [DVD]” (1975 film) (Shout! Factory / Timeless Media)
Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Matthew McConaughey, et al “Dazed and Confused [Blu-ray / DVD + LP]” (1993 film; includes two-LP green vinyl soundtrack) (Universal Studios)
Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, et al “Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery [Blu-ray]” (10-disc set includes every episode, both the U.S. and international versions of the series’ pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes from the film) (Paramount)
Various artists “Country Classic Singers [DVD]” (five-disc set features Marty Robbins, George Jones, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings) (Kultur Video)
Various artists “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music – 40th Anniversary Revisited, Director’s Cut [Blu-ray]” (1970 documentary film; three discs; Read here) (Warner Home Video)

More DVD/Blu-ray Releases for the Week of July 29, 2014

Music books

Subject/ Author(s): Title: Publisher:
Beastie Boys “For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique [Kindle]” (authors: Dan LeRoy, Peter Relic) (6623 Press)
Ian Glasper “Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984 [Paperback]” (Kindle) (Cherry Red Books, Aug. 1)
Mary Plummer “Apple Pro Training Series: GarageBand [Paperback]” (authors: Dan LeRoy, Peter Relic; Kindle) (Peachpit Press, July 30)

More Book Releases for the Week of July 29, 2014

Next week: Aug. 5, 2014

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