Top new album pick of interest is the soundtrack for the 1981 Bill Murray classic Stripes. Apparently it is only now that they are for the first time actually releasing this Elmer Bernstein soundtrack. Thus it is only after watching this movie enough to memorize most of the dialogue that I'm finding the name for my favorite fun musical theme, which is call "Depression."
Rhino has a newly compiled Emmylou Harris disc, The Very Best of Emmylou Harris — Heartaches & Highways.
If for no obvious reason you think that Iggy Pop is interesting, you might note the two disc A Million in Prizes: The Anthology.
If for no obvious reason you think Frank Black is somebody, he has an actual new album this week, Honeycomb.
If for no obvious reason you somehow don't have a full collection of classic Michael Jackson, two CDs of The Essential Michael Jackson could wipe the bad taste of the recent unpleasantness from your memory, and remind you of why we love MJ in the first place. This is probably the best Michael collection I've seen, covering some Jackson 5, and including all but two songs from Bad, his best album. Yet at that, you still don't get the "Liberian Girl."
I almost want to hear Keith Emerson's two disc Hammer It Out: The Anthology. Partly this would be from a sense of fair play for someone whom I have mocked without ever really giving a good listen.
Mostly though, it would serve the purpose of seeing if his work is as utterly screamingly laughably empty and pretentious as my associations with ELP suggest. The cheesy highbrow pretensions of just the titles of, say, "Three Fates: Clotho/Lachesis/Atropos" combined with his grand manly flourishes stabbing away at the keyboard- I mean, whoo boy, is he learned and sophisticated. Perhaps a Flatt and Scruggs listening hillbilly such as myself just wouldn't appreciate a real musician like Keith Emerson.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:
Frank Black Honeycomb Narada
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
Iggy Pop A Million in Prizes: The Anthology Virgin
Detroit Rock, Proto-Punk, Album Rock, Hard Rock
Carly Simon Moonlight Serenade Sony
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Singer/Songwriter
Donald Armstrong Franz Ignaz Beck: Six Symphonies, Op. 1 Naxos
Classical Orchestral Music