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New album releases, 2-1-2005

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There’s a new Motley Crue album this week, Red, White & Crue. That’s probably slightly less boring than another Nanci Griffith artistic masterwork.

On the other hand, Rhino has a new compilation of early pre X rated material on Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new releases, courtesy AMG:

Antony and the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now Secretly Canadian
Baroque Pop, Chamber Pop

Beenie Man Kingston to King of the Dancehall: A Collection of Dancehall Favorites Virgin
Ragga, Dancehall, Contemporary Reggae

Brazilian Girls Brazilian Girls Verve
Downtempo, Downbeat

Precious Bryant The Truth Terminus
Contemporary Blues

Tommy Castro Soul Shaker Blind Pig
Contemporary Blues, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Ray Charles More Music from Ray Rhino
R&B, Soul, Piano Blues, Country-Soul, Jazz Blues, Urban Blues, Pop-Soul

Chiara Civello Last Quarter Moon Verve
Vocal Jazz

Cowboy Junkies Open Road [CD & DVD] Zoe
Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, College Rock

DJ Crunk Mix Crunk: Da Mix Tape, Vol. 2 Ichiban/Ryko
Party Rap, Southern Rap

Miles Davis My Funny Valentine Columbia
Hard Bop, Cool

Nanci Griffith Hearts in Mind New Door
Contemporary Folk, Country-Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Country

Ed Harcourt Strangers Heavenly/EMI
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Motley Crüe Red, White & Crue Hip-O
Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal

Kelly Joe Phelps Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind Rykodisc
Folk-Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Blues

Do or Die D.O.D. [CD & DVD] Atlantic
Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

The Impossible Shapes Horus Secretly Canadian
Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Chamber Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Jack Logan/Monday Night Recorders Nature’s Assembly Line Orange Twin
Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Lo-Fi

Jess Klein
Strawberry Lover
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock

Johnny Mathis Isn’t It Romantic: The Standards Album Sony
Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Ballads, Show Tunes

Jason Moran Same Mother Blue Note
Progressive Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Electric Blues, Avant-Garde Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

Musicians of the Old Post Road Telemann, Bodinus: Quartets Meridian
Baroque Chamber Music

Charlie Musselwhite Deluxe Edition Alligator
Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues, Electric Chicago Blues

Richard Pryor Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years Rhino
Blue Humor, Standup Comedy

The Roots Present Image
Jazz-Rap, Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop, Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Sam & The Soul Machine Po’k Bones and Rice Funky DeLicacie
New Orleans R&B, Funk

Schoenberg Ensemble Mauricio Kagel: Die Stucke der Windrose Winter & Winter
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Chuck Simmons Hustler’s Strut Funky Delicacies
R&B, Funk

The Skygreen Leopards Life & Love in Sparrow’s Meadow Jagjaguwar
Neo-Traditional Folk, Indie Rock, Experimental

Snap! The Cult of Snap: 1990-2003 SPV U.S.
Club/Dance, Dance-Pop, Hi-NRG, House

Spock’s Beard Octane Inside Out Music
Neo-Prog, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

B.J. Thomas Have a Heart: The Love Songs Collection Varese
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Pop

Unwritten Law Here’s to the Mourning Lava
Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists Grammy Nominees 2005 Capitol
Pop/Rock, Contemporary R&B, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop-Rap, Neo-Soul, Contemporary Country

Various Artists Blue Note Plays Jobim [2005] Blue Note
Brazilian Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Brazilian Pop, Afro-Brazilian, Cool, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Soul-Jazz

Various Artists Blue Note Plays Ray Charles Blue Note
Jazz Blues, Jazz-Pop, Soul-Jazz, Big Band

Various Artists Funky Funky New Orleans Funky DeLicacie
New Orleans R&B, R&B, Funk, Soul

Various Artists New Orleans Funkiest Delicacies Funky DeLicacie
New Orleans R&B, Funk

Various Artists Sex and the 60’s Varese

Various Artists Wardell Quezerque’s Funky Funky New Orleans Funky DeLicacie
R&B, Funk

Sandro Volta Monteverdi: Il Ballo delle Ingrate; Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda Tactus

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  • HW Saxton

    Al,I’m curious as to just how these CD’s
    qualify as “New” releases. I’m the proud
    owner of that “Sam & The Soul Machine”
    disc (it’s funky as Hell,think Booker T.
    & The MG’s meet The Meters but a little
    jazzier),Chuck Simmons “Hustlers Strut”
    and several volumes of the “Funky,Funky
    New Orleans” series(Vols 1,2,2A)as well
    as “Eddie Bo’s-Funky,Funky New Orleans”.

    The thing is,I’ve had most of these CD’s
    about 2 years now.And some I’ve even had
    for longer. So again, I’m just wondering
    who classifies these as “New”.

    I’d definitely recommend them all for
    any serious Soul/Funk/R&B fanatics out
    there in blogland reading this.

    Packaging is top notch.Informative liner
    notes,excellent sound quality,alt.takes,
    unreleased tunes and plenty of obscure
    45 only releases known mainly to avid
    collectors; 45’s that would set you back
    a couple hundred bucks apiece if you’re
    ever lucky enough to even find them in
    the first place.

  • Tom

    HW, is it really that hard to figure out? They’re reissues, the industry’s favorite new trend. Labels reissue albums that came out 6 months ago – they’ll add a new song, or maybe a “watch it one time” DVD, or maybe they’ve encountered the “definitive” original master copy of the album (until another is found – and one will be,) up the price by a few bucks, and watch us die-hards scoop ’em up.

  • HW Saxton

    That seems like it would be the case but
    it isn’t Tom.These are exact same issues
    that came out before.Which were reissues
    in the first place.Nothing at all is any
    different with these releases which is
    what makes it seem odd. Nothing added &
    nothing lost. Any die hard fans and/or
    collectors already have this shit.

    I’m well acquainted with the re issue
    scene. Some friends & I bootlegged and
    pressed several runs of some obscure R&B
    and Funk 45’s in the mid 90’s. Only to
    get our asses blown out of the water
    when master tape versions of a couple of
    the tracks were found.(We mastered ours
    off of mint copies of the 45’s)We could
    not even compete with the improvement in
    sound & ended up losing a good amount of
    $$$ in the process.

  • I am working at a fevered pace to finish my review of the new Crue retrospective. I know you are all waiting with baited breath.

  • Don’t bait us:)

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