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New Album Releases, 6-5-2007: Porter Wagoner, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen

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We get an unusually rich bounty of new albums this week. Top intriguing pick for us hicks is Wagonmaster by Porter Wagoner. Brother Porter is one of the most famous country singers ever because of his 20 year TV series, yet is probably one of the most underrated artistically.

He’s a couple of months short of 80 years old, but it looks like ol’ boy still knows how to get his freak on with some Bible beating, Southern goth, and some serious mental disturbance. This album features a song called “Committed To Parkview” which Johnny Cash wrote for him years ago after finding that they had both spent time in the same Nashville detox center. The album was produced by Marty Stuart, and also includes a contribution from Porter’s classic banjo picker Buck Trent. “My Many Hurried Southern Trips” was co-written with his old partner Dolly Parton.

The biggest talk has been for Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full, partly because it’s Macca and partly because it launches a new Starbucks record label. I don’t care much about those machinations, but his last album was easily the best thing he’d put out in 20 years. He started work on this album in 2003, took a break for the completely separate Chaos And Creation In The Backyard album that came out in 2005, and came back to this. According to his note included on the Amazon page, he figures about half the songs were written pre-Chaos and half after. Note that McCartney plays all the instruments himself except for some string sections.

Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band Live in Dublin has 23 songs on two CDs, and there’s also a DVD version. (Note that the DVD is cheaper than the CDs.) The Sessions Band rates higher musically in my book than the E Street Band. I’m particularly interested in hearing what they’ve done with “Blinded by the Light.” Amazon reviewer Scott Holter compares this performance of “Jesse James” to prime time 1980s Pogues. That surely sounds promising.

Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash was produced by John Jr, and features a strong crop of June lovers including Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Loretta Lynn and Billy Joe Shaver. Best of all, for her top key hit “Ring of Fire,” we get Elvis Costello.

Good Girl Gone Bad is Rihanna’s third album. I know she’s a big name, but I can’t remember any of her songs. But she’s real popular, and she sure is cute. Plus, all the reviews I’m seeing have been gushing about how good it is.

Boo! There’s a new Marilyn Manson album, Eat Me, Drink Me. He’s one of the sorriest excuses for a “rock star” ever. Judging from his records, he’s never particularly had any interest in even trying to be an actual musician or composer. His career has never been anything more than faux-shocking shtick to scare the straights. Ooh, Satanism! Elvis Costello wrote a summary of Manson’s future career while Brian Hugh Warner was still in grade school. “How many times can you jump out of the cupboard before someone gets suspicious or someone gets discovered?” Still, the guy puts a lot of effort into being “controversial,” so I want to throw him a bone. Therefore, I note for the record that I am deeply disturbed, shocked and offended by Marilyn Manson.

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

Cowboy Troy Black in the Saddle Warner Bros./Raybaw
Pop-Rap, Rap-Rock, Contemporary Country

Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full Hear Music
Album Rock, Pop/Rock

Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad Def Jam
Dance-Pop, Urban

Shellac Excellent Italian Greyhound Touch & Go
Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Post-Hardcore

The Afghan Whigs Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006 Rhino
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

The Aggrolites Reggae Hit L.A. Hellcat
Ska Revival, Contemporary Reggae, Reggae-Pop

Martha Argerich Live from the Lugano Festival 2006 EMI
Chamber Music Festival Highlights

Big & Rich Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace Warner Bros.
Contemporary Country

Bonde do Role With Lasers Domino
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic

James Brown Gold Polydor
Funk, Soul, R&B

James Brown Jazz Verve
Funk, Soul, Standards, Jazz Blues, Soul-Jazz, Ballads

Chris Cornell Carry On Suretone/Interscope
Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Daddy Yankee El Cartel: The Big Boss El Cartel/Interscope

Matthew Dear Asa Breed Ghostly International
Indie Electronic, Experimental Techno, Club/Dance

Dream Theater Systematic Chaos Roadrunner
Neo-Prog, Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Thomas Fehlmann Honigpumpe Kompakt
Experimental Techno, Techno, Ambient Techno

Frank Foster Manhattan Fever Blue Note
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz

David Fray David Fray Plays Bach & Boulez Virgin Classics
Baroque and Contemporary Piano Music

Get Him Eat Him Arms Down Absolutely Kosher
Indie Rock

Tord Gustavsen Trio Being There ECM
Chamber Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Barbara Hendricks Nordic Songs EMI
Post-Romantic and Modern Vocal Music

Andrew Hill Change Blue Note
Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop

Etta James Jazz Verve
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Ballads, Soul-Blues, R&B

Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye [Deluxe Edition] Domino
Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance

Ladybug Transistor Can’t Wait Another Day Merge
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Suzie LeBlanc Tout passe: Chants d’Acadie Atma Classique
Traditional Canadian Vocal Music

The Long Blondes Someone to Drive You Home Rough Trade
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

The Loose Salute Tuned to Love Graveface
Indie Pop, Alternative Country-Rock

Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink Me Nothing/Interscope
Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

James Pugh X over Trombone Albany
Modern and Contemporary Trombone Concertos

Pelican City of Echoes Hydra Head
Post-Rock/Experimental, Instrumental Rock

Pissed Jeans Hope for Men Sub Pop
Post-Hardcore, Noise-Rock

Poison Poison’d! Capitol
Hard Rock

The Police The Police A&M
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, New Wave

Pretenders Get Close [Bonus Tracks] Sire/Rhino
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, New Wave, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Soul

Pretenders Learning to Crawl [Bonus Tracks] Sire/Rhino
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, New Wave, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock

Rjd2 The Third Hand [Instrumental] XL
Underground Rap, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Indie Electronic, Alternative Rap

Carina Round Slow Motion Addict WME/Interscope
Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Sean Na-Na Family Trees Or: Cope We Must Dim Mak
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Jimmy Smith Straight Life Blue Note
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz

Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band Live in Dublin Columbia
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

Stroke 9 The Last of the International Playboys Rock Ridge

Marty Stuart Compadres: An Anthology of Duets Superlatone/Universal
New Traditionalist, Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Traditional Bluegrass, Americana, Progressive Bluegrass

They Shoot Horses Don’t They Pick Up Sticks Kill Rock Stars
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock

Tiger Army Music from Regions Beyond Hellcat
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Psychobilly

Trembling Blue Stars The Last Holy Writer Elefant
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic

True West Hollywood Holiday Revisited Atavistic
American Underground, Paisley Underground, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Country-Rock

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Jersey Beat: Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Rhino
Doo Wop, Pop, Teen Idol

Various Artists Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash Dualtone
Alternative Country, Contemporary Country

Various Artists Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label Numero
Chicago Soul, Soul, Deep Soul, R&B, Northern Soul, Pop-Soul

Various Artists Monterey International Pop Festival [Razor & Tie/Starbucks] Razor & Tie
Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Folk-Rock

Various Artists Warped Tour: 2007 Compilation Side One Dummy
Skatepunk, Punk Revival

Various Artists We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song Verve
Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song, Crossover Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

Von Sudenfed Tromatic Reflexxions Domino
Alternative Dance, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, IDM

Porter Wagoner Wagonmaster Anti
Traditional Country

Muddy Waters Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down Epic/Legacy
Blues Revival, Electric Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues

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