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New Album Releases, 9-4-2007: Trojan Country Reggae Box, Patti Scialfa, Ice Cube

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I see one really interesting album in this week's weak listings, a three CD box Trojan Country Reggae Box Set. As the reggae form was emerging in Jamaica in the 1960s and 70s, they were being blasted with megawatt American radio broadcasts. Thus, they knew the American music as well as the Americans, being exposed to U.S. pop, soul, rock and even country music.

This set compiles vintage Jamaican covers of American country music. I'd bet that Toots and the Maytals did something most groovy with "Take Me Home Country Roads." I'm right interested in hearing the ska version of "Tennessee Waltz" and the reggae version of "Stand By Your Man."

Patti Scialfa has a new album called Play It as It Lays. I've never known of Mrs Springsteen being a big seller in her own right, but this album is currently #3 at
Amazon. Hopefully it'll be better than the tuneless and utterly generic "Radio Nowhere" that her husband has circulating on the net in advance of their upcoming E Street Band album.

O'Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, is "The Wrong (Negro) to (fornicate) With," as per the title of one of his movie soundtrack songs on the new compilation In the Movies. This appears to contain a pretty high percentage of songs not on any of his own albums.

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

Suzy Bogguss Sweet Danger Loyal Dutchess
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Heavy Trash Going Way Out with Heavy Trash Yep Rock
Rockabilly Revival, Garage Punk, Indie Rock

Patti Scialfa Play It as It Lays Columbia
Album Rock, Roots Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

Athletic Automaton A Journey Through Roman's Empire Skin Graft
Avant-Prog, Experimental Rock, Industrial Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Albert Ayler The Hilversum Session Coppens
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde

Rachel Barton Pine An Italian Sojourn Cedille
Italian Music for Violin, Cello & Harpsichord

Joshua Bell Corigliano: The Red Violin Concerto; Violin Sonata Sony Classical
Contemporary Music for Violin

Calvin Harris I Created Disco Red Label
Alternative Dance, Indie Electronic

The Holloways So This Is Great Britain? [Bonus Tracks] TVT
Indie Pop, Britpop

Ice Cube In the Movies Priority
West Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap

Jars of Clay The Essential Jars of Clay Essential/Legacy
Alternative CCM, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Jars of Clay Live Monsters Essential
Alternative CCM, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Will Kimbrough EP Daphne

Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Alternative Country

Jenny Lin Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov Haenssler Classic
Contemporary Music for Piano

Ferraby Lionheart Catch the Brass Ring RCA
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

McRad FDR Red/Uprising
Skatepunk, Hardcore Punk

New Model Army High Attack Attack
Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Daniel Pollack Colors RCM
Romantic Music for Piano

Giora Schmidt Vocalise Endeavour Classics
Piano Recital

Patrick Stewart Richard Strauss: Enoch Arden Sony Classical
Post-Romantic Orchestral Music with Recitation

PRE Epic Fits Skin Graft
Noise-Rock, No Wave, Hardcore Punk

The Perishers Victorious Nettwerk
Alternative Pop/Rock

Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn [40th Anniversary 2-CD Edition] Capitol
British Psychedelia, Psychedelic, British Invasion, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Turzi A Kemado
Indie Electronic

Townes Van Zandt Be Here to Love Me Tomato Music
Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Country

Townes Van Zandt For the Sake of the Song: First Album Tomato Music
Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Progressive Country, Americana

Various Artists A Place for Us: A Tribute to 50 Years of West Side Story Masterworks Broadway
Musicals, Show Tunes

Various Artists Trojan Country Reggae Box Set Trojan
Reggae, Country

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