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New Album Releases, Week of 2-28-2006

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Woo, doggies, we’ve got us a new Elvis Costello album this week! My Flame Burns Blue is an unusual type of live album, recorded with Metropole Orkest, a 52-piece jazz orchestra from the Netherlands. Besides re-arrangements of some Elvis classics, this includes some Elvis compositions that have never been on an Elvis album, including “Speak Darkly, My Angel” and “Upon a Veil of Midnight Blue,” which was written originally for Charles Brown. The opening track is “Hora Decubitus,” which was a Charles Mingus composition for which Elvis has written lyrics at the invitation of his widow. On top of which, there’s a 45 minute bonus disc of music from his ballet Il Sogno.

Waylon Jenning’s widow Jessi Colter was the only recognized female member of the classic country outlaw movement. Producer Don Was has brought her out for what is billed as her first album in 20 years, and it seems to be getting good notice.

Bruce Springsteen has released a two CD set Hammersmith Odeon, Live ’75, which was the first show of his Born to Run tour.

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

Jessi Colter Out of the Ashes Shout! Factory
Outlaw Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Progressive Country

Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely Victory
Emo, Punk-Pop

Ne-Yo In My Own Words Def Jam
Contemporary R&B, Urban

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Hammersmith Odeon, Live ’75 Sony
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Hank Williams III Straight to Hell Bruc
Americana, New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus Copland: Motets; Durufle: Gregorian Motets; Tavener: Song for Athene; Etc. [Hybrid SACD] Telarc
Modern Choral Music

Bayside Acoustic [CD & DVD] Victory
Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival, Emo, Punk-Pop

Andrea Bocelli Amore Decca
Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Shannon Brown Corn Fed Warner Bros. Nashville
Contemporary Country

Cassatt Quartet Sebastian Currier: Quartetset; Quiet Time New World
Contemporary Chamber Music

Cyrus Chestnut Genuine Chestnut Telarc

Elvis Costello/The Metropole Orkest My Flame Burns Blue Deutsche Grammophon
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Jazz-Rock

Don Ellis Pieces of Eight Wounded Bird
Experimental Big Band, Progressive Big Band

Ella Fitzgerald Things Ain’t What They Used to Be Collectables
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Swing, Ballads, Bop, Classic Female Blues

Herbie Hancock The Essential Herbie Hancock Columbia/Legacy
Crossover Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Fusion, Soul-Jazz, Funk

Shirley Horn Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast Concord
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Mainstream Jazz

Alan Jackson Precious Memories Arista
Country Gospel, New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

Kid Rock & the Twisted Brown Trucker Band Live Trucker Atlantic
Rap-Rock, Hard Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimme Back My Bullets [CD/DVD] Geffen
Southern Rock, Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

The Marshall Tucker Band Where a Country Boy Belongs Shout! Factory/Ramblin’

Boogie Rock, Southern Rock, Country-Rock

Rhett Miller The Believer Verve Forecast
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock

Alecia Nugent A Little Girl…A Big Four-Lane Rounder
Contemporary Bluegrass

Rolf Riehm Rolf Riehm: MacHandelboom [Hybrid SACD] Cybele
Contemporary Radio Play

Philip Swanson Lengthening Shadows: Songs for Solo Piano MSR Classics
Contemporary Piano Music

Original Soundtrack Rocky IV [Bonus Track] Volcano
Soundtracks, Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Bobby Osborne/The Rocky Top X-Press Try a Little Kindness Rounder
Traditional Bluegrass

Lee “Scratch” Perry Dubstrumentals Trojan
Dub, Roots Reggae, Rocksteady

Elvis Presley Elvis Country [RCA] RCA/Sony BMG Strategic Market
Country-Pop, Pop

Elvis Presley Elvis Inspirational RCA/Sony BMG Strategic Market
Pop, Southern Gospel

?uestlove Babies Makin’ Babies 2: Misery Strikes Back …… No More Babies BBE
Soul, Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul

The Rum Diary We’re Afraid of Heights Tonight Devil in the Woods
Space Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Rock

Say Anything …Is a Real Boy [Bonus Disc] J Records/Doghouse
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Emo

Smoking Popes At Metro Victory

Spyro Gyra Wrapped in a Dream Heads Up International
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Fusion, Instrumental Pop

Ray Stevens Box Set Curb
Country Comedy, Country-Pop, Novelty, AM Pop, Traditional Country

Various Artists Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922 Archeophone
Minstrel, Vaudeville, Americana, Classic Jazz, Black Gospel, Classical, Ragtime

Various Artists Michael Sahl: In Fashion at Last Albany
Contemporary Jazz-Infused Chamber Music

Johnny Winter An Introduction to Johnny Winter Varese Sarabande
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock

Xciter Xciter Wounded Bird
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

ZZ Top Fandango [Bonus Tracks] Warner Bros.
Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, Southern Rock

ZZ Top Tres Hombres [Bonus Tracks] Warner Bros.
Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Southern Rock

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  • Vern Halen

    I’ve got a major question about the reissue of ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres & Fandango. for anyone that can answer it. Is it the original mix or that stupid “updated” mix from the mid 90’s?