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New Album Releases, Week of 3-7-2006

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Among the highlights in this week’s new album releases:

Van Morrison has a new country album out this week, Pay the Devil. There’s something new for him, huh? Van singing “Your Cheatin’ Heart” sure sounds like it would be a lot more interesting than one more of those bland half-assed background music jazz records he’s spent most of the last few decades on. This might actually be worth hearing.

Kris Kristofferson has been traveling This Old Road for 70 years now. This is his first new album in 11 years. Early reviews are strong, but considering what a crappy vocal performer he was even in his prime, I have to wonder how the guy can even actually begin to actually carry a tune at this point. Still, the guy IS one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.

[ADBLOCKHERE]Cheap Trick has a particularly good re-issue this week. All Shook Up was really outstanding, and never got the credit it deserved. This great George Martin production has been re-mastered. Besides being one of their couple of best albums to begin with, this now includes the Found All the Parts EP as a bonus, which has the outstanding “Everything Works If You Let It.”

Personally, I’m not that much into Pink Floyd, but you have to give them props. David Gilmour is somebody, and he has what appears to be but his third solo album and first in 18 years this week, On An Island. It’s the #1 album currently at Amazon.

Finally, there’s a new Public Enemy album this week, Rebirth of a Nation. They haven’t written anything that could reasonably be described as a “real song” in 15 years or so, but they’re militant black nationalists or some such – plus they’ve got Professor Griff there to help keep the Jews down, so I’m sure this is a profound work of street art.

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

Kris Kristofferson This Old Road New West
Singer/Songwriter

The Little Willies The Little Willies Blue Note
Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Country-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Van Morrison Pay the Devil Lost Highway
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped Shout! Factory
Electronica, Funky Breaks, Ambient Breakbeat, Ambient Dub

Victoria de los Angeles Victoria de los Angeles performs Ravel, Debussy & Duparc EMI
French Art Songs

Blondie Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision Capitol/EMI
Pop/Rock, New Wave, American Punk, New York Punk, Punk

Buzzcocks Flat-Pack Philosophy Cooking Vinyl
British Punk, Punk Revival, Punk

Larry Carlton Fire Wire RCA
Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Anti
Alternative Country-Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Exene Cervenka/The Orginal Sinners Sev7en NIT
Roots Rock, Punk Revival

Sarah Chang Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 EMI
Russian Violin Concertos

Cheap Trick All Shook Up [Bonus Tracks] Sony
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock, Power Pop, New Wave, Hard Rock

Cheap Trick Dream Police [Bonus Tracks] Sony
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock, Power Pop, New Wave, Hard Rock

Martin Denny Best of Martin Denny’s Exotica Capitol
Exotica, Space Age Pop

Duke Spirit Cuts Across the Land [Bonus Tracks] Startime International
Indie Rock

Roger Desormiere Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande EMI
French Opera

Jace Everett Jace Everett Epic
Contemporary Country

Cesaria Evora Rogamar RCA Victor
Morna, Fado

David Gilmour On an Island Sony
Album Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Blues-Rock

Goldfrapp Supernature [Bonus Track] Mute U.S.
Trip-Hop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Electronica

The Grateful Dead Shakedown Street [Bonus Tracks] Rhino
Album Rock, Jam Bands, Pop/Rock, Disco

Half-Handed Cloud Halos + Lassos Asthmatic Kitty
Indie Pop, Lo-Fi, Chamber Pop, Alternative CCM

Hotel Lights Hotel Lights Bar None
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

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

Simon Joyner Beautiful Losers Jagjaguwar
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Juvenile Reality Check Atlantic
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Soovin Kim Niccolo Paganini: 24 Caprices Azica
Solo Violin Music

Glenn Kotche Mobile Nonesuch
Process-Generated, Experimental Rock, Modern Composition, Contemporary Instrumental, Avant-Garde, Solo Instrumental

Rolf Lislevand Nuove musiche ECM
Contemporary Improvisations on Renaissance Music

Little Feat Barnstormin’ Live [Box Set] Hot Tomato
Southern Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock

Mogwai Mr. Beast Matador
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Mudhoney Under a Billion Suns Sub Pop
Garage Punk

Fred Neil Fred Neil [Water] Water
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Lee Roy Parnell Back to the Well Universal South
Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Contemporary Blues

Pinmonkey Big Shiny Cars Backporch
Country-Rock, Progressive Bluegrass

Public Enemy Rebirth of a Nation Guerrilla Funk
Political Rap, East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

Revolting Cocks Cocked and Loaded 13th Planet
Industrial, Alternative Metal, Industrial Dance

The Rogers Sisters The Invisible Deck Too Pure
Indie Rock

Scarface My Homies, Pt. 2 Asylum/Rap-A-Lot
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Stereolab Fab Four Suture Too Pure
Indie Pop, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Electronic

The Weepies Say I Am You Nettwerk
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Wood Brothers Ways Not to Lose Blue Note
Alternative Folk, Americana, Contemporary Folk, Acoustic Blues

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    I appreciate these summaries of new releases. Folks looking for reviews of Van Morrison, Little Willies, the five Grateful Dead albums, and Jon Langford’s Gold Brick (which also came out on 3/7) will find them at this great site: