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New album releases, week of 4-20-2004

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This week’s major record releases, from All Music Guide:

Prince Musicology Sony
Styles: Pop/Rock, Urban, Funk

Jerry Garcia All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions [BOX SET] Rhino
Styles: Rock & Roll, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Jam Bands, Album Rock

Afroman Afroholic…the Even Better Times Redeye Distribution/Hungry Hustle
Styles: Comedy Rap, West Coast Rap

Danny Aiello I Just Wanted to Hear the Words Trauma
Styles: American Popular Song, Celebrity, Traditional Pop

Jay Bennett Bigger Than Blue Undertow Music
Styles: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Norman & Nancy Blake Morning Glory Ramblers Dualtone
Styles: Old-Timey, String Bands, Traditional Folk, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Country

Brazil Hostage And The Meaning Of Life Artist Direct BMG
Styles: Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock

Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album Def Jam
Styles: East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Pop-Rap

Kevin Breit & The Sisters Euclid John and the Sisters Northern Blues
Styles: Electric Blues, Modern Creative

Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels [EP] Crank: A Record Company
Styles: Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Buckethead Cuckoo Clocks of Hell Disembodied Records
Styles: Guitar Virtuoso, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Funk Metal

Jon Cleary Pin Your Spin Basin Street
Styles: New Orleans R&B, Funk, R&B, New Orleans Blues, Swamp Pop, Rock & Roll

DJ Jazzy Jeff Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 2 Rapster
Styles: Hip-Hop, East Coast Rap, Underground Rap, Turntablism

Demolition Doll Rods On Swami
Styles: Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Drowning Pool Desensitized Wind-up
Styles: Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge

Stephen Duffy & The Lilac Time Keep Going [Psychobaby] Psychobaby
Styles: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Folk-Rock, Indie Pop

Friends of Dean Martinez Random Harvest Narnack
Styles: Indie Rock, Instrumental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Wilhelm Furtwangler Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 EMI Classics
Styles: Romantic Orchestral Music

Patty Griffin Impossible Dream Ato
Styles: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Hanson Underneath 3CG
Styles: Pop/Rock

Stefon Harris & Blackout Evolution Blue Note
Styles: Post-Bop, Jazz-Funk

Sophie B. Hawkins Wilderness [Bonus Track] Trumpet Swan
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Singer/Songwriter

Penelope Houston The Pale Green Girl DBK Works
Styles: Pop/Rock

Lali Puna Faking the Books Morr Music
Styles: Indie Pop, Indie Electronic

Jon Langford All the Fame of Lofty Deeds Bloodshot
Styles: Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Del McCoury High Lonesome and Blue Rounder
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass, Bluegrass-Gospel

John Michael Montgomery Letters from Home Warner Brothers
Styles: Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist

The Pretty Things Come See Me: The Very Best of the Pretty Things Shout! Factory
Styles: British Invasion, British Psychedelia, Freakbeat, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock

Ratatat Ratatat XL Recordings
Styles: Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

Terry Reid Silver White Light: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 Water
Styles: Folk-Rock, Hard Rock

Smokey Robinson Food for the Spirit Liquid 8
Styles: Contemporary Gospel

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs EMI Classics
Styles: Post-Romantic Vocal Music

The Subdudes Miracle Mule EMI/Back Porch
Styles: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Roots Rock

Craig Taborn Junk Magic Thirsty Ear
Styles: Free Jazz, Broken Beat, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Funk, Dark Ambient, Experimental Techno, Funky Breaks

Various Artists Blessed Love: Jamaican Producers 1960-1969 Trojan
Styles: Rocksteady, Lovers Rock, Ska

Various Artists Blue Note Revisited Blue Note
Styles: Acid Jazz, Jazz-House, Trip-Hop

Various Artists Chopin: Solo Piano, Vol. 1 Andante
Styles: Romantic Keyboard Music

The Veils Runaway Found Rough Trade
Styles: Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fats Waller Centennial Collection [Bonus DVD] RCA
Styles: Jive, Stride, Swing

Mario Winans Hurt No More Bad Boy
Styles: Urban, Contemporary R&B

Dmitri Yablonsky Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” Naxos
Styles: Modern Orchestral Music

Tapper Zukie Musical Intimidator Sanctuary/Trojan
Styles: Roots Reggae, DJ, Dub

Obviously a new, and highly lauded Prince album constitutes a must-hear. This is his first properly distributed ie serious album in some years.

Most promising re-release: Rounder puts out a best of Del McCoury collection. This guy is the biggest name in modern bluegrass, by a pretty wide margin.

If you are enamored of Jerry Garcia for some unfathomable reason such as to feel like blowing $70 on him, Rhino has a new box set.

The Danny Aiello album includes covers such as “Pennies from Heaven” and “Besame Mucho.”

Note that the Afroman release is a two disc set, priced at $15.

The new Hanson album includes a bonus DVD in limited edition.

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  • http://www.rockdummy.com Craig Lyndall

    Here are some lesser-known releases for the week.

    alkaline trio / one man army split 4/20
    black label society-hangover music vol. 6 4/20
    brazil-a hostage 4/20
    downset-universal 4/20
    drowning pool-desensitized 4/20
    fear factory-archetype 4/20
    finntroll-nattfodd 4/20
    funeral for a friend-casually dressed & deep in conversation 4/20
    hateplow-only law is survival 4/20
    khold-morke gravers kammer-4/20
    machine head-through the ashes of empires 4/20
    martyr ad-on earth as it is in hell 4/20
    nomeansno-people’s choice 4/20
    northstar-pollyanna 4/20
    reputation-to force a fate 4/20
    skinlab-nerve damage 4/20
    training for utopia-best of 4/20
    vomitory-primal massacre 4/20
    w.a.s.p.-the neon god pt. 1 4/20
    v/a-rock against bush comp. 4/20

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    Also missing from both your lists is Anthrax’s Music of Mass Destruction live CD/DVD combo. Scoff if you may, but their last album, We’ve Come For You All, was quite impressive and a huge comeback after numerous lackluster albums.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Inclined to scoff at Anthrax I am, but just for argument’s sake, what would be the three or four best Anthrax songs I could check out to see if I’ve been missing something?

  • http://www.rockdummy.com Craig Lyndall

    I scoff at Anthrax as well, although they have many many fans out there.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    I’m not a huge Anthrax fan, mind you. I like them, I think they’ve done some incredible stuff, but their late-90s material is just plain blah. However, one of my favorite albums of all time is The Sound Of White Noise, which may be a controversial choice given that it’s the first album after original singer Joey Belladonna left the group and was replaced by John Bush. I love it – it’s unrelentingly heavy. Key moments for me are “Potter’s Field,” “Hy Pro Glo,” and “Black Lodge,” which had a very cool, creepy video. That said, I can understand why some fans prefer the Belladonna years – their cover of Joe Jackson’s “Got The Time” on Persistence of Time is killer, as is most of that album. Besides “Got the Time,” check out “Time,” “Blood,” and “In My World.” Among The Living is also a classic, but is more thrash than you may want to listen to, but be sure and check out “Caught In A Mosh” – still fun after all these years. And that’s really the key with Anthrax for me – this band is just fun. I fully realize that it tends to be aimed squarely at meaty metalheads, but at least it’s got some intelligent subject matter and steers clear of most metal cliche’s. Give ‘em a chance, it’s good stuff. But I won’t blame you if you don’t like it, Al. I know your taste is good and tends to not toward metal. I’ll forgive ya. ;-)

  • JR

    The unedited version of “I’m the Man” is silly fun, though not very representative.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    i think the best thing Anthrax ever did was that “Bring The Noise” thing with Public Enemy.

  • http://www.rockdummy.com Craig Lyndall

    That’s funny because I thought, “Bring the Noize” was the worst thing on that Public Enemy album.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    oh well!

  • http://www.rockdummy.com Craig Lyndall

    Not saying you are wrong or anything… just pointing it out. I enjoyed “By the Time I Get to Arizona,” “Can’t Truss It,” and others a whole lot more.

    One of the classic hip hop albums if you ask me.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    let’s face it, we’re gonna find polarized views of just about everything on this site.

    no big deal, really.