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New album releases, week of 6-28-2005

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Rhino records has a promising sounding 3 CD Rickie Lee Jones box set, Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology. This gives a pretty nice selection of 47 tracks, including some of every album, some groovy looking demos of her classics, and some nice rarities. Particularly, they rescued her outstanding cover of “Sunshine Superman” from the Party of Five soundtrack. I must, however, protest the lack of “Danny’s All Star Joint” as well as her definitive interpretation of “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” It has nearly everything else you really need from her, though. The $26 price tag at Amazon also seems more reasonable than most box sets.

There’s a new Fountains of Wayne 2 disc set Out-of-State Plates, but note that it is mostly demos and leftovers from their previous three albums.

George Strait has a new album, Somewhere Down in Texas. Indications are that it sounds exactly like his previous 27 albums.

Megadeth has a hits album out with a bonus DVD, if you really need such a thing.

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

David Agler Ned Rorem: Miss Julie Albany
Contemporary Opera

Band of Bees Free the Bees EMI
Indie Pop, British Trad Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Banjo & Sullivan Rob Zombie Presents…Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978 Hip-O
Honky Tonk, Soundtracks

Bizarre Hannicap Circus Sanctuary
Hardcore Rap, Underground Rap

Bond Explosive [DualDisc] Decca
Classical Crossover

CKY An Answer Can Be Found Island
Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge, Punk Revival

James Carter Organ Trio Out of Nowhere Half Note
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Free Jazz, Soul-Jazz

Cassidy I’m a Hustla [DualDisc] J-Records
East Coast Rap, Pop-Rap

Bill Charlap Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul Blue Note
Hard Bop, Post-Bop

Rita Coolidge And So Is Love Concord
Soft Rock, Country-Rock, Adult Contemporary

The Fall The Complete Peel Sessions Castle Us
College Rock, Post-Punk, Indie Rock, British Punk, Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fountains of Wayne Out-of-State Plates Virgin
Pop Underground, Power Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

George Strait Somewhere Down in Texas MCA Nashville
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Western Swing Revival

Ying Yang Twins USA (United State of Atlanta) TVT
Southern Rap, Dirty South, Party Rap, Gangsta Rap

Raheem DeVaughn The Love Experience Jive
Neo-Soul, Urban

Esthero Wikked Lil’ Grrrls Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Melodramen von Schumann, Liszt, Strauss, Ullmann Deutsche Grammophon
Romantic, Post-Romantic & Modern Vocal Music

Vivian Green Vivian Sony
Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul

Anthony Hamilton Soulife Rhino
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B

Hot Apple Pie Hot Apple Pie Dreamworks Nashville
Contemporary Country

Rickie Lee Jones Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology Rhino
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Album Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Juha Kangas Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Transe-Choral Bis
Contemporary Chamber Music

Lali Puna I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed and B-Sides Morr Music
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Longwave There’s a Fire Red Ink
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Shannon McNally Geronimo Narada
Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock

Megadeth Greatest Hits Capitol
Heavy Metal, Thrash, Alternative Metal

The Misfits Fiend Club Lounge Rykodisc
Lounge, American Underground, Tribute Albums

Original Soundtrack The Devil’s Rejects [DualDisc] Hip-O
Soundtracks, Hard Rock, Folk-Rock, Southern Rock, Honky Tonk, R&B

Pajo Pajo Drag City
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Singer/Songwriter

Dolly Parton The Essential Dolly Parton RCA
Country-Pop, Traditional Country

The Posies Every Kind of Light Rykodisc
Pop Underground, Alternative Pop/Rock

Flora Purim Flora’s Song Narada
Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz

The Soviettes III Fat Wreck Chords
Punk Revival, Punk-Pop

Red Sovine Greatest Hits Varese
Truck Driving Country, Traditional Country, Honky Tonk

John Stevens Red Maverick
Teen Pop, Traditional Pop, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop

String Cheese Incident One Step Closer Sci Fidelity
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock

Tsar Band-Girls-Money TVT
Punk-Pop

Twiztid Man’s Myth, Vol. 1 Psychopathic
Hardcore Rap, Rap-Rock

eighth blackbird Fred Cedille
Contemporary Chamber Music

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  • HW Saxton

    Yow, WTF&*$@#!! It’s a very weak week in
    releases and re-issues,fo sho’.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/dorksandlosers Tan The Man

    Ya for George Strait.

  • http://sungoddess.journalspace.com sungoddess

    Anthony Hamilton’s “Soulife” is quite good… consistent and well made.

  • The Theory

    it’s telling when the only interesting releases this week are re-releases of Starflyer 59’s first two albums, Silver and Gold.

  • http://counter-point.blogspot.com Scott

    i’ll be picking up a copy of that fountains of wayne disc…

    and starflyer’s silver and gold are being re-issued? I wonder if they got b-sides and such…may have to check those

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    man, i’m still waitin’ for the reissue of Girl At Her Volcano.

  • BRICKLAYER

    DARKEST HOUR! DAAARRRKKKEEESSSTTT HOOOUUURRR!!!

    And the Dolly Parton comp.

  • Shark

    I’ll take one Flora Purim, thank you very much!

    PS: Big Al, just a small technical quibble: shouldn’t that title be “new CD releases” or are you as old a *dawg as I am?

    *new tricks and all that

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

    Album still stands. Were he calling them “records,” then a title change would be warranted. As it is, “album” continues to refer to a collection of items in one package.

    And as for nothing interesting this week, be sure and check my “Overlooked Alternatives” posting coming later today – there were actually quite a few very intriguing releases this week.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    “Record” is also right, being short for “recording,” which a CD definitely is.

    To be truly outdated, Al would have to specifically mention vinyl records. Or cassette tapes, 8-track cartridges, reel-to-reel tapes, reel-to-reel wires, wax cylinders, or paper rolls for player pianos.

    All of these are recordings, so “record” remains the appropriate term, just as “album” remains correct for any medium including more than one or two songs with the same purchase.

    For many years the recording industry inaccurately used “record” as a shorthand for “vinyl record” but there’s no reason we should let ourselves be permanently handcuffed by the shortsightedness of their marketing drones.

    For the record.

  • JR

    Bill Charlap for me.

  • godoggo

    Don’t you think you’re being a little hard on the K-Tel? Ever heard their Creedence record? All the hits with all the crappy guitar solos edited out!

    (if anybody ever sees the reunited Adolscents, be sure to give the drummer shit about Gary Dave’s Creedence album, which I lent to him when we were in high school, shortly before the little bastard decided to snub us all)

  • The Theory

    Scott–

    Silver got re-released with the “She’s The Queen” EP and Gold got “Le Vainequeur”

    Plus, it sounds like they may have been remastered, though I won’t swear to that.

    I’d forgotten how amazing “Gold” is…

  • http://www.qbs4u.co.uk Seyi

    Hadn’t heard anything about this guy until I read the ‘people who got Soulife/Anthony Hamilton also got….’ section of Amazon (quite handy if your genre preference is well defined). Like Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn is talented but unlike Anthony Hamilton he can’t be classed as ‘Neo Soul’ (a genre classification I think stifles a group of immensely talented artists).

    Raheem DeVaughn is a Washington D.C. based artist who started skipping high school and joined a now defunct group when he realised music was it for him. He worked in Tower Records where he was influenced by listening to groups like Coldplay and Radiohead and Hip-Hop records but his early and major influences were his mother’s soul/gospel/Prince albums and his noted jazz musician father Abdul Wadud.

    I mentioned he’s not Neo Soul. Just listen to ‘Sweet Tooth’ off debut Album ‘The Love Experience’ and you’ll agree. Most of his songs are guitar driven as against the neo soul style of vocally driven renditions (my opinion) but he’s vocally capable in his own right.

    He gravitates between love songs of subtle suggestion like ‘Ask yourself’ and ‘Breathe’, to ‘Cadillac’ (as much of a tribute to Prince’s style as you can get from an artist today), to soul inspired songs like his first single ‘Guess who loves you more’ offering himself to a recently exed ‘object of his affection’, to a socially conscious message on ‘Until’ (this song contains the classic sample from The Isley Brothers ‘Footsteps in the dark’, also used by Ice Cube on ‘Twas a good day’ and Usher on ‘One day you’ll be mine’) but goes back to a style you know he has an affinity for on ‘Is it possible’ featuring Dwele. Still trying to decide on a favourite between ‘Breathe’ and ‘You’…

    In his own words ‘If it were up to me, I would have done a completely socially-conscious record. And you know what? You still would be able to dance to it. I can’t be worried about what people are going to say. You gotta do what feels good. I think I can deliver that in a manner that fits today trends’ He achieves all his aims and then some.