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Springsteen & Hendrix Release Box Sets; New CDs From Josh Groban, Rusty Willoughby, Lee DeWyze, Glee Cast

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The dogs on this street howl because they understand if I could take one moment into my hands, what I’d do is take today off and wait for UPS to bring my copy of the Bruce Springsteen Darkness On The Edge Of Town deluxe box set and watch/listen to it all.  That’s exactly what I’ve done.  Vacations are for going places and that’s what I’m doing.  I believe in “The Promised Land” and I’m going to let Bruce take my ass there today.

There are a lot of great titles out this week so I’m going to pause my Bruce fanboy gushing to highlight a few o’ them and come back to the Bruce goodness waiting for me.  TheWifeToWhomI’mMarried counts herself among the Josh Groban fans out there.  He has a new album out produced by :: wait for it :: Rick Rubin.  Groban co-wrote some of these songs with a personal favorite of mine, Dan Wilson.  I’m also going to highlight Lee DeWyze’s Live It Up as a personal favor to my friend HippyGirlHeather.  I wouldn’t experience souldeath like this for just anyone.

I also want to highlight an album that is being issued/re-issued/released this week that I’ve had for a while.  Singer/songwriter Rusty Willoughby’s Cobirds Unite is available in physical and digital media all over the world and web now and you really should hear it.  Visqueen frontwoman and funniest person I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting in person Rachel Flotard delivers backing vocals and multi-instrumentalist/composer Barrett Martin is also all over the record.  This is a seriously beautiful album.  Let’s not let this sweet record be a secret any longer!

I’m also really excited about Jim Byrnes’ Everywhere West.  I’ve been listening to this for a bit and I’ll have a review of it soon.  In the meantime, let me point you in the direction of Jordan Richardson’s thoughts on the record.  Great stuff, folks.  This is another album that shouldn’t be lost in the flood.

We have a new slew of Jimi Hendrix releases out today, most notably West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a new box set of rarities and previously unreleased material.  I’m going to get this set but I’m waiting on it.  Money is tight and the Springsteen set wasn’t cheap.  Not only that, there’s a box set coming out next week more expensive than Springsteen or Hendrix but so mandatory it’s not even funny.  We’ll discuss that next week.  So the Hendrix box set looks interesting and I’m eager to hear some of these outtakes, rarities, demos, and other recordings.  There is also a re-issue of the BBC Sessions, Woodstock, and Blues collections previously available before Hendrix’s sister moved the catalog to Sony’s Legacy label.  I already own them and don’t plan on re-buying any of them.

Bruce Springsteen
The Promise 

I’ve written extensively on this package and its different permutations already so I’m not going to rehash all the different packages and reprint the tracklisting for this.  As you read this, dear readers, I am at home waiting for UPS to bring me the 3CD/3 Blu-ray edition of this package that attempts to tell the story behind one of Springsteen’s greatest career achievements, the landmark 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town.  The original work has been remastered, a documentary has been filmed, and generous helpings of performances from what many consider the E Street Band’s finest tour have been assembled.  This set also offers two discs of songs considered for Darkness but didn’t make the cut.  You might be surprised at how many of these songs you know as some surfaced in unexpected ways.

I am worse than any kid on Christmas.  I’ve bought the best Christmas present I’m going to get and I’m not waiting until December 25 to begin enjoying it.  I’m going to spend my day watching these Blu-ray discs and listening to these songs.  I’m going all in on The Promise and this is going to be one of the greatest days of my life.

A Day To Remember – What Separates Me From You
Adams, Yolanda – Yolanda Adams Double Play
Alabama – Alabama: Double Play
Alexandre Desplat – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part One
Angel Witch – Angel Witch 30th Anniversary
Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia
Augie Meyers – Trippin Out On Triplets
Bee Gees – Mythology (4cd)
Bizzy Bone – The Greatest Rapper Alive
Blue Angel Lounge – Narcotica
Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws
Brian Gore, Clive Carroll, Alexandre Gismonte, Pino Forastiere – International Guitar Night V
Brooks & Dunn – Brooks & Dunn: Double Play
Brubeck, Dave – Legacy Of A Legend
Bryan Adams – Bare Bones
Camel – Rainbow’s End – A Camel Anthology 1973-1985 / [4 Cd Box Set]
Carr, Kurt – Kurt Carr Double Play
Cassidy – C.A.S.H.
Chainsaw Kittens – The All American
Chezidek – Judgement Time
Church, The – Seance
Church, The – Heyday
Dave Brubeck – The Definitive Dave Brubeck On Fantasy, Concord Jazz And Telarc / [2 Cd]
Dennis Brown – Crown Prince Of Reggae Singles (1972-1985) / [2 Cd/1 Dvd Combo]
Denver, John – John Denver: Double Play
DeWyze, Lee – Live It Up
Dvas – Society
Dwight Yoakam – Population Me And Dwight’s Used Records (Reissue)
Evancho, Jackie – O Holy Night
Far From Finished – Forgettable
Flatfoot 56 – Black Thorn
Franklin, Kirk – Kirk Franklin Double Play
Gallery – The Best Of Gallery
Ginger – 10
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album
Halie Loren – After Dark
Hammond, Fred – Fred Hammond Double Play
Harmonious Bec – Her Strange Dreams
Harry James – Performance
Hayman, Darren & The Secondary Modern – Essex Arms
Heaven & Hell – Neon Nights
Hendrix, Jimi – Blues (Deluxe Edition)
Hendrix, Jimi – Live At Woodstock
Hendrix, Jimi – West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
Hendrix, Jimi, The Experience – BBC Sessions (Deluxe Edition)
Jackson, Freddie – For You
Jennings, Waylon – Waylon Jennings: Double Play
Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned (2xcd)
Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies – Wotcheor!
Jim Byrnes – Everywhere West
Joel, Billy – The Hits
Joey Wright – Hatch
John Martyn – Live At Leeds / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Jon And Roy – Homes
Jones, Norah – Featuring
Josh Groban – Illuminations
Julian Cope – Floored Genius Vol. 2 / [2 Cd Expanded Edition]
Katy Moffatt – Playin’ Fool (Live)
Kenny Nolan – All Time Greatest Performances
Kermes, Simone – Colori D’amore
Kid Rock – Born Free
Kisses – The Heart Of The Nightlife
Korn – Korn: Double Play
Kristin Allen-Zito – The Atlas
Larry The Cable Guy – The Best Of
Lee Dewyze – So I’m Told
Loreena Mckennitt – The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Magnum – On A Storyteller’s Night / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Majors For Minors – Bee Gees For Babies
Majors For Minors – Classical Music Nursery Rhymes
Majors For Minors – Symphony Of Sleep
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas Ii You / [Collector’s Box Set]
Mcbride, Martina – Martina Mcbride: Double Play
Mcclurkin, Donnie – Donnie Mcclurkin Double Play
Method Of Defiance – Incunabula
Motorhead – Another Perfect Day / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Motorhead – No Remorse / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Motorhead – Orgasmatron / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Motorhead – Rock ‘N’ Roll / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Nelly – 5.0
Nelly Furtado – The Best Of Nelly Furtado
Ocean Colour Scene – 21: The Boxset / [4 Cd Box Set]
Owens, Robert – Art
P!Nk – Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
Paisley, Brad – Brad Paisley: Double Play
Pinehurst Kids – Minnesota Hotel
Pinehust Kids – Viewmaster
Pipettes, The – Earth Vs. The Pipettes
Poncho – Ponchototal
Presley, Elvis – Elvis Presley: Double Play
Rascal Flatts – Nothing Like This
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
Richmond, Jeff – 30 Rock Original Tv Soundtrack
Rihanna – Loud
Russian Futurists, The – The Weight’s On The Wheels
Rusty Willoughby – Cobirds Unite
Schumacher, Thomas – Thomas Schumacher Presents Get
Sights, The – Most Of What Follows Is True
Smokey Robinson – The Solo Albums 3
Soundtrack – Skyline (Matthew Margeson)
Soundtrack – Tangled
Springsteen, Bruce – The Promise
Springsteen, Bruce – The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
Stereophonics – Performance And Cocktails / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Stereophonics – Word Gets Around / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Strawbs – Live At The Bbc – Volume 1
Strawbs – Live At The Bbc – Volume 2 / [2 Cd]
Supertramp – Breakfast In America / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Tacocat – Shame Spiral
The Frogs – Bananimals
The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band – Ragged But Right
The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band – Almost Acoustic
The May Day Orchestra – Ota Benga
The Mommyheads – Finest Specimens
The Outside Track – Curious Things Given Wings
The Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro / [3 Cd Deluxe Ed.]
Thin Lizzy – Shades Of A Blue Orphanage / [Remastered & Expanded]
Thin Lizzy – Thin Lizzy / [Remastered & Expanded]
Thin Lizzy – Vagabonds Of The Western World / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Up, The – Rising (Cd+Dvd)
Urban, Keith – Get Closer
Various – Things To Ruin (Original Cast Recording)
Various – Essential Guide To Salsa
Various Artists – Unsealed: A Tribute To The Go-Go’s
Various Artists – Louisiana Swamp Stomp
Various Artists – Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live From The 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival
Various Artists – The Fire & Fury Doo Wop Story(2xcd)
Vaughan, Stevie Ray – Stevie Ray Vaughan Double Play
Vayo – Tango Universal
Vayo – Mis Tangos (My Tangos)
Walker, Hezekiah – Hezekiah Walker Double Play
Warlocks, The – Rise And Fall, Ep & Rarities (2xcd)

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  • Jordan Richardson

    Yeah, my mom’s a big fan of the Groban and I couldn’t believe it when I heard Rick Rubin was on as producer. Don’t know what to make of that at all.

    That Byrnes is the shit, too. Thanks for the nod and enjoy yourself today.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/josh-hathaway Josh Hathaway

    Nod gladly passed your way. I have to try and think of something different to say about it because you pretty much nailed it. I won’t even dare to hope for better. Love the disc, though. Really good stuff.