Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Music Releases - December 22, 2009

Slim pickings as we approach the Christmas holidays, although there are some great releases to choose from including Mary J. Blige with Stronger with Each Tear, new music from Mudvayne and Lady GaGa with Bad Romance (Remixes) EP, among others. Some nice vinyl to be had starting with Animal Collective’s Fall Be Kind EP, Neil Young - Greatest Hits and the Madonna - Celebration 4-LP set. Also look for the Best of Bryan Ferry, The Legend Lives On from Buddy Holly (3 CDs), Public Image Ltd - Plastic Box (4-CD box set), Everly Brothers - Dream Dream Dream (3 CDs), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live Anthology (UK 9-disc box set) as well as the Dave Matthews Band - Europe 2009 (Box Set). Also a good buy would be the Blue Note Highlights Collectors Box (8-CD box set) and the Complete Introduction to Tamla Motown (4 CD set). Watch for things to heat up in January, with lots of great music still in the works!

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Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind EP (vinyl)
Arthur Brown - Tantric Lover
Arthur Brown & Jimmy Carl Black - Brown, Black & Blue
Ash - F (vinyl)
Blur - All the People (2-CD)
Bones Thugs-N-Harmony - Uni5 The World's Enemy
Box Tops - Neon Rainbow Best of
Browns - Country Music Odyssey
Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
Bryan Ferry - Best of Bryan Ferry (Deluxe Edition) (CD & DVD)
Buddy Holly - Legend Lives On (3 CDs)
Celtic Woman - When You Believe
Charlie Rich - Ballads of
Dave Matthews Band - Europe 2009 (Box Set)
Elvis Presley - Elvis Now
Elvis Presley - From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee
Elvis Presley - Good Times
Eminem - Relapse- Refill
Everly Brothers - Dream Dream Dream (3 CDs)
Flash - Flash
Great Lake Swimmers - Song Sung Blue EP
Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes (Soundtrack)
Hurricane Chris - Unleashed
Isaac Hayes - Sings for Lovers
James Brown - The Singles, Volume Eight 1972-1973
John Reuben - Sex, Drugs and Self-Control
Journey - The Essential Journey
Lady Antebellum - American Honey (Single)
Lady GaGa - Bad Romance (Remixes) EP
Landscape - Landscape / Manhattan Boogie Woogie
Leo Sayer - Show Must Go On The Very Best of (2 CDs)
Love - Love Lost (vinyl)
Madonna - Celebration (4-LP vinyl)
Mantovani - Christmas Carols (Remastered)
Mary J. Blige - Stronger with Each Tear
Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly (vinyl reissue)
Metallica - Orgullo, Passion Y Gloria (2-CD 2-DVD box set)
Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry
Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Mike Batt - Music Cube (14 CDs/2 DVDs)
Mudvayne - Mudvayne
Neil Young - Greatest Hits (Vinyl)
Nelly Furtado - Más (Humby Remix)
Ng2 - Exitos Y Mas
Pete Sinfield - Still (2 CDs)
Peter Banks - Two Sides of
Prince Lasha - Insight
Public Image Ltd - Metal Box (Vinyl Replica Edition) (remastered 3-CD box set)
Public Image Ltd - Plastic Box (4-CD box set)
Rain Parade - Crashing Dream (reissue)
Ray Charles - Sings for Lovers
Ray Price - City Lights
Royaltones - Detroit Rock N Roll Began Here!
Timbaland - Morning After Dark (feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy) Remixes - EP
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live Anthology (UK 9-disc box set)
Tone Trump - Trump Life
Various Artists - Blue Note Highlights Collectors Box (8-CD box set)
Various Artists - Complete Introduction to Tamla Motown (4 CDs)
Various Artists - Country & Western Hit Parade 1951
Various Artists - Country & Western Hit Parade 1952
Various Artists - Country & Western Hit Parade 1953
Various Artists - Country & Western Hit Parade 1954
Various Artists - Country & Western Hit Parade 1955
Various Artists - Nippon Girls Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-1970
Various Artists - The Twilight Saga New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2-LP vinyl)
Various Artists - This Is Gothic The Bat Cave Anthology
Who - Greatest Hits
Wondermints - Kaleidoscopin' Exploring Prisms of the Past
Young Money - We Are Young Money
Zone d’Ta - Esto Tiene Boom Boom

Music News & Notes

Amazing Decade For Veteran Musicians

It was a great decade for the Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna. They all grossed over $800 million on the road over the course of ten years.

Even more amazing is that U2, who is also the number one touring act of 2009, sold out every one of their 288 shows since 2000.

Billboard's Top Tour Artists of the 2000's

•1. Rollings Stones (Gross: $869 million/Attendance: 8.2 million/190 of 264 shows sold out)
•2. U2 ($844 million/9.9 million/288 of 288)
•3. Madonna ($801 million/6.4 million/244 of 248)
•4. Bruce Springsteen ($688 million/8.6 million/248 of 403)
•5. Elton John ($604 million/5.8 million/470 of 541)


Page Wants Work

Jimmy Page plans to return to the stage in 2010, but it won’t be alongside the rest of Led Zeppelin. With Robert Plant and Alison Krauss working on the follow-up to the Grammy-winning Raising Sand and John Paul Jones now playing with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl in Them Crooked Vultures, Page is tired of waiting to rock and will take whatever new material he’s cultivated to the stage next year.

“We’re running up to Christmas now and next year I have every intention of playing music live and manifesting it,” Page tells Sky News (via Spinner). “I’ve got the music waiting, and that’s what I’ll be doing. It’s been two years since the 02, so it’s time to do that.”


Nickelback Named Band of the Decade by Billboard

Nickelback has lived their entire chart-topping history in the '00s, and it started off well with the band's first No. 1, "How You Remind Me" at the the very turn of this millenium.

Since then, the Canada-based rock act has earned five more top 10 singles, even breaking the record for most No. 1s in the 13-year history of the Adult Pop songs chart just earlier this year with "Gotta Be Somebody" rising in January.

Need some more stats? The band's last four albums reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, including All the Right Reasons, which rang in at No. 1 and spent 156 weeks on the list between 2005 and 2006..

This year, as Nickelback celebrate a Grammy nomination for Dark Horse, the band can also celebrate their victory as Billboard's appointed "top duo/group" of the last decade.

This Date In Music History-December 22


Barry Jenkins - Animals (1944)

Robin and the late Maurice Gibb - Bee Gees (1949)

Rick Nielsen - Cheap Trick (1950)

Jordin Brianna Sparks - Winner of the sixth season of American Idol (1989)

They Are Missed:

Richard James Edwards - Manic Street Preachers (1968) - Disappeared on February 1, 1995, after leaving his car at a service station by The Severn Bridge, near Bristol, England. He was declared presumed deceased in November 2008.

Joe Strummer, vocalist and guitarist of the pioneering punk band the Clash, was found dead in his home in southwest England in 2002. An autopsy later reveals that Strummer died of a sudden cardiac arrest. Strummer was 50.

Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died on January 12, 2003 of a heart attack.

American songwriter Dennis Linde died in 2006 (age 63) from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley's last major hits, "Burning Love" and also wrote "Goodbye Earl" for the Dixie Chicks, and "Callin' Baton Rouge" for Garth Brooks.

Joe Ames of the Ames Brothers ("The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane") died of a heart attack at his home in Germany in 2007.


In 1956, Elvis Presley had the most charting records the year with 17. Billboard reported Pat Boone was next with five, followed by Fats Domino, Little Richard and the Platters with three each.

Today in 1958, "The Chipmunk Song," by the Chipmunks topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.

The Rebels' instrumental "Wild Weekend" was released on Swan Records in 1962. It makes it to #8 on the pop chart.

In 1962, the Tornadoes' "Telstar" became the first record by a British group to top the American pop chart. The song was inspired by the launching of the Telstar commu-satellite in July.

The Dave Clark Five scored their only US #1 single in 1963 with "Over And Over."

In an article in the New York Times in 1968, New York Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Leonard Bernstein expresses his enthusiasm for the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, a group whose repertoire includes both rock and classical music.

Eric Burdon left the Animals in 1968.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono met for one hour with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa in 1969. Earlier in the day, they saw the Minister of Health, John Munro and discussed drug abuse.

Elton John started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1973 with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," it also had a eight week run at #1 on the UK chart.

Ike and Tina Turner were robbed of $86,000 in 1975 when a suitcase containing concert receipts went missing.

In 1976, Bob Seger began his breakthrough to stardom as his album, Live Bullet, goes gold. The album features in-concert versions of "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Beautiful Loser," "Get Out of Denver," "Travelin' Man" and "Katmandu."

Faces drummer Kenney Jones became the Who's drummer in 1978, replacing the late Keith Moon who died two months earlier.

Rupert Holmes started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1979 with "Escape, (The Pina Colada Song)."

Sotheby's in London held a rock & roll auction in 1981. Though the majority of the stuff was sold for far more than expected, an enameled Abbey Road street sign went for $600, an autographed program from the Beatles Royal Command Performance sold for $2,000, $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon’s marriage certificate was sold for $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film "Help!" brought in $2,100. Other items were disapointing. For example, a jacket once worn by Tom Jones only brought in $12.

Duran Duran peaks at #2 on the Hot 100 in 1984 with "Wild Boys." Two former wild boys, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, masquerading as the Honeydrippers land at #4 with a remake of Phil Phillips' lame "Sea Of Love."

Madonna started a six-week run at #1 in the US charts in 1984 with 'Like A Virgin', her first US #1.

In 1987, Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced 'dead on arrival' in an ambulance when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his death.

In 2005, Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005 according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches with people looking for pictures from her infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at the 2004 Super Bowl when she exposed her right breast.

A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 in 2008. The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price's Just Because. "Debauched lyrics" improvised by "a drunk Lennon" include "just a little cocaine will set me right", and, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight,"

Perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping: Mudvayne issue their self-titled album in 2009. The CD comes in the regular jewel box and deluxe packaging. The latter uses black light ink technology for the cover art and poster. "What anyone else thinks should have no bearing on what any individual thinks about this work," says Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie.

In 2009, The Flaming Lips digitally release their version of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” one of the all-time classic albums. The Lips’ work is officially titled “The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon.” It’s initially an iTunes exclusive.