Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Phil Collins Comes Back Strong With "GOING BACK": First Solo Studio Album in Eight Years Hits

 #1 in UK, Features Array of Motown and Soul Classics; Collection Already an International Sensation, With Gold & Platinum Sales Success Across Europe; Wide Range of TV and Radio Appearances Slated, Including Today Show and WNYC's Soundcheck; "GOING BACK" Arrives in U.S. on September 28th.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) - Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has announced the U.S. release of his hugely anticipated new album, "GOING BACK." The legendary artist's first full-length solo work in eight years arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on Tuesday, September 28th.

"GOING BACK" is a deeply personal labor of love that finds the eight-time Grammy winner faithfully recreating the Motown and soul music that played such an influential role in his creative life. The album -- Collins' eighth solo studio recording -- will be available in a number of digital and physical editions, with exclusive extras including 7 bonus tracks, a 90-minute DVD making-of documentary, and limited edition lyric sheet lithograph. In addition, a very special "Singles Box" comprising 30 tracks across 15 vinyl 7" singles is also on offer -- for complete details, please visit www.philcollins.com/us

"GOING BACK" has quickly proven a worldwide phenomenon, receiving platinum certification in Germany and gold certification in both France and the United Kingdom after little more than one week in release. The album hit #1 in the UK this week as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands. "GOING BACK" has seen top 3 sales in Germany, France, Austria, and New Zealand, as well as top 5 successes in Switzerland and Italy.

"GOING BACK" has received unanimous critical acclaim from all corners of the globe. "So faithfully have Collins and his confreres recreated 'The Sound of Young America' -- shimmering tambourines drowning out drums, bass compressed to a fat, distorted throb -- that it's hard not to be swept along," declared BBC Music, which also named the collection as BBC Radio 2's "Album of the Week." "You have to take your hat off to Phil Collins," hailed England's Daily Express, noting "the 59-year-old singer zips through a selection of mostly-Motown classics like 'Jimmy Mack' and 'Uptight' with the verve, energy, and wit of a man reborn."

Closer to home, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer praised Collins for having "a way of personalizing a song, not so much to make it his own but to convince listeners its theirs... He succeeds most in doing so on relative obscurities like the Ronettes' 'Do I Love You?' and the Temptations' 'Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue),' both evoking an air of wistful romance. Another noteworthy highlight is the Stevie Wonder ballad, 'Blame It On the Sun,' which Collins renders with empathy and striking conviction."

Collins will celebrate the release of "GOING BACK" with a number of high-profile TV appearances and radio interviews, including NBC's Today show on Tuesday, September 28th, and Headline News' The Joy Behar Show on Wednesday, September 29th. In addition, he will take part in a very special installment of WNYC radio's Soundcheck, airing live from The Green Space in New York City on Tuesday, September 28th at 2PM ET. Phil also recently joined host Michael Kay for an in-depth conversation on the YES Network's Centerstage.

Earlier this summer, Collins heralded "GOING BACK" with a series of seven intimate, SRO shows -- including a 3-night stand at NYC's Roseland Ballroom. One of the shows was filmed for a concert special entitled "Phil Collins 'Going Back' Motown Special Live from Roseland" that is currently airing on Comcast's ON DEMAND network through October 31st.

On stage, Phil brought his homage to life with a big band anchored by three members of Motown's legendary Funk Brothers studio team -- bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette -- who are also featured on the album. The live band also included long-time Collins cohorts Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar), and Brad Cole (keyboards), plus Leslie Smith (percussion). Rounding out the ensemble was a five-member horn section and six backing vocalists.

In its review of the New York show, Rolling Stone enthused: "...Collins pulled it off. Backed by a killer 18-piece band, he got most everybody in the Roseland Ballroom dancing to classics by Steve Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Ronettes... From the moment he took the stage and burst into 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg,' it was clear this music was much closer to his heart than even some of his own hits. Every nuance of the original arrangements was meticulously recreated..."

Staged as an "old school" style dance concert, the shows prompted Time Out New York to state, "No fancy stadium gimmickry here, but in Phil-style parlance, a bloody lovely show." "It was when he dug deeper into the archives that the show blossomed," said The Hollywood Reporter. "Collins' talents as a balladeer were showcased in such songs as 'Blame It On The Sun' and 'Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer' (both by Wonder) and especially on the Goffin/King reverie 'Going Back,' the lyrics of which encapsulate the rationale for the whole project."

While in the past Collins has paid tribute to his roots by covering some of his favorite songs -- including "You Can't Hurry Love," "A Groovy Kind Of Love," "Tomorrow Never Knows," "True Colours," and others -- this marks the first time in his 30-year solo career that he has devoted an entire project to the work of other songwriters and performers.

"The '60s were without doubt a pinnacle of the songwriting, producing and performing art," Collins comments in the liner notes to "GOING BACK." "My aim in finally making this record was to see if it was possible for me to recapture the sound and the feelings I got from listening to these songs the first time around. I've always loved covering other people's songs, and this collection is something I've been burning to do."

Legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier hailed "GOING BACK": "Recording an album of Motown covers can be tricky, but I have to say this album has exceeded my expectations. Phil Collins has truly given us the real thing vocally, instrumentally, and production-wise... It's spectacular, making it impossible to pick a favorite because they're all masterfully done."

The career of Phil Collins is one that, by any measure, stands among the most creative, prolific, and impressive in the history of modern music. It is a career that really has been many careers -- musician, singer, composer, producer, actor -- from art rock beginnings to pop stardom, from big band leader to film soundtracks and Broadway. It has been an exceptional musical life spanning four decades, some 100 million solo albums sold (250 million if you count his work with Genesis), an extraordinary string of hits, eight Grammy Awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, five BRIT Awards, numerous industry accolades, and, above all, an inestimable influence on countless fellow artists and passionate fans around the globe.
For more information on Phil Collins, please visit: http://www.philcollins.com/

SOURCE: Atlantic Records

New Music Releases - Sepetmber 28, 2010

Lots of new music to chose from this week, why we even have some Christmas selections (reallly?)  Some great rock and roll to be heard today, as always, Collecting Vinyl Records Blog Picks Are In Red.

A-Ha - Butterfly Butterfly (the Last Hurrah) (Single)

Abe Vigoda - Crush

Abigail Williams - Absence of Light
Adam Haworth Stephens - We Live on Cliffs (Vinyl)
After Tea - Jointhouse Blues
Aloe Blacc - Good Things

Animals - Animalism

Aorta - Aorta
August Burns Red - Home CD/DVD
Bad Religion - Dissent of Man (Vinyl)
Bangles - All Over the Place
Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue (Vinyl)
Berlin Voices - About Christmas
Black Anvil - Triumverate
Blues Image - Ride Captain Ride: Anthology of Classics
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Small Axe
Breathe Owl Breathe - Magic Central
Brother Kite - Isolation

Buddy Guy - Living Proof (Vinyl)

Budgie - Impeckable
Camel - Rainbows End: Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985 (4 CDs)
Caravan - Live on Air
Catalinas - Fun Fun Fun (Vinyl)
CeCe Winans - For Always: The Best of
Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - Me & Jerry
Combichrist - Making Monsters

Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (Vinyl)

David Bowie - Station To Station: Deluxe Edition (5 CDs/DVD/3 LPs)
David Sylvian - Sleepwalkers

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (Vinyl)

On 120 gram white vinyl; comes with a digital download coupon! Halcyon Digest is Deerhunter's fourth album and their first to be released on 4AD worldwide. The album was recorded in at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Deerhunter's hometown of Athens, GA with the band self-producing and Ben Allen enlisted to mix it (he also worked on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion). Shunning the current trend of using online portals to drip feed every detail to announce a record, Halcyon Digest was launched with the band wanting a return to Xerox postering instead. Fans were encouraged to poster local haunts in return for being the first to know news on the record and touring plus receiving exclusive tracks from the band. Hundreds of photos were sent in from New York to London to Moscow and all points between.

Following the massive critical success of Deerhunter's last album Microcastle, expectations are feverishly inflated for the new Deerhunter release. Luckily, the Atlanta quartet seem to operate in their own realm, away from the rolling cycles of pressure and praise. And it shows in Halcyon Digest, which is an impressively self-assured work; with a level of detail and care that belies its two-week recording process. Deerhunter are one of those rare acts that it is nigh on impossible to second guess - what they record apparently depends greatly on their mood at the time, rather than any great pre-planning. And so it should be no great shock that Halcyon Digest is a world away from the frenetic wall of distorted guitars that (at times) defined Microcastle. Indeed, if this album resembles anything, it is more the Atlas Sound album Logos, recorded by Deerhunter main man Bradford Cox post-Microcastle. In other words, Halcyon Digest is noticeably more calm, tuneful and reliant on electronics and acoustics than Microcastle, especially on album closer "He Would Have Laughed," recorded in tribute to Jay Reatard.

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (Expanded Edition)
Doobie Brothers - World Gone Crazy (2 LPs) (Vinyl)
Drifters - Drifters
Druids of Stonehenge - Creation
Dungen - Skit I Allt
Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
Electric Six - Zodiac
Emiliana Torrini - Rarities
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odin
Eric Clapton - Clapton
Eternal Summers - Silver (Vinyl)
Everly Brothers - Everly Brothers
F**ked Up - Year of the Ox
Fats Domino - Fats Domino

Fences - Fences (Vinyl)

On 180 gram vinyl! Chris Mansfield fancies himself a fuck-up. Through the ten songs that make up the self titled full-length from Fences (the twenty-seven year old musician's band), the singer/songwriter sings, in his resigned baritone, how he just can't seem to get it right - love, life, family - again and again. Most songwriters are lucky to write a single love song that truly cuts to the bone once in their lifetime. With his debut record, Mansfield has managed to write ten such songs; taught, jangling, downcast pop songs that expose the crippling pain and ineffable beauty that comes from a true kind of love. If Mansfield's growing international fanbase - which includes the album's producer Sara Quin, of Tegan and Sara - shows anything, it's that Mansfield can do no wrong with his songs.

Buy Fences Here

Focus - Live on Air
Four Freshmen - And 5 Trombones
Frames - Mosaik
Frank Sinatra - Chairman of the Board (2 CDs)
Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed (Vinyl)
Free - Wishing Weel: Collection (2 CDs)
Frontier - There Will Be No Miracles Here (Vinyl)
Gary Lewis & the Playboys - Liberty Singles Collection
Gene Autrey - Tumbling Tumbleweeds: Greatest Hits (2 CDs)
Gin Blossoms - No Chocolate Cake
Glasser - Ring (Vinyl)
Glen Matlock - Born Running
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Vinyl)
Group Inerane - Guitars from Agdez vol. 3 (Vinyl)
Half-Handed Cloud - As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-Out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth (Vinyl)
Halford - Halford IV: Made of Metal
Hank Williams - The Complete Mother's Best
Hell Preachers Inc - Supreme Psychedelic Underground
Highlife - Best Bless (Vinyl)
Hollies - Hear! Here! (Vinyl)
Hollies - Here I Go Again (Vinyl)
Huey Piano Smith - Just Clownin (More of the Best)
Ice Cube - I Am the West
Ingram Hill - Look Your Best
Jagged Edge - The Remedy
James Cotton - Giant
James LaBrie - Static Impulse
Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song (Vinyl)
Jeezy - TM 103
Jeremih - All About You
Jimmy Cliff - Harder Road to Travel: Collection (2 CDs)

Jimmy Eat World - Invented (Vinyl)

On 180 gram vinyl! Jimmy Eat World are happy to present their highly anticipated new album, Invented. Recorded in Tempe, Arizona at the band's Unit 2 studio, Jimmy Eat World reunited with Mark Trombino, the producer on the band's breakthrough album, Bleed American, and their seminal earlier albums, Static Prevails and Clarity. "We're very excited about Invented," said lead singer and guitarist Jim Adkins, "it was great reconnecting and creating an album with Mark Trombino, we can't wait for our fans to hear it." Invented marks the band's first studio album since 2007's Chase This Light. Jimmy Eat World's last release may have been three years ago but they've been busy. The boys took a break from the recording of Invented to commemorate the ten year anniversary of their influential album, Clarity, with a national tour.

Buy Jimmy Eat World Here

John Mellencamp - No Better Than This

John Miles - Transition
John Zorn - Ipsissimus
Johnny Burnette - The Ballads of
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (Vinyl)
Johnny Cash - At San Quentin (Vinyl)
Johnny Cash - Best of
Johnny Cash - I Still Miss Someone: Greatest Hits (2 CDs)
Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
KMFDM - Greatest Shit (2 CDs)
KMFDM - Wurst
Kenny Chesney - Hemingway's Whiskey
Kenny Rogers - Kenny Rogers
Lesser/Matmos/Wobbly - Simultaneous Quodlibet (Vinyl)
Liza Minnelli - Confessions
Lizz Wright - Fellowship
Los Lonely Boys - Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live
Lucksmiths - Get-to-Bed Birds (Vinyl)
Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around
Luka Bloom - Dreams In America
Luther Vandross - Essential Mixes
MF Grimm - You Only Live Twice (Vinyl)
MSWhite - Squares
Madlib - Medicine Show No.9: featuring Frank Nitti

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards from A Young Man

Maria Muldaur - Live in Concert (CD/DVD)
Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. - Record Collection (Vinyl)
Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye
Meridene - Something Like Blood
Miller Sisters - Got You on My Mind
Mr. Death - Death Suits You
Mushroomhead - Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children
Mutemath - Armistice Live

Neil Young - Le Noise (Vinyl)

On 180 gram vinyl! This eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon Neil Young and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois - known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically over the course of many years, including Lanois' performances at Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young's performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson's music director, but this is the first time the two have recorded together. Recorded in Lanois' home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just "a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording," as Lanois puts it. "Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him," Lanois says. "He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands - one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That's the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs 'Love and War' and 'Peaceful Valley Boulevard.' I wanted him to understand that I've spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he'd never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything - an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds - and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It's hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of fifty years of rock and roll, but I think we did it."

Buy Neil Young Here

Nellie McKay - Home Sweet Mobile Home
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms/Mind Ctrl Psychic Chasms Possessed (Vinyl)
No Age - Everything in Between (Vinyl)
Nurse With Wound & Larsen - Erroneus: A Selection Of Errors (Vinyl)
October Tide - A Thin Shell
Olof Arnalds - Innundir Skinni
omen - Public Strain (Vinyl)
Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) - History of Modern: Limited Edition (CD/DVD)
Owen - Abandoned Bridges (Vinyl)
Owen Pallett - Swedish Love Story EP
Paleo - A View of the Sky (Vinyl)
Parlour - Simulacrenfield (Vinyl)
Patsy Cline - Patsy Cline
Peelander-Z - P-TV-Z
Percy Sledge - Percy Sledge
Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn
Peter Gabriel - Birdy - O.S.T. (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 1: Car (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 3: Melt (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4: Security (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Highlights (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - So (Real World Reissue)
Peter Gabriel - Up (Real World Reissue)
Phil Collins - Going Back
Platters - Platters

Posies - Blood/Candy

On 180 gram gatefold vinyl; comes with a digital download and a poster! Fresh off the Frosting on the Beater full-album shows and their work with Big Star, The Posies chart unforeseen territory on Blood/Candy while holding onto their well known signature sound. The almost entirely self produced record boasts melodic hooks, provocative lyrics, and intricate layers of instrumentation that blend far-out, spacey sounds with sophisticated hues. The bulk of the album was recorded and mixed in Spain and their hometown of Seattle, with stops in Ecuador, Canada, Paris and Los Angeles. "After the eclecticism of our last album, Every Kind of Light, we thought it would be a good idea to make a kind of classic, back to our roots album, guitar pop with lots of harmonies, etc. We didn't end up doing that - however, what stands in place of that, is an album even more adventurous, more playful, and more heartfelt than I think we've ever done. If I had to pick one album for us to be remembered by and delete all the others, no doubt that I would choose this one," says co-founder Ken Stringfellow. Jon Auer, also original co-founder, adds, "With Blood/Candy, we definitely sound like us, but some of these songs are completely from an alternate Posies' universe. We subscribe to the 'evolve or perish' philosophy. We directed ourselves to new places with this recording and tried not to travel down familiar paths when it could be avoided. Expect the unexpected." Since the band's inception in the late 80s in Seattle, The Posies - known for their cross-pollination of pop and rock - have maintained a consistent career throughout the years. Noted for hits like "Golden Blunders," recorded by Ringo Starr in 1992, along with "Dream All Day," "Solar Sister" and "Flavor of the Month" from their pivotal release Frosting on the Beater, the group has developed a massive cult following and critical acclaim.

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Powerglove - Saturday Morning Apocalypse
Pro-Pain - Absolute Power

Quiet Riot - Metal Health (Vinyl)

On limited edition 180 gram gatefold vinyl! Quiet Riot broke a lot of rock and roll history book records and made quite a bit of NOIZE with their mega-platinum smash Metal Health album in 1983. This hard working Los Angeles power quartet featured the great vocals and writing of front man Kevin Dubrow, bassist extraordinaire Rudy Sarzo, power drummer Frank Banali and guitar shredder Carlos Cavazo. Together, they delivered the goods in a big way, making Metal Health one of the first ever multi-platinum heavy metal albums to go number one. Thanks in part to the amazing smash cover version of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize," Metal Health was and still is incredibly popular, and now Friday Music is ever so proud to be the home of this first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl limited edition release. The LP is jam packed with stellar metal anthems including the very heavy title track "Metal Health," plus more rockers like "Love's a Bitch," the amazing "Breathless," and the more blues oriented groover "Don't Want to Let You Go." For this limited edition release, we have gone back to the original Pasha Records/Epic Records tapes, which have been mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at AcousTech/RTI. Plus, we have also included a very limited gatefold album cover with all of the original cool graphics as you remember them. This is a much welcomed audiophile dream for the heavy metal rocker in all of us. Now, can we sing in unison: BANG YOUR HEAD!

Buy Quiet Riot Here

Randy Travis - Top 10
Refried Ice Cream - Witness to The Storm
Rick Derringer - Spring Fever
Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Special Edition
Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band - I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry
Ron Wood - I Feel Like Playing
Ronnie Wood - I Feel Like Playing
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing the Piano/Out of Noise
Salem - King Night (Vinyl)
Sarah Vaughan - After Hours
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way
Seal - Commitment
Seeds - Back to the Garden
Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies (Vinyl)
Sisters - Ghost Fits
Smegma - Mirage (Vinyl)
Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns (Vinyl)
Soundgarden - Telephantasm (Double-Disc Version)
Stand United - Adherence

Sting - Symphonicities (2 LPs) (Vinyl)

Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi (Vinyl)
Sweet Cobra - Mercy
T.I. - King Uncaged
Tangerine Dream - Ocean Waves Collection
Tangerine Dream - Silver Siren Collection
Tangerine Dream - Winter in Hiroshima
Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy Pendergrass
Tera Melos - Patagonia Rats
The 88 - The 88
The Atlas Moth - The One Amongst the Weed Fields
The Crown - Doomsday King
The Dance Party - Touch
The Ex - Catch My Shoe
The Lonely Forest - The Lonely Forest
The Secret - Solve Et Coagula
The Sleeping - The Big Deep
The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox (Vinyl)

Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous (2 LPs) (Vinyl)

Live and Dangerous ranks as one of the greatest live albums of all time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this masterpiece, Friday Music delivers the definitive version with a 2 LP Deluxe 180 Gram 1/2 speed master. Phil Lynott and Co's. greatest songs are given the five star treatment, mastered from the original Warner vault tapes.

Buy Thin Lizzy Here

Thin Lizzy - Renegade (Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Thunder & Lightning (Vinyl)
Three Mile Pilot - The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (Vinyl)
Tied to the Branches - Tied to the Branches
Tired Pony -The Place We Ran From
Tito Puente - The Complete 78's Vol. 2 (reissue)
Tito Puente - The Complete 78s Box Set Volume 1 (reissue)
Todd Rundgren - For Lack of Honest Work
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live on Air
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Live (2 CDs)
Tony Joe White - The Shine
Trout Fishing in America - Lookin' at Lucky
Twin Shadow - Forget (Vinyl)
Twin Shadow/Violens - Split 7" (Vinyl)
UFO - Too Hot to Handle  The Best of a Decade
Unearthly Trance - V
Various Artists - Afro-Beat Airways (Vinyl)
Various Artists - Blues According To (6 CDs)
Various Artists - Christmas Holiday Party Mix
Various Artists - Ding Dong Presents, Volume 2: Rock Bop Boogie & Rock and Roll Pills
Various Artists - Happy Christmas Volume 5
Various Artists - It's Kind Of A Funny Story (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Rockin' R'n'B
Various Artists - Matador at 21 (Vinyl)
Various Artists - Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection
Various Artists - O Come All Ye Faithful
Ventures - Christmas Album (Vinyl)
Victoire - Cathedral City
Washington Chorus - Christmas with the Washington Chorus
Weezer - Hurley (Vinyl)
Welsh Male Voice Choir - A Welsh Male Choir Christmas
Widespread Panic - Live in the Classic City II (Vinyl)
Windham Hill (various) - A Windham Hill Christmas
XBXRX - O (Vinyl)
Yaz - Reconnected Live (2 CDs)
Yes - Drama (reissue) (Vinyl)
Young Jeezy - TM 103

New Music releases are put together from a variety of online sources by Robert Benson - http://collectingvinylrecords.blogspot.com  

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com  

New Jazz Releases - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Art Farmer - Modern Art (Disconforme )
Art Pepper - Return Of Pepper (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Art Pepper - Art Of Pepper (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Avishai Cohen - Introducing Triveni (Anzic )
Avril Lavigne - Essential Mixes (Sony UK )
Benny Goodman - In Hi Fi (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Benny Goodman - Story (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Best Of Big Band Sound - Best Of Big Band Sound ( )
Big Band Music Of The War Years - Big Band Music Of The War Years ( )
Bill Evans - Ivory Hunters (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bill Evans - Undercurrent (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bill Perkins - Tow As One (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Blundetto - Bad Bad Things (Heavenly Sweetness )
Bob Degen - Remembering Jake (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Bobo Moreno - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Stunt/Stateside )
Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Bunky Green / Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex ( )
Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball's Bossa Nova (Pid )
Cannonball Adderley - Mercy Maercy Mercy (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Caro Emerald - Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor (Phantom )
Caro Emerald - Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room (Phantom )
Cecil Taylor - Jazz Advance (Fresh Sounds Spain )
Charles Mingus - Mingus Three (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Green - Friend Like You (Omagatoki Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Parker - Story On Dial Vol 1 (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Charlie Parker - Story On Dial Vol 2 (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chet Baker - Sings And Plays (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chet Baker (Trumpet / Com / Vocals - Chet Baker Sings It Could Happen To You (Fantasy )
Chick Corea - Now He Sings Now He Sobs (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Chris Connor - At Village Gate (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Cindy Blackman - Another Lifetime (Four Quarters Entertainment )
Clare Fischer - So Danco Samba (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Claude Williamson - Memory Of West Coast (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Clifford Brown - Jazz Immortal (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Count Basie - Basie (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Danielle Freeman - Dorian (Ganache Productions)
Dave Brubeck - Original Album Classics ( )
Dave Grusin - Evening With (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Davis & The Cronners - Jazz Duets (Phantom )
Debi Nova - Luna Nueva (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Donald Byrd - Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Eli Degibri - Israeli Song (Anzic )
Enrico Pieranunzi - Live At Birdland (Cam Jazz Records/Ada )
Floored By Four - Floored By Four (Chimera Music/Carrot Top )
George Colligan - Isolation (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Gerry Mulligan - Quartet (Universal )
Gerry Woo - Latin Percussion With Soul ( )
Green / Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex (PI )
Gregory Tardy - Strongest Love (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Gurus - Offpiste (Stunt/Stateside )
Hank Jones - Talented Touch (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Hank Jones - Porgy And Bess (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Heiner Stadler - Retrospection (Labor )
Herbie Hancock - Complete Columbia Collection (Phantom )
Hugh O'Conner - For The First Time (Phantom )
Hugh O'Connor - For The First Time (True North )
Human Element - Tba (King Japan/Zoom )
Jacques Loussier - Jacques Loussier Plays JS Bach (Zyx )
Jane Monheit - I'll Be Around (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Jason Palmer - Nothing To Hide ( )
Jazz Crusaders - Freedom Sound (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Jazz Crusaders - Uh Huh (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Jesper Thilo - On Clarinet (Stunt/Stateside )
Jesse Harris - Cosmo (Tzadik )
Jesse Harris (Guitar / Songwrite - Cosmo (Tzadik )
Jimmy Rowles - Rare But Well Done (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Joe Pass - For Django (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Joe Pass - Stones Jazz (EMI Japan/Zoom )
John Carter - Mosaic Select: John Carter And Bobby Bradford (Mosaic Select )
John Coltrane - Coltrane Time (EMI Japan/Zoom )
John Helliwell - Creme Anglaise (United States Of Distribution LTD.)
John Legend - Wake Up (Sony Japan )
John Lewis - Grand Encounter:2 Degrees East 3 Degr (EMI Japan/Zoom )
June Christy - Something Cool (EMI Japan/Zoom )
June Christy - June's Got Rhythm (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Junior Mance - World Of Junior Mance (King Japan/Zoom )
Laura Toxvaerd - Do Drugs (Ilk/Stateside )
Laurindo Almeida - Viva Bossa Nova (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Lizz Wright - Untitled (Phantom )
Lizz Wright - Fellowship (Verve Forecast )
Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around (Dreyfus )
Marc Ribot - Silent Movies ( )
Mike Westbrook - Fine 'N' Yellow (Voiceprint )
Mikkel Band Nordso - Blue Lotus (Stunt/Stateside )
Milton Nascimento - Clube Da Esquina ( )
Nikki Yanofsky - Nikki-For Another Day Deluxe Editiion (Phantom )
Nikki Yanofsky - For Another Day (Universal Distribution )
Omar Klein - Rockets On The Balcony (Tzadik )
Omer Klein - Rockets On The Balcony (Tzadik )
Oregon - In Stride (Cam Jazz Records/Ada )
Paquito D'Rivera - Tango Jazz:Live At Jazz At Lincoln Ce (Sunny Side )
Paquito D'Rivera - Tango Jazz: Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center (Sunny Side )
Pasborg's Odessa 5 - X Tra Large (Stunt/Stateside )
Paul Brown - Love You Found Me (Shanachie )
Pierre Dorge & Njo - Presents (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Povl Dissing - That Lucky Old Sun (Sundance )
Ranjit Barot - Tba (King Japan/Zoom )
Rich Perry - At The Kitano 3 (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Rolf Ericson - My Foolish Heart (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Rudresh Mahanthappa - Apex (PI Recordings )
Samuel Blais - New Angle (Phantom )
Snarky Puppy - Tell Your Friends (Rope-A-Dope -Red- )
Sonny Criss - Go Man (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus:80th Anniversary Best (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus-80th Anniversary Best (Phantom )
Sonny Rollins - Complete In Japan (JVC )
Sonny Rollins - Jazz Colossus: 80th Anniversary Best (Universal Distribution )
Sonny Stitt - Plays Arrangements From The Pen Of Qu (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Steve Gadd - Mikarimba (Video Arts Japan/Zoom )
Sue Raney - Songs For A Raney Day (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Sun Ra - Paris Tapes (Traffic Entertainment Group )
Thad Jones - Live At Village Vanguard (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Thad Jones - Central Park North (EMI Japan/Zoom )
Tony Grey - Unknown Angels (ObliqSound )
Vic Juris - Omega Is The Alpha (Steeplechase/Stateside )
Vince Guaraldi - Cast Your Fate To The Wind: Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus (Fantasy )
Warne Marsh - Ballade For You (Amj Jap/Zoom )
Woima Collective - Tezeta (Traffic Entertainment Group )
Wouter Hamel - Nobody's Tune (Phantom Sound & Vision )
Xiomara Laugart - La Voz (Chesky Records/Ra )
Yoshiko Kishino - Portrait 2-The Premium Best (Phantom )
Yoshiko Kishino - Portrait 2: The Premium Best (Universal Distribution )
Yves Leveille - Choregraphie (Phantom )

Art Pepper - Modern Art (Virgin)
Best Of Big Bands - Best Of Big Bands (Pid)
Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby (JDC Records )
Bud Powell - Bud Powell (Virgin)
Chet Baker - Sings (Virgin)
Jim Hall - Jazz Guitar (Virgin)
John Coltrane - Traneing In (Prestige / New Jazz)
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool (Virgin)
Miles Davis - Dig (Universal Japan )
Sarah Vaughan - After Hours (Verve)
Wes Montgomery - Boss Guitar (Universal Japan )

New release information provided by www.allaboutjazz.com. The Release Center at allaboutjazz.com is the most comprehensive new release listing for jazz music on the internet and the information is updated biweekly by John Kelman.

Music News & Notes


Sodom‘s new album, 'In War And Pieces' will be released via SPV/Steamhammer on November 23rd. It was produced by Grip Inc. guitarist Wade Sorychta. The cover art was done by Eliran Kantor, who is responsible for great cover art such as Testament‘s The Formation Of Damnation as well as album covers for recent releases by The Crinn (Dreaming Saturn), Gwar (Lust In Space) and Anacrusis‘ re-recordings called Hindsight: Suffering Hour And Reason Revisited.

Cool album cover art!


New Senses Fail – The Fire Video Stream, Cover Art

Senses Fail is ready to unleash their new effort (their fourth studio release)'The Fire' on October 26. 'The Fire' will be the first album with guitarist Zack Roach, who replaced Heath Saraceno. As Senses Fail is known for its strong riffing and solos, this may have a noticeable effect, although, “The Fire” and “Saint Anthony” both sound like classic Senses Fail.

Singer Buddy Nielsen has said The Fire will be a passionate, creative album.

The Fire “is a reaction and a release of a whirlwind of emotions that came from fighting for what we love and dealing with change and growth both personally and creatively,” Nielsen said.

More cool cover art...


Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Bon Jovi and Alice Cooper have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Donovan, Neil Diamond and Dr John are among the other first-timers in contention for the prestigious roll of honor. Previous nominees LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Tom Waits and The Beastie Boys are also up for induction next year. Acts become eligible for inclusion to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after the release of their first recording.

The final list of inductees will be announced in December, while the ceremony is scheduled to take place in New York next year.

Five of the fifteen artists will be inducted based on the votes of over 500 industry members over the next couple of months. The announcement will be made later in the year.

The nominees are:

•Alice Cooper
•Beastie Boys
•Bon Jovi
•Neil Diamond
•Dr. John
•J. Geils Band
•LL Cool J
•Darlene Love
•Laura Nyro
•Donna Summer
•Joe Tex
•Tom Waits
•Chuck Willis

Missing once again are such rock favorites as Rush and Kiss. Also overlooked again is any representative of the art and progressive rock genre such as the Moody Blues, Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson. However, people have been lobbying for Neil Diamond (among others) for years. You can't please them all......but you would think there could be a better way to get nominated and included than the way they do it now....

ALICE COOPER Comments On Nomination For ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction:
Old-school shock-rocker Alice Cooper has released the following statement in response to the announcement that he and his band are among 15 artists who were nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011:

"On behalf of Dennis (Dunaway), Neal (Smith), Michael (Bruce) and the late great Glen (Buxton), we are honored to be nominated for induction in to the Hall. Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it's definitely a compliment to be recognized.

"It's hard to fathom possibly being in the same club as artists who inspired us originally, like THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, THE BEACH BOYS, THE WHO, THE YARDBIRDS, and Chuck Berry, and to be nominated the same year as legendary artists like my personal favorite songwriter of all time, Laura Nyro, as well as Donovan, who sang on our 'Billion Dollar Babies' record, and our good friends in Bon Jovi, is a great feeling.

"Five guys starting a band, just hoping to meet girls and drink free beer, rehearsing and playing local bars five hours a night for the first few years — that was us. We came up with the theatrics and made every effort not to sacrifice the music one bit; we thought it was like our job to bring theatrics to rock 'n' roll. And then, amazingly enough, we were having a bunch of massive hit records which was proof that theatricality and rock 'n' roll could, in fact, be joined successfully. We've been told that we revolutionized the live concert experience and if that's truly the case and it's led to this nomination for induction into the Hall of Fame, the only thing to say is, of course, 'There's no business like show business!'"

This Date In Music History - September 28


Ben E King (Benjmin Earl Nelson) - The Drifters (1938)

Nick Nicholas - Steppenwolf (1943) His was fired from the band in ’70 for a number of reasons including playing a Fillmore East gig wearing only bunny ears and a jock strap.

Original Iron Butterfly guitarist Danny Weis was born in Huntington Park, CA in 1948. A founding member of the seminal 60's group, he left the group after their debut album, 'Heavy,' was recorded.

Paul Burgess - 10cc (1950)

Andy Ward - Marillion (1952)

George Lynch - Dokken (1955)

Peter Hooton - The Farm (1962)

Kenny Wilson (Ginger Fish) - Marilyn Manson (1966)

Joseph Arthur - Fistful Of Mercy (1971)

Young Jeezy, (Jay Jenkins) - (1977)

Melody Thornton - Pussycat Dolls (1984)

Singer/actress Hilary Duff - (1987)

They Are Missed:

In 1968, American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure (age 42). He was one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley's debut record, "That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky."

Born on this day in 1902, Ed Sullivan, TV host, The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show (see below). The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture; the broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers. Sullivan died on October 13, 1974.

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia in 1991. His 1959 album 'Kind of Blue,' is a major influence on jazz music. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Adam Goldstein (DJ AM.), club DJ and musician, died of an accidental drug overdose at home in New York City in 2009 (age 36). Had worked with Blink 182, Crazy Town, Madonna. Goldstein had surrived a plane crash along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in September 2008.

Lucy Vodden, the woman who inspired the Beatles' ‘67 classic "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," died in 2009 after a long battle with lupus. Vodden, 46, was a nursery-school classmate of John Lennon's eldest son, Julian. One day, Julian brought home a drawing he made of her and showed it to his father, saying it was a picture of his friend "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." O'Donnell, in a BBC radio interview in 2007, said, "I remember Julian and I both doing pictures on a double-sided easel, throwing paint at each other, much to the horror of the classroom attendant... Julian had painted a picture and on that particular day his father turned up with the chauffeur to pick him up from school."


"To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears was released in 1958. The song was written and composed by 18-year old Phil Spector.

The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool in 1962. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles' third and final "Riverboat Shuffle".

In 1963 - "She Loves You" by the Beatles was played on the radio by Murry The K (often referred to as the fifth Beatle) in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song was played in the US and certainly changed the music world as we knew it (for the better, I may add).

"The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan," his second album, was released in 1963.

Connie Steven's TV show called "Wendy And Me" (with George Burns), premiered in 1964 (it lasted just the one season).

The Beatles started a nine week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1968 with "Hey Jude." The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon's son Julian gave the group their 16th US #1 and the biggest selling single of 1968.

The Rascals went to #1 on the US album chart in 1968 with 'Time Peace / The Rascals' Greatest Hits.' Also, Moody Blues "Days Of Future Past" hits the album chart.

Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1968.

John Lennon recorded his blistering and confessional cut "Cold Turkey" in 1969. He had a pretty impressive backing band - guitarist Eric Clapton, fellow Beatle Ringo Starr on drums and Manfred Mann bassist (and friend from The Beatles Hamburg days) Klaus Voorman. Yoko is in there as well. Lennon originally presented the song his fellow Beatles for inclusion on 'Abbey Road' but they passed on it.

Eric Burdon provides the talking/singing ad-libs and War serves up the groove for "Spill The Wine." It went gold in 1970.

David Bowie sold out New York's Carnegie Hall in 1972. It was his first sell out in the US.

The Rolling Stones appeared on US television for the first time in six years when they played on ABC-TV's "In Concert" in 1973.

Bad Company went to #1 on the US album chart in 1974 with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.

Canadian singer Andy Kim went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1974 with "Rock Me Gently," ( Kim was also the co-writer of The Archies "Sugar Sugar").

Jerry Garcia and Friends and Jefferson Starship gave a free show to 40,000 fans in San Francisco's Lindley Park in 1975.

In 1976, A&M Records sued George Harrison for $6 million over non-delivery of a new album ('33 1/3' )after he missed the deadline by two months.

David Bowie taped a duet with Bing Crosby for Crosby’s Christmas special in 1977. Using the term “duet” may be a little misleading as Bowie and Crosby sing “Little Drummer Boy” and “Peace On Earth” separately-simultaneously.

In 1987, U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Joshua Tree world tour.

Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson were guests on the television show "$10,000 Pyramid" in 1987.

"Tales From Margaritaville" (go figure) was published by Jimmy Buffet in 1989. It was a book of short stories.

In 1991, Garth Brooks went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Ropin' The Wind.' The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the #1 position and 70 weeks on the chart, selling over 11m copies. It was also the first country album to debut at #1 on the Billboard pop chart.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses released 2 albums 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make #1 & #2 in the US as well.

On the week of their album ‘Nevermind’ being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City in 1991 and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their anthem, "Smell’s Like Teen Spirit," had also entered the US Top 20 this week.

LeAnn Rimes went to #1 on the US album chart in 1997 with 'You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs.'

In 2001, Courtney Love filed a claim against Geffen Records and two musicians from her late husband's band, Nirvana. The suit was aimed at invalidating a 1997 agreement over the group's body of work. Love claimed that she signed the deal while she was distressed. (she means stoned, I think...)

In 2002, Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th).

Tina Turner's hometown, made famous in her song "Nutbush City Limits," named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway' in 2002. Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.

John Mayer was at #1 on the US album chart in 2003 with ‘Heavier Things.’

In 2004, producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.

In Beverly Hills, CA, a tribute concert to honor Ray Charles in 2004 raised $15 million for Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta. The performers included Bill Cosby as the host, Stevie Wonder, Travis Tritt, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), James Ingram and Patti Austin. They sang Charles' hits, such as "Georgia On My Mind," "What I'd Say" and "Hit the Road Jack." Charles had died of acute liver disease on June 10, 2004.

Cream`s "Disraeli Gears," which features “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Strange Brew,” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses” was reissued as a two-CD package in 2004. This deluxe edition contains a 24-page booklet, demos, songs that didn`t make the album and live BBC performances. The original album was released in `67.

In 2004, Mick Fleetwood issued his third solo album, “Something Big,” with guest appearances by Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and former Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer.

In 2005, PBS ran a documentary called 'Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest.' Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, the Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine and U2 are among the artists who appear as the film explored the use of popular music as an instrument for political change.

Also in 2005, Disturbed's third album, "Ten Thousand Fists," tops the Billboard 200 chart after selling 238,000 copies during its first week of release. Bon Jovi's "Have a Nice Day" lands at #2 with 202,000 units sold.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello was one of 400 people arrested in 2006 for unlawful assembly, blocking the main entrance road to the Los Angeles International Airport. The protest takes place during a march to raise awareness about the rights of immigrant hotel workers. "This [historically] is how things have changed . . . by people on the lower rungs of society standing up," says Morello. He was released from police custody the next morning. Right on...!

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed on NBC's Today Show in 2007 to promote their 'Magic album.

In 2007, The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.

Also in 2007, an ad for P Diddy's Unforgivable Woman perfume range, featuring a lingerie-clad model cavorting with the rapper in a New York hotel stairwell, was shown on Channel 4 in the UK. The ad had been banned in the US by the Federal Communications Commission, for being too sexually explicit for US audiences.

Neil Young’s “Le Noise” is released in 2010. Young and producer Daniel Lanois recorded the album in an L.A. mansion earlier in the year. "We cut a couple of solo acoustic songs, but the rest is very electric," says Lanois "There's no band, but I got in there with my sonics. There's nothing else out there like it."

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