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Foreverly by Billie Jo Armstrong and Norah Jones
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The unlikely pairing of Green Day’s front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer songwriter Norah Jones resulted in a tribute to the timeless voices of the duo who shaped the sound of country and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, Billie Joe and Norah recreate the album’s original 12 songs.
On Foreverly, the duo captured the signature melodies, harmonies and rhythms from the early work of the Everly Brothers. Compare the Everly Brothers’ “Long Time Gone” with Billie Joe and Norah’s version of the song. They capture that perfect blend of the early sounds of country mixed with rockabilly. The timing and nuances of the duet performance mimic the essence of the Everly Brothers’ chemistry.
Wings Over America [Deluxe Edition] by Paul McCartney & Wings
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2014 Grammy Winner: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Wings Over America is the monumental live album by Paul McCartney and Wings, originally released in December of 1976. Recorded throughout the band s Wings Over America U.S. tour dates earlier that Spring, the album reached #1 in the US in early 1977. Containing almost two full hours of music, Wings Over America offers a stunning rendition of Maybe I m Amazed, plus Wings classics such as Live and Let Die, My Love, & Let Em In. McCartney also included some Beatles classics into the set list, including Yesterday, The Long and Winding Road and more for the first time since the Beatles had broken up six years earlier.
The original 28-track album on 2 discs, remastered at Abbey Road Studios.
8 previously unreleased bonus audio tracks recorded live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
Bonus DVD featuring the 75 minute TV special Wings Over The World and a brand new short film charting the tour route in photographs.
All set within a numbered hardbound slipcase containing:
-112-page book written by David Fricke, featuring new interviews and extensive tour photography
-Exclusive 60-page photographic journal of Linda s images chronicling life on the road
-136-page replica tour book with itineraries, tour program, memorabilia, and lyrics plus 3 (10 x8 ) prints
-80-page book of drawings by artist Humphrey Ocean
24bit 96kHz high resolution audio versions of all 36 songs on the remastered album & bonus audio tracks, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the deluxe edition package
Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
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NPR First Listen: Against Me!, ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’
NPR’s The Record: Punk Musician Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender
Against Me! will release it’s much-anticipated sixth full-length studio album titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues on Tuesday, January 21st on their own label, Total Treble. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the intense follow-up to the band’s previous full-length album, White Crosses, and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years.
Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan And Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptace.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be a supported with a full North American tour in 2014 with Inge Johansson formerly of the International Noise Conspiracy joining the band to play bass on the road. Details to be released soon.
High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen
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Fresh Air: Uneven but Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has ‘High Hopes’
The Current: 'High Hopes': How's the New Springsteen Album?
Album Review by Bill DeVille, host of The Current
Truth be told, I’m not a massive Bruce Springsteen guy. I am certainly an appreciator of what he does, but I generally prefer to root for the underdog. As I listened, I started to realize maybe High Hopes is kind of an underdog album.
Springsteen is back with one of the more interesting albums he’s recorded. It’s kind of an “odds & sods” collection. His 18th studio album is the first culled from older material. The album was inspired by his late-night listening sessions to some old unreleased tracks he had lying around.
The big surprise here is Tom “The Nightwatchman” Morello is aboard for seven of the twelve tracks. The Boss told Rolling Stone he might not have made the album without Morello. He was recruited as fill-in for Little Steven on an Australian tour, which inspired Bruce to enlist Morello on High Hopes. Morello is all over the album, giving Springsteen a fresher and hipper sound than ever! Springsteen also mentioned, “He took the music and jolted it into the now,” and added, “He’s one of the few guitarists that creates a world by himself.”
Morello really creates that world on “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” which he also performed with Rage Against the Machine; Morello duets with Bruce and adds a real “facemelter” of a guitar solo on this reworked Springsteen tune which was originally the title track of Springsteen’s 1995 album.
But Tom Morello doesn’t try to steal the show here. His guitar work is, shall we say, a little more subtle than his terroristic shredding with Rage Against the Machine. You can tell he’s there, but his guitar is just part of the painting. That’s especially evident on “Harry’s Place,” which makes Springsteen sound more street than the average 60-something rockstar. On “American Skin (41 Shots),” a song inspired by a police shooting and first performed live by Bruce and the E-Street Band in 2000, Morello lays down a gorgeous, almost Joe Satriani-like solo that fits the song perfectly.
One of the highlights of the album is “Down in the Hole,” a song written post 9/11 that didn’t make the cut for The Rising album. Its freight-train beat is reminiscent of “I’m On Fire” and really sets the tone for a mournful tune.
I like High Hopes' “less formal” presentation. It seems less thought-out than the rest of Springsteen's body of work. It's not often you find Bruce covering several tracks on an album — and the covers are all pretty great! The album's lead track, “High Hopes,” was originally recorded by The Havalinas in 1990. It's a nice introduction to the festivities, with the big Springsteen band letting loose with a full horn section. The Australian band The Saints' “Just Like Fire Would” is also covered with an epic arrangement that boasts full string and horn sections. The album's closer is a gorgeous reading of the band Suicide's “Dream Baby Dream,” which seems inspired by Bruce's love of the late Roy Orbison's music.
Bruce Springsteen’s voice is still amazing and powerful at 64. I love that he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for making music! It seems like this album was made for the fun of it. Nothing wrong with that! High Hopes isn’t one for the record books, but it’s one of the more interesting entries in the Springsteen catalogue.
The U.S. Albums by The Beatles
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Fresh Air: At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution
Weekend Edition: The Beatles’ Defining Moment (Hint: It’s Not ‘Sgt. Pepper’)
All Things Considered: Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers
World Cafe: World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles
All Things Considered: Loving An Album To Death Makes A Music Fan For Life
Weekend Edition: From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail
Fresh Air: Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’
Fresh Air: Cynthia Lennon Reflects On Life With John
Fresh Air: Beatles’ Photographer Astrid Kirchherr Opens Up
All Songs Considered: Mono Or Stereo: Which Beatles Box Is Better?
On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by scores of screaming, swooning fans who rushed the gate to catch a glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they took their first steps on American soil. Two nights later, on Sunday, February 9, 73 million viewers in the U.S. and millions more in Canada tuned in to CBS to watch The Beatles make their American television debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ In what remains one of the world’s top-viewed television events of all time, The Beatles performed five songs on the live broadcast and ‘Beatlemania,’ already in full, feverish bloom in The Beatles’ native U.K., was unleashed with blissful fervor across America and around the world. The British Invasion had begun.
The new 13 CD box set THE U.S. ALBUMS commemorates the 50th anniversary of these history-making events, spanning 1964’s MEET THE BEATLES! to 1970’s HEY JUDE. The Beatles’ U.S. albums differed from the band’s U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The box set includes the following titles:
1. MEET THE BEATLES!
2. THE BEATLES’ SECOND ALBUM
3. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT [MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]
4. SOMETHING NEW
5. THE BEATLES’ STORY
6. BEATLES ’65
7. THE EARLY BEATLES
8. BEATLES VI
9. HELP! [MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK]
10. RUBBER SOUL
11. YESTERDAY AND TODAY
13. HEY JUDE
These albums were originally issued between 1964 and 1970 by Capitol Records, Apple Records, and United Artists in the United States. These new releases seek to replicate the unique listening experience heard by Americans at the time by preserving the sequences, timings, and artwork found on the albums. Capitol’s engineers in the 1960s took great care to produce what they believed to be the best possible sound for the playback equipment in use at that time. Due to the limitations of the record players of the day, engineers often compressed the sound by raising the volume of the softer passages and lowering the volume for the louder parts of the songs. They also reduced the bass frequencies since too much bass could cause the record to skip. In some cases, reverb was added to the tracks to make them sound more “American.”
The CDs are packaged in miniature vinyl sleeves that faithfully recreate the original U.S. LP releases down to the finest detail, including the inner sleeves. 11 original U.S. albums presented in both mono and stereo. Hey Jude and The Beatles’ Story are in stereo only. A Hard Day’s Night [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude and the U.S. version of Revolver are presented on CD for the first time. Yesterday And Today features the original album cover of The Beatles posing with raw meat and baby dolls. The package also comes with a collectible sticker of the subsequent Yesterday And Today cover art. Also included is a 64-page booklet which includes a new essay examining the U.S. albums and their historical significance, written by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan.
2014 Grammy Nominees
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Tune in on Sunday to find out who will win but you can enjoy listening to a fine sample of artists from the top categories on this compilation cd where a portion of sales help support the Grammy Foundation and MusicCares.
Is There Anybody Out There? by A Great Big World
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"Say Something" is the breakout track from A Great Big World and has made quite an impact climbing the charts. The band, which features New York-based singer-songwriting duo Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, has received critical acclaim from both the press and music community for the undeniably emotional song. They are also known for the viral hit "This Is the New Year," which solidified them as an indie pop presence with staggering YouTube views and numerous syncs on film and television. The duo crafted a six-song EP funded entirely on Kickstarter by fans which got them signed to Black Magnetic/Epic Records and are known for their positive, piano-driven pop songs and heartwarming lyrics. The group’s debut full-length album "Is There Anybody Out There?" will feature both the original and Christina Aguilera version of "Say Something."
Live at the Cellar Door by Neil Young
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Live archive release from the veteran singer/songwriter, an album of unreleased live performances from late 1970. The album is the latest in Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series, and it collects recordings made during the Canadian singer/songwriter’s intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door, a venue in Washington D.C., between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970. Since the gigs were only a few months after his timeless third solo album, After The Gold Rush, was released and five of the thirteen tracks here are from that very record, including ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ and ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’. Also featured, is ‘Cinnamon Girl’ performed on piano rather than guitar, a handful of Buffalo Springfield songs, including ‘Expecting To Fly’ and ‘Old Man’ which wasn’t released until two years later on 1972’s Harvest album.
The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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Tell Me More: Macklemore’s Brand of Socially Conscious Rap
Tiny Desk Concert: Macklemore & Lewis
The Current: Album Review - The Heist
2013 Grammy Nominee: ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR, BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST RAP PERFORMANCE, BEST RAP SONG, BEST RAP ALBUM, BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Debut album from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest, the pair have been featured at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Rock The Bells, Sasquatch, MusicFest NW and Outside Lands. Album guests include Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses, Allen Stone, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul.
Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival LIVE
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2013 two CD collection containing highlights from Eric Clapton’s celebrated music festival. In addition to rousing performances of Blues classics and renowned hit songs, many of the most memorable performances saw artists coming together for some stirring collaborations. Among the highlights were the surprise pairing of John Mayer and Keith Urban for the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” Vince Gill and Clapton taking on “Lay Down Sally,” Keb Mo and Taj Mahal covering the Sleepy John Estes’ song, “Diving Duck Blues,” Gill performing “Tumbling Dice” with Urban and Albert Lee and members of the Allman Brothers - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks - joined forces for a haunting acoustic cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.” As you would expect, Clapton features prominently throughout the show. The legendary guitarist also tore through the Derek and the Dominos’ classic “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” with the Allman Brothers Band, revisiting the time in 2009 when he joined the band during their annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York.
A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige
Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige has recorded her first-ever holiday album, A Mary Christmas, for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records. A Mary Christmas is an extraordinary collaboration between collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster. ‘Working with David Foster is a singer’s dream. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this soulful classic Christmas album with him. David’s music has touched so many lives, I’m so proud of what we’ve created and I believe my fans will love it as much as I do,’ says Mary J. Blige.
A Mary Christmas features Blige’s soulful interpretation of classic holiday tunes including ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘The Christmas Song.’ Blige is joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Barbra Streisand, who duets with Blige on ‘When You Wish Upon A Star,’ along with Jessie J on ‘Do You Hear What I Hear;’ The Clark Sisters join Blige on ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Noche de Paz,’ is a Spanish collaboration with Mark Anthony.Other highlights on the album include ‘Little Drummer Boy,’ ‘My Favorite Things,’ ‘This Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ and Tino Rossi’s ‘Petit Papa Noël.’
The Christmas Album by Bright Eyes
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Originally released in 2002 as a Saddle Creek Online Store exclusive with all proceeds benefiting the Nebraska AIDS Project, Bright Eyes’ A Christmas Album is now available via widespread commercial release. Available on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and digital formats, check out the album The New York Times called “the saddest, sweetest holiday recording you hear all season.”
The Songs of Leiber & Stoller
Fresh Air: Jerry Leiber
If songwriters gained as many plaudits and fans as those performing their compositions then Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller would be two of the biggest stars of modern music. However, with none other than Elvis Presley as a vessel for the partners work they couldn t have asked for better, from Hound Dog to Jailhouse Rock they remain among the founding fathers of Rock And Roll. Add to that Stand By Me and scores of other classic hits and you can be sure that with these 75 tracks you are truly among songwriting royalty.
CD1 1. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley 2. Ruby Baby - Dion 3. Take It Like A Man - Gene Pitney 4. My Boy John - Baby Jane & The Rockabyes 5. Love Me - Johnny Burnette 6. Lucky Lips - Ruth Brown 7. It’s My Turn To Cry - Jay & The Americans 8. Spanish Harlem - Ben E.King 9. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison 10. Some Other Guy - Richie Barrett 11. I’ll Be There - Damita Jo 12. Alligator Wine Screamin’ - Jay Hawkins 13. Cafe Espresso - Leiber-Stoller Orchestra 14. I Keep Forgettin’ - Chuck Jackson 15. Smokey Joe’s Café - The Robins 16. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello - Elvis Presley 17. Don Juan - LaVern Baker 18. The Bossa Nova (My Heart Said) - Tippie & The Clovers 19. All Is Well - Johnny Mathis 20. Fools Fall In Love - The Drifters 21. Falling - Sammy Turner 22. Hollerin’ & Screamin’ - Little Esther 23. Charlie Brown - The Coasters 24. Keep Tellin’Yourself - Marv Johnson 25. Love Potion No.9 - The Clovers CD2 1. Stand By Me - Ben E. King 2. Baby I Don’t Care - Buddy Holly 3. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters 4. Tears Of Joy - Etta James 5. Shack Daddy - Betty Jean Morris 6. Poison Ivy - The Coasters 7. The Chicken And The Hawk - Big JoeTurner 8. Riot In Cell Block # 9 - Wanda Jackson 9. Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots - The Diamonds 10. Blues For Me - Eddie Fisher 11. Drinkin’ Fool - Big John Greer & His Rhythm Rockers 12. You Laugh - Jack Jones 13. Your Old Lady - The Isley Brothers 14. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley 15. Corn Whiskey - Jimmy Witherspoon 16. The Snow Is Falling - Ray Charles 17. Heavenly Blues - King Curtis 18. You’re The Boss LaVern - Baker & Jimmy Ricks 19. Dancin’ - Perry Como 20. Lips - Roy Hamilton 21. TakeMy Love - Mabel Scott 22. Framed - Ritchie Valens 23. Sorry,But I’m Gonna HaveTo Pass - Lonnie Donegan 24. Don’t - Elvis Presley 25. Jack O’Diamonds - Ruth Brown CD3 1. Dance With Me - The Drifters 2. I’m A Woman - Peggy Lee 3. Kansas City - Little Willie Littlefield 4. You’ll Be There - Clyde McPhatter 5. Searchin’ - The Coasters 6. King Creole - Elvis Presley 7. Saved - LaVern Baker 8. Tricky Dicky - Richie Barrett 9. Drums - Jay & The Americans 10. The Draw - Sherman &The Teenagers 11. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton 12. Fanny Lou - Frankie Marshal 13. Back Door Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon 14. It’s Been So Long - Jo Stafford 15. Teach Me How To Shimmy - The Isley Brothers 16. Get Off My Wagon - Linda Hopkins 17. I SmellA Rat - Big Mama Thornton 18. Broken Patty - Andrews 19. Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin’) - The Cheers 20. I Want To Do More - Ruth Brown 21. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley 22. Destination Love - Wynonie Harris 23. The Lady Wants To Twist - Steve Lawrence 24. Flesh,Blood And Bones - Little Esther 25. Here Comes Henry - Young Jessie
Artpop by Lady Gaga
Morning Edition: Lady Gaga Writing a Song is like a Factory Investing in a New Machine
Soundcheck: Lady Gaga
2013 release, the third album from the Pop superstar. Artpop musically mirrors Gaga’s creative process. Simply put, Artpop is a celebration of obsession set to a carefully crafted musical landscape that brings the listener on a truly unique audio journey. With producers White Shadow, Zedd, Madeon and others on board, Gaga’s signature Dance/Pop sounds have risen to new heights, bringing a fresh experience that is destined to shake up the current state of Pop music.
The Fame Monster - “Lady Gaga isn’t flesh and blood like the rest of us. She is made of amazingness.” ~Simon Price, The Independent (London)
Wrapped in Red b y Kelly Clarkson
Fresh Air: Kelly Clarkson ‘Wrapped in Red’
The original American Idol returns with her first holiday collection. The album’s first single, “Underneath The Tree,” was written by Kelly and hit songwriter/producer Greg Kurstin as well as produced by Kurstin. Kelly enlisted Kurstin who was one of her partner’s on the Grammy Award winning album Stronger. Together, Kelly and Greg bring a fresh, contemporary sound to this new holiday music ensuring the songs are big hits and evergreen holiday favorites.