All Things Considered: The Legend Behind ‘Honkey Tonk Blues’
Country star Waylon Jennings meets a little known songwriter missing a couple of fingers named Billy Joe Shaver and makes him what was quite possibly a drunken promise, that he would record an entire album of Shaver’s songs. When Shaver turned up in Nashville to collect, Jennings allegedly offered $100 to get lost and Shaver promptly offered to kick his butt.
Instead, the two made an album that would become a cornerstone of the outlaw country movement.Share
NPR Jazz Profiles: Frank Sinatra, The Voice
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s groundbreaking and highly successful album, Duets, Capitol/UMe will release a newly-remastered Sinatra Duets - Twentieth Anniversary 2CD Deluxe Edition bringing together the original Duets, and the follow-up Duets II, together in one deluxe package. Included on the 2CD deluxe edition are two never-before-released recordings: ‘One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)’ featuring Tom Scott and ‘Embraceable You’ with Tanya Tucker plus the rare bonus tracks ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ with George Strait and two versions of ‘My Way’ one recorded with Luciano Pavarotti and the other with Willie Nelson. This 20th anniversary album will feature brand new cover art as well as a 32-page booklet with rare photos and both original and new liner notes.Share
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.Share
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)Share
The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One is a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer who’s revolutionized folk, pop and rock music over the past half century with a profoundly influential catalog of songs and sounds.
Beginning with tracks recorded for his eponymous 1962 Columbia Records debut album, the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One follows Dylan’s restless transformations across six decades as a singer, a songwriter, a concert performer and a studio artist who’s continually finding fresh ways of expressing and exploring the varieties of human experience, worldly and other, with music.
The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One also brings together for the first time, on two “Side Tracks” discs, a wealth of previously released non-album singles, tracks from Biograph and other compilations, songs from films and more.
The collection contains 35 studio titles (including the first-ever North American release of 1973’s Dylan album on CD), 6 live albums, the 2-CD “Side Tracks,” and a hardcover book featuring extensive new album-by-album liner notes penned by Clinton Heylin and a new introduction written by Bill Flanagan.
All 41 official albums, including 14 newly remastered titles
Also includes a 2CD compilation of songs not included on the original albums
All the original artwork reproduced
Hardcover booklet with extensive liner notes and rare photosShare