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Title - 'Bryan Adams - Wembley Live 1996' [2 CD]
Artist - Bryan Adams

For those not in the know, and shame on you if that's you of a certain age, Bryan Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

Adams rose to fame in North America with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless, which produced some of his best known songs, including "Run to You" and "Summer of '69".

In 1991, he released "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from the album Waking Up the Neighbours and the song became a worldwide hit which went to number 1 in many countries, including 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom, a new record. Adams also had the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Heaven", "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"

For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, three Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.

Adams was also awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

With the DVD of the same name/show already out, now it's the turn of Bryan Adams - Wembley Live 1996 [2 CD] to be released this June 30th 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

It was July 27th 1996 and a sell-out crowd in excess of 100,000 welcomed Bryan Adams to Wembley Stadium on his 18 Til I Die Tour in support of the multi-platinum album of the same name.

Bryan's soon-to-be-massive 18 Til I Die album had been released a few weeks earlier and hit the No.1 spot on the UK Albums Chart and gone Top 5 right around Europe. Wembley Stadium, in England, the home of the national football team, was packed to the brim. Indeed, with close to 100,000 people packed inside this Stadium - just after Euro 96' - on a hot summer day/night, once the very first chord of 'The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You' is struck, for the next two hours everyone was beholden, entranced by their Canadian rock hero.

The 24 song show continues breathlessly onward after the album's first hit single, with "Do To You," "Kids Wanna Rock," the loud sing-along "Can't Stop This Things We Started", and then both "This Time" and "18 'Til I Die."

From the constant noise made by the audience, it's clear that everyone is having the time of their collective lives here tonight. Adams slows his roll a little with both "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" and new album track "Touch The Hand," but cranks all that energy right back up again, closing out the first disc of two with "Cuts Like A Knife," "It's Only Love" (with special guest Melissa Etheridge standing in for Tina Turner), and then both "Somebody" and then the massive tear jerking ballad, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You."

The second disc opens with a frenetic "Run To You," which Adams backs seamlessly with both the gentle rocker "There Will Never Be Another Tonight" and one of my own personal favorites, the lesser known "Seven Nights To Rock." A fabulous rendition of a classic rockabilly song (written by both Buck Trail and Henry Glover), it's followed by "I Wanna Wear Your Underwear" (a track I've always loved listening to), and that's followed by a cover of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing".

The rousing anthem "It Ain't A Party (If You Can't Come 'Round)", and then both a fun "She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'" and an all-stage-lights-flashing, everyone sweaty and going nuts (I've seen and reviewed the DVD so I know), all 100,000 singing at the top of their voices "Summer Of '69" is one of the OTT highlights of this fantastic live double album.

Once every one, and every thing has calmed down, Bryan slows the proceedings down with "All For Love", and follows that with the beautiful slowburn of "Let's Make A Night To Remember." Coming back on stage after a quick break, we next get a balls-to-the-wall version of The Clash's infamous "I Fought The Law" before he brings the entire over-two-hours-long show to a close with a deliriously-stunning "Heaven".

Simply put, if you weren't there in 1996, you can now buy this 2CD set, and in the comfort of your own home, put it on, close your eyes and be there as if you were the first time around.

Bryan Adams @ Facebook

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Title - 'The Curse Lives On' [EP]
Artist - Phear

For those not in the know, Phear - comprised of: Patrick Mulock – Lead Vocals; Graham Stirrett – Guitar / Backing Vocals; Tyson Emanuel – Guitar / Backing Vocals; Chris Boshis – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals; and Chris Lewis – Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals - was formed in Toronto in 2015.

Mulock, who first found success - albeit in his Toronto area - with local band Rampage, then went on to play with Metal Blade recording artists Eidolon; with Glen and Shawn Drover – formerly of Megadeth – from 2001-2004.

After a semi-retirement from music (2004- 2014), he sat down with the Rampage guys to discuss doing it all again, but not everybody could commit. So, with two new members and three original Rampage band mates on board, Mulock formed the new band Phear.

Now Phear have taken the music scene by storm and have just released a highly impressive five-track EP, The Curse Lives On. Released June 30th, 2017, it follows on the heels of their debut full-length album, Insanitarium.

1. 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'
2. 'Dirty Work'
3. 'Don’t Scream' (LIVE)
4. 'Heaven' (LIVE)
5. 'Regan’s Dream' (LIVE)

The EP kicks off with a tribute to Iron Maiden, albeit via the longest major poem ever written in history. Composed by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' was originally included on Maiden's fifth studio album Powerslave (1984) and has always been one of their massive fan favorites.

Here, Phear don't color to far outside the lines themselves with their own rendition and as much as they don't make it their own, they do manage to pay it some might fine justice. Next up is a track that sounds so much like Alice In Chains I'm blown away knowing that it has no connection to them at all - it's just that good. 'Dirty Work' is, for me, the best track on the EP and that's backed by the guitar frenzy of 'Don't Scream' (Live).

Next up is where the softer side of Phear comes to the fore, as the acoustic guitar ballad 'Heaven' (Live) is brought forth. The EP is rounded out with the longest track, 'Regan's Dream' (Live), a track inclusive of all the usual elements that make up thrash metal at its finest, it is most definitely a showpiece to be proud of.

With news that Phear have begun writing material for their next full-length album, for release early 2018, this EP will be welcomed by their legion of fans; and rightly so.

Phear @ Facebook

Phear @ Twitter

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Title - 'S.T.F.U. [Explicit]'
Artist - KillSET

For those not in the know, KillSET is the integration of a professional, well-oiled, finely tuned metal machine and an explosive, supercharged charismatic front man.

The band was created when former ARCM members, James "Jas" Dillon (Drums), Mark Baker (Bass), and Dave Comer (Guitars), combined forces with established singer Luca (Choleric).

Instantly, there was an addictive atmosphere in the writing process. The contributions and writing styles of each member perfectly complemented one another's individual strengths to create a sound that beautifully kills.

KillSET then joined forces with renowned producer, Eddie Wohl (Fuel, Smile Empty Soul, ill Nino, 36 Crazyfists) and completed their debut, full-length album, Know Your Killer, demonstrating their signature sound of pure ferocity and simple beauty.

The overwhelming support of the freshman album led to worldwide radio play and presented KillSET with the opportunities to share the stage with Fear Factory, Otep, Red, Adrenaline Mob, Flaw, Nothing More, and Saliva.

Subsequently, the band chose to embark on another musical journey, again collaborating with producer Eddie Wohl, culminating in a sophomore effort that will certainly impact anyone who dares to listen.

Transcending the current generic norm, the new album (out July 7th, 2017), S.T.F.U., has a unique style and flavor that is simply undeniable. The ten track album is pure adrenaline-cultivated tracks from start to finish and with not one cut being a so-called filler, you know you're getting true, honest to God value for money here.

1. 'Get Up'
2. 'Bully (Explicit)'
3. 'Killers in the Pit (Explicit)'
4. 'Tomorrow (Explicit)'
5. 'Broken Angel'
6. 'Jump'
7. 'How Dare You (Explicit)'
8. 'Animal'
9. 'Not a Love Song'
10. 'Don't Let Me Die'

West Coast nu-metal band KillSET have delivered a right royal message here with their sophomore album, S.T.F.U. Sure they are not reinventing the wheel, but what KillSET do is install a melodic bass line to each and every song, an infectious bounce that takes the could-have-been raw, heavy razor edge off the tracks and enables a more polished sound to come forth.

If nowhere else, lead off single/video 'Killers in the Pit' showcases this perfectly, but trust me when I say that each of the ten tracks have that said same vibe to them - which, I for one, believe is the reason for their success in this now niche market that used to be so dominant.

But, if you want even more proof of KillSET's ability to turn nu-metal into something for all to enjoy, just check out their INCREDIBLE version of the old '90s hit from Kris Kross, 'Jump'! Shit, more than that, go watch the video for it on YouTube and just embrace all that is great about it; whilst you smile broadly, from ear to ear.

As Killset singer Luca himself describes the band's video shoot for the phenomenal cover: "I wrote the script and then we went to thrift stores and bought the biggest jeans they had, Timberland boots, leather woven belts, boomboxes, jerseys, Cross Colours clothes and I had my mom send out my old pager."

'Killers in the Pit' Official Video

KillSET @ Facebook

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Title - 'Keep It Movin'
Artist - Frank Piombo

For those not in the know, Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.

Indeed, Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks, Sleepwalk, and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.

More so now as his creative and infectious passion and optimism for music has once more come to the fore with the impending release of his fourth album, Keep It Movin', due out August 4th, 2017 via Sound Exchange Publishing.

1. 'Keep It Movin'
2. 'Al dente (Tino's Theme)'
3. 'Sunset Beach'
4. 'Middle of the Night'
5. 'Rush Hour Funk'
6. 'Sogno D'Amore'
7. 'Easin' Up (Remix)'
8. 'Keep It Movin' (Vocal)'

We begin in fine form with the title track, 'Keep It Movin', a cut that instantly reminds me of George Benson's guitar playing, and that's backed by both the free flowing hipsway of 'Al dente (Tino's Theme)' and the more dedicated horns of the steamy 'Sunset Beach.' The dusk to dawn Latin groove feel of 'Middle of the Night' is one of my own personal favorites here. Incorporating some heated trumpet work from Sam Hankins, that's followed by the twanging guitar and alert horn work from saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. on 'Rush Hour Funk.'

The laid back saxophone and string work on 'Sogno D'Amore,' coupled with Piombo's expert guitar playing makes this a very fluid and joyful track, and that's backed by the late night, cigar smoke-filled underground jazz bar feel of 'Easin' Up (Remix).' With the album being rounded out by an impressive 'Keep It Movin' (Vocal)' (sung by Joe Arminio, and which is something I truly wish more artists of this genre would encourage), Keep It Movin' is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of my top picks for Album of the Year 2017.

Frank Piombo @ Facebook

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Title - Before the Flood (Music from the Motion Picture)
Artist - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Gustavo Santaolalla

For those not in the know, of which I also can count myself among, 'Before the Flood' is a 2016 documentary film about climate change directed by Fisher Stevens. The film was produced as a collaboration between Stevens, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran; with Martin Scorsese as an executive producer.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016, and was released theatrically on October 21, before airing on the National Geographic Channel on October 30.

As part of National Geographic's commitment to covering climate change, the documentary was made widely available and free of charge on various platforms. 'Before the Flood' is now available for digital streaming, on demand and Blu-Ray/DVD.

Released on April 21st, 2017 via Lakeshore Records, this luscious 3LP vinyl album is simply exquisite from start to finish. This triple gatefold sleeve designed by John Crawford houses the aforementioned 3LPs beautifully, each on 180g Heavy Weight Audiophile Black Vinyl, and inclusive of 18 tracks in all. Inclusive of the previously shared Reznor and Ross collaboration 'A Minute To Breathe,' it features haunting vocals by Reznor himself.

1. 'Before the Flood'
2. 'A Minute to Breathe' (feat. Trent Reznor vocals)
3. 'Between Two Poles'
4. 'Dust Bowl'
5. 'Thin Ice'
6. 'And When the Sky Was Opened'
7. 'Ghost Nets'
8. 'Trembling'
9. 'One More Step'
10. 'Huaynaputina'
11. 'At Dusk'
12. 'Thin Ice Reimagined'
13. 'Disappearing Act'
14. 'The Melting Pot'
15. '8 Billion'
16. 'One Perfect Moment'
17. 'A Minute Later'
18. 'After The Flood'

From the gentle, somewhat playful even strings of the opening title track, 'Before the Flood,' on through via Reznor's vocalized, breathy 'A Minute to Breathe' ("we will all be judged by what we leave behind") and then the terrifyingly haunting, static 'Between Two Poles,' this soundtrack might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is one that (aside from the good cause and its heightening of social awareness) most assuredly needs to be heard on a much larger scale of radio demographic.

Even the shorter tracks such as 'Dust Bowl,' 'Thin Ice' and the penultimate track, the stirring Celtic girth of 'A Minute Later' have something to day. Stand out favorite cuts to my mind, my ear, include the stoic 'And When the Sky Was Opened,' and fellow contributor Mogwai's 'Ghost Nets' and gentle synth-laden 'Huaynaputina.'

Before the Flood is a 90-minute suite of tense, aquatic moods and plaintive, earthy instrumentals, that come together to bring forth an overall score that is so concisely foreboding and yet so expansively spacious at the same time.

With the latter third of the soundtrack containing the two longest tracks, '8 Billion' and the ten minute opus 'One Perfect Moment,' and with Mogwai wrapping things up neatly with his 'After the Flood' work, this 3LP vinyl soundtrack album is not only the most perfect musical accompaniment to DiCaprio's warning tale of a man-made global warming film, but a soundtrack for the ages also.

This year EARTH DAY fell on RECORD STORE DAY (Saturday April 22nd) and so to celebrate the release of 'Before the Flood' participating indie record stores were given an autographed copy of the glorious 3LP vinyl album.

This very special copy of the 3LP vinyl album, much like the one that was so kindly sent to me for review here today, was signed by Academy Award Winning Composer's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (NIN) and Gustavo Santaolalla to increase awareness of climate change.

The sixty participating stores all donated the proceeds to an organization that works to offset carbon emissions and create initiatives to promote climate change awareness.

Lakshore Records @ Facebook

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Title - 'House Of Cards: Season 5' [2CD]
Artist - Jeff Beal

Having been the winner of the 2015 Emmy for best score re: Season 3, this follow up double-disc package to the highly-rated fourth season (which was also released as a mighty fine 2CD set from composer Jeff Beal) contains an impressive 51 tracks and continues onward seamlessly from where season 4's score concluded.

Indeed, much like the four previous seasons for this hit Netflix program, the score music contained over the two discs is as good, if not better, than all that has gone before. That means, for everyone that loves 'House of Cards' - featuring Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara - not only have you most likely viewed the fifth season extensively via Netflix, but you now have the 2CD set to kick start some memories therein.

For those that have thus far not taken the ride, 'House Of Cards,' featuring Majority House Whip Francis Underwood (Spacey), takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself.

Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name.

As for the composer himself, well, Jeff Beal is a fast rising TV composer of the highest order, trust me. With both HBO's The Newsroom and NBC's The Dovekeepers completed in the last year, Beal is already lining up new projects - and deservedly so.

CD 1:
1. Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2:40) 2. How We Met (3:20) 3. House Of Cards Theme (3:27) 4. Dial Up The Terror (4:02) 5. Infamy (1:25) 6. About My Father (1:08) 7. Almost There (2:13) 8. Is The Damper Open? (3:50) 9. Tom Yates (2:01) 10. Simple Truths (2:43) 11. Find A Judge (2:07) 12. Tom, Stop (1:03) 13. Where Are You (:59) 14. Are We Together (:48) 15. He Lived (1:15) 16. Russians In Antarctica (1:06) 17. Election Results (1:40) 18. Artfully Confident (1:33) 19. Then What (2:45) 20. Access To Everything (2:06) 21. New Election Day (:59) 22. The Bunker (3:12) 23. Playing Both Sides (3:53) 24. Dead To Rights (1:30)

CD 2:
1. Elysium Fields (6:11) 2. No Good Deed (2:19) 3. Left For Dead (:57) 4. A Million Years Ago (1:50) 5. Lunch With Petrov (1:53) 6. America I Hear You (:56) 7. Slow Burn (1:09) 8. Your Job (1:38) 9. Let Them Forgive You (:45) 10. Saved My Life (2:18) 11. Do You Like It (1:47) 12. Don’t Go Their Way (1:32) 13. Note From Tom (:45) 14. Before I Take It Back (:36) 15. Who’s The Leak (2:30) 16. Implicate Yourself (1:36) 17. Night Vigil (1:18) 18. Shut It Down (1:28) 19. The One To Watch (2:52) 20. Real Power (2:55) 21. Women In Combat (2:19) 22. Heavy Heart (1:30) 23. Contingencies (1:27) 24. Swallowing Poison (1:13) 25. For Now (1:53) 26. Lee Ann Missing (4:12) 27. Nuclear Codes (2:22)

This Season 5 score has everything that I've enjoyed from previous releases. The jazzy trumpet, light piano, long dark tones, and haunting strings still conjure up images of the street lights reflecting on the wet pavement of a misty and cold Washington D.C. night.

The music, broken down over the aforementioned 51 tracks over the two CDs, is as beautiful as a you would imagine it to be, with Beal managing to balance those moments of composed elegance with just a hint of character deviousness. Bravo, my friend. Bravo!

BTW, if you honestly haven't seen this show yet, Spacey is every bit as good as Ian Richardson (from the original UK version), thus (at the time) Netflix's big gamble fully deserved it's now big pay off.

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Title - 'The House' (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Various

This high powered summer comedy stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler and this quite brilliant original motion picture soundtrack from Varese Sarabande features unreleased material from LL Cool J, (a rip-roaringly stunning flashback cut of the never-before-released remix of "Momma Said Knock You Out"), and Charli 2NA of Jurassic 5, among others.

For those not in 'The House' movie know, Scott and Kate Johansen must figure out a way to earn some money after their daughter's scholarship falls through. When all else fails, the desperate couple join forces with their neighbor Frank to start an underground casino in his home. As the cash rolls in and the good times fly, Scott and Kate soon learn that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

1. "Love My People" (original version) - Performed by Crown and the M.O.B. (3:50)
2. "We Just Came To Party" - Performed by Crown and The M.O.B. featuring André Winn Jr p/k/a Graze (3:14)
3. "Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine" - Performed by Lettuce (3:23)
4. "Mama Said Knock You Out" (Sam Wilkes Remix) - Performed by LL Cool J (4:24)
5. "Spanking Out Horns" - Performed by Crown and The M.O.B. (3:19)
6. "Kids In The Hood" - Performed by The M.O.B. featuring Charli 2NA (:59)
7. "Kodiac Jam" (Grain Zero Remix) - Performed by Mash & Munkee (David Hanke and Kolja Starkowski) (2:24)
8. "Gz And Hustlas" - Performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg (3:51)
9. "Save My Job" - Score by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau (:41)
10. "Woke Up This Morning" (The Sopranos Mix) - Performed by Alabama (4:04)
11. "The Moment" - Performed by X5’s (2:50)
12. "Gathering The Players" - Score by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau (1:32)
13. "Love My People" (Remix) - Performed by Crown and the M.O.B. and DJ Dave Aude (3:23)

Kicking off in style with the upbeat, piano and trumpet-fused, Jay-Z influenced "Love My People" (original version) from Crown and the M.O.B., that's backed perfectly by both "We Just Came To Party" (once again from Crown and The M.O.B. along with André Winn Jr p/k/a Graze), and then "Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine" performed by Lettuce.

The stand out, sounding-as-good-as-ever gem "Mama Said Knock You Out" (Sam Wilkes Remix) performed by LL Cool J (4:24) is truly the unreleased beauty on this soundtrack album, and sounding as great today as it did back then, "Spanking Out Horns" (once again from Crown and The M.O.B.) follows it neatly. "Kids In The Hood," performed by The M.O.B. featuring Charli 2NA is a short little thing, before we're back in full flow with both "Kodiac Jam" (Grain Zero Remix) performed by Mash & Munkee (David Hanke and Kolja Starkowski) and Snoop Dogg's “Gz And Hustlas” (another previously-unreleased cut).

The composed score cut "Save My Job" by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau is another short interlude, before yet another previously-unreleased track is upon us in the form of "Woke Up This Morning" (The Sopranos Mix) from Alabama 3. The album is then rounded out by a trio of greatness, with "The Moment" from X5 kicking things off, the brilliant western-flavored score "Gathering The Players" (by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau), and then finally another version of "Love My People" (Remix) - performed by Crown and the M.O.B. and DJ Dave Aude.

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Title - 'The Mambo Kings' [Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Artist - Various

'The Mambo Kings', starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante, opened up a new audience to the joy and diversity of Cuban music. This just re-released, and best-selling CD soundtrack features many big names from the world of Latin jazz and Salsa music, including songs by Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Mambo All-Stars, Beny More as well as Linda Ronstadt, Antonio Banderas and Los Lobos.

For those not in 'The Mambo Kings' (1992) is the story of Cuban brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo, who bring their unique sounds to New York in search of fame and fortune. While Cesar revels in the fame and the adoration of the women, Nestor increasingly finds himself mourning his homeland and lost love.

1. "La Dicha Mia" (Celia Cruz) (3:20)
2. "Ran Kankan"(Tito Puente) (3:00)
3. "Cuban Pete" (Tito Puente) (2:25)
4. "Mambo Caliente" (Arturo Sandoval) (3:28)
5. "Quiereme Mucho" (Linda Ronstadt) (3:25)
6. "Sunny Ray" (Mambo All-Stars) (2:37)
7. "MelaoDeCaña (Moolalah)" (Celia Cruz) (2:53)
8. "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul" (Bella Maria De Mi Alma) (Mambo All-Stars featuring Antonio Banderas) (4:12)
9. "Para Los Rumberos" (Tito Puente) (1:51)
10. "Perfidia" (Linda Ronstadt) (3:48)
11. "Guantanamera" (Celia Cruz) (3:05)
12. "Tea for Two" (Mambo All-Stars) (2:33)
13. "Accidental Mambo" (Mambo All-Stars) (1:22)
14. "Como Fue" (Beny More) (2:55)
15. "Tanga. Rumba-Afro-Cubana" (Mambo All-Stars) (3:30)
16. "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul" (Los Lobos) (4:31)

Having now been completely remastered using superior music sources, 'The Mambo Kings - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' (just re-released by Varese Sarabande this past June 30th, 2017) is a pure delight from start to finish.

I mean, there just isn't a bad song on this entire 16 track album. In particular, probably the best English rendition of "Perfidia" by Linda Ronstadt is one of my own personal favorites, it has to be said. Indeed, I've always thought that her powerful voice made this song the most perfect addition to this most perfect soundtrack.

Here on this now remastered CD, and with Varese Sarabande using superior music sources that - listening to this album now three times on the spin, I have to urge them to continue to do for all their upcoming and future releases - Ronstadt's vocals come across crisper and clearer.

Also enhanced by, well, the remastering job, is "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul (Bella Maria De Mi Alma)," a track cut by the Mambo All-Stars featuring Antonio Banderas. Wow, what a stunning musical work of art this truly is and alongside both "Como Fue" (Beny More) and Los Lobos' very own version of "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul," this remastered soundtrack is one; especially if you have never heard it in full, for your record collections.

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Title - John Williams: Themes And Transcriptions For Piano
Artist - John Williams

For those of you not in the know, John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, to many of the highest-grossing films of all time, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films.

Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but two of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island.

Williams has composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments; he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 23 Grammy Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.

Here on the just-released John Williams: Themes And Transcriptions For Piano, alongside Simone Pedroni - an Italian pianist and conductor born in Novara, Italy - he and the former Van Cliburn Award-Gold Medal winner each transcribed about half of material.

1. The People House (2:43) 2. The American Process (3:55) 3. Getting Out The Vote (2:41) 4. The Blue And Grey (3:22) 5. The Peace Delegation* (2:20) 6. Elegy (2:26) 7. The Meeting With Grant* (2:47) 8. “With Malice Toward None” (1.47)

9. Theme (3:25)

10. Remembering Carolyn (4:48)

11. The Asteroid Field (4:33)

12. Luke & Leia (5:23)

13. The Visitor And The Book Thief (3:13) 14. Max And Liesel (1:11) 15. The Snow Fight* (1:54) 16. Learning To Read* (2:45) 17. Max’s Departure (2:21) 18. The Visitor At Himmel Street (2:11) 19. Finale (2:56)

20. Theme (2:31)

21. Hedwig’s Flight (2:09) 22. Voldemort (2:45) 23. Hogwarts Forever (1:59) 24. Fluffy’s Harp (3:30)

25. Buckbeak’s Flight‡ (2:21) 26. A Window To The Past (4:28) 27. Aunt Marge’s Waltz (2:18)

Premiering Williams' own piano suites from “Lincoln”, and “The Book Thief”, plus Pedroni’s own special transcriptions of music from “Harry Potter”, “Star Wars”, “Schindler’s List” and more, the new album is a stunning and unique presentation of John Williams’ film music; without the usual symphony orchestra.

I know you most likely know all Williams' most famous works, and are currently humming away a few bigger known ones now in your head, but trust me when I say you have never heard them orchestrated in such as way as this brilliant paring have brought forth today via Varese Sarabande.

Including 27 tracks over 80 minutes of music, John Williams: Themes And Transcriptions For Piano not only reveals hidden layers to each musical peice we all thought we knew, but alongside Simone Pedroni, well, the uber-talented Italian really brings out a new, crisp freshness to them all.

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Title - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical
Artist - Original Broadway Cast

Roald Dahl’s most treasured tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is coming to the land where sweet dreams come true – Broadway!

Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!) as the magical maestro Willy Wonka himself, and conjuring up the confectionary wonders three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Front Page), Charlie is about to discover a whole new scrumptious experience!

For those not in the Broadway know, as I'm pretty sure you all know about the movie itself, Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates ... to a lucky few.

That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination.

Accompanying the new musical is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical by the Original Broadway Cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it's just the most perfect musical recipe for a delectable treat such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

1. 'Overture'
2. 'The Candy Man'
3. 'Willy Wonka! Willy Wonka!'
4. 'Charlie, You & I'
5. 'A Letter From Charlie Bucket'
6. 'More Of Him To Love'
7. 'When Veruca Says'
8. 'The Queen Of Pop'
9. 'What Could Possibly Go Wrong?'
10. 'If Your Father Were Here'
11. 'I've Got A Golden Ticket / Grandpa Joe'
12. 'It Must Be Believed To Be Seen'
13. 'Strike That, Reverse It'
14. 'Pure Imagination / Grandpa Joe (Reprise)'
15. 'The Oompa Loompa Song / Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop'
16. 'When Willy Met Oompa'
17. 'Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet'
18. 'Vidiots'
19. 'The View From Here'

This highly engrossing, truly uplifting and fun set features all the beloved songs from the original film, including 'Pure Imagination' and 'The Candy Man,' alongside a brand new score from the Grammy® and Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

On a personal note, and from a fan of the original, I enjoyed all of the new songs, the reworked songs from the 1971 film, and most of the reworked songs from the London production. However, and either speaking like a purist or an OCD fanatic, it's a little disappointing that 'Juicy' was taken out. Oh, and if I'm going there (as, for the most part, this New Musical soundtrack version is spot on near-perfect as a listening experience), the re-tooled version of 'Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet' is surprisingly mournful.

Anyhoo, and other than that, as aforementioned, I really enjoyed this soundtrack and think that the wondrous 19 tracks will also enthrall you also also. For more than 50 years, Roald Dahl's story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has captured imaginations around the world, and now for the first time Broadway audiences are invited to experience Willy Wonka's delightful and semi-dark chocolate world first-hand. And this new set is, without a shadow of a doubt, something everlasting to behold (much like Willy Wonka's very own invented Everlasting Gobstopper!

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Title - 'Cosmology'
Artist - Kotebel

For those not in the know, and simply put, Cosmology is the scientific study of the large scale properties of the universe as a whole.

Indeed, it endeavors to use the scientific method to understand the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the entire Universe.

Spain's Kotebel is a quintet of musicians that have brought forth here on their brand new album Cosmology an elaborate, yet enjoyably accessible blend of avant-garde symphonic rock; with a wide range of influences from classical to jazz to world music.

1. 'Post Ignem'
2. 'Geocentric Universe'
3. 'Mechanical Universe'
4. 'Entangled Universe'
5. 'Oneness'
6. 'Mishima's Dream'
7. 'A Bao a Qu'
8. 'Canto XXVIII'

As a veritable opus, Cosmology features the “Cosmology Suite”. An ambitious work based on the musical representation of four conceptions of the Cosmos:

- The Geocentric Universe (Earth as center of the universe and God as an anthropomorphic entity)
- The Geocentric Universe (Earth as center of the universe and God as an anthropomorphic entity)
- The Mechanical Universe (the cosmos is a complex machine where parts interact with each other based on physical laws. God does not exist)
- The Entangled Universe (rather than isolated entities, we are actually all “connected”)

A heavy concept to bring on board, sure, but one musically that ebbs and flows with such style, with such grace that it's hard not to want to know more about Cosmology and all that resides within it.

The musicianship here on their seventh album is phenomenal and raises the stakes for their eighth album, that's for sure. Whether it be lightening piano stokes, soaring guitar, frenzied and yet cultured drumming, vibrant; buoyant wind instruments, or en masse of keyboard works that string together seamlessly, Kotebel have created a genuine work of musical art.

Obviously more than a little influenced by bands such as old school Genesis, Yes, ELP, Steve Hackett, King Crimson and even, at times, Chopin himself, here on their seventh album, prog rockers Kotebel - Carlos Guillermo Plaza (keyboards), Adriana Plaza Engelke (keyboards), Jaime Pascual (electric bass), Cesar García Forero (guitars), and Carlos Franco (drums and percussion) - have, to my mind, really outdone themselves here on their first studio album since the release in 2012 of their highly acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble.

Title - 'Slow Dance: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe Edition'
Artist - Anthony Phillips

For those not in the know, Anthony Phillips is an English musician, songwriter and singer who gained prominence as the founding member and lead guitarist in the English rock band Genesis, which formed in 1967.

After Phillips recorded From Genesis to Revelation and Trespass with the band, he left in July 1970 and learned to play more instruments before he began a very illustrious solo career.

Phillips released his first solo album, The Geese & the Ghost, in 1977, some forty years ago now, and having subsequently released an incredible 31 albums since then (his last being Private Parts and Pieces XI: City of Dreams in 2012), Cherry Red Records (UK) is now proud to announce the release of his 1990 album, Slow Dance.

Released via their parent prog label Esoteric Recordings, this quite incredible Slow Dance: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe Edition is a three disc version (2CD & DVD - NTSC / Region Free) of the classic instrumental album from Phillips.

Disc 1: New 24-Bit Remastered Original Stereo Mix
1. Slow Dance Part One
2. Slow Dance Part Two

Disc 2: Slow Dance Vignettes (Previously-Unreleased)
1. Themes from Slow Dance
2. No Way Out (Alternate Mix)
3. A Slower Dance
4. Guitar Adagio from Slow Dance
5. Touch Me Deeply (Demo)
6. Clarinet Sleigh Ride
7. Slow Dance Single Demo (Alternate Mix)
8. No Way Out (Original Mix with Drums)
9. Lenta Chorum

Disc 3: New 5.1 Surround Mixes & 96khz / 24-Bit Stereo Mix
1. Slow Dance Part One (New 5.1 Surround Mix)
2. Slow Dance Part Two (New 5.1 Surround Mix)

As a musical entity, the original instrumental album Slow Dance was simply breathtaking to behold back then. Released in September 1990 on Virgin Records, it features two parts: "Slow Dance (Part 1)" [at 23:57] and "Slow Dance (Part 2)" [at 26:27] - and they each took over an entire side of the vinyl LP that it was pressed on.

Layered, textured, thunderous, and delicate, this epic opus piece has it all. Expertly produced by Anthony and Simon Heyworth (of Tubular Bells fame) with additional engineering by John Gibbons, Slow Dance showcases that Anthony was the true visionary behind the original Genesis sound; and why they had to eventually part ways.

There are no vocals on this effort, but it is simply some of the most beautiful and complex sequences of music he has ever released. I know I keep saying it, but come on now, one listen to the original Side A is enough to have you hooked on Anthony's works for life.

With both those Side A and Side B sounds now recreated as New 24-Bit Remastered Original Stereo Mixes, they sound so much crispier, so much more alive, in ways that I never thought I could hear this music come across. Chock full of lots of nice guitar work, symphonic movements, and all sorts of neat keyboard works and such, Slow Dance is a well-rounded effort from start to finish.

And therein now the finish means we get nine (9) Slow Dance Vignettes (Previously-Unreleased) on the second disc, with this incredible release rounding out with a Region Free (NSTC) DVD of all-New 5.1 Surround Mixes & 96khz / 24-Bit Stereo Mixes of 'Slow Dance Part One' and 'Part Two' as New 5.1 Surround Mixes. Pure Heaven on a stick for all Anthony Phillips fans, of that you can be well assured.

Originally recorded at Vic's Place from June 1988 to March 1989, with the strings having been recorded at CBS studios in February 1989, this new 3 disc digipak Expanded Deluxe Edition of the album also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.

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Title - 'Zero Days'
Artist - Prong

For those not in the know, Prong is an American crossover thrash band formed in 1986. Prong had two independent releases, Primitive Origins and Force Fed, of which both albums attracted the attention of Epic Records, who subsequently signed the trio in 1989.

The group disbanded in 1997 after the Rude Awakening tour, but reformed in 2002. To date, they have released eleven studio albums, one live album, four EPs, one DVD and one remix album.

A pioneer of the urban metal scene, Prong is fronted by Tommy Victor, the band's sole constant member and also currently features both Mike Longworth (Mest) and Art Cruz (Winds of Plague).

After the massive tour with OBITUARY and EXODUS in Europe, Prong went back to the studio for another studio album entitled Zero Days. Just days after mixing was completed, Prong then went on another massive tour with TESTAMENT and SEPULTURA in North America; that's how committed to their music and getting it to their devoted fans they truly are.

1. 'However It May End'
2. 'Zero Days'
3. 'Off the Grid'
4. 'Divide and Conquer'
5. 'Forced Into Tolerance'
6. 'Interbeing'
7. 'Blood Out of Stone'
8. 'Operation of the Moral Law'
9. 'The Whispers'
10. 'Self Righteous Indignation'
11. 'Rulers of the Collective'
12. 'Compulsive Future Projection'
13. 'Wasting of the Dawn'
14. 'Reasons to Be Fearful' [Bonus Track]

This brand new album, Zero Days (out July 28th, 2017 via Steamhammer/SPV) is, as anyone who has had the chance to listen to it, most definitely Prong at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the tracks will leave the listener's heart rates soaring, pounding, for it's really hard to find a weak spot here amongst the 14 tracks.

Once again produced by Tommy Victor, and this time with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer, Zero Days might well be Prong at their aforementioned best, but these 14 tracks showcase a new side to them. One in which they have, without a shadow of a doubt, broadened their sonic musical horizons.

Sure Prong still combines that New York hardcore and thrash influence of the day along with industrial overtones and more, their constant lyrical themes of Life, Hardships, Struggles, Depression, Social issues, and Freedom still abounding in all their Victor-initiated thrash vocalized glory, but now there's more to be discovered.

For, and from the very first powerhaus track ('However It May End') to the last CD bonus track ('Reasons To Be Fearful'), each and every track invokes within you an intense musical journey of your own to be undertaken. Listening to this new album it's hard not to hit Play once more as that last bonus track fades out - it's just that damn compelling of an album!

Prong releases Zero Days on July 28th, 2017 via Steamhammer/SPV as a CD digipak, 2LP vinyl gatefold, digital download and as a stream also.

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Title - 'Enemies of the State'
Artist - Alarm For War

For those not in the know, Buggy is a 13-year-old rapper whose talents came to the forefront unexpectedly at a young age.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as the third coast, Buggy grew up with musical parents and has been around music his entire life.

Influenced by the likes of P.O.D., it was not until a trip to the studio that a seasoned singer was made aware of his undiscovered talents. Buggy began to sing songs just as well as the singer, and was soon found that he could also rap his heart out far beyond his years.

He began to dive into practicing for hours a day to hone in on his talents and gifts when asked to do a “test run” in the studio, not knowing what to expect, he made his way to the studio where he far surpassed everyone’s expectation with his debut album Enemies of the State with his band Alarm For War.

1. 'Enemies of the State'
2. 'Shoulda' Known Betta'
3. 'Day Turned To Night'
4. 'Faith'
5. 'Repent'
6. 'Meetin' Thy Maker'

Alarm For War - featuring vocalist “Buggy”, bass player “Fletcher”, drummer “Smitty” and guitar player “KISA” - may well have just broken the mold of what to expect from this genre of music, for Buggy and his gang have brought forth a monumental new album for the new generation of fans whose brothers grew up on RATM and Alice In Chains.

Released July 28th, 2017 via Novanglus Records Inc.), Enemies of the State has Brian Bart (Logic Recordings) engineering the album, Jr McNeely (Grammy Award winner) editing and mixing the album, and Brad Blackwood doing the mastering. That trio alone is like this genre's dream team, and Buggy and his band of merry men must know they've landed on their feet in the big time now. If not, they will do pretty quickly, of that have no doubt.

From the opening guitars and chiming bell of 'Day Turned To Night', you know the fast rap of human consciousness from Buggy is going to ensure that this one track, amongst the six included on this debut album will be the lead radio favorite. The title track, and album opener 'Enemies of the State' is another ferocious sound, as to is 'Repent,' but for another go-to of sheer excellence in this class of music, album closer 'Meetin' Thy Maker' is also one for the ages.

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Title - 'Band of Brothers'
Artist - Various

For those not in the know, this quite brilliant new album, Band Of Brothers is from the producer of Guitars For Wounded Warriors - Emmy-award winner Brian Tarquin.

It is a phenomenal collection of ten tracks that feature a host of superstar guitar virtuosos such as Steve Morse, Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses), Jeff Scott Soto, Gary Hoey, Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) and many others.

As you would expect from this album, all ten tracks are exclusive to this recording and all have been inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for their country. Indeed, and furthermore, all proceeds go to the Fisher House Foundation - an association best known for a network of comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

1. 'Eastern Front' feat. Joel Hoekstra
2. 'Pull The Trigger On PTSD' feat. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
3. 'War Is Strictly Business' feat. Jeff Watson
4. 'Sands Of Time' feat. Jeff Scott Soto
5. 'To Fight A War I Don’t Understand' feat. Tina Guo
6. 'Night Patrol' feat. Steve Morse
7. 'Lock & Loaded' feat. Gary Hoey
8. 'Clutches Of Vietnam' feat. Brian Tarquin
9. 'Love & War' feat. Tony Franklin
10. 'Alpha Bravo' feat. Trey Gunn

As for the aforementioned Brian Tarquin, the multi-Emmy award winning producer/composer is an American multi-Emmy Award winning guitarist/composer and producer of the Guitar Masters Series featuring Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Santana, BB King and Joe Satriani.

Also known for his work as a smooth jazz artist and a music composer receiving 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series and also received Emmy nominations in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Indeed, Tarquin has sold more than 150,000 albums through his career in the USA.

Now Brian Tarquin brings forth a very special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out here on Band Of Brothers. Out now via Cleopatra Records / Purple Pyramid Records, the moment Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) launches into 'Eastern Front' you know exactly what you're in for on this dynamite rock album.

Tarquin composed and produced each of these ten tracks and displays his own guitar prowess alongside such world-class players as all the aforementioned, as well as Tony Franklin, Trey Gunn, and the stunningly talented Chinese cellist and erhuist from Shanghai; and also a gorgeous sight for sore eyes, Tina Guo.

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Title - Spider-Man: Homecoming (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Michael Giacchino

Directed, and co-written by Jon Watts (Cop Car), in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May.

Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man.

He also tries to return to his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero.

Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Composer Michael Giacchino has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Inside Out, Jurassic World, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Indeed, Giacchino's 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award and two Grammy® Awards.

1. 'Theme from Spider Man (Original Television Series)'
2. 'The World is Changing'
3. 'Academic Decommitment'
4. 'High Tech Heist'
5. 'On a Ned-To-Know Basis'
6. 'Drag Racing / An Old Van Rundown'
7. 'Webbed Surveillance'
8. 'No Vault of His Own'
9. 'Monumental Meltdown'
10. 'The Baby Monitor Protocol'
11. 'A Boatload of Trouble Part 1'
12. 'A Boatload of Trouble Part 2'
13. 'Ferry Dust Up'
14. 'Stark Raving Mad'
15. 'Pop Vulture'
16. 'Bussed a Move'
17. 'Lift Off'
18. 'Fly-By-Night Operation'
19. 'Vulture Clash'
20. 'A Stark Contrast'
21. 'No Frills Proto COOL!'
22. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming Suite'
23. 'The Queens Community Bank Jingle' (Hidden Track)
24. 'The Real Reason Peter Quit the Band' (Hidden Track)

Here on 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Giacchino's 22-track score (well, 24-track if you count the two hidden tracks, which I do) is as good as it gets. In fact from start to finish it's a dynamite album which I honestly feel has a little of everything you would now expect from a Spider-Man film score.

Beginning slowly with the introductory trio of 'Theme from Spider Man (Original Television Series)', 'The World is Changing,' and 'Academic Decommitment,' it soon ramps the score vibe up as we head into both 'High Tech Heist' and 'On a Ned-To-Know Basis.'

In fact, all the character's and their themes together with their respective action sequences are spot on perfect, for my money. These pieces are great throughout, adding value to each chapter, knowing (suspecting) that a certain character is imminent on screen due to their theme. In truth, none better than the Vulture's, for his own well-crafted, and rather terrifyingly so theme is one of the stand out highlights of Giacchino's work here.

In closing, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is, overall, as spectacular as it is refreshing (both the film and the soundtrack score) and it warrants repeated viewing and listening, that's fro darn sure. Welcome back, Spider-Man. Welcome back, Mr. Giacchino.

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Title - 'Not Out of Time' [Vinyl EP]
Artist - Birdseed

For those not in the know, Birdseed are an American rock band formed in 2012 that was attracting large numbers of Gen X and Gen Y fans with their classic Fleetwood Mac-meets-Wilco sound.

Consisting of Kerry Landreth (vocals), Jamie Goodyear (vocals, guitar, keyboards, vocoder, bongos), Mason Mortif (guitar), Scott Bell (drums), Brian Herthington (keyboards), Peter Landreth (saxophone) and Lane Murchison (bass), Birdseed have just released a stunning, and limited edition 10" vinyl EP entitled Not Out Of Time.

Also available as a digital release, the five-track vinyl EP (always my most favorite type of music to listen to, still today) is available worldwide online and in stores August 4th, 2017.

Featuring some amazing players and solid, compelling songs, their website states that this quintet of tracks was "obviously the manifestation of many hours of hard work and drive", but I'm here to tell you that they all sound so alive, so vivid, so fun, that they could easily have been recorded after a night at the pub. They are all just that good - the songs and the band.

1. 'Not Out of Time' [3:48]
2. 'Next Trip Around the World' [4:09]
3. 'I Want You to Know' [4:53]
4. 'We Can Do It' [2:56]
5. 'More Than I Needed the Truth' [3:54]

"I've been running for the money, but the money's no good" is the opening line from the title track, 'Not Out of Time', a song as fun, as bouncy, as old school mid-'80s tuneful as I've ever heard since those days.

The other cut on Side A is 'Next Trip Around the Sun', a track that is as melodically infectious as any of the five songs here on this quite brilliant 5-Track Vinyl EP. Replacing the alternative '90s edge of the title track it adds a more soulful, rhythmic backbone. Complete with a saxophone break mid-song, it is easily my favorite track of the EP.

Side B opens with the light jangling guitars of 'I Want You to Know', a breezy track perfectly created for driving top down in the summer, and that's backed by 'We Can Do It'. With the last two songs bringing Kerry Landreth's vocals predominantly to the fore, this first one is just the title sung over and over. As repetitive as it can get, to my mind it's definitely B-side material, but the EP-ending singalong 'More Than I Needed the Truth' is a delightful slice of a '70s-inspired flashback grooves.

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Title - 'Our Favorite Joints'
Artist - The Force M.D.'s

For those not in the know, The Force M.D.'s are an American R&B vocal group that was formed in 1981 in Staten Island, New York.

Although the group has old school hip hop roots, it is perhaps best known for two tunes that are widely considered 1980s quiet storm classics, "Tender Love" and "Love is a House".

Furthermore, The Force M.D.'s are also considered major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.

The band was originally named The L.D.s, and then became the Force MCs, but ultimately preferred the name Force MDs, which stood for Musical Diversity.

Though the group was not quite always as recognizable as other New York R&B acts when it first started, they were among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix doo-wop-affected singing with and sometimes over hip-hop beats. The group was composed of brothers Stevie D., Antoine "T.C.D." Lundy, and Rodney "Khalil" Lundy, along with their uncle Jessie Lee Daniels. (Later, friends "Trisco" Pearson and Charles "Mercury" Nelson from the Mariners Harbor projects in Staten Island, NY joined the group.)

Today these '80s R&B superstars are back with a brand new album entitled Our Favorite Joints. Out July 7th, 2017 via Cleopatra Records, it features their takes on classics from artists such as Boyz II Men, Marvin Gaye, New Edition, Al Green and more.

1. "La La Means I Love You"
2. "People Make The World Go Round"
3. "Whip Appeal"
4. "Can You Stand The Rain"
5. "Let’s Get It On"
6. "End Of The Road"
7. "I Believe In You And Me"
8. "Love And Happiness"
9. "Sparkle"
10. "Mighty Love"
11. "Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now"
12. "Just My Imagination"

With Stevie D still the dynamic thread that connects the group’s history, to the present, The Force M.D.'s open this delightful album with a Delfonics cut, "La La Means I Love You", and back that up with both "People Make The World Go Round" (Stylistics) and a brilliant cover of Babyface's "Whip Appeal".

Next up is New Edition's "Can You Stand The Rain", which they follow with the two stand out highlight tracks, for me at the very least - Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road". Again, for me, those tracks back to back embody exactly what this album is all about.

Next up is "I Believe In You And Me", a cover of the Whitney Houston gem, and that's backed by "Love And Happiness" (Al Green), a delicious salute to Cameo on "Sparkle", and then a lovely "Mighty Love" (The Spinners). The album then rounds out, all too soon, with a rousing cover of the McFadden & Whitehead dance floor smash "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", before rounding out with The Temptations' "Just My Imagination".

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Title - 'Under The Covers'
Artist - Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove

For those not in the know, Lydia Lunch is an American singer, poet, writer, actress and self-empowerment speaker. Indeed, her career was spawned by the New York new wave scene with her output typically featuring provocative and confrontational noise music delivery.

Having always managed to maintain an anti-commercial ethic, operating independently of major labels and distributors, Lunch's moniker was given to her by Willy DeVille; because she stole food for her friends.

The Boston Phoenix named Lunch one of the ten most influential performers of the 1980s, and I don't know anybody who would argue against that.

Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove (an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer and producer) previously unsettled the conventionally calm and respectful world of the cover song with a number of fractured productions.

As you might expect, the choice of songs on this brand new collection entitled Under The Covers is a disconcerting array of material ranging from the hugely popular to the wildly obscure. From Jon Bon Jovi to Nashville troubadour Aaron Lee Tasjan, the Doors to Bobbie Gentry, and so forth:

1. 'Ode to Billie Joe'
2. 'Breakdown'
3. 'A Thousand Miles of Bad Road'
4. 'Blaze of Glory'
5. 'Red White and Pink Slip Blues'
6. 'Midnight Rider'
7. 'The Spy'
8. 'I Want You'
9. 'Won't Leave You Alone'
10. 'Do It Again'
11. 'Low'

This highly interesting album, one that never lets you down no matter where you worry one of your favorite songs is mysteriously headed, kicks things off screechingly-slow with Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 classic, 'Ode to Billie Joe', before backing that up with some stirring guitar work from Grove on Tom Petty's infamous 'Breakdown.'

Next up is Aaron Lee Tasjan's brilliant 'A Thousand Miles of Bad Road', a song that I've always personally loved, and that both Lunch and Grove do tremendous work on to make their own, and then both an adventurous guitar and vocal turn on Jon Bon Jovi's 'Blaze Of Glory' and then a fun 'Red White and Pink Slip Blues' tribute to Hank Williams Jr. ("I paid my bills, I paid my dues, I paid my share of taxes too, Now I can't buy my baby shoes, I've got the red, white, pink-slip blues."

From 1970 comes the Allman Brothers Band's infamous 'Midnight Rider', another track that as much as Lunch and Grove may well play down the original's Southern aspects, still keep that original vibe and upbeat meaning alive for this new generation to latch on to and appreciate. That's followed seamlessly by The Doors' underappreciated (to my mind, at least) little gem 'The Spy.'

Next up is a true homage to Elvis Costello on 'I Want You', which they back up with one of her own songs, 'Won't Leave You Alone'. Co-written with James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/ PJ Harvey/ Bad Seeds), the once blues rock tune is now reconstructed into a rather haunting folk lament.

The album then comes to a close with a down and dirty version of Steely Dan's 'Do It Again', which also happens to be another of my personal favorites on this album of inventiveness, and then rounds out with Cracker's not-heard-enough-these-days 'Low.'

Bringing everything she has learned from the 40 years in the industry, Lunch still has the vocal chops to belt out hits at the top of her range, whilst at the same time crawling low through the deeper, more thoughtful of the God-given lyrics. She even incorporates spoken word and moments of poetry in such a way that they are introducing listeners, both old and new, to her current body (of work).

Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove released Under The Covers on June 23rd, 2017 via Rust Blade Records as a CD, a limited edition mottled blue vinyl LP, and a digital download.

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Title - 'The Dublin Sessions'
Artist - Del Shannon

For those not in the know, Del Shannon (December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990) was an American rock and roll and country musician, and singer-songwriter who is best known for his infectious 1961 No. 1 Billboard chart hit 'Runaway'.

Today, Rock Beat Records is proud to announce that they have released a new album of Del Shannon's long-lost work.

Entitled The Dublin Sessions, it is a collection of live recordings and studio recordings, of which all have remained previously-unreleased.

1. 'Best Days Of My Life'
2. 'Love Letters'
3. 'Till I Found You'
4. 'Raylene'
5. 'One Track Mind'
6. 'Black Is Black'
7. 'Oh, Pretty Woman'
8. 'Another Lonely Night'
9. 'Amanda'
10. 'Love Don't Come Easy'
11. 'Today I Started Loving You'

Having recorded these previously-unreleased songs in 1977 with his UK touring band Smackee at Ireland's Dublin Sound Studios, it's been told that Del originally mixed and re-mixed the tracks at Cherokee Studios in California thereafter.

But being that he was never satisfied with the results it was shelved, for decades cassette tapes of these recordings have changed hands with Del Shannon fans worldwide. But now Rock Beat have brought it legitimately into the light for all his fans.

We begin with 'Best Days Of My Life', a track that showcases the raw, unadulterated, free flowing Shannon at his finest; in my humble opinion. He backs that up with 'Love Letters,' a cut that may well slow things down a notch or two, but still enables his lyrical passion to emanate.

The mid-tempo ballad 'Till I Found You' is as close to Shannon becoming Roy Orbison as any track I've ever heard Shannon on, and that's backed by 'Raylene', the upbeat, jangly guitar work of 'One Track Mind' and then the fun 'Black Is Black". A song by rock band Los Bravos, released in 1966 as the group's debut single for Decca Records, covered here by Shannon none of their original flair has been tampered with.

His cover of 'Oh, Pretty Woman' has him back in Orbison mode, albeit not as much as one the previously-mentioned 'Till I Found You', and that's followed by the beautiful ballad, 'Another Lonely Night.' The mid-tempo, smooth guitar soul of 'Amanda' is a joy to behold, and then the album is brought to a close with 'Love Don't Come Easy', and then finally we get the echo-chamber vocals of 'Today I Started Loving You.'

Del Shannon released The Dublin Sessions on June 9th, 2017 via Rock Beat Records as a CD, a vinyl LP, and a digital download.

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Title - 'American Grandstand'
Artist - Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary

Music buyers have taken a stand to show that Traditional Country Music hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s loved, alive, and well, as the incredible new project from Country legends Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary American Grandstand landed its first week on Billboard’s Top Current Country Albums chart at No. 10.

Better than that it is No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and No.1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for the week of July 29, 2017.

For those not in the know, Rhonda Vincent is an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who in 2000, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Vincent "the new Queen of Bluegrass".

Vincent's musical career began when she was a child in her family's band The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned more than four decades. Vincent first achieved success in the bluegrass genre in the 1970s and '80s, earning the respect of her mostly male peers for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast-paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass music.

As for Daryle Singletary, he is an American country music singer who between 1995 and 1998, recorded for Giant Records. For them he released three studio albums: Daryle Singletary (1995), All Because of You (1996), and Ain't It the Truth (1998).

In the same timeframe, Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times, reaching number two with 'I Let Her Lie' and 'Amen Kind of Love', and number four with 'Too Much Fun'.

Not since George & Tammy and Conway & Loretta has there been a vocal duet performance like Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary, two of the greatest singers in this generation of country music.

Their special ability to turn a note is unmatched, and that magical sound pierces the heart and soul of anyone who loves traditional country music.

1. 'Above and Beyond'
2. 'One'
3. 'After The Fire Is Gone'
4. 'American Grandstand'
5. 'Slowly But Surely'
6. 'As We Kiss Our World Goodbye'
7. 'Can’t Live Life'
8. 'Golden Ring'
9. 'We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds'
10. 'Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man'
11. 'A Picture of Me Without You'
12. 'Up This Hill and Down'

Here on their brand new album, American Grandstand the legends bring us 12 brilliant tracks that will fans of great music, in general, let alone Country devotee's bowing down in deep appreciation. This mix of traditional Country songs, combined with classic duets, along with never-before-heard and all-original music makes this a must-have musical item if ever there was.

In short, American Grandstand is a nostalgic look back at the earlier days of country music. We kick this new batch of great traditional Country, complete with soothing, meaningful vocals, fiddles and piano galore, and backed by some of the best musicians in Nashville, with the splendid trio of 'Above and Beyond', 'One', and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's infamous 'After The Fire Is Gone'.

Next up is the title track, 'American Grandstand', a track that perfectly showcases the theme for this new album. They then back that up seamlessly with both 'Slowly But Surely' and one of my own personal favorites on the album, the deeply poignant new original 'As We Kiss Our World Goodbye'. Both 'Can’t Live Life' and the marital jive of George Jones and Tammy Wynette's 'Golden Ring' are up next and they are followed by another of my favorites, the George Jones together with Melba Montgomery musical wonderment, 'We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds'.

Those tracks are then majestically followed by yet another solid track, the highly infectious (in a good way though, of course) Southern Country beauty originated by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn 'Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man'. George Jones' 'A Picture of Me Without You' is up next and then the album comes to a righteous close with a simply delightful cover of the Osborne Brothers' 'Up This Hill and Down'.

“Obviously we want people to like it and we want it to sell, but we just wanted to make great music,” Daryle Singletary has since said about the recording. "We just love it. We love the music. We love singing together. And that’s the biggest thing."

Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary released American Grandstand on July 7th, 2017 via Upper Management Records as a CD and digital download.

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Rhonda Vincent On Tour 2017:
Jul 19 - Sheridan, WY – Whitney Center for the Arts
Jul 20 - Livingston, MT – Music Ranch Montana
Jul 22/23 - Darrington, WA – Darrington Bluegrass Festival
Jul 27 - Hiawassee, GA – Georgia Mountain Fair
Aug 03/04 - Thornton, NH – Pemi Valley Festival
Aug 05 - Milan, MI – Milan Bluegrass Festival
Aug 11 - Hebron, CT – Podunk Bluegrass Festival
Aug 17 - Marion, NC – North Carolina Bluegrass Festival
Aug 18 - Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Aug 19 - Salyersville, KY - Magoffin County 14th Annual Community Day
Aug 23 - Rhonda - TV Filming
Aug 25 - Keene, Ontario, Canada – Greenbridge Celtic Folk Festival
Aug 26 - Washington, PA – Wild Things Park
Sep 02 - Fort Fairfield, ME – County Bluegrass
Sep 06 - Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 08/09 - Gstaad, Switzerland – Country Night Gstaad
Sep 14 - Kodak, TN – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Sep 15 - Conway, MO – Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival
Sep 16/17 - Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin’ in the Pines
Sep 23 - Vine Grove, KY – Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
Sep 30 - Hartselle, AL – Hartselle High School Auditorium
Oct 19 - Breman, GA – Milltown Music Hall with Daryle Singletary

Title - 'There Is No Calamity'
Artist - Peter Himmelman

For those not in the know, Peter Himmelman is an American singer-songwriter and film and television composer from Minnesota, who formerly played in the Minneapolis indie rock band Sussman Lawrence before pursuing an extensive solo career.

Indeed, Himmelman is also the founder of Big Muse, a company which helps individuals and organizations unlock their creative potential.

Coming on the heels of his 2014 release The Boat That Carries Us, Himmelman's brand new album is entitled There Is No Calamity. Created via a Kickstarter project, Himmelman also brought along for the musical ride Steve Berlin; the renowned producer and Los Lobos keyboardist.

Add to that Scott Tipping on guitar, Matt Thompson on bass, Chuck Lacy on drums, and Jeff Victor on keyboards, not to mention a few surprise guest artists interspersed along the way, and There Is No Calamity is, in my humble opinion, Himmelman's best work to date.

1. '245th Peace Song'
2. 'Memories In This Heart Of Mine'
3. 'Smoke and Flames'
4. 'Fear Is Our Undoing'
5. 'Ribbon of Highway'
6. 'Rich Men Rule the World'
7. 'Sacrificial'
8. 'Burning Thru the Days'
9. 'Depth Of You'
10. 'I Pity You Spirits'
11. 'Ropes or Wings'

We begin with '245th Peace Song', a track that not only showcases perfectly what to expect from this brilliant new album, but allows Himmelman to delve, albeit gently, into his Elvis Costello impression. My favorite track is up next, the upbeat 'Memories In This Heart Of Mine,' and that's backed by the trio of 'Smoke and Flames,' the mid tempo ballad 'Fear Is Our Undoing,' and the cross country urgency of 'Ribbon of Highway.'

The beautiful piano ballad 'Rich Men Rule the World' is next and that's followed by both the jaunty guitar throb of 'Sacrificial' and the breezy, lush melodies of 'Love Is What Carries Us Away.' 'Burning Thru the Days' is next up and is backed by the gentle Southern organ vibe of 'Depth Of You.' The album then comes to a close with the tender, heartfelt 'I Pity You Spirits', and then rounds out with the storytelling of 'Ropes or Wings'.

Peter Himmelman is an incredible talent. His latest work is a testament to his skills as a songwriter and as a musician. If you know of all his previous works, and maybe have them all to hand as we speak, you know before I even tell you that this has to be added to your collections.

Even if you are new to Peter Himmelman, just one listen to There Is No Calamity will have you emotionally connected to his music and and all his previous work thereafter.

Peter Himmelman released There Is No Calamity on April 21st, 2017 via Himmasongs as a CD and digital download.

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Title - 'Down at the Liquor Store'
Artist - Steve Azar & The Kings Men

For those not in the know, in April of 2016, Steve Azar became the first artist to record a full-length studio album at the legendary Mississippi landmark, Club Ebony.

A long time in the making, and his first record in 5 years, Steve cut 13 new original tracks. The club, now belonging to the B.B. King Museum, was turned into a recording studio capturing the rich history and vibe of the room and in turn creating inspirational performances on the record.

The album, Down At The Liquor Store, was made with the participation of The Kings Men, a group of musicians who backed B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other musical Kings. Releasing August 11th, 2017 via Ride Records, because Steve truly wanted to make an authentic Mississippi Delta record, what he subsequently brought forth with The Kings Men is just that and so , so much more.

1. 'Rena Lara'
2. 'Start to Wanderin' My Way'
3. 'Tender and Tough'
4. 'Wake Me from the Dead'
5. 'Down at the Liquor Store'
6. 'She Just Rolls with Me'
7. 'I Don't Mind (Most of the Time)'
8. 'Chance I'll Take'
9. 'Over It All'
10. 'Road Isn't There Anymore'
11. 'These Crossroads'
12. 'Ode to Sonny Boy'
13. 'Greenville'

We begin with a road trip down Highway 1 on 'Rene Lara,' a stunning summertime tale of the highest order, and one that encapsulates the entire album of thirteen new tracks just perfectly. Next up is the mid-tempo, horn-influenced 'Start to Wanderin' My Way' which is backed by one of my own personal favorites, the beautiful 'Tender and Tough.'

Sounding like a low key Bruce would have done with an old school E Street Band back in the day, that's followed by both the gentle guitar funk of 'Wake Me from the Dead,' and then the rhythmically mellow title track, 'Down at the Liquor Store.'

The slight guitar lead in strumming of the ballad 'She Just Rolls with Me' is a subtle, yet wonderful prelude to a delightful little Delta ditty, and that's backed by the foot-tappin' country soul of 'I Don't Mind (Most of the Time).' The country flavor doesn't stop there as it flows freely through the upbeat melodies of 'Chance I'll Take' and that's backed by the mellow late night vibe of 'Over It All.'

Azar's guitar is turned up now for the jangly big band sounds of 'Road Isn't There Anymore,' and after a nod to Eva Jane, the girl next door in 'These Crossroads,' the album comes to a close with the storytelling within 'Ode to Sonny Boy,' before rounding out with the strong piano / lite guitar rock balladry of 'Greenville.'

Steve Azar & The Kings Men will release Down at the Liquor Store on August 11th, 2017 via Ride Records as a CD and digital download. [FYI I am so happy to also reveal that come October 20th, there will be a wonderful vinyl LP of this album released! I mean, come on now, it is the only way to listen to great music like this after all.]

Lastly, there will be a film made about the making of this incredible album coming out soon too (see the Pledge Music link below). Entitled 'Something In The Water,' it is the story of Steve Azar with band members of B.B. King, Elvis Presley & Little Milton, making Down at the Liquor Store at Club Ebony.

'Something In The Water' Film @ Pledge Music

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Title - 'Greatest Hits'
Artist - Lifehouse

For those not in the know, Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals) and Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. (drums, percussion).

The band came to mainstream prominence in 2001 with the hit single "Hanging by a Moment" from their debut studio album, No Name Face. The song was number one for three weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the single won a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year - having spent twenty weeks in the top 10 and more than a year on the charts.

In 2002, Lifehouse released their follow-up album Stanley Climbfall. Since then, they have released five more albums: the eponymous Lifehouse in 2005, Who We Are in 2007, Smoke and Mirrors in 2010, Almería in 2012 and Out of the Wasteland in 2015.

To date, Lifehouse has sold over 15 million records worldwide and that figure is about to rise, because on July 14th, 2017 they released their highly-anticipated, and first-ever Greatest Hits CD via Geffen Records UMe.

1. "Hanging by a Moment"
2. "Sick Cycle Carousel"
3. "Breathing"
4. "Everything"
5. "Spin"
6. "Take Me Away"
7. "You And Me"
8. "Blind"
9. "First Time"
10. "Whatever It Takes"
11. "Broken (Radio Version)"
12. "Halfway Gone"
13. "Falling In"
14. "All In"
15. "From Where You Are"
16. "It Is What It Is"
17. "Between The Raindrops" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
18. "Hurricane"

They kick things off with the mega hit "Hanging By A Moment", and then back that up with a trio of musical wonderment in the trippy "Sick Cycle Carousel", the mid-tempo piano ballad "Breathing", and then the gently, bear-acoustic beauty of "Everything". The guitars begin to trash again on "Spin" and that's followed seamlessly by both "Take Me Away" and the more gentle, Goo Goo Doll-esque "You And Me".

"Blind" is up next and that's backed by the frenetic pace of "First Time", and then comes one of my own personal favorites from Lifehouse, the quite brilliant "Whatever It Takes". "Broken (Radio Version)" is next, and that's followed by a fun, bouncy duo in both "Halfway Gone" and "Falling" ("Every time I see your face, my heart takes off on a high speed chase").

"All In" is next and then comes another of my favorites, the quietly melodic guitar ballad "From Where You Are", with the mid-tempo pop ballad "It Is What It Is" along next. "Between The Raindrops" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield) is a real delight to listen to here on this hits collection (it was the lead single from their sixth studio album, 2012’s Almeria), but then (and all too soon) the album comes to a close with "Hurricane".

Multi-platinum award-winning rock band Lifehouse's pedigree within this business means that all these songs will bring back good memories to you, the avid fan/listener. "The songs I’ve written that have connected to the most people have occurred when I’m not worrying about how everyone will react", lead singer Jason Wade has gone on record as saying. "I’m writing from an honest place, alone in my room not thinking about who’s going to hear it, what they’re going to think or how they’re going to interpret it. The lyrics can’t be contrived. They have to hit you right in the heart.”

Lifehouse released their Greatest Hits on July 14th, 2017 via Geffen Records / UMe as a CD and digital download. [Although, in truth, I would love for a vinyl album to be made of this music too! Finger's crossed!]

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Lifehouse/Switchfoot Tour Dates:
7/23: Denver, Colo. / Fillmore Auditorium
7/25: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. / McGrath Amphitheater
7/26: Columbus, Ohio / Express Live!
7/29: Huber Heights, Ohio / Rose Music Center at The Heights
7/30: Rochester Hills, Mich. / Meadow Brook
7/31: Grand Rapids, Mich. / Meijer Gardens
8/02: Toronto, Ont. / Rebel
8/04: Hampton Beach, N.H. / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/05: Portland, Maine / Maine State Pier
8/09: Boston, Mass. / House Of Blues
8/10: Asbury Park, N.J. / Stone Pony Summerstage
8/12: Brooklyn, N.Y. / Coney Island Amphitheater
8/13: Philadelphia, Pa. / The Fillmore
8/15: Baltimore, Md. / Pier 6 Pavilion
8/16: Cincinnati, Ohio / Taft Theatre
8/18: Whites Creek, Tenn. / The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
8/19: Williamsburg, Va. / Busch Gardens Williamsburg
8/20: Atlanta, Ga. / Atlanta Botanical Garden
8/22: Greensboro, N.C. / White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/23: Atlanta, Ga. / TBD
8/25: Miami, Fla. / Bayfront Park Amphitheater
8/26: Orlando, Fla. / Orlando Amphitheater
8/27: Jacksonville, Fla. / Daily’s Place
8/29: Highland Park, Ill. / Ravinia Festival
8/30: Indianapolis, Ind. / Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
9/01: DuQuoin, Ill. / DuQuoin State Fair
9/03: Springfield, Mo. / Gillioz Theater
9/04: Irving, Texas / The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
9/05: Houston, Texas / House Of Blues
9/08: Las Vegas, Nev. / Mandalay Bay Beach
9/09: Los Angeles, Calif. / Greek Theatre
9/10: San Francisco, Calif. / Masonic Auditorium

Title - '25 Years: 1992-2017'
Artist - Jackyl

For those not in the know, Jackyl is an American hard rock band formed in 1991. With a sound described as heavy metal and Southern metal, their eponymous album sold more than a million copies in the United States.

With it came hit singles like "Down on Me" and "When Will it Rain", but the band are also best known for its song "The Lumberjack", which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree.

Well, turn it up, drink it down and fire up your chainsaw because Jackyl celebrates 25 years of ball-busting rock 'n' roll swagger with a brand new, 18-track, career-spanning retrospective entitled 25 Years: 1992-2017.

Including a live recording of "Redneck Punk" and a never-before-released version of Black Oak Arkansas' "Hot and Nasty", this is the album every Jackyl fan has been waiting for.

01. "I Stand Alone"
02. "Down On Me"
03. "When Will It Rain"
04. "The Lumberjack"
05. "Push Comes To Shove"
06. "Secret Of The Bottle"
07. "Dumb Ass Country Boy"
08. "Cut The Crap"
09. "Kill The Sunshine"
10. "My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass"
11. "Just Like A Negro" (featuring DMC)
12. "Screwdriver"
13. "Encore"
14. "Favorite Sin"
15. "Rally"
16. "Just Because I'm Drunk"
17. "Redneck Punk" (live previously unreleased)
18. "Hot And Nasty" (previously unreleased)

The raunchy Southern rock band kick things off here with "I Stand Alone", the guitar fest of "Down On Me", the mid-tempo gear change of "When Will It Rain", and then launch into the Dixieland boogie of "The Lumberjack" and then "Push Comes To Shove."

From then on they never, ever look back and like an uncorked, shaken bottle of bubbly we get hit after hit. The ballad "Secret Of The Bottle" is then followed by a trio of Southern greats in "Dumb Ass Country Boy," "Cut The Crap" and then "Kill The Sunshine."

One of my all-time Jackyl favorites is up next in the form of "My Moonshine Kicks You Cocaine's Ass," and that's backed by "Just Like A Negro" (featuring DMC), the powerhaus tune "Screwdriver," "Rally" and the brilliant storytelling of "Just Because I'm Drunk". The album then rounds out with two previously-unreleased cuts in the drum-tastic "Redneck Punk (Live)" and then a cover of fellow Southern rockers Black Oak Arkansas' "Hot And Nasty."

Having reached their 25 year anniversary, and on tour throughout 2017 and 2018, and with their last album ROWYCO (2016) having sold over 14K, prepare to crank Jackyl's 25 Years: 1992-2017 up to 11 on your stereos!

Jackyl released their 25 Years: 1992-2017 on July 28th, 2017 via Mighty Loud Records as a CD. [Although, in truth, I would love for a vinyl album to be made of this music too! Finger's crossed!]

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Title - 'Life Is Fine'
Artist - Paul Kelly

For those not in the know, Paul Kelly has recorded over 21 studio albums as well as film soundtracks and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years.

Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 2017, he was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.

On August 11th, 2017, Paul Kelly will release yet another new album. Entitled Life Is Fine, and with an album cover art that (to my mind) harken's back to the old Stevie Smith poem "Not Waving but Drowning", this is actually Kelly's most normal album of music in recent times.

Given that for the past five years or so a lot of what he's been putting out has been experimental music projects - like an album for funerals, another chock full of Shakespeare sonnets - this is Kelly now at his songwriting, storytelling finest.

1. "Rising Moon"
2. "Finally Something Good"
3. "Firewood And Candles"
4. "My Man's Got A Cold" (featuring Vika Bull)
5. "Rock Out On The Sea"
6. "Leah: The Sequel"
7. "Letter In The Rain"
8. "Josephina"
9. "Don't Explain" (featuring Linda Bull)
10. "I Smell Trouble"
11. "Petrichor"
12. "Life Is Fine"

He kicks things off with the piano ballad "Rising Moon", and then turns the tempo up with "Finally Something Good" and then gets things rockier on one of my own personal favorites here, "Firewood And Candles." Some deep, staggered, probing piano and drum work then allows the brilliant "My Man's Got A Cold" to emerge, and boy, what a stunner of a track it truly is. Sung by Vika Bull, it comes across as an old-school Southern blues gem and showcases Bull's vocal styling just perfectly.

Next up is the mid-tempo hipsway of "Rock Out On The Sea" and that's followed by the slow poke groove of "Leah: The Sequel" and then the storytelling balladry of "Letter In The Rain." The gentle guitar strumming of "Josephina" is next, the guitar rock that backs Linda Bull's vocals on "I Don't Explain" yet bringing forth yet another memorable track on this album.

For 25 years, the glorious voices of sisters Vika and Linda Bull have comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape. Here now as parts of Paul Kelly's new album, the ladies add weight, gravitas to the songs, to the album, in general. They balance it out so perfectly, and are a vocal joy to behold.

The piano ballad "I Smell Trouble" is next up, and that's backed by the soulful guitar playing on the two songs that then round out this stunning album: "Petrichor" and yet more storytelling within the title track, "Life Is Fine."

Paul Kelly released his Life Is Fine on August 11th, 2017 on Gawd Aggie / Cooking Vinyl via The Orchard as a CD, digital download and vinyl LP.

Paul Kelly @ Facebook

Vika & Linda Bull @ Facebook

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Title - 'The Age Of Reason (Deluxe Edtition)'
Artist - Bronski Beat

For those not in the know, Bronski Beat were a popular British synthpop trio who achieved success in the mid-1980s, particularly with the 1984 chart hit "Smalltown Boy".

All members of the group were openly gay and their songs reflected this, often containing political commentary on gay-related issues.

The initial line-up, which recorded the majority of the band's hits, consisted of Jimmy Somerville (vocals), Steve Bronski (keyboards, percussion) and the late Larry Steinbachek (keyboards, percussion).

Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985, and went on to have success as lead singer of The Communards and as a solo artist. He was replaced by new vocalist John Foster, with whom the band continued to have hits in the UK and Europe through 1986. Interestingly enough, Steve Bronski, the only original member, now leads a revived touring version of the band, and has now teamed up with singer Stephen Granville and programmer Ian Donaldson to create an updated line-up of this classic, much-loved sythn-pop band.

Their new album, The Age Of Reason - which comes seven months after original keyboardist Larry Steinbachek died - is their first in 22 years and features a 25-track 2CD edition that boasts over two hours of all new music from today’s version of the once-beloved Bronski Beat.

Disc: 1:
1. "Why"
2. "No More War/It Ain't Necessarily So"
3. "Screaming"
4. "Love & Money"
5. "Smalltown Boy"
6. "Heatwave"
7. "Junk"
8. "Hard Rain"
9. "Run from Love"
10. "A Flower for Dandara"

Disc: 2:
1. "Stars" (Radio Edit)
2. "Stars (Extended)
3. "Stars" (Sordid Soundz Remix)
4. "Stars" (Qubic Cosmic Energy Mix)
5. "Stars" (S.S. Darkstar Mix)
6. "I'll Be Gone"
7. "I'll Be Gone" (Dub and Dusted)
8. "I'll Be Gone" (Stompin' Stiletto Mix)
9. "I'll Be Gone" (S.S. Down & Out Mix)
10. "A Flower for Dandara" (Radio Edit)
11. "A Flower for Dandara" (Sordid Soundz Edit)>br> 12. "A Flower for Dandara" (Extended)
13. "A Flower for Dandara" (Sordid Soundz Extended)

The Age Of Reason is a GREAT album, let me just get that out there right away! Growing up in the UK, I loved the synth pop fun of Bronski Beat and what followed with The Communards, and so to hear that this trio have not only paid sincere homage to to the origins of the band, but at the same time creatively reinvented their landmark debut album ‘The Age Of Consent’ blows my mind.

The album kicks off in fine style (albeit without Somerville's original vocals, please do let that sink in here) with the infectious Hi-NRG of "Why" and backs that up seamlessly with both "No More More War/It Ain't Necessarily So" (which were separate tracks on the original album) and then the always-brilliant to hear "Screaming".

The slow roll soul of "Love & Money" is up next and is followed by their massive smash worldwide hit "Smalltown Boy," before the sultry, smoldering "Heatwave," the dancefloor vibe of "Junk," and then "Need a Man Blues" are lovingly upon us.

Newly additional tracks from the original release are up next in the form of the mid-tempo NRG of "Close to the Edge" and that's backed by the seemingly-muffled sounds of "Hard Rain," and then a track that sounds like it's being played on the wrong (slow) speed, "Run from Love."

The first side then rounds out with another new track, "A Flower for Dandara," a heartbreaking tribute in song to the recently murdered Brazilian transexual Dandara dos Santos. Sung by Rose McDowall, singer with cult ’80s favorites Strawberry Switchblade, the track is heartbreaking when the lyrics are fully explored.

Released in 1984, in reflection, being that 'The Age of Consent' was criminally the only album released by the band to feature the vocal strains of Somerville, I could have sworn that this album had spent the whole '80s in my head.

As for the second CD of goodies, well, there may well be 13 tracks, but there are only three actual tracks to behold amongst them. Showcasing the template for the future direction of this latest Bronski Beat incarnation, they are all new songs and come complete with a generous offering of celebratory dance mixes, of course.

The first of these new tracks is a cover of Sylvester's so-termed queercore disco classic, "Stars" (written by the scene legend Patrick Cowley). Now complete with a refreshing electro-soul makeover, next up is another brand new song, "I’ll Be Gone" that celebrates, with Bronski Beat’s trademark searing vocals, the euphoric self-realization gained in ditching a less than perfect love affair.

Finally, and showcasing quite palpable evidence that Bronski Beat have lost none of their social campaigning and gay activist zeal, the aforementioned "A Flower for Dandara" gets a multitude of mixes to listen intently to.

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Title - ‘Best: 1983-2017’ (3CD)
Artist - Howard Jones

For those not in the know, Howard Jones is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He had ten top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986, including six which reached the top ten, and his 1984 album Human's Lib went to number one.

Around the world, he had 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992 and he has been described by AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop.".

Having also performed at Live Aid in 1985, Jones is out on the road once again as part of the brand new Retro Futura Tour 2017 - along with Paul Young, Katrina of The Waves, Men Without Hats, The English Beat, and Modern English - and has released to coincide with the tour a quite BRILLIANT new 3CD album, simply entitled Best: 1983-2017.

Disc: 1:
1. “Things Can Only Get Better”
2. “No One Is to Blame”
3. “What Is Love?”
4. “New Song”
5. “Like to Get to Know You Well”
6. “Pearl in the Shell”
7. “Hide & Seek”
8. “Everlasting Love”
9. “Look Mama”
10. “Life in One Day”
11. “Specialty”
12. “All I Want”
13. “You Know I Love You … Don’t You?”
14. “Little Bit of Snow”
15. “The Prisoner”
16. “Will You Still Be There?”

Disc: 2:
1. “Lift Me Up”
2. “City Song”
3. “One Last Try”
4. “Cookin’ in the Kitchen”
5. “Nothing to Fear”
6. “You’re the Buddha”
7. “If You Love”
8. “Let the People Have Their Say”
9. “Just Look at You Now”
10. “Revolution of the Heart”
11. “The Presence of Other”
12. “Someone You Need”
13. “Soon You’ll Go”
14. “Ordinary Heroes”
15. “Joy”
16. “The Human Touch”
17. “Eagle Will Fly Again”

Disc: 3:
1. "Back in Your Life” (Acoustic Live)
2. “Building Our Own Future” (Acoustic Live)
3. “City Song” (Acoustic Live)
4. “No One Is to Blame” (Acoustic Live)
5. “Everlasting Love” (Acoustic Live)
6. “Just Look at You Now” (Electric Live)
7. “Don’t Wanna Fight Anymore” (Electric Live)
8. “Like to Get to Know You Well” / “Cookin’ in the Kitchen” (Mash Up Live)
9. “You’re the Buddha” (The Robbie Bronnimann Mix)

Compiled and annotated by Howard Jones himself, Best: 1983-2017 is the very first retrospective to properly span Howard’s entire recording career, with all his major hits and key tracks across the decades.

Inevitably, the first disc of 16 tracks contains his well-known hits. This retrospective being as indepth as it gets for Jones, there could be no other way to present the first of the three discs, in truth.

The second disc contains 17 tracks that may not have all been hits, as much as the UK charts can attest to, but for those devoted fans (much like myself) who have followed him since day one, all the tracks will be more then well known to you all, trust me. Inclusive of some tracks from albums you could only ever order at his live shows or direct from his website, they are true little gems, one and all.

Housed in a deluxe Digipak, the package also boasts an exclusive bonus third disc, which was only previously available as a DVD with the interactive book edition of Engage - and now even adds an exclusive remix!

Containing eight tracks, inclusive of five (5) of his hits performed as Acoustic Live cuts here, two (2) as Electric Live, a "Like To Get To Know You Well/Cookin' In The Kitchen" (Mash Up Live), and then the aforementioned exclusive remix "You're The Buddha" (The Robbie Bronnimann Mix), this entire 42-track 3CD retrospective collection is pure Heaven on a stick, my friends. Heaven on a stick!

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Howard Jones @ Twitter

Title - 'Play It Again, Sam - The Fox Box' [2CD+2DVD]
Artist - Samantha Fox

For those not in the know, Samantha Fox is an English dance-pop singer, actress, and former glamour model. In 1983, at the age of 16, she began her topless modelling career on Page Three of The Sun, and went on to become a popular pin-up girl.

And then, riding the wave of some serious media attention, in 1986, she launched her pop music career with her debut single 'Touch Me (I Want Your Body)', which instantly became a #1 hit in 17 countries.

She has since sold over 30 million albums worldwide, released seven original albums, has also appeared in a number of films, worked as a TV presenter, and has even appeared on reality TV shows!

Having digitally remastered and expanded into two CD deluxe editions her debut four albums, now we get a massive retrospective of her musical and visual gems in the (and as a BIG fan since day one I can say this) stunningly delicious shape of Play It Again, Sam: The Fox Box.

Play It Again, Sam: The Fox Box is the long-awaited, first-ever definitive retrospective of Samantha Fox’s musical career to date. This lavish 2CD + 2DVD box set is replete with a fold-out double-sided poster, a set of button badges and a picture-packed 32-page booklet.

As you could well now expect, this is an essential package for Sam’s army of Foxy fans and all self-respecting aficionados of '80s pop culture.

Disc: 1:
1. 'Touch Me (I Want Your Body)'
2. 'Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)'
3. 'Hold on Tight' (Radio Mix)
4. 'I'm All You Need' (Single Re-Mix)
5. 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now'
6. 'I Surrender (To The Spirit of The Night)' (7" Mix)
7. 'I Promise You (Get Ready)'
8. 'True Devotion' (New Mix)
9. 'Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)' (Single Edit)
10. 'Love House' (7" Edit)
11. 'I Only Wanna Be with You'
12. 'I Wanna Have Some Fun' (7" Edit)
13. ('Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On' (Radio Edit - Sam Talks)
14. 'Another Woman' (Harding/Curnow 7" Version)
15. 'Go for the Heart' (with Sox)
16. 'Let Me Be Free'
17. 'The Reason Is You' (Radio Edit)
18. 'Santa Maria' (with DJ Milano)
19. 'Angel with An Attitude'
20. 'Call Me' (with Sabrina)
21. 'You've Got Me Believing in Make Believe' (Bonus Track)

Disc: 2:
1. 'I Should Have Known Better'
2. 'Confession'
3. 'Lovin' Don't Grow on Trees' (Alternative Mix)
4. 'All I Wanna Do ...' (with Full Force)
5. 'Love to Love You Baby' (Hip Hop Mix)
6. 'Even in the Darkest Hours' (7" Edit)
7. 'Love House' (7" Remix)
8. 'I Only Wanna Be with You' (Special Single Edit)
9. 'Too Late to Say Goodbye' (Original 12" Mix)
10. 'The Winner Takes It All'
11. 'La Isla Bonita'
12. 'A Question of Honour'
13. 'Midnight Lover'
14. 'I Give Myself to You' (Pete Hammond Remix)
15. 'Touch Me 2016' (Radio Edit)
16. 'It's You' (Nick Harvey Club Mix)
17. 'Gimme Shelter' (with Hawkwind)
18. 'The Best Is Yet to Come' (7"Mix)

Disc: 3: The Videos (DVD)
1. 'Touch Me (I Want Your Body)'
2. 'Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)'
3. 'Hold on Tight'
4. 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now'
5. 'I Surrender (To The Spirit of the Night)'
6. 'I Promise You (Get Ready)'
7. 'True Devotion'
8. 'Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)'
9. 'Love House'
10. 'I Only Wanna Be with You'
11. 'I Wanna Have Some Fun'
12. '(Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On'
13. 'Another Woman'
14. 'Just One Night'
15. 'Go for the Heart' (with Sox)
16. 'Let Me Be Free'
17. 'The Reason Is You'
18. 'Santa Maria' (with DJ Milano)
19. 'Angel with An Attitude'
20. 'Call Me' (with Sabrina)

Disc: 4: Bonus Footage (DVD)
1. 'Rockin' with My Radio'
2. 'I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night)' (Unedited Version)
3. 'Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)' (Club Version)
4. 'Love House' (Dance Mix)
5. 'I Only Wanna Be With You' (Alternative Version)
6. 'All I Wanna Do ...' (with Full Force)
7. 'Touch Me' (with Günther)
8. 'Rockin' with My Radio' (Behind the Scenes)
9. 1987 Interview
10. 1989 Interview
11. 1991 Interview
12. 'Call Me' (with Sabrina - Behind the Scenes)

This definitive retrospective of one of the UK's most revered, beloved women, Samantha Fox, not only contains every single released during her phenomenally successful Jive Records tenure for the very first time ever, but comes very up to date with the release of both 'Call Me' with '80s icon Sabrina and Fox's very own 'Touch Me' (2016) remix.

That's right, the first two discs take us from the phenomenal smash hit era of the 1986 mega hit 'Touch Me,' on through to the Stock Aitken Waterman favorite 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now,' the Full Force classic 'Naughty Girls', and up to her newest release (the aforementioned 'Touch Me' 2016 remix 12" vinyl).

Proving to be able to put out a succession of global hits which made Fox the only British female to score a hat-trick of Top 10s on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s, this selection also includes her European dancefloor smashes such as 'Santa Maria' and that aforementioned irresistible cover of Blondie's 'Call Me' with fellow '80s icon Sabrina.

An exclusive, previously unheard bonus track, 'You've Got Me Believing In Make Believe', direct from Sam's personal archive, rounds out the collection on the first disc rather nicely too.

The second disc features many sought-after and previously unavailable rarities from throughout Fox's career. With B-sides, remixes, that aforementioned updated take on 'Touch Me' (2016) and another exclusive track, 'It's You', there is plenty to discover for all her fans and newcomers alike.

The first DVD gathers together Fox's iconic original videos and boy, are there some memorable '80s flashback's right there, my friends! Wow! I mean ... WOW! Just work your way through videos for the hits such as 'Touch Me,' 'Hold on Tight,' 'I'm All You Need' (that not came as a 7" vinyl gate-fold sleeve that housed the second part of a calendar poster, July-December 1987 - I know that, because I have it and can still see it in my mind - but was also a Christmas release -- as the 12" vinyl, Numbered Picture Disc came with a spring of holly under the now printed in green and red name and song title!), and the euphoric 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now,' and you'll come out the other side a changed man (or woman, of course!)

The second DVD features additional rare footage, including the seldom-seen early video 'Rockin' With My Radio', extended and alternative takes, three early interviews from her career, and behind-the-scenes footage of her and Sabrina recording Blondie's 'Call Me.'

In closing, and as I said about the recently released 3CD retrospective from Howard Jones, this entire Play It Again, Sam - The Fox Box 2CD+2DVD retrospective collection is pure Heaven on a stick, my friends. Heaven on a damn stick!

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Samantha Fox @ Twitter

Title - 'Two Faces Of Fame: The Complete 1967 Recordings'
Artist - Georgie Fame

For those not in the know, Georgie Fame (actually born Clive Powell) is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player.

Fame, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries such as Van Morrison and Bill Wyman.

Indeed, Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: "Yeh, Yeh" in 1964, "Get Away" in 1966 and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in 1967.

Now, via Cherry Red Records (UK) Georgie Fame's debut album for CBS back in 1967 has been remastered and expanded into a delightful double-disc edition. Now entitled The Two Faces Of Fame: The Complete 1967 Recordings, this brand new edition all the original songs along with bonus tracks, all via mono and stereo mixes.

Disc: 1: (Stereo)
1. "Green Back Dollar Bill"
2. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be"
3. "River's Invitation"
4. "Bluesology"
5. "Don't Try"
6. "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut"
7. "You're Driving Me Crazy"
8. "C'est la Vie"
9. "El Pussy Cat"
10. "It Could Happen To You"
11. 'Do It The Hard Way"

Bonus Tracks:
12. "Because I Love You"
13. "Bidin' My Time ('Cos I Love You)"
14. "Knock On Wood"
15. "All I'm Asking"
16. "Didn't Want To Have To Do It"
17. "Close The Door"
18. "(I'm A) Road Runner"
19. "Try My World"
20. "No Thanks"
21. "Celebration" (International Pop Song Festival Entry)
22. "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde"
23. "Beware of The Dog"
24. "Nel Tuo Mondo" ('Try My World' - Italian Version)

Disc: 2: (Mono)
1. "Green Back Dollar Bill"
2. "Things Ain't What They Used To Be"
3. "River's Invitation"
4. "Bluesology"
5. "Don't Try"
6. "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut"
7. "You're Driving Me Crazy"
8. "C'est la Vie"
9. "El Pussy Cat"
10. "It Could Happen To You"
11. 'Do It The Hard Way"

Bonus Tracks:
12. "A Waiting Time"
13. "Jumping The Gun" *
14. "Bluesology"
15. "Nicoise" (working title of 'Try My World', Take 2)
16. "Respoken" (Take 10)
17. "Conquistador" (Take 8)
18. "Tell It Like It is" (Take 5)
19. "Waltz" (Take 3)
20. "Fool's Paradise" (Take 10)
21. "Tirare La Chinghia ('No Thanks' - Italian Version)
22. "A Ballata Di Bonnie E Clyde" ('The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" - Italian Version)

* previously unissued

The first disc of this great debut album - that's split between live recordings from a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall and studio sessions - begins in stereo with the horn-sharp, finger-snappin' "Green Back Dollar Back", then moves seamlessly into the slow poke Hammond organ-backed "Things Ain't What They Used to Be", the upbeat funk of "River's Invitation", and then both the trippin' piano and do-wop vocals of "Bluesology" and the ballad "Don't Try."

The zoot-suit riot of "Don't Your Big Mouth Shut" is then backed by the drumtastic "You're Driving Me Crazy", the sultry "C'est la Vie," the '60s swing of "El Pussycat," and then the original album rounds out with the blues ballad "It Could Happen To You" and "Do It the Hard Way."

With the second disc containing all those very same aforementioned tracks, just now in mono, also included - and spread nicely over both discs - are all of Georgie’s A’s and B’s from that year. Plus there are tracks from his stand-alone eponymous EP, various Italian language variants, a Brazilian-only International Pop Song Festival entrant (‘Celebration’) and a host of previously unissued tracks representing all of his recorded output from 1967 available at this time.

The Digipak package also boasts exhaustive sleeve-notes and a host of photos and rare images, offering a long-overdue reappraisal of Georgie Fame’s first year at CBS Records, capturing a star at the pinnacle of his success.

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Title - 'Space Dubs'
Artist - Spacewave

For those not in the know, Spacewave is the primary music vehicle of long-time engineer, producer, and artist John Palmer.

As a multi-media artist, John Palmer has produced a broad range of work over the past fifty years, working primarily in photography, painting, and music.

Palmer received his fine arts education and training at the Corcoran School of Art and under Jack Perlmutter at the predecessor of what is now University of the District of Columbia, in Washington, D.C.

He has had exhibitions at the Dickey Gallery (Washington, D.C.) and Andro-Media Galleries (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Palmer's nature photography has focused on the interplay between sunlight and water, and his digital cinema work has focused on music videos and music documentaries.

His paintings have ranged from the hard-edged op-art of the late 1960's to his floated color and air-brush atmospheres of the 1980's and 1990's.

Palmer is largely self-taught in music, playing electric bass and keyboards after early clarinet training. Recording music groups since high school, he founded Andro-Media in 1972 to expand his audio and video production work.

He has performed his musical compositions in the groups FMO, Metakone 53, Metakone 74, Soft Boulder, Oasis, Sparks, and Stormy in the Ann Arbor area, and most recently in a studio collaboration with Dub Reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry.

His post-modern electronic music style reflects jazz, r&b, rock, new age, and world music influences which all come together perfectly on this brand new album from Palmer aka Spacewave, Space Dubs.

1. 'Psycho Dread Dub'
2. 'Strip Off Dub'
3. 'House of Sin Dub'
4. 'Isabel Dub'
5. 'Jungle Tongue Dub'
6. 'No Evil Dub'
7. 'No Sorrow Dub'
8. 'Too Much Is Too Much Dub'
9. 'On Nigeria Dub'
10. 'Therapist Dub'

This quite stunning 10-track instrumental dub album from Spacewave combines all his favorite genres of music to work within - ska, reggae, dub, dubstep, acid jazz, and electronic - and brings together a collection of tracks that will, once heard, stay with you for a very long time.

Indeed, as Palmer himself has revealed about the making of these dub tracks, "While I play a bit of electric bass and synthesizer, I used a lot of sample and loop libraries to add different sounds and snippets, slicing and dicing, changing the feel and the key where needed."

"I left enough of some familiar riffs there to pull the ear in. They are generally dense mixes, so more than once I had to pare back to keep things from turning into mush."

Also, it should be known that with few modifications, these riddims were used by reggae dub legend Lee "Scratch" Perry for his album Must Be Free.

Spacewave released his Space Dubs on August 4th, 2017 on MegaWave Music as a CD and digital download.

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Title - 'NOW That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems'
Artist - Various

As expected as both snow and sun (well, at least here in Michigan) on a yearly basis, the world's best-selling, multi-artist series NOW That's What I Call Music! is back with yet another subtitled musical effort of jams.

Although, if truth be told, the idea was stolen / borrowed from the UK, as they are on about their 100th version of the series that is numbered with each release, these specialty versions of the Now universes do bring together en masse of great tunes, that's for sure.

The latest and greatest is 'NOW That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems', a single disc of some of music's oldest and newest, pop, rock, country and rap artists who have all managed to write/record songs that have done, or will still in our heads for years to come.

1. 'We Will Rock You' - Queen
2. 'Livin' on a Prayer' - Bon Jovi
3. 'Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
4. 'Rock and Roll All Nite' - Kiss
5. 'Eye of the Tiger' - Survivor
6. 'The Final Countdown' - Europe
7. 'Jump Around' - House of Pain
8. 'Turn Down for What' - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
9. 'My House' - Flo Rida
10. 'Black and Yellow' - Wiz Khalifa
11. 'I Gotta Feeling' - The Black Eyed Peas
12. 'Don't Stop the Party' - Pitbull feat. TJR
13. 'Let's Go' - Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
14. 'Yeah!' - Usher feat. Lil' Jon & Ludacris
15. 'Get the Party Started' - P!nk
16. 'House Party' - Sam Hunt
17. 'Country Girl (Shake It For Me)' - Luke Bryan
18. 'My Kinda Party' - Jason Aldean

We kick-off with the BRILLIANT 'We Will Rock You' from Queen and that gets backed by a quintet of rockin' greatness in Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On A Prayer,' Journey's epic 'Don't Stop Believin', KISS's live version of 'Rock & Roll All Nite,' and then two massive musical beasts in both Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' and then Europe's addictive sing-along hit 'Final Countdown.'

The tone changes direction next with the humpty-hump of House of Pain's 'Jump Around,' which is followed seamlessly by DJ Snake & Lil Jon's 'Turn Down For What,' Flo Rida's 'My House', 'Black And Yellow' by Wiz Khalifa, and then two massive worldwide dancefloor smashes in 'I Gotta Feeling' (Black Eyed Peas), and then 'Don't Stop The Party' from Pitbull feat. TJR.

With both Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo on 'Let's Go' and Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris on the pulsatingly perfect 'Yeah!', P!nk rounds out that certain R&B vibe with 'Get The Party Started, before the boys from country round the whole party CD out. First up is Sam Hunt with 'House Party,' which is backed by Luke Bryan's 'Country girl (Shake It For Me), with the album coming to a close with Jason Aldean's 'My Kinda Party.'

Title - 'NOW That's What I Call Music! 63'
Artist - Various

As expected as both snow and sun (well, at least here in Michigan) on a yearly basis, the world's best-selling, multi-artist series NOW That's What I Call Music! is back with its 63rd edition. Although, if truth be told, the idea was stolen / borrowed from the UK, as they are on about their 100th version of the series, it just means they are now older than the US, that's all! [Which, in general, we all already knew!]

All that malarkey aside, 'NOW That's What I Call Music! 63' is yet another jam-packed 16 track party animal, including chart dance floor and ballad hits from THE biggest stars to hit our radios most recently.

That and the fact that, as seems to be their own growing custom, Sony Music Entertainment have included as an added bonus six (6) new tracks from what they claim to be "What's Next" in the search for nubile musical successors!

1. 'I'm the One' - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
2. 'Stay' - Zedd & Alessia Cara
3. 'Something Just Like This' - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
4. 'Say You Won't Let Go' - James Arthur
5. 'Castle on the Hill' - Ed Sheeran
6. 'Believer' - Imagine Dragons
7. 'Slow Hands' - Niall Horan
8. 'Bad Liar' - Selena Gomez
9. 'Swish Swish' - Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj
10. 'Crying in the Club' - Camila Cabello
11. 'Slide' - Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos
12. 'Swalla' - Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
13. 'HUMBLE.' - Kendrick Lamar
14. 'Congratulations' - Post Malone feat. Quavo
15. 'Heavy' - Linkin Park feat. Kiiara
16. 'Malibu' - Miley Cyrus
17. 'Wander In Lust' - The Foxies
18. 'Keep My Head Afloat' - Jeremy Zucker
19. 'Straightjacket' - Quinn XCII
20. 'Hold On' - Chord Overstreet
21. 'Can You Touch' - Elley Duhé
22. 'Hit Parade' - Mutemath

We kick-off with the addictive beats of 'I'm the One' from DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, and keep that groove alive with 'Stay' from Zedd & Alessia Cara. Hitting the soaring pop vein next with 'Something Just Like This' from The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, next up the tone is lowered for the more sedate approach to music from artists such as James Arthur ('Say You Won't Let Go'), and the annoying infectious 'Castle on the Hill from Ed Sheeran.

We pick the pop vibe back up again with 'Believer' from Imagine Dragons, before the solo effort from former 1D's Niall Horan is upon us, 'Slow Hands.' The dancefloor vibe of 'Bad Liar' from Selena Gomez is next and that's backed by the fun (and the best track on her new album, for my money) 'Swish Swish' from Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj, 'Crying in the Club' by Camila Cabello, and both 'Slide' (Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos), and the brilliant 'Swalla' from Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign).

Kendrick Lamar's poignant ode 'HUMBLE.' is next, 'Congratulations' by Post Malone feat. Quavo follows it, and then comes the always-solid Linkin Park with the mesmerizing new track 'Heavy.' Featuring Kiiara, that song is so much more meaningful now, given the recent passing of lead singer Chester Bennington. The new and 3.0 updated version of Miley Cyrus is back with the sugary sweet (and way too sugary for my tastes) 'Malibu', which itself rounds out the known hit makers of this album.

Up next we get those aforementioned "What's Next" artists and their songs, which begins with 'Wander In Lust' (The Foxies), 'Keep My Head Afloat' (Jeremy Zucker), 'Straightjacket' from Quinn XCII, and then Chord Overstreet's really quite great 'Hold On.' The entire collection then rounds out with both 'Can You Touch' from Elley Duhé, and Mutemath's 'Hit Parade.'

Title - Music from the HBO Limited Series Big Little Lies
Artist - Various

This is the brilliant Soundtrack to the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated HBO series 'Big Little Lies' by director Jean-Marc Vallée starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgård.

Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, 'Big Little Lies' weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California.

Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-not's, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.

Indeed, just prior to the finale of the David-E.-Kelley-penned, seven-episode-long original series, HBO made their distinctive soundtrack available for purchase and download on March 31st, 2017.

Now out as a special, and beautiful 2LP vinyl record, it consists primarily of neo-soul and R&B-informed singer/songwriters, both old-school veterans (Irma Thomas) and relative newcomers (Villagers).

Also containing a track by cast member and musician-in-her-own-right Zoë Kravitz ("Don't"), this double vinyl LP version also includes two tracks not included on the CD or digital versions - "Treat Me Nice" by director Jean-Marc Vallee and It's Now Or Never" (Instrumental) by Jean-Phi, aka Jean-Philippe Goncalves; who also produced and arranged both tracks.

Side A:
1. Michael Kiwanuka: “Cold Little Heart”
2. Charles Bradley: “Victim of Love”
3. Martha Wainwright: “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole”

Side B:
4. Leon Bridges: “River”
5. Kinny: “Queen of Boredness” [ft. Diesler]
6. Agnes Obel: “September Song”
7. Alabama Shakes: “This Feeling”

Side C:
8. Charles Bradley: “Changes”
9. Irma Thomas: “Straight From the Heart”
10. Villagers: “Nothing Arrived” (Live From Spotify London)
11. Zoë Kravitz: “Don’t”
12. Villagers: “The Wonder of You”

Side D:
13. Daniel Agee: “How’s the World Treating You”
14. Jimmy Valley: "Treat Me Nice"
15. Jean-Phi Goncalves: "It's Now Or Never"
16. Ituana: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

We begin with English soul musician Micheal Kiwanuka's dulcet, haunting piano work on 'Cold Little Heart', before moving seamlessly into the acoustic guitar work, and throaty soul of Charles Bradley's “Victim of Love”, American-Canadian singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright's forthright “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole”, and then the always-great Leon Bridges with "River.”

The pop bounce flow of Kinny's “Queen of Boredness” [ft. Diesler] is one of my own personal favorites here. Reminiscent of early Macy Gray, that's followed by the stunning piano work of Agnes Obel on the boyant, hopeful "September Song.” American blues rock band Alabama Shakes are next up with their lo-fi "This Feeling” which is backed by American funk/soul/R&B singer Charles Bradley's Motown heartbreak flashback on “Changes.”

The old school vibe is continued on “Straight From the Heart”, a divine sixties harken back tune from Irma Thomas, a woman known affectionately as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans." The Villagers “Nothing Arrived” (Live From Spotify London) is a pure delight to behold also, and that's followed by Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoe on her stoic cut "Don’t.”

Elvis Presley gets a look in here also via Conor O’Brien, the lead singer of the aforementioned Villagers. Although listed as being a straight out Villagers track here, his solo vocals bring us a quite stirring version of "The Wonder of You” and is yet another stand out highlight here. That's backed wonderfully by Daniel Agee doing his best Roy Orbison/Chris Isaak impression on "How’s the World Treating You” ("I've had nothing but sorrow. Since you said we were through. There's no hope for tomorrow. How's the world treating you?").

Those two aforementioned vinyl LP bonus tracks are up next, with "Treat Me Nice" by Jimmy Valley (aka Jean-Marc Vallee) the first, Jean-Phi Goncalves' "It's Now Or Never" (Instrumental) following it. Then, as it was with the CD and digital releases, this double vinyl album finishes with a real treat in the form of enigmatic band Ituana's version of The Stones' "You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Wow, what a delicious, breathy cut and what a sensational way to round out an album.

In closing, this delightful, beautiful two-vinyl 'Music from the HBO Limited Series Big Little Lies' LP set is, for my money, as good as it gets when it comes to matching musicians with an emotional roller coaster of a TV show such as this one.

Title - 'In Transit: Original Broadway Cast Recording'
Artist - Various

Titled as "Broadway’s first a cappella musical", 'In Transit' is a very funny and poignant new Broadway musical that follows the intertwined lives of 11 New Yorkers faced with the challenges of city life.

With a groundbreaking Score by a team including the creators of 'Pitch Perfect', 'In Transit' takes you on a journey with people hoping to catch the express train to their dreams including the stops they make along the way.

The musical, which previously played Primary Stages in 2010, follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. The small ensemble takes on several roles, including an aspiring actress, a Wall Street honcho, a street performer, a cab driver and more.

Modern yet timeless, 'In Transit' is a story about all of us, set to music that will stay with you long after the ride is over.

With a book, music and lyrics by Academy Award® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez ('Frozen'), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth and vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon ('Pitch Perfect', 'The Sing-Off'), 'In Transit' is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall ('Anything Goes', 'Nice Work If You Can Get It').

1. 'Deep Beneath the City/Not There Yet' - (Chesney Snow and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
2. 'Do What I Do' - (Margo Seibert and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
3. 'Four Days Home' - (Justin Guarini and Telly Leung and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
4. 'Broke' - (James Snyder and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
5. 'Saturday Night Obsession' - (Erin Mackey and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
6. 'Wingman' - (Nicholas Ward and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
7. 'But, Ya Know' - (James Snyder and Margo Seibert and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
8. 'Not There Yet (Reprise)' - (Erin Mackey and Justin Guarini and Margo Seibert and James Snyder and Moya Angela and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
9. 'Keep It Goin' - (Nicholas Ward and Moya Angela and Mariand Torres and David Abeles and Gerianne Pérez and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
10. 'A Little Friendly Advice' - (Moya Angela and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
11. 'Choosing Not to Know' - (Justin Guarini and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
12. 'The Moving Song' - (Erin Mackey and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
13. 'We Are Home' - (Telly Leung and Justin Guarini and Erin Mackey and James Snyder and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
14. 'Getting There' - (Margo Seibert and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
15. 'Finale' - (Chesney Snow and The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit)
Bonus Tracks:
16. 'Preshow Message' - (Kristen Anderson - Lopez and James
17. 'A Math Question' - (Steven "HeaveN" Cantor) [Bonus Track]
18. 'We Are Home Exit Music' - (The Original Broadway Cast of In Transit) [Bonus Track]

Listening to all 18 tracks, back-to-back twice, I have to say that I was delighted with the "chorus" that can be heard throughout. Not a real "chorus", per say, and with no specific voice to be heard above the others, the overall stylistic diversity here is spot on perfect.

Most of this 'In Transit' music from the Original Cast Recording is upbeat, joyous, and at times it even becomes rather cute with regard both lyrics and vocalizations.

The songs themselves give little indication that there was a story though, which is a tad bit weird, but that said, 'In Transit' tells it's own Broadway story without having to reply on the music underneath it.

In closing, and when the run of tracks at the end of the musical come to the fore, as in the musical itself, everything turns out for the best. For they truly are the best on here, in my humble opinion.

The 'In Transit Original Broadway Cast Recording' CD was released Friday, July 21st, 2017 and is now also available for download.

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Title - 'Reggae Gold 2017'
Artist - Various

Reggae Gold is the annual collection of reggae’s biggest hits from the hottest artists. Now in it’s 24th year, Reggae Gold continues to set the standard for reggae music compilations.

Released on July 21st, 2017 via VP Records, Reggae Gold 2017 is their latest release.

Including a bonus DJ mix disc by Jamaica’s Chromatic Sound, the album continues to showcase the current trends and future classics in reggae music.

1. 'Luv (Explicit)' - Tory Lanez
2. 'Telephone Love' - Jah Cure
3. 'Loodi' (feat. Vybz Kartel) - Shenseea
4. 'Gyal You A Party Animal' - Charly Black
5. 'Me Love My Fatty' - Style X
6. 'Now' - Romain Virgo
7. 'Sheet' - Spice
8. 'Magic' - Christopher Martin
9. 'Love Like Ours' (feat. Tarrus Riley) - Estelle
10. 'Trueversation' (feat. Damian Marley) - Queen Ifrica
11. 'Leave You Alone' (feat. Jesse Royal) - Ikaya
12. 'Don't Come Back' - Tarrus Riley
13. 'Hide' - Deep Jahi
14. 'Banga' - Aidonia
15. 'Raggamuffin' - Raging Fyah
16. 'Hardcore (Remix)' [Feat. Chronixx] - Jah9
17. 'Spanish Town Rockin' - Chronixx

Kicking off in fine style, both 'Luv (Explicit)' from Tory Lanez and the crazy-addictive vocal tones of Jah Cure on 'Telephone Love' are superb, and they are followed by Shenseea's bouncy rap reggae on 'Loodi' (featuring Vybz Kartel). [FYI: Did you know "A Shenseea!” is what you hear at the beginning of every track, introducing the newest artiste to the Dancehall/Reggae community? No, nor did I, but we do now].

Next up is 'Gyal You A Party Animal' from dancehall singer, selector and singjay Charly Black, the fun lyrics and overtones of Style X's 'Me Love My Fatty,' and then come both the Latin-tipped dance pop of 'Now' from Romain Virgo and then the dominate vocal tones of Spice on 'Sheet.'

The lush, ballad R&B of 'Magic' from Christopher Martin is one oft he highlights here for me, and that's followed by British singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress Estelle on 'Love Like Ours' (featuring Tarrus Riley). Next up is 'Trueversation' from Queen Ifrica. Featuring reggae legend Damian Marley, this track from the daughter of ska music legend Derrick Morgan is my go to on here now - as I assume it might well be yours too upon listening to it.

The beautiful 'Leave You Alone' from Ikaya (featuring Jesse Royal) is along next, and that's backed by 'Don't Come Back' Tarrus Riley. The Jamaican-American reggae singer and member of the Rastafari movement really put together a winner of a song here, which is why it's deservedly included on this Best of 2017 compilation. 'Hide' by Deep Jahi is next, and that's followed by the life on the streets cut 'Banga' from Aidonia.

This incredible, fresh-sounding new compilation then rounds out with the five piece reggae band from Kingston known as Raging Fyah's 'Raggamuffin,' the dancehall/R&B flow of 'Hardcore (Remix)' from Jah9 featuring Chronixx, and the the album ends with the young man formerly known as "Little Chronicle", now grown up into the aforementioned Chronixx with 'Spanish Town Rockin.'

The 'Reggae Gold 2017', which also comes with a second Bonus Mix Music CD entitled "The Ultimate" Mix by Chromatic, was released July 21st, 2017 and is now also available for download.

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Title - 'Let's Go To Outer Space'
Artist - Gary Wilson

For those not in the know, Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts. He slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.

And active is what he truly is once again for following hot on the footsteps of his recently-released albums, Alone With Gary Wilson (2015) and It's Friday Night with Gary Wilson (2016), once again via Cleopatra Records he now brings us Let's Go To Outer Space.

Yet another alt-funk classic filled album chock full with experimental sounds, avant garde grooves, and demented space love songs that will make any exploration into the unknown a wild and crazy adventure, the "King Of Weird" has done it again!

Track List:
1. "Back To Where I Belong"
2. "Gary Kissed A Mannequin"
3. "Lost In A Mystery"
4. "Gary Feels Cool"
5. "Weird World Part 1"
6. "You’re The Girl From A Magazine"
7. "She’s The Girl From Mars"
8. "Let’s Go On A Walk Tonight"
9. "I’m Not Ashamed"
10. "I Want To Cry"
11. "Weird World Part 2"
12. "Let’s Go To Mars"
13. "My Beautiful Wife Walked Away"
14. "My Pretty Little Space Girl"

One thing you will quickly become aware of is that Gary Wilson is/was completely ahead of his time, and its sad that people couldn't catch on soon enough.

We kick things off with "Back To Where I Belong" "A girl from outer space doesn't care if it rains you see, it doesn't rain on her planet", which leads seamlessly into the psychedelic pop of "Gary Kissed A Mannequin," the mind bending "Lost In A Mystery," the both the upbeat "Gary Feels Cool," and then the short experimental adventure, "Weird World Part 1."

My personal favorite track from this new album is the poptastic "You’re The Girl From A Magazine" which is followed by the first single/video (see below) to be released, "She’s The Girl From Mars." "Let’s Go On A Walk Tonight" is backed by the trippy "I’m Not Ashamed," the low-fi, mid-tempo jaunt of "I Want To Cry," and then both the second half of the musical experiment, "Weird World Part 2."

The fun pop of "Let’s Go To Mars" ("Let's hitch a ride to the Milky Way and I'll hold your hand all day"), and then comes "My Beautiful Wife Walked Away," before the album rounds out with the (too) short, but sweet "My Pretty Little Space Girl."

I guess, simply put for those not yet familiar with the twisted genius that is Gary Wilson, it sounds something like this: Mix equal parts Zappa, ? & the Mysterians, Barry White, Steely Dan, Norman Bates, and 70s porn/TV soundtracks; filter through an alienated, small town adolescence and creepy borderline-stalker fantasies; add one large bag of white flour, a gallon of lukewarm milk, liberal amounts of Saran Wrap, and dirty underpants; stir in a reel of 1/4" analog recording tape, dump on basement floor, and let sit overnight. Enjoy!

Watch the EXCLUSIVE-to-Exclusive Magazine new video for “She’s The Girl From Mars" EXCLUSIVELY right here!

Official Video - "She's The Girls From Mars"

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Title - 'Extremes' [CD/DVD]
Artist - Supertramp & Various Artists

For those not in the know, 'Extremes' is a much-loved, much-adored documentary about the British counterculture movement in the 1970s.

Recorded and filmed in 1971 on the road from London to the Isle of Wight Festival, and directed by Tony Klinger with Mike Lytton co-directing, 'Extremes' sets out to discover why so many people have taken a step back from society and decided to rebel against it.

Covering the whole gamut of present day human behavior, from carefree pop fans bathing nude at the Isle of Wight to withdrawn to out of their present minds junkies losing themselves - having taken en masse of drug paraphernalia - 'Extremes' captures their thoughts, one and all.

Taking a look at this documentary, available for the first time ever as a CD/DVD package via Gonzo Multimedia, it's obvious that those portrayed here (especially those in the latter category) didn't ever have a significant say in how things turned out, life wise.

Ergo, in some of what has to be the most natural, raw, open film footage to come from that era, from those captured moments, Tony Klinger and Michael Lytton have undoubtedly captured a unique cross-section of people going their chosen ways - whilst life passed them by as we watch.

Everyone captured here in this fascinating documentary is allowed to talk freely, frankly, openly and honestly, and so in doing so you just know that nothing was set up and no one was told to say what it was coming out of their collective mouths.

I mean, from what I viewed here today in my living room, nothing looks staged, nothing looks rehearsed and everything was filmed as it happened. All manner of people, male and female, clothed and (somewhat) otherwise, all talk about what's going on with them, and their friends.

Hippies, junkies, Hell's Angels, alcoholics, drop-outs and so many more groups within gathered there, they all fall into the category of nonconformist minorities. But here in 'Extremes', there is a diverseness within them that rises to the top as the documentary progresses.

Now available as an aforementioned CD/DVD set, the music portion is as stunningly open, vibrant, meaningful as the filmed audio is, trust me:

1) 'An ear Ago' - Arc
2) 'Great Lager Street' - Arc
3) 'Box Man' - Crucible
4) 'Black Rose' - Mark McCann
5) 'Refrigerated Warmth' - Mark McCann
6) 'Let Your Love Run Through' - Arc
7) 'Hit It' - Crucible
8) 'Surely' - Supertramp
9) 'Am I Not Like Other Birds Of Prey' - Supertramp
10) 'I'm A Perfectly Happy Man' - Arc
11) 'Words Unspoken' - Supertramp
12) 'Elvish Queen' - Crucible
13) 'We Gotta Watch Out' - Crucible

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Title - 'Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin'
Artist - Aretha Franklin

For those not in the know, although I would hope that would be a very, very small group, Aretha Franklin is an American singer, songwriter and musician.

Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success.

Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin is an all-star tribute to the one, the only, Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin.

Recorded live at Radio City Music Hall, this refreshingly new 12 track audio CD, 13 track for the DVD re: "Respect", which features Aretha Franklin perform the song with her special guest Stevie Wonder, pays tribute to one of this country's national treasures.

1) "I Can't Turn You Loose" - Aretha Franklin
2) "Chain of Fools" - Aretha Franklin with Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and Al McLean from the Backstreet Boys
3) "Ain't No Way" - Aretha Franklin
4) "Natural Woman" - Jill Scott
5) "Long Walk" - Jill Scott
6) "Think" - Aretha Franklin
7) "Day Dreaming" - Mary J. Blige
8) "Do Right Woman" - Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige
9) "Nessun Dorma" - Aretha Franklin
10) "Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin with Kid Rock and Teddy Franklin
11) "Precious Memories" - Aretha Franklin and Bishop Paul S. Morton with the New Jersey Mass Choir
12) "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
13) "Freeway of Love" - Aretha Franklin with Stevie Wonder (DVD Only)

Previously unreleased on CD or DVD, the undisputed Queen of Soul is joined by some very special guest stars, including Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, the Backstreet Boys, Kid Rock, and more.

Originally broadcast on VH1 in 2001, Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin features many of her greatest hits in what was termed at the time, and has subsequently come to be, a truly rare one-of-a-kind performance that will never be repeated.

Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin will be released on August 18th, 2017 on CD/DVD and vinyl LP, with the digital download already having been made available this past July 21st, 2017 via MVD Audio.

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Title - 'War for the Planet of the Apes'
Artist - Michael Giacchino

In 'War for the Planet of the Apes,' Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson).

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

For those not in the know about composer Michael Giacchino he is not only an American composer of music for films, but both television and video games also.

He composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as 'The Incredibles', 'Mission: Impossible III', 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', 'Jurassic World', 'Star Trek Beyond', 'Doctor Strange', 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', to name but a handful.

Track Listing:
1. "Apes' Past is Prologue"
2. "Assault of the Earth"
3. "Exodus Wounds"
4. "The Posse Polonaise"
5. "The Bad Ape Bagatelle"
6. "Don't Luca Now"
7. "Koba Dependent"
8. "The Ecstasy of the Bold"
9. "Apes Together Strong"
10. "A Tide in the Affairs of Apes"
11. "Planet of the Escapes"
12. "The Hating Game"
13. "A Man Named Suicide"
14. "More Red Than Alive"
15. "Migration"
16. "Paradise Found"
17. "End Credits"

In my humble opinion, War for the Planet of the Apes is yet again another incredible, excellent even work of soundtrack art from Michael Giacchino. Solid at each and every one of the turns encountered within the 17 track score, Giacchino's ability to ebb and flow perfectly throughout the cinematic ups and downs is as precisely entertaining as ever.

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Title - 'Tulip Fever' (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist - Danny Elfman

Set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, a married noblewoman (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) and switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married. She and her lover try to raise money together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market.

For those not in the know about Danny Elfman is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Elfman is best known for his work scoring films and television shows, in particular his frequent collaborations with director Tim Burton, and for being the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo from 1974 to 1995.

Sony Classical have just released Danny Elfman's scoring of the film Tulip Fever as a soundtrack album this past August 4th, 2017. Available now as both a CD and digital download, it has to be one of the most enjoyable, playful, and atmospheric soundtrack scores that I have heard in the past decade.

Track Listing:
1. "Sophia's Theme"
2. "Lost"
3. "Willem"
4. "Unveiling"
5. "Streets"
6. "A Storm Is Coming"
7. "Ultramarine"
8. "Nailed"
9. "Reveal"
10. "Streets - Part 2"
11. "Devastation"
12. "Maria's Theme"
13. "Wait"
14. "It's Done"
15. "Storm"
16. "Grand Finale"
17. "Happy Family"
18. "Sophia's Theme (Reprise)"

From the moment the dulcet, and yet for the most part gently soaring "Sophia's Theme" is upon us, you just know the other 17 tracks that follow it will have you just as enraptured. One of my own personal favorites is the piano work on "Lost," which then bleeds seamlessly into such tracks as the vibrant cello work of "The Unveiling," the stirring 'A Storm Is Coming' and both the heart string tug of "The Reveal," and the romantic "Maria's Theme."

In my humble opinion, and as aforementioned above, Tulip Fever is yet again another incredible work of soundtrack scoring from the great, and always-impressive Danny Elfman. Each track as chock full of passion, so raw sometimes that you don't even have to know the scene and what the actors are portraying to know that there is either trouble, love or heartbreak ensuing. Now that is the true sign of a composing great, it is not.

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Title - 'Turtle Soup: Expanded Edition'
Artist - The Mock Turtles

For those not in the know, The Mock Turtles (Martin Coogan — vocals, guitars; Steve Cowen — drums; Joanne Gent — keyboards; Andrew Stewardson — bass; and Martin Glyn Murray — guitars) are an English indie rock band, formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1985, who enjoyed some success in the early 1990s.

Their song "Can You Dig It?" which was released in 1991, charted in the UK top 20 in 1991 and again in 2003. Their follow up single "And Then She Smiles" failed to replicate the success of the previous single, only reaching no. 44 in the charts.

In 1990 they released their much anticipated album Turtle Soup via Imaginary Records, then the following year cam the sophomore effort '87–90' (also on Imaginary Records). 'Two Sides' was released later that very same year via Siren Records, but The Mock Turtles were unable to follow up the early success and were dropped by their new label, again, that very same year of 1991.

Can You Dig It – The Best Of The Mock Turtles was released via Virgin Records in 2003 (and a mighty fine album it is, if I may say so myself), and nothing had been heard musically of the band - either new material or re-releases since then.

Well, all that has now changed because Cherry Red Records (UK) have just released a fantastic 2CD set of their debut album entitled Turtle Soup: Expanded Edition.

For this Expanded Edition of their debut Turtle Soup, which represents their complete Imaginary catalogue, all of the Mock Turtles’ non-album singles and B-sides, together with the many cover versions they recorded for Imaginary’s popular tribute albums (such as The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks), Cherry Red have brought together an incredible 41 tracks for our musical enjoyment.

Disc: 1 - Turtle Soup + Bonus Tracks
1. "Kathy Come Home"
2. "Head Run Wild"
3. "Lay Me Down"
4. "Another Jesus Walks on Water"
5. "Oh Helen How?"
6. "How Does It Feel?"
7. "And Then She Smiles"
8. "The Willow Song"
9. "Mary's Garden"
10. "Can You Dig It?"
11. "Wicker Man"
12. "Watching the Waning Moon"
13. "John O'War"
14. "Take Your Time"
15. "Fionnuala"
16. "Bathing in Blue"
17. "Calm Before the Storm"
18. "Magic Boomerang"
19. "Wicker Man (Live Version)"
20. "Watching the Waning Moon (Live Version)"
21. "Johnny Seven"

Disc: 2 - Second Sitting
1. "Angel"
2. "Golden Children"
3. "No Good Trying"
4. "One Eyed Jack"
5. "Turn on"
6. "Big Sky"
7. "Up Here in Heaven"
8. "Casting Pearls"
9. "Time Between / Why"
10. "Harvey Don't Die"
11. "King for a Day"
12. "Big Eyed Beans from Venus"
13. "See Saw"
14. "Falling All Over"
15. "Pale Blue Eyes"
16. "Wally's Dead"
17. "Somewhere in England"
18. "Shangri-La"
19. "The Only One"
20. "Are You Experienced?"

The first disc containing Turtle Soup (which also, and purposely, as it has since come to light) shares its name with the 1969 record Turtle Soup, released by the American psychedelic rock band The Turtles) and some delightful bonus tracks, features the entire 11-track album track-for-track. Kicking off with the great, and still wonderful to hear power pop sound of "Kathy Come Home" and backs that up with the frenetic guitar work of "Head Run Wild," the drumtastic beats of "Lay Me Down," and both the jangly guitars and piano of "Another Jesus Walks On Water" and the soft pop rock of "Oh Helen How?"

"How Does It Feel?" is up next, and is followed by "And Then She Smiles" (a version of which is the theme tune to the popular TV series Stella) and a continually appreciated gem from the quintet. The delicate "The Willow Song" and the The Cultesque "Mary's Garden" are then followed by the original version of "Can You Dig It?" (which has remained popular via various TV ads), with the original album rounding out with their ever-popular, and still stirring cut, "Wicker Man."

The bonus tracks begin on a high with the upright bass bliss of "Watching The Waning Moon," and that's backed by both the soaring violins on "John O'War" and the steady pop lite roll of "Take Your Time," the massively popular between the fans "Fionnuala" coming along next. Continuing their popular dishes of interesting and lively euro-pop tracks - that deserved more attention than they received - we next get "Bathing in Blue" which is backed by "Calm Before the Storm."

"Magic Boomerang" is yet another doozy of a euro-pop sound, and that's followed by a duo of stunning live versions in the form of both "Wicker Man" and "Watching the Waning Moon (Live Version)," before the first disc comes to a close with "Johnny Seven."

The second disc, entitled Second Sitting is a sweet collection of 20 tracks that most all of us have never heard before; or if we had, had long forgotten about. Still a blend of vocal harmonies against a backdrop of wall of sound guitars that don't overpower the vocals, now some 26 years later and each and every track sounds as fresh today as I'm sure they did back when they were written.

Indeed, you can thank Martin Coogan for most all the wonderful bonus tracks as he has unearthed no less than fourteen previously unissued Mock Turtles demos from his personal archive! Sleeve-notes are by Mark Hodkinson (The Guardian, etc.), who was the first-ever journalist to review the band back in the mid-1980s.

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