"Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive."
Professor Irwin Corey
(or maybe it was Pete Townshend)
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS- TELL'EM WHAT YOUR NAME IS
You need to hear this one! One part James Brown, one part Detroit Wheels and one part Moms Mabley, this is a late night party just waiting to be raided. Highlights include "Bitch, I Love You," "Master Sold My Baby," and "Booshay." BUY THIS RECORD.
BONNIE PRINCE BILLY- BEWARE
Billy is one of those melancholy, singer-songwriter eccentrics who has a respectable bandwagon that I refuse to get on. Maybe it's the beard. But if you crave something a bit more helpful, read this.
"Though 'Beware' shares spit with its immediate predecessor, 'Lie Down in the Light,' its reach is longer, its arches more grandiose. Where fiddle & steel contribute their rustic timbre alongside guitars & voices, a thickening thud of low tone rolls beneath, giving the record a bottom that's fun to watch bounce in new clothes. Bonnie's most ambidextrous record to date. A listen or two through and you too may conclude that this could also be the great Bonnie ''Prince'' Billy contempocountry CD."
MARIANNE FAITHFUL- EASY COME, EASY GO
3rd collaboration between Faithful and producer Hal Willner, "Easy Come, Easy Go" features some heavy duty guests (Keith Richards, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, The McGarrigles and more) on a selection of covers by artists such as Merle Haggard, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Decemberists, and Billie Holiday.
NICK LOWE- QUIET PLEASE: THE BEST OF NICK LOWE (2 CDS AND 1 DVD)
This package, courtesy of the great Yep Roc label, is exactly what a collection should be- jam-packed and affordable. The 2 CDs cover all 20 of Lowe's releases, while the DVD boasts the original videos from the seventies, as well as a full length concert from 2007, at the low list price of $24.98. That's 49 songs, 9 videos and a full length concert. First 20 callers receive Nick Lowe oven mitts and a pair of spats autographed by Billy Bremner.
WILLIE NELSON- NAKED WILLIE
Another day, another Willie Nelson release. This collection, conceived by Nelson's longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael, features 17 songs stripped of the strings, backing vocals and gloss that "ruined" so many of Willie's Nashville sides from the 60's. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Any Willie is better than no Willie. (Or maybe that wasn't me)
AND FROM MERRY OLE ENGLAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS- RESPECT: ARETHA'S INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATION
This killer 24 track collection from the ACE label features the original versions of songs that Aretha both covered and sang as a child. Here's what All Music says:
"The idea behind Respect: Aretha's Influences and Inspiration is a very good one: to collect a couple dozen versions of songs, often the original ones, that Franklin herself would record, usually on Atlantic in the late 1960s and early 1970s (though songs that she recorded prior to 1967 on Columbia and even her teenaged '50s gospel sides, are also represented)"
Track list is impressive. Check it out HERE.
THE WHO SELL OUT- DELUXE EDITION
The release of another repackaged Who record is usually a red carpet for my big balls of bile, but...it is my favorite Who record. And, one of my favorite records of all time. So more can't be bad.
Here is what you get this time 'round, courtesy of Amazon.co.uk
•Stunning reissue of the classic Who album from 1967, now upgraded to a greatly expanded 2 CD version in the acclaimed Deluxe edition range.
•Remastered from the original stereo and mono masters for the first time.
•The first official re-release of the mono mix (in the US and UK) since 1967
•Eleven previously unreleased songs and/or mixes.
•28-page booklet contains unseen photos and 1960s period advertisements. CD sleeve features out-takes from the original October 1967 album cover photo session by David Montgomery, the esteemed portrait photographer.
•Introductory essay by noted rock writer Dave Marsh and in-depth liner notes by Who biographer Andy Neill.
1. Armenia City In The Sky Incl. Two "Radio London" Jingles
2. Heinz Baked Beans Incl. "More Music" Jingle
3. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand Acoustic/Incl. Premier Drums Commercial/Radio London Jingle
4. Odorono Incl. Radio London 'Smooth Sailing' Jingle
5. Tattoo Incl. 'Church Of Your Choice' Radio London Jingle
6. Our Love Was Incl. Pussycat/Speakeasy/Rotosound Jingles,Commercials
7. I Can See For Miles
8. I Can't Reach You Incl. Charles Atlas Commercial
9. Medac a.k.a. Spotted Henry
11. Silas Stingy
13. Real (1 & 2)
14. Rael - Naive Incl. John Mason's Cars (Rehearsal) Commercial
15. Someone's Coming Incl. Radio London 'Weather Word' Jingle
16. Early Morning Cold Taxi incl. Radio London News Bulletin Jingle
17. Jaguar incl. Extra Wonderful Radio London Jingle
18. Coke After Coke
19. Glittering Girl
20. Summertime Blues Previously Unreleased
21. John Mason Cars
22. Girl's Eyes Incl. Bag O' Nails Jingle
23. Sodding About Previously Unreleased
24. Premier Drums Full Version Previously Unreleased
25. Odorono Final Chorus
26. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand Mirasound Version
27. Things Go Better With Coke
28. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
29. Top Gear
30. Rael (1 & 2) Remake Version - Incl. Track Records Jingle
1. Armenia City In The Sky
2. Heinz Baked Beans
3. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand Mono Version
4. Odorono Original Version
6. Our Love Was
7. I Can See For Miles
8. I Can't Reach You
9. Medac a.k.a. Spotted Henry (mono)
10. Relax (mono)
11. Silas Stingy (mono)
12. Sunrise (mono)
13. Rael (1 & 2) Incl. Track Records Run-Off Groove
14. Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand U.S Single Version originally released as US B-side to `I Can See For Miles'
15. Someone's Coming U.K Single Mix - Originally released as US B-side to `I Can See For Miles'
16. Relax Early Rehearsal
17. Jaguar Original Mono Mix
18. Glittering Girl Previously Unreleased Version
19. Tattoo Early Mono Mix
20. Our Love Was Take 12 Rejected Mono Mix
21. Rotosound Strings With Final Note
22. I Can See For Miles Early Mono Mix
23. Rael Early Mono Mix
24. Armenia City In The Sky Isolated Backwards Tracks
Rejected mono mix of "Our Love Was, Is," anyone?
And finally, SHAMELESS PLUG, #2:
New York's only Irish band not to have one Irishman, The Cool Jerks,
will be playing all your favorite Irish hits by O'tis Redding, Wilson O'Pickett, Sean & Dave, The O'Jays, Al Green, and James Brown at
Thursday, March 19th.
First long set at 8:45.
Admission is $5 or free, depending on what time you get there and who is watching the door.
433 Park Avenue South @29th Street.
The Cool Jerks are-
And making his Cool Jerks debut,
"Soul, blues & rhythm by 7 guys who live it!"
Hope to see you there!
IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING LIKE THIS: