Tuesday, March 16, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 3/16/10
BLACK SABBATH- REISSUES
First three gloomy & doomy, hard & heavy classics, "BLACK SABBATH," "PARANOID," AND "MASTERS OF REALITY" get their first individual remastered release in the US. (Put on "Fairies Wear Boots." I guarantee you'll dig it.)
MAURICE BROWN- THE CYCLE OF LOVE
Long-awaited follow-up to one of my favorite jazz debuts of all time ("Hip To Bop"--buy it HERE), Maurice Brown returns with "The Cycle Of Love," once again showcasing his brilliance on the trumpet and his depth as a composer. More about Maurice and his new release can be found in my interview at The Huffington Post. But before you go, give a listen to "Time Tick Tock" from "The Cycle Of Love."
TIME TICK TOCK
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS- BIG TO DO
The DBTs are one of those bands that I've tried desperately, record after record to like, but just can't seem to find that thing everyone else seems to find. The band is back with another sure-to-be critics fave. So many friends of mine swear by these guys, and Patterson Hood seems like a guy who deserves respect, especially after his fine work with Bettye Lavette, but I can't tell one DBT album from another.
LOCKSLEY- BE IN LOVE
Their 2007 debut knocked me out with their Beatles meets Small Faces brand of punchy rock and roll. "Be In Love" is more of the same.
GRAHAM PARKER- IMAGINARY TELEVISION
"Inspired by the grossly lame themes used for sitcoms and television dramas, ''Imaginary Television'' is Graham Parker thinking outside of ''the box,'' or maybe inside it. Parker created his own TV treatments, wrote the tunes to go along with them, and rocking ensued. " Okay. I am sure this will be considered one of the greatest records of all-time...by Graham Parker.
THE RUNAWAYS- MERCURY ALBUMS ANTHOLOGY
Just in time for the release of the film, "The Runaways," here is a limited edition set featuring, Cherie, Joan, Lita, Jackie and the late Sandy doing what they did best, at the tender of 16, for 3 records on Mercury. There are some real clinkers across these three records---"The Runaways," "Queens Of Noise," and "Waiting For The Night"---but some of it was pretty rocking, like this track from their debut.
YOU DRIVE ME WILD
THE WHITE STRIPES- UNDER THE GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Live document of Jack & Meg's 2007 tour of Canada. Also available as a DVD. And by the way, I am always up for a "Are the White Stripes really deserving of the hype?" debate, because as you may or may not know, I say...no.
WEA ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES
I'm not one to get behind the relentless repackaging of older records, but this series seems pretty worthwhile. Each mini-box contains the first five albums of the artists being reissued, all for around $20-25. I can't say for sure what is or isn't remastered, but it's still a nice place to start for any of the artists involved.
Here's what's being released today:
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
J. GEILS BAND
JESUS & MARY CHAIN
RICKIE LEE JONES
SISTERS OF MERCY