Tuesday, July 27, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 7/27/10
ERIC CARMEN- S/T, BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT, CHANGE OF HEART
Raspberries' leader's first three solo LPs sprawled across 2 CDs. Each of these records features some pop gems and a full blown, overproduced stinker or two.
Personally, I like his solo stuff. No, it's not the crunchy, power pop of his former band, but if you could separate the two careers, Eric Carmen still had it for these three records, at least when he wasn't whining. Check out "No Hard Feelings," "She Did It," and one of my fave Eric tunes, "Nowhere To Hide."
ROBERT CRAY- COOKIN' IN MOBILE (CD & DVD)
Live document of the Grammy winning singing/songwriting blues guitarist's February performance at Mobile's Saenger Theatre. Can't really pinpoint just what it is about Robert Cray that irks me, especially since I love the genre and so many love the man. But I've tried for years and nothing seems to work.
TOM JONES- PRAISE & BLUES
Produced by Ethan Johns, and featuring special guests Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Booker T. Jones, famed panty-catcher and powerhouse vocalist Tom Jones is back with an album of blues and spirituals, and holy moly, does it kick some ass!
He doesn't sound much different from his heyday on Parrot Records, and the bare-bones production leaves plenty of space for the listener to get inside. Tom Jones sounds strong and inspired on this soulful collection tunes from the likes of Bob Dylan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Willie Dixon, among others.
1. What Good Am I
2. Lord Help The Poor & Needy
3. Did Trouble Me
4. Strange Things Happen Everyday
5. Burning Hell
6. If I Give My Soul
7. You Don't Knock
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine
9. Didn't It Rain
10. Ain't No Grave
11. Run On
12. Praise & Blame
MARK OLSON- MANY COLORED KITE
Jayhawks co-founder is back with a collection of folky tunes that remind me a bit of what you'd hear on a Barry McGuire or We Five record. Interesting for a minute, mopey for about 40.
FYI--not sure if it's an Amazon glitch, but many copies are being sold for a penny.
BILLY SQUIER- DON'T SAY NO (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Am I more amazed that "The Stroke" is 30 years old or that we are celebrating it? I'll get back to you.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN- COULDN'T STAND THE WEATHER (2CD LEGACY EDITION)
"Digitally remastered and expanded two CD Legacy Edition of the Blues guitarist's 1984 album. This edition contains 16 previously unreleased tracks, studio outtakes and the live recording of Vaughan & Double Trouble's 1984 performance at the Spectrum in Montreal. A 24 colour page booklet completes the package with liner notes by Guitar World Associate Editor (and Stevie Ray Vaughan authority) Andy Aledort as well as commentary by Double Trouble band mates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon."
**ALSO OUT THIS WEEK**
AVENGED SEVENFOLD- NIGHTMARE
BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS- I KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE
DEAN & BRITTA- 13 MOST BEAUTIFUL:SONGS FOR ANDY WARHOL'S SCREEN
JESCA HOOP- HUNTING MY DRESS