Tuesday, July 26, 2011
If It's Tuesday...blah blah...7/26/11
There is a new record from Joss Stone out today, "LP1." I have no interest. That first record of hers, recorded with help from some Miami soul legends like Timmy Thomas and Little Beaver, as well as Betty Wright, was more than a curiousity. As she got older and more popular though, she became your average melismaniac. The Amazon download IS only $3.99, though. So...your call.
Jimmie Vaughan releases more songs from the "blues, ballads, and favorites" sessions. Part One was a killer. Today's release, "Plays More..." has the same vibe, but the tunestack is not as strong. Still hard to go wrong with Jimmie and Lou Ann Barton together. I heartily recommend the first entry. Get that below.
The band is back with "Back Pages," a collection of covers by the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson and The Zombies, among others. My problem here is that the songs covered, "America," "Caroline, No." "Time Of The Season" and "My Back Pages,"for starters, are what my friend, bassist Sal Maida would call coffin songs. "Coffin songs?" "Yeah, songs so good, they're coming with me when I go." Personally, I don't want to hear my "coffin songs" turned into a dozen "Muskrat Loves." Nothing here, NOTHING, is better, or even remotely interesting enough to check out, unless you happen to love lifeless, cringe-making cover versions.
The debut from Sweden's Little Dragon, 'Machine Dreams, was a pretty hot collection of songs that sounded more than a little like "Dirty Mind"-era Prince. Haven't heard "Ritual Union," their new release yet, but I plan on it.
Also out today are records by the Bodeans, a reissue of a lost classic by Ray Wylie Hubbard, and the original motion picture score of "The Smurfs."