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A DVD: Still riding high from their reunion tour, the Robinson brothers, better known as the BLACK CROWES, are documented on "FREAK N' ROLL INTO THE FOG," shot live at the Fillmore in San Francisco from their four night run last August that featured your favorite hits, a treasure trove of covers, and an inspired acoustic set. 19 tracks plus bonus material.
ANOTHER DVD: DAVID BOWIE's "SERIOUS MOONLIGHT" tour of 1983 finally gets proper DVD treatment in the US. Featuring an inspired set of new and old material as well as the bonus documentary "Ricochet," which was shot during the Far East portion of the tour.
YET ONE MORE DVD: QUEEN - "THE MAKING OF A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" is just that, an in-depth look into the creation of one of the greatest albums of the '70s, featuring interviews with Brian May, Roger Taylor, Joe Perry, Ian Hunter, and the always eloquent Nuno Bettencourt.
LUKA BLOOM - "INNOCENCE." The introspective and super-sensitive Irishman releases his tenth album, hot on the heels of Purim.
ELVIS COSTELLO - "THE JULIET LETTERS" (2 CD EXPANDED REMASTER). 1993's experiment in chamber-pop, featuring the Brodsky Quartet, was one of those "love it or hate it" records, but even if you didn't go for the Brodskys' classically-tinged backings, Costello's writing and vocals were first-rate as usual. The remaster includes a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material of more of Costello's forays into classical from throughout the '90s, as well as some live tracks recorded at Town Hall with the Brodskys, one of which is an incredibly moving version of the standard "They Didn't Believe Me." For the record, Sal loves it, and Tony doesn't dis-love it.
BEN HARPER - "BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN." Split up over two CDs, which together equal the running time of one CD, Harper ruminates about the long running time of CDs and how they should be shorter. A concept album that really works. For those paying attention, Harper has always been a favorite among surfer dudes and jam band-loving hackysackers, and this record shows both sides of Harper's gun. One side of his gun is really rockin', and the other side of his gun is kind of acoustic. Put them together and you get one heck of a gun. Probably the best record he's made without the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama.
HOWARD KAYLAN (OF THE TURTLES) - "DUST BUNNIES." We mostly want to know what the following means: "The songs were handpicked by Kaylan from years of seldom-heard B-sides and album cuts recorded by his favorite artists and supplemented by new arrangements of more familiar pieces, and a rock original or two." HUH?
LOOSE FUR - "BORN AGAIN IN THE U.S.A." Sophomore release from the Wilco side project. When their first album came out a few years ago in the wake of Wilco albums like "Summerteeth," it sounded pretty out-there, almost experimental. Now, compared to the last few Wilco albums, this one sounds like a pop album in comparison. Highly recommended, whether or not you're a Wilco fan.
PRINCE - "3121." OK, we said all the crap about it last week. Who cares, he's over, yada yada. Truth is, it's a pretty good album, and much better than the over-hyped and overrated "Musicology." It seems as if, for the first time since 1987's "Sign O' The Times," and even 1996's underrated and underappreciated "Emancipation," Prince has put together a cohesive collection of songs that actually sounds like one recording session, as opposed to a collection of throwaways from his vaults. Take it from two diehard Prince fans-turned-Prince haters: the first two or three songs that have been heard by the masses ("Black Sweat," "Te Amo Corazon," and "Fury") are three of the weakest songs on the record. Prince is back?
SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS - "DOUBLEWIDE AND LIVE." Everyone's favorite chicken eatin' white trash rockers release their first commercially available live record. If you've never been to one of their live shows, this is evidence of what a great time you've been missing all these years.
SPARKS - "HELLO YOUNG LOVERS." The brilliant followup to "Lil Beethoven" gets a US release. Words cannot describe just what the Mael brothers do with instruments and words, but we will provide you with a special link where you can find a film clip of Tony and Sal explaining just what this record sounds like, with the assistance of a spatula and a whole lot of xanthan gum.
Seems like a lot of people whom you never thought would make, or be allowed to make, records again are coming out with new ones next week. If you care about the new releases from any of these artists, please let us know and we can get them for you! CHICAGO, GREAT WHITE, JANI LANE (of WARRANT), THE OUTFIELD, JACK RUSSELL (of NIGHT RANGER), SWEET, KIP WINGER, and GARY NUMAN. Good Lord-a-mighty!
RUDY VAN GELDER REMASTERS ON PRESTIGE!
Newly remastered classics from the Prestige Records vaults include: GENE AMMONS - "BOSS TENOR"; KENNY BURRELL & JOHN COLTRANE - "BURRELL & COLTRANE"; JOHN COLTRANE - "LUSH LIFE"; ERIC DOLPHY - "OUT THERE"; KENNY DORHAM - "QUIET KENNY"; RED GARLAND - "RED GARLAND'S PIANO"; COLEMAN HAWKINS -"THE HAWK RELAXES"; MODERN JAZZ QUARTET - "DJANGO"; and SONNY ROLLINS - "SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS."
As always, if you want any of these titles, or if there's something coming out next week that you want which we didn't mention, let us know by EMAIL (HEYNYCD@aol.com) or PHONE (212-244-3460) and we will get it for you!
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