The Long Road Home
Manufacturer: Fantasy Brand: Ultimate Model: 1987375
This ultimate collection of songs written and performed by the legendary John Fogerty is the first ever compilation featuring both John's solo work and Creedence Clearwater Revival material. 25 must have Fogerty songs on one CD, Compiled and sequenced by John himself. Concord. 2005. They were together just five years, and between the potent era of 1969-â€˜71, Creedence Clearwater Revival reached the Top 10 with nine different singles, an accomplishment the band's architect John Fogerty has cracked just once ("The Old Man Down the Road") since CCR's demise in 1972. And now that the three-decade battle between Fogerty and the Fantasy label has ended, the man-and-band reunion comes full circle with a 25-song compilation that packages many of CCR's made-for-radio hits with a sprinkling of solo numbers and live recordings from recent Fogerty tours. Fogerty hasn't penned a whole lot of clunkers, and his CCR catalog sparkles with modernly remastered chooglin' classics like "Bad Moon Rising," "Travelin' Band," "...
Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
Manufacturer: Interscope Brand: CD Model: 2076373
PRIMUS Sailing The Seas Of Cheese CD Opening with the creaky sounds of a ship at sea, Sailing charts the funk-punk waters the San Francisco Bay area band returns to again and again. It's all here: the acerbic humor, Les Claypool's gurgling fretless bass lines, Larry LaLonde's seasick metal guitar, and Tim Alexander's Bill Bruford-inspired syncopation. The narrator of "Sgt. Baker" aims to "rape your personality," while the reapers of the "American Life" live out their dreams "residing in a cardboard box." Tom Waits makes a cameo on the funky back-alley tale "Tommy the Cat," and the protagonist of "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" has "too many cold beers one night" and "wraps himself around a telephone pole." Primus concert fave "Those Damned Blue Collar Tweakers" helps round out this bizarre prog-punk masterpiece. --James Rotondi
Attack & Release
Manufacturer: Nonesuch Brand: BLACK KEYS Model: 3853579
On "Attack & Release," Danger Mouse is more creative co-conspirator than traditional figure behind the boards. He doesn't radically alter the duo's sound so much as coax out more of its inherent soulfulness, groove and bittersweet emotion Of all the two-piece rock bands (Dresden Dolls, The White Stripes, The Kills, John & Jehn) out there making a royal racket, The Black Keys are by far the least affected by the last three decades of popular music, and evolution. Even more so than Jack & Meg. Which makes you check the album credits twice and then seek a second opinion--produced by celebrated uber-producer, superstar DJ and one half of Gnarls Barkley, the ubiquitous and really quite modern Danger Mouse?! No, your eyes do not deceive you, but thankfully neither do your ears. He may have brought a discipline and expensive sheen to Attack & Release, the riffing is buffed up real good, but this is essentially the same band that continues to live less of a life and more a Jimi Hendrix Experience. If there is a chan...
Kill to Get Crimson
Manufacturer: Warner Bros. Brand: Warner Bros Model: 3381165
Building on last year's Grammyr-nominated All The Roadrunning collaboration with Emmylou Harris, his highest charting non Dire Straits album to date Top 20 Pop, scanning 400,000 copies in the U.S. acclaimed singer-songwriterguitarist Mark Knopfler unveils his fifth solo album, Kill To Get Crimson. While certain to appeal to his loyal fan base, the album's artful guitar rock will also entice new fans to Knopfler's signature sound (he's #27 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time), instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics. A multiple- Grammy winner who has sold more than 110 million albums worldwide, Knopfler remains one of rock's most admired artists. Three decades after Dire Straits broke onto the scene with their remarkable debut, Mark Knopfler remains an iconic figure in popular music, his graceful guitar playing equaled only by his genial baritone and a novelist's ability to create distinct characters and themes in his songs. His fifth solo album since he pulled the plug on the band in...
Manufacturer: Reprise / Warner Brand: CD
Coming off last summer's Riding With The King, Eric Clapton's Grammy-nominated hit collaboration with B.B. King, the guitar god returns with his first solo album in three years. Featuring most of the same musicians heard on Riding With The King, plus an added funkiness provided by Billy Preston and The Impressions, Reptile finds Clapton at the height of his blues rock powers. Certified Gold by the RIAA. (6/01) A reptile, according to Eric Clapton, is something of a bloke, as in some local character you might share a pint with down at the pub. So this 14-song collection is aptly named: If it were a barfly, it wouldn't turn heads when it entered the bar, but it wouldn't empty the place, either. Working with essentially the same team that put together '00's Riding with the King (sans, of course, B.B. King), Reptile feels like a summary of the many guises Clapton has adopted in his illustrious past. Blues has always been the backbone of EC's music and here he tackles Walter Davis's "Come Back Baby" with surefoote...
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
Manufacturer: Capitol Nashville Brand: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Model: MSE180457
Two generations of country artists came together 30 years ago, when this epic meeting took place between the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff and LOTS of other legends. This anniversary reissue features their remarkable renditions of Black Mountain Rag; Nine Pound Hammer; Honky Tonkin'; The Precious Jewel; Wabash Cannonball , and 33 more! In an age when the old-timey soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? sells 5 million copies, it's hard to imagine how revolutionary Will the Circle Be Unbroken seemed upon its release 30 years ago. The triple album (now rereleased as a two-CD set) paired many of Nashville's venerable country and bluegrass performers (Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements) with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or as Acuff called them, "a bunch of long-haired West Coast boys." The idea seemed nearly as foreign as Martians setting down in Tennessee, but the Dirt Band were Colorad...
The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways
Manufacturer: Rhino/Warner Bros. Brand: HARRIS,EMMYLOU Model: 2020493
Masterful at rock, country, folk, bluegrass, and more, Emmylou Harris is one of the most distinctive and visionary voices in contemporary music. The artist's lucid, achingly gorgeous vocals and a string of celebrated albums-many featuring her acclaimed "Hot Band"-have earned Harris eleven Grammys and made this alt-country/roots-rock innovator a legend in her own time. Less than two years after the death of her mentor, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris recorded her first album for Reprise. Pieces of the Sky inaugurated a suite of four mid-'70s albums and a surprising number of hits: her sound was clearly traditional, but also tastefully up-to-date with folk-rock and singer/songwriter styles, and her crystalline, febrile vocals took standards such as "Love Hurts" and "If I Could Only Win Your Love" back up the charts. This compilation brings together her biggest hits, and shows why Harris is important and why she continues to make adventurous country music. Through unfailingly tasteful song selection, brilliant occa...
Manufacturer: Zappa Records Brand: CD Model: MSE1149091
Official Release #18Originally Released: March 1974Produced, Arranged & Struggled with: FZMusicians:DRUMS: Jim Gordon Johnny Guerin Aynsley Dunbar Ralph Humphrey BASS: Jack Bruce Erroneous Tom Fowler FZ KEYBOARDS: George Duke VIOLIN: Sugar Cane Harris Jean-Luc Ponty PERCUSSION: Ruth Underwood SAXOPHONE: Ian Underwood Napoleon Murphy Brock TRUMPET: Sal Marquez TROMBONE: Bruce Fowler BACK-UP VOCALS: Ray Collins Kerry McNab Susie Glover George Duke Debbie Lynn Napoleon Murphy Brock Ruben Ladron de Guevara Robert "Frog" Camarena [Tina Turner & The Ikettes] LEAD VOCALS & ALL GUITARS: FZ (except Tony Duran rhythm guitar on APOSTROPHE' )
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