New Releases for June 10, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Elton John – Madman Across The Water [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray/4xLP (Island)
Madman Across The Water, Elton John’s fourth studio album, was largely written after his and Bernie Taupin’s celebrated first visit to America, giving them a wide new vista of inspiration for their songwriting. The double-CD reissue includes the remastered album + 5 bonus tracks. Disc Two includes the piano demo version of the album, plus a previously unheard full version of “Rock Me When He’s Gone.” The Deluxe Anniversary 3xCD + Blu-ray box adds a BBC Sounds For Saturday concert, first broadcast in 1972, and a Blu-ray audio with a 5.1 mix of Madman Across The Water plus visual of BBC Sounds For Saturday & 1971 Old Grey Whistle Test performances. The set also includes a 104-page hard-cover book with introductions by Elton and Bernie, photos and essay featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, plus a reproduction 1971-poster, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. The four-LP edition features a piano demo version of the album plus live and alternate versions and the BBC Sounds For Saturday concert.
American Aquarium – Chicamacomico CD (Losing Side)
“Chicamacomico is a record about loss. My hope is these songs serve a salve for anyone else experiencing loss. A reminder that you are not the only one that lost a friend this year, or a parent, or a loved one. There’s a special kind of hope that comes from that realization. I am not alone. We enlisted Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Nathaniel Ratliffe, Waxahatchee) to produce the record and traveled to Sonic Ranch, a world-renowned recording complex tucked in the middle of a 1,700-acre pecan orchard, in the Texas border town of Tornillo. Over the course of ten days, we watched these songs go from simple folk ruminations into fully formed band arrangements.” – BJ Barham
Bill Anderson – As Far As I Can See: The Best Of CD (MCA Nashville)
Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson’s, As Far As I Can See: The Best Of, is a collection of 16 hit songs. In addition to such beloved songs as “City Lights”, “Still,” Po’ Folks”, “The Tip Of My Fingers”, and “Sometimes”, the album features a new song with Dolly Parton, “Some Day It Will All Make Sense”. The newly recorded duet is joined by Anderson and Parton’s first-ever collaboration, a rare demo of “If It Is All The Same To You”, recorded in 1964.
Bedouine – Waysides CD/LP (Figure 8 Media Inc.)
Waysides is the third collection of songs from the former Lexington resident. Comprised of older material and a cover, she’s playfully dubbed it “LP 2.5.” It summarizes her creative headspace over the last year and a half, tying together many songwriting threads that act as a prologue of sorts. “The luxury of time afforded this whole album,” she explained. “It feels like going back in time, uncovering little capsules. I would never have gotten to do this if I didn’t have this abundance of time at home. It was my silver lining in this mess and gave me purpose.”
Blanck Mass – Ted K (Original Motion Picture Score) CD/LP+MP3 (Sacred Bones)
Recording during lockdown at his studio in Edinburgh, Scotland, Blanck Mass’s Ben Power was in the perfect setting for a musical piece intended to capture the isolation central to serial mail bomber Ted Kaczynski’s story. Power was also working with a director in a time zone 10 hours behind and thus many sessions required working in the middle of the night, which added a fitting intensity to the composition process. [A limited-edition red color vinyl pressing is available.]
BTS – Proof [Compact Edition] CD (Bighit Entertainment] BTS is back with a brand-new anthology release titled Proof. This new album contains the chronicles of BTS since their debut in 2013 and how they have paved the way with their own blood, sweat and tears.
George Ezra – Gold Rush Kid CD/LP (Columbia)
Gold Rush Kid is the highly anticipated new album from singer-songwriter George Ezra. In speaking about the lead single, George says: “‘Anyone For You’ is a patchwork of lyric ideas found in old notebooks and chance moments shared between musicians in the studio. It’s joyous and infectious, and I can’t help but smile every time I sing it.” [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is due June 17.]
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – GarciaLive Volume 18: November 2nd, 1974, Keystone Berkeley 2xCD (Round Records/Virgin)
Produced from the original 1/4″ analog master reels, GarciaLive Vol. 18 presents this previously uncirculated performance captured at the Bay Area’s vaunted Keystone Berkeley. Garcia and Saunders are joined by John Kahn, Martin Fierro (Zero, Sir Douglas Quintet) and Paul Humphrey (Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker, Lawrence Welk) for genre-bending explorations of R&B, reggae, jazz, and rock classics including “The Harder They Come”, “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, “Freedom Jazz Dance”, and more.
Patty Griffin – Tape CD (PGM)
The 2x Grammy-winner releases a collection of rare demos and lo-fi home recordings. “Only an artist as strong as Patty Griffin would overlook these ten great performances in search of ‘better’ material. Hindsight often has its advantages and time between can bring a new perspective as did here. Yet Griffin is unlike many other artists. She doesn’t offer up explanations for the inspiration for her songs. She rarely talks about themes or threads that run through her work. Yet, like many artists, she put the pandemic time off to good use, researching older material and in the process, making some new discoveries. Some of the songs she found were initially recorded alone in her home, singing into a recorder in the wee hours of the morning. A few were from an in-studio demo session in Nashville, including a duet with Robert Plant around the time they first met. She is all about the performances.” – Glide Magazine
Integrity – Those Who Fear Tomorrow Reissue/1991] CD/LP (Relapse)
Integrity – Systems Overload [Reissue/1995] CD/LP (Relapse)
Known for being one of the most incendiary and influential bands in hardcore and modern metal history, apocalyptic heavy music icons Integrity issued their landmark debut album, Those Who Fear Tomorrow, on Overkill Records in 1991. Recorded in September of that year, the album still resonates with extreme music fans the world over, as many of the songs still frequent the band’s set lists three decades later. The band’s second album, Systems Overload was originally released in 1995 by Victory Records.
Vance Joy – In Our Own Sweet Time CD (Atlatnic)
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Vance Joy releases his third studio album, In Our Own Sweet Time. The eagerly awaited new album includes collaborations with hitmakers such as Joel Little (Lorde, Taylor Swift), Dan Wilson (Adele, Leon Bridges), Take a Day Trip (Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X) and more.
Kiss – Kiss Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996 2xCD/3xLP (UMe)
Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996 was recorded during the final year of the original run of the renowned annual music festival held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and the 17-song set features powerhouse performances of classic Kiss concert staples such as “Do You Love Me”, “Shout It Out Loud”, “God Of Thunder”, and the title song from their 1976 multi-platinum Top Five album Love Gun.
Motionless In White – Scoring The End Of The World CD (Roadrunner)
Vocalist Chris Motionless elaborated on the ambitious new project Scoring The End Of The World stating, “this is my love letter to you, our fans, for everything you have done for me over the course of some of the most mentally taxing few years I’ve had to go through. At times where I felt like my world was ending, as well as the world around us, it was always in my mind that I was able to turn to the special relationship we have created together for help, and I cannot thank you enough for that.”
Johnette Napolitano – Exquisit Corpses CD/LP (Schoolkids)
New release from the singer, songwriter, and bassist best known for her leading role in rock trio Concrete Blonde.
The Range – Mercury CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
On Mercury, James Hinton builds on the techniques he established on his critically acclaimed 2016 LP Potential, seeking to create human connection in the Internet age through sampling vocalists from the corners of YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope. “I feel like I can find ways to express myself in ways that I’m too shy or unable to do in the real world,” Hinton says of the process. Mercury is moody, transportive, and undeniably rave-infused, and although it is indebted to IDM mainstays and grime pioneers, the album finds Hinton pushing himself outside the constraints of any one specific genre.
The Rolling Stones – Licked Live In NYC 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Mercury Studios/UMG)
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, The Rolling Stones embarked on a worldwide tour in 2002 and 2003 that would cover 117 shows in a variety of theatres, arenas, and stadiums. This show captures their January 2003 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City and features a guest appearance from Sheryl Crow on “Honky Tonk Women”. Licked Live In NYC includes previously unreleased performances of “Start Me Up”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Gimme Shelter” & “Sympathy For The Devil”, along with three bonus performances from Amsterdam and rehearsal footage. [A limited-edition white color vinyl pressing is available.]
Read Southall Band – For The Birds CD/LP (Smoklahoma)
While impossible to pinpoint, the music on For the Birds could be called, well, timeless. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, and it doesn’t easily fall into labels like country, Southern rock, or classic rock. It’s ambitious to a degree that’s rare for a guitar-driven band in 2021 – witness the first single “Where We Belong”, an epic number that clocks in at a whopping six-plus minutes. You’re not going to find many albums that evoke both the likes of Waylon Jennings (“Here We Are”) or early grunge (“Out of My Mind”, which would sound just fine sandwiched between Temple Of The Dog and an early Smashing Pumpkins record).
Yann Tiersen – 11 5 18 2 5 18 CD (Mute)
Reprogrammed, resampled, and reimagined, 11 5 18 2 5 18 is a collection of nine tracks that serve as a translation of Tiersen’s live show, taking songs from his 2021 release Kerber plus additional tracks from his catalog, completely restructured to present a new album. With a mesmerizing mix of piano patterns, swirling electronics and dancefloor-ready grooves, these songs continue an exciting new chapter in his career.
Vieux Farka Touré – Les Racines CD/LP (World Circuit)
Known as the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’, Vieux has released four critically acclaimed solo albums to date, extending the boundaries of traditional West African music into new and uncharted territory. He has also released audacious collaborations with the likes of Dave Matthews and jazz guitarist John Scofield, and albums with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin and Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel. With Les Racines, which translates as ‘the roots’, Vieux documents a deep reconnection with the traditional Songhai music of northern Mali which is one of the traditions that has come to be known in the West as ‘desert blues’.
Carrie Underwood – Denim & Rhinestones CD (Capitol Nashville)
Carrie Underwood releases a brand-new studio country album, Denim & Rhinestones. The album includes 12 tracks including her latest hit single, “Ghost Story”.
Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Does Judy At Capitol Studios CD (BMG)
Rufus Does Judy At Capitol Studios finds Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright performing his groundbreaking 2007 tribute to Judy Garland, Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, in its entirety, live from Los Angeles’ famed Capitol Studios. “The American Songbook and Judy Garland’s famed 1961 Carnegie Hall concert gave me a lot of hope after 9/11 and lead to the idea for my first song by song recreation of that show at the same venue,” says Wainwright. [Vinyl edition due September 2.]
American Football – Rare Symmetry b/w Fade Into You 10”+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
‘Seaglass’ color vinyl. After quietly releasing their self-titled debut album in 1999 while still in college, American Football disbanded after the album’s release to focus on other projects, only to reunite 15 years later to a fanbase that had been consistently growing throughout the underground / emo scene. The reunion was followed by two more self-titled full-length albums (LP2 and LP3), collaborations with the likes of Paramore’s Hayley Williams, San Holo, boyband and others, as well as numerous sold-out world tours. On the Rare Symmetry / Fade Into You 10″ single, American Football (Mike Kinsella, Nate Kinsella, Steve Holmes) expand on the dense beauty of LP3 with “Rare Symmetry”, incorporating chiming vibraphones, intricate picking patterns, and devastating lyrics. The B-side is a cover of the Mazzy Star classic “Fade Into You”.
Atlin Gun – Yol LP (ATO)
Recently released on CD – now available on limited gold, as well as an indie store exclusive purple – color vinyl. Amsterdam’s Altin Gun has built a strong reputation for fusing past and present to make brilliantly catchy, upbeat pop music, as seen with their Grammy-nominated second album, Gece. Yol, their third album in as many years, continues that trend while unveiling several sonic surprises in their continued exploration of Anatolian rock and Turkish psych-folk.
Journey – Live In Houston 1981: The Escape Tour 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
This live archive release contains material originally recorded and filmed for MTV at the Summit in Houston, TX in November of 1981. Includes such hits as “Lights”, “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin'”, “Wheel In The Sky”, and “Anyway You Want It.” In addition, there are tracks from Journey’s then-current album Escape, including the title cut along with “Open Arms”, Who’s Crying Now”, and “Don’t Stop Believin'”.
Question Mark and The Mysterions – 96 Tears [Reissue/1966] LP (Abkco)
Question Mark and The Mysterions – Action [Reissue/1967] LP (Abkco)
Vinyl reissues of the legendary Michigan garage rock band’s first two albums. In 1966, the raw-yet-infectious 96 Tears swept the airwaves hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 beating out The Monkees, Four Tops, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, & The Beach Boys. Their 1967 follow-up, Action, evenly splits originals and covers.
Roxy Music – Siren [Reissue/1975] LP (Republic)
Roxy Music – Manifesto [Reissue/1979] LP (Republic)
Half-speed masters cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Each feature revised artwork with gloss laminated finishes. Roxy Music’s fifth studio album, Siren, produced the singles “Both Ends Burning”, and “Love Is The Drug”, which became their highest-charting single. Released four years later, Manifesto brought the band two Top 5 hits in the U.K. with the disco-tinged singles “Dance Away”, and “Angel Eyes”.
Emma Ruth Rundle – EG2: Dowsing Voice LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Emma Ruth Rundle’s second installment in her Electric Guitar series, EG2: Dowsing Voice, is almost like the soundtrack to a film that hasn’t been made. The mostly instrumental record follows her on a trip to the Welsh coast and down a magical well into the waters of nature, myth, and the Old Gods – by way of her improvised music.