New Releases for October 16, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Allman Brothers Band – The Final Note CD (Allman Brothers Band)
Live archive release containing the Allman Brothers Band’s last show with founder and guitarist Duane Allman, recorded October 17, 1971 at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, MD 12 days before his death.
Allman Brothers Band – Warner Theatre Erie PA 7-19-05 2xCD (Peach Records Association)
Live archive release. By the summer of 2005, The Allman Brothers Band had moved into a comfort zone of stability and superb chemistry. The line-up-Gregg Allman on vocals and keyboards, drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitars, Oteil Burbridge on bass and percussionist Marc Quinones-had been together since 2001 and had established a groove, both on and off the stage. [Vinyl edition due October 30.]
Autechre – Sign CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Practically pocket-sized in comparison to their sprawling torrent of live material and radio recordings in recent years, Sign is a return to the sort of concision found circa Exai and their earlier albums. Effectively they’ve gotten better to grips with their live set-up, and the hyper ideas found in their work-in-progress demonstrations on the five volume Elseq and eight hours of NTS Sessions have been refined into moments of crystalline ambient baroque beauty and liquid-limbed swag on Sign. After their music has undergone what could be called a growth spurt in recent years, the acrid plasma of their complex, hyper-inorganic systems feels to congeal, create more intricate snaps across the album.
beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers CD/LP (Dirty Hit)
Earning the 2020 Brit Award for Rising Star, beabadoobee has navigated the world of global touring, viral fame and musical creation to work towards a dazzling debut album. Fake It Flowers is a testament to this. Bea adopts a mature sound, where her familiar warm, fuzzy lo-fi lies between strings and melodies, bringing the raw honesty of her DIY roots into a new era.
Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison CD/LP (Concord)
Serpentine Prison is the debut solo record from The National frontman Matt Berninger. Berninger, known for his distinctive voice and expansive live performances, has won praise from NPR Music for his “whiskey-soaked baritone” while Uproxx hails Berninger as “a master class in how to front a band.”
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Pressure CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Pressure, Midwest rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown’s fourth studio album, features 13 new numbers including a re-recorded version of “Crazy Days”, plus guest appearances from Rebecca Lovell (on three tracks) and Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr (“Holdin’ My Breath”). Pressure is a record with a clear theme and a never-say-die spirit.
Cordovas – Destiny Hotel CD/LP (ATO)
Cordovas’ new album Destiny Hotel is a work of wild poetry and wide-eyed abandon, set to a glorious collision of folk and country and groove-heavy rock-and-roll. In a major creative milestone for the Tennessee-based band – vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Firstman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Toby Weaver – the album harnesses the freewheeling energy of their live show more fully than ever, all while lifting their songwriting to a whole new level of sophistication.
Def Leppard – Hits Vegas: Live At Planet Hollywood 2xCD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Just after their induction in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019, Def Leppard undertook a residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood. Hits Vegas: Live At Planet Hollywood is a deep dive into not only their greatest hits, but rarities such as “Too Late For Love”, “Billy’s Got A Gun”, “Slang” and “Promises”. Highlighting Def Leppard’s versatility, Hits Vegas presents a livewire show punctuated with intimate, acoustic renditions of rarely performed songs like “Let Me Be The One”, “We Belong”, “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” and “Two Steps Behind”. This set truly encapsulates the prestige of one of rock’s most iconic bands. [Vinyl edition due December 11.]
The Eagles – Live From The Forum MMXVII 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/4xLP (Rhino)
The Eagles spent most of 2018 on the road with an extensive North American tour that found Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit joined by two new bandmates: Deacon Frey and Vince Gill. Earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the quintet was firing on all cylinders when they arrived at the Forum in Los Angeles for three sold-out, hometown shows on September 12, 14, and 15. Highlights from all three shows have now been compiled for a new 26-song live album Live From The Forum MMXVIII. This release captures definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits (“Hotel California”, “Take It Easy”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Desperado”) and beloved album tracks (“Ol’ 55”, “Those Shoes”), along with some of the individual members’ biggest solo smashes (Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer”, Vince Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”, and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way”).
Katie Melua – Album No. 8 CD/LP (BMG)
A gloriously cinematic exploration of love, with lyrics written by acclaimed Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua, and production by Leo Abrahams – Album No. 8 is a true tour-de-force of artistic and lyrical maturity. It’s impossible to miss the sense that this is someone enjoying new ways to address the complexities of pop’s oldest subject matter.
Kevin Morby – Sundowner CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
“Ever a songwriter with a sense of journey, Morby’s lyrics mix the autobiographical with abstractions of the everyday, iconography is given entirely new meaning as you witness an artist’s wonderfully unique perspective. Within the sound of Sundowner you are taken outside to look upon a wonderful vista, feel the gravel crunch under your feet, the wind running through your hair as a chime sings in the distance. The instrumentation and guitar playing in particular can sometimes feel like a serenade, to encapsulate such place and time easily lends credit to the talent of this songwriter and all of a sudden, you are a sundowner too.” – Clash Music [Limited opaque yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Tom Petty – Wildflowers & All The Rest 4xCD/3xLP/7xLP (WB)
Originally released on November 1, 1994, Wildflowers – a single CD with 15 songs, still more than an hour in length – was Tom’s most acutely confessional album to date. This expanded reissue, available in three editions, collects a wealth of material recorded during the same time period but didn’t make it on the finished LP: The four CD deluxe edition contains 54 tracks, 8 unreleased songs, and 24 unreleased alternate versions. In addition to the 15 track original album (remastered in 2020), the deluxe edition contains the album All The Rest (10 songs from the original Wildflowers sessions), a full CD of 15 solo demos recorded by Petty at his home studio, and a disc of 14 live versions of Wildflowers songs recorded from 1995 – 2017. The triple vinyl edition contains the original 1994 Wildflowers album (remastered in 2020) with 15 tracks across two LPs while a third disc features All The Rest, the 10 songs from the Wildflowers sessions that were left off the album, five of which are previously unreleased. It also includes lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers & All The Rest. The deluxe seven LP set adds a double LP of 15 solo demos recorded by Petty at his home studio, and an additional double LP of 14 live versions of Wildflowers songs recorded from 1995-2017. The deluxe packaging includes a 60-page book, an introduction by Rick Rubin (the original producer), an essay by David Fricke, a complete track-by-track, and rare photos and specially commissioned illustrations.
Steep Canyon Rangers – Arm In Arm CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Since coming onto the bluegrass scene at the dawn of the millennium, Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey and continue to push the boundaries of the genre. Their newest work, Arm In Arm, finds the band in a unique position where their sound is much more Americana than their bluegrass origins. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Struts – Strange Days CD (Interscope)
The Struts, who had not been together since February, all received COVID-19 tests before moving into producer Jon Levine’s home. Sleeping on couches and air mattresses, the rock project was written/recorded with urgency: 10 songs in 10 days. Features Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Robbie Williams, Tom Morello and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen.
Tanya Tucker – Live From The Troubadour CD (Fantasy)
Recorded October 16, 2019, Live From The Troubadour features a cache of Tucker’s #1 hits, like her smash first single “Delta Dawn” plus “Strong Enough To Bend”, “What’s Your Mama’s Name”, and “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)”. With sublime medley of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” & Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” and tracks from Grammy-winning Country Album Of The Year, While I’m Livin’, like “Mustang Ridge”, “The Wheels Of Laredo”, “Hard Luck”, and the poignant title track. [Vinyl edition due October 30.]
Various Artists – Blue Note Re:imagined 2xCD/2xLP (Blue Note/Decca)
Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a new collection of 16 classic tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. A bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features contributions from a rollcall of acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts like Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, and more, as well as Jorja Smith, who reworks St Germain’s “Rose Rouge”.
Anna von Hausswolff – All Thoughts Fly CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Musician/composer Anna Von Hausswolff’s All Thoughts Fly ultimately embodies the exploration of any and all possibilities, and the audience is invited to listen, liberate the mind and let it wander. Consisting of just one instrument, the pipe organ, All Thoughts Fly radiates a melancholic beauty and is distinguished by fluid transitions of contrasting elements; calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, much like the place that inspires the music.
Robert Wyatt – His Greatest Misses [Reissue/2004] CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
A compilation spanning Wyatt’s decades-long career. The collection, originally released as a Japanese edition, includes selections dating from Rock Bottom (1974) to Cuckooland (2003), although it’s running order is non-chronological. This makes the subtle point that Wyatt’s recordings are best considered as a non-linear catalogue – this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction.
Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism LP (Century Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.