Friday New Releases – July 20th

Wow!  What a crappy week for releases.  Not in what is being released, but the lack of releases.  There isn’t much to choose from.  I hope there is something for you, but it is slim pickin’s.  Have a great weekend!!  I will at least stick a music video with them if there is one so you can check them out.

  • 51sT8Mvbj3L._AC_US436_QL65_  Rick Astley – Beautiful Life – (BMG Music):  Ok, I am a little interested in checking this one out, I will admit it. And I just noticed this got bumped up and released last week…sorry about that.

  • 61Bw1MqavoL._AC_SX200_SY200_  Powerwolf – Sacrament of Sin – (Napalm Records)

  • 51YpyZt+uoL.jpg  Paul Carrack – These Days – (Carrack UK)
  • 91vhMBEG4DL._SX522_  Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy & More (LIVE) – (Earmusic)

Les Paul and Mary Ford – ‘The Hit Makers!’ – Album Spotlight

Several months back, I came across this beauty in a collection that I had to have.  It was Les Paul and Mary Ford’s ‘The Hit Makers’ from 1955.  The original album came out in 1953 and was a 10″ record. This one is a 12″ re-release just two short years later and it added four more songs than the original.

Now it is pretty simple as to why I would want an album that is 63 years old.  The album features Les Paul.  This amazing guitarist and guitar builder is known worldwide and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some of his music in my collection.  And it doesn’t disappoint.  I could go into the history of Les Paul, but will save that for another post some time in the future.

Les Paul and Mary Ford met in the Summer of 1945 and married four years later.  They recorded numerous albums together and ‘The Hit Makers!’ is a greatest hits collection of their music. The album is a mixture of instrumentals highlighting the great guitar playing of Les Paul and songs with Mary Ford singing away.  Shortly after the release, the hits started to dry up a little as the start of something called “Rock & Roll” hit the radio airwaves.

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Friday New Releases – July 13th

Are things heating up where you live?  They are here.  Damn it has been hot!  Sadly, the music this week is not really…hot.  There is not a whole heckuva lot screaming at me, but I am sure I will get to some of it eventually.  Maybe a good time to play catchup on releases from earlier in the year that I missed.  I do have one I want and it is highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what interests you or what I missed on the list.

  • 031918_n2b_product_images_vinyl  Needtobreathe – Forever on your Side: Niles City Sound Sessions – (Atlantic):  A four song E.P. from Needtobreathe is always welcome.  Anything new from these guys is welcome.  One of my favorite bands and this one is music created from their time spent at Niles City.  Here is what they say about it…”Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) was recorded with the producer trio Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges) out of their studio in Ft. Worth, TX. The 4-track collection of songs and collaboration represents a creative leap for the band, who usually self-records and produces out of their home studio, Plantation Studios, in Summerville, SC.”  I have the 10″ Pink Vinyl on order and sadly won’t arrive until the end of September so for now I will stream or grab the CD.  Oh yeah, my wife and I have a date night to see Needtobreathe in August.  Yes…I am a fan.

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Matt Nathanson – “Way Way Back” – Single Review

Just a few short weeks ago, Matt Nathanson brought us a Def Leppard Tribute E.P. titled ‘Pryomattia’ which was a really nice surprise and damn near perfect.  Well, now Matt brings us an actual new song called “Way Way Back” which is supposed to be from a yet unannounced new album coming “soonish” as Matt puts it.

If there is one thing Matt Nathanson can do and that is write a great song.  The man has a way with lyrics and he delivers another sensational song.  The story is of a love lost but letting that person know that they won’t find someone that loves them as much as you did.  That when they realize what they lost they can find you in their memories.

I love lyrics like “Didn’t know that forever only meant forever till you found someone better” which is what I think most people really believe.  And “Radio just wanna hurt me, put you in every song” as who hasn’t gone through a break-up and every song on the radio reminded you of that person.  The song is so relatable and Matt has a way of making everything simple and crystal clear.

It is a love song that only Matt can write.  It is a fun, catchy little tune that will get you singing and “do-do-doing” right along.  If this is any indication of what is to come on the new album, I guess Matt will get more of my money as this will go on pre-order immediately when available…in vinyl of course!!

I would give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars if I had to rate which I guess I do since this is a review.  Give it a listen or go buy now and help support the artist.  It is the least you can do so we keep getting great new music from them.

 

 

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Friday New Releases – July 6th

Welcome to July and the first Friday of releases.  I have to admit, there isn’t any of these I am excited about so might be skipping this week. I am guess that it this is the week of our Independence here in the States that not many bands wanted to release anything and get lost in everyone’s vacation time period.  Hopefully there is something for you.  I will post videos for each so you can have something to got through. Here is hoping next week is better.

  • 51fFyEEk1PL._AC_US436_QL65_  Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy – (Metal Blade Records)

  • 61YzzaqCgGL  Vixen – Live Fire – (Rat Pak Records)

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Bryan Adams – Diana 12″ EP

Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally.  The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed.  The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her.  “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.

We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today.  “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family.  He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship.  The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation.  It is probably his most popular non-album song.

“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up.  Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live.  I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles.  Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp.  It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Ed Sheeran

Welcome to the next edition of Tuesday’s Memes.  The collection this week is on Ed Sheeran.  Yes, Ed Sheeran.  I am running out of ideas so you are getting Ed Sheeran.  Sorry, but deal with it!!!

I hope you enjoy…

Animal Cruelty???

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Some songs…

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Friday New Releases – June 29th

We are at the end of another month and what a way to end it.  There are so many releases this week I hope there is something you can find and enjoy.  My vacation will be ending this week and then back to work next, so I am going to try and do nothing for a couple days except listen to music.  My choices are in Blue.  Let me know what you are feeling and if I missed anything.  Have a great weekend!!

  • 51tBEraJ-2L._SS500  The Wild Feathers – Greetings from the Neon Frontier – (Reprise Records):  This is where I will spend most of my time.  I really think these guys are great.  They are a mixture of Rock, Folk, Country and blend it all together so nicely.  It is always a listening pleasure and so much to take in.  Give them a try and as this is their third studio release, go back and get the other two.

  • A1-BihGWkML._SX522_  Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction Super Deluxe Edition – (Geffen Records):  What can I say about this one.  One of the greatest debut albums by any band and now we get the ultimate deluxe edition.  I can’t afford the big daddy release as I just bought the Def Leppard Vinyl collection (Volume One) so I will end up settling for one of the lesser expensive releases.  Either way, it is nice to have for the collection.

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Friday New Releases – June 22nd

Vacation starts after close of work today and I can’t wait.  I wish there was a ton of new music to listen to but sadly that is not the case.  The are only a couple I will give a listen and I know one I had to pick up for my daughter (on vinyl of course).  I actually think there is more for my kids this week than me.  And actually the 5 Second of Summer was released last week. My choices are in Blue, which ones are you interested in or what have I missed.  Have a great weekend as I know I will have a great next week…NO WORK!!

  • 61HMCRxKBuL._AC_US436_QL65_  Panic at the Disco – Pray for the Wicked – (Fueled by Ramen LLC):  Panic is on the top of the list this week.  Why?  Well, because my oldest loves this band.  She is going to Atlanta to see them since they aren’t coming to Charlotte.  I am sure I will be hearing this for some time and actually I don’t mind.  They are pretty darn good.  We should have the vinyl sitting on the doorstep when I get home…if my daughter doesn’t get to it first.

  • 510x3-DT1oL._SS500  Ben Rector – Magic – (OK Kid Recordings):  Ben Rector returns and I really like this Singer/Songwriter’s style.  He tells great stories and has a great voice so there isn’t anything he has done I haven’t enjoyed.  This is on the lighter side, but some days you just need that to relax.

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Friday New Releases – June 15th

Are things heating up for you?  Well, the new releases are heating up!  Okay, maybe they are lukewarm; however, there are a few worth checking out and mine will be in Blue.  Let me what you are looking forward to hearing.  There are live albums, Blues, Pop, Rock and electronica…something for everyone. If you like 90’s artists, there a several back this week that might be worth at least a stream or two.  Have a great weekend!!

  • 61PHqjoSN2L._AC_US436_QL65_  The Darkness – Live at Hammersmith – (Canary Dwarf Ltd):  The 80’s Hair Metal throwback band are back with a live album and wasn’t that what we were waiting to hear! This might be first up on the stereo today for me.  These guys would have been huge in the 80’s!!  Turn it up because I Believe In a Thing Called “Live”…see what I did there!!  Here is the original video as I didn’t see a live one for this release.

  • 51jjidBu5YL._SS500  Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic – (Warner Bros):  The co-lead singer of Linkin Park is set for his first solo release and his first music since Chester Bennington’s passing.  As a fan of Linkin Park this is a no-brainer.  I am really interested to see where he takes it and how he responds to Chester’s death.  It should be a great release.

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