You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best! The Hottest New Release Day of the Year!! TODAY!!! Man, there are so many great releases today and I can’t wait. I have 3 I will be listening to and one is a Massive Box Set. This also seems to be a day for older established artists releasing new albums or anniversary albums and maybe for you younger listeners you might find some of these older artists totally awesome. Now, go check them out and let me know what you want to hear this week. Also, let us know what we may have missed. My choices are up first and in BOLD! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Kiss – Destroyer (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) – (Universal Music / UMG): KISS!!! Man, I can’t wait for this to arrive. I hope it makes it today. Kiss is releasing a 45th Anniversary of one of their biggest albums. It is remastered and there are a ton of demos and unreleased tracks and it is about time the band did a Box Set like this. Now, they need to go back and do them all with this special treatment. They’d get my money!!
The Darkness – Motorheart – (Cooking Vinyl): The Darkness is upon us and that makes for a much brighter day for me! I love these guys. Their love of that old glam rock sound makes for a wonderful listen. They bring that style to today’s market and for that we are lucky. I loved their last album ‘Easter is Cancelled’ and if this is half as good as that one, this will be awesome then!!
Alright…You Picked It! It was the closest battle yet and here it is. The one you picked was The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds”. The votes were as follows:
The Beach Boys – ‘Pet Sounds’ – 5 votes
Miley Cyrus – ‘Plastic Hearts’ – 4 votes
John Coltrane – ‘A Love Supreme’ – 3 votes
Rage Against the Machine – ‘Renegade’ – 2 votes
B-52’s – ‘Cosmic Thing’ – 2 Votes
Thanks to all for participating. The February choices will be up on Saturday!
THE BEACH BOYS – ‘PET SOUNDS’ (1966):
I will be honest, this is a daunting task to review an album that is so loved by critics and the world. It has been listed as one of the greatest albums of all time. No pressure at all to review this. When you start researching the album, there are pages upon pages of information and every aspect of the album and at times it is overwhelming. As a result, there is no way I am going to summarize any history and go in to much detail about the making of the album and all the nuances of it either. We are going to just dive on in to the music and what I felt overall about the album. Otherwise, this could easily hit 10,000 words or more and I am not up for that and neither are you.
Another Friday is upon us and another day of new music. There is a little of everything on tab for this week so hopefully there is something you can find you want to give a spin. I have quite a few this week and they are highlighted in Blue as usual.
Black Country Communion – BCCIV – (J&R Adventures): BCC is back with their 4th album. I thought they might have been done after their last one so I am thrilled to see a new release. If you don’t know who they are, the band consists of some quite talented musicians you might have heard about…Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Not a bad line-up. Definitely worth checking out.
H.E.A.T – Into the Great Unknown – (Frontiers Records): This Swedish rock band brings us their 5th release and first after losing original guitarist Eric Rivers. I am interested to hear it despite 2 of the original members now gone including the lead singer. That usually really bothers me when you lose the singer, but Erik Gronwell can hold his own and has done a fine damn job since taking over. Here is to hoping for more of the same greatness from these guys.
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful – (Island Records): For some reason, I really like The Killers. When they are good, they are really good and Brandon Flowers has been sounding great lately. I am digging the new song “Run for Cover” so hoping the rest of the album is on par with that one.
Mastodon – Cold Dark Place E.P. – (Reprise Records): It is only an E.P., but anything from this Atlanta Metal band is worth grabbing. Bring it on.
Fergie – Double Duchess – (Retrofuture Productions): Okay, yes I am interested in hearing Fergie. I have my guilty pleasures. She proved she can rock out when she did a song for Slash so I definitely want to hear what she brings to the table this time around.
Otherwise – Sleeping Lions – (Century Media)
Macklemore – Gemini – (Bendo LLC)
Matthew West – All In – (Sparrow)
Josh Ritter – Gathering – (Pytheas Recordings)
Midland – On the Rocks – (Big Machine)
Van Morrison – Roll With The Punches – (Exile Productions)
Leon Russell – On A Distant Shore – (Palmetto)
Chris Hillman – Bidin’ my Time – (Rounder)
Steve Martin / The Steep Canyon Rangers – “The Long-Awaited Album” – (Rounder)
Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay – (Nuclear Blast)
Lecrae – All Things Work Together – (Reach Records)
Haley Reinhart – What’s That Sound? – (Concord Records)
Brian Wilson – Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology – (Rhino/Warners)
Every decade has their teen idols and the 70’s were definitely not lacking in that area. My big box of vinyl had a surprise included that I never expected. It had my wife’s records for when she was a very, very young thing (she is still young and will always be younger than me). She loved her teen idols and most especially one in particular.
First up is Leif Garrett. She has his second album, ‘Feel the Need’. This was his highest charting album at #34 on the Billboard charts and spawned the Top 10 hit, “I Was Made for Dancin'”. His music career didn’t hang on to long thanks to a slight little problem with drugs. During the 70’s, he was probably more well known for his TV & Movie career than his sining. He appeared in movies such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band and even in the Outsiders.