Last year flew by and now here we are in 2023 and already at our first month purchases wrap-up. It was a good start to the year if I do say so myself. I started a new collection, found some stuff for other collections I have, treated myself to an album I’ve been wanting for years and even found a Jeff Scott Soto CD that I didn’t even know existed. I would say that all makes for a solid month.
The month kicked off in full glory when 2nd & Charles kicked off the year with a buy 5 get 5 free sale on their CDs and so I pounced on it. Sadly, my memory sucks and one is one I already had, see if you can guess which one because it was in my November purchases as well.
If that wasn’t enough, later in the month I went by Repo Records here in Charlotte and found a handful of picture sleeve 45’s. I love the picture sleeves and so I bought about 9 this time around. Some great stuff to add to the collection…
Hey guys and gals! Happy Friday! We have another large list of releases for you this week. I will apologize upfront as there are not videos for all of the releases as I am writing this, I am recovering from surgery and it is rather uncomfortable so don’t feel up to a the full post, but at least want to get you a list of the top releases for the week. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are most looking forward to hearing this week and what we may have missed. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!!
Ellefson / Soto – Vacation in the Underworld – (Rat Pak Records): Jeff Scott Soto and former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson join forces for what I hope is a total beast of an album. It is cool sometimes to hear Soto go heavy. My review on this will be one of the last reviews in the Jeff Scott Soto Series so it will be awhile before we get to it.
The Cult – Under the Midnight Sun – (Black Hill Records / Round Hill Records): Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy bless us with another album as it has been 6 years since the last. Sign me up please!!
Another month gone by which is good news because it means more Vinyl, CDs, books and even a DVD have been added the collection. And we are kicking this month off a very pleasant surprise from a good friend of 2 Loud 2 Old Music. Mr. Books himself, Aaron, from KeepsMeAlive.com has sent yet another care package. The man believes in giving! This time around we got 2 books and 2 CDs all the way from the Great White North. Be careful what you say in the comments on his site as you are bound to wind up with it. Aaron knows my love for Idol and I have made comments before about the other 3 items…and now I have them. Thanks Aaron…and yes, he left a little note as usual!!
Now to start the month out, during labor day weekend, 2nd & Charles had their buy 5 get 5 free sale and so I hit up the CDs section and stuck to the 5 and 5 rule. Here is the 5 I bought…
And the five I got for free…or vice versa, however you want to look at it…
The 90’s Post-Grunge band, Bush, bring us their 8th album and first in 3 years. Post-Grunge? What the hell is that anyway. I hate these sub-genre names. Bush is a Rock band, plain and simple. And this album is some heavy-ass Rock!!
Gavin Rossdale, the only original member still in the band, gave us an album with so much guitar, some incredible riffs and there is a little anger in the songs that comes through loud and clear. In what might the bands best album since Razorblade Suitcase, Rossdale shows that he still has life in those bones and still has a lot to say.
If you saw John Wick 3 last year, you heard “Bullet Holes” and you thought, Damn! If the album is anything like this, it was is going to be awesome. And you’d be right! Their next single of the album “Flowers in the Grave” sealed the deal for me, this album had to be heard. Songs like “Flowers…” were so inviting and accessible. What do I mean by that? Yes, what do I mean. The song felt familiar and catchy and stuck with me and I just connected to it. When you have songs that can do that, you have an impactful album.
Then you get the next song, “The Kingdom” and your life is changed. The song is one of the heaviest on the album and maybe that they’ve done. It is an incredible portrait of the state of our world right now. The star is not only Gavin’s vocals, but Chris Traynor on lead guitar. This album is a showcase of his talent. He lays down killer riff after killer riff. The band is hitting on all cylinders with this song and I don’t want to leave out the drum sound on this one either, The newest member, Nik Hughes has an immense sound here.
This album goes from one heavy song to the next and you don’t want to skip anything. “Ghosts in the Machine”, also known as “Slave”, is a favorite with its haunting lyrics and what feels like references to his painful divorce (Apple Music calls it “Ghosts…” and the CD calls it “Slave”). Then it is “Quicksand” which really sounds like early Bush to me. There is so much here that remind you of the best of 90’s Bush that you get this big grin on your face when you are listening to it and finding those moments.
It is one heavy rock song after another until you get to “Undone” which slows things down without losing any of the momentum that has been building. And by this time in the album you need to catch your breath. “Undone” is actually quite beautiful and very melodic and I would think it takes me back to “Glycerine”. And the album ends with “Falling Away” and it leaves you wanting more. The song is not that heavy, but not a ballad either. Somewhere in between and it is so melodic, catchy and there is a tenderness to its sound you can’t help but become engrossed.
I could go on and on, but let’s be honest, I would be repeating myself on how great this album truly is. It has already garnered a listen every single day since its release and will garner more to come. Gavin Rossdale has given us an album that could be a pinnacle in the career of Bush. It is one of the band’s heaviest sounding albums, the production is polished and lays Rossdale’s vocals front and center, it is melodic, accessible, inviting and everything you want in a rock album. It is as close to perfection as you can get. With all that being sad, this is easily a 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars!!
Happy Friday! It is about time it got here, I need this weekend! We have a handful of releases this week and some I am actually interested in hearing and I will highlight those in Blue as usual. We have a variety of styles this week to choose from so hopefully there will be something for you. Let me know what you want to hear and what release I might have missed as it does happen. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Bush – The Kingdom – (Zuma Rock / BMG): Gavin Rossdale and the boys are back. Bush is hit or miss for me, but they’ve hit enough that I try out their releases and I will this one. Here’s hoping for some solid rock this time around.
Pretenders – Hate for Sale – (Chrissie Hynde / BMG): Chrissie Hynde and boys are back (that phrase sounds familiar…oh yeah…see Bush above). I have always loved her voice and the punk/new wave style. She is a legend and that is why she will get a spin.
We are now on our 4th Producer Extraordinaire in this series. We have seen Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Brendan O’Brien and Bruce Fairbairn so far, and now it is time for Bob Rock. Bob Rock actually got his start as a recording engineer and mixer under the great Bruce Fairbairn so he learned from one of the best.
Bob’s musical career started back in 1979 / 1980 when he started engineering from Bruce as well as joined the band Payola$ who had a big hit in 1980 called “Eyes of a Stranger”. They were pretty successful in Canada and won a Juno Award in 1983 for Single of the Year. However, Bob’s real talent (or at least to me) is his ability to work with bands and produce amazing albums.
Bob Rock has worked with some of the biggest bands in the world, but they don’t get bigger than Metallica. Bob was selected as the Producer for the band’s biggest album they had ever done, however, at the time they did not know it would become so big. “The Black Album” as it is commonly known made Metallica cool in the mainstream world as well as the Thrash world.
Happy Friday! I hope there are some new releases here that you might like. There is not a whole lot coming out, but a few will be on my list to listen to during the week. I will highlight those in Blue. You will see something from the Jerry Garcia Band for you Deadheads and if you liked Soft Cell from the 80’s there is a greatest hits package from Marc Almond. There is an album by the great country artist Marty Stuart that actually might be worth a listen, but isn’t first up on my list. I will eventually get to that one.
Chickenfoot – Best + Live – (Chickenfoot LLC & Entertainment One): I am not sure how you have a Best of album after only 2 studio albums, but Chickenfoot seems to think they need one. I am thinking it is a contractual obligation they have to fulfil. I will be glad for the Live songs and the one new single “Divine Termination”. No matter what, when you have Sammy, Joe, Chad & Michael together, you are in for a good time.
Bush – Black and White Rainbows – (Zuma Rock Records): Bush is still going strong. This is the first album for Gavin Rossdale since his well publicized divorce from Gwen Stefani. It will be interesting to see how that impacted his song writing for this album. Can’t wait to hear this one regardless of that fact.