Finally a Friday with an abundance of new releases. There are so many I am interested in that this could take awhile. I hope to get to them all sooner or later. I think there is a little something for everyone today. The ones that are striking my fancy are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are looking forward to getting or if I am missing something added to the comments. Have a great listening weekend.
- Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger – (Napalm Records): Whether with Alter Bridge, Slash or just by himself, there is no getting by the immense talent that is Myles Kennedy. He can definitely sing, but his guitar playing is just as sensational. Looking forward to the focus being all about him. I have purposely not listened to anything off this album yet so I can enjoy it all at one time.
- Judas Priest – Firepower – (Sony Music): Judas Priest is back with a brand new album. Enough said…Mic drop!!!
- Thirdstory – Cold Heart – (Verve Label Group): After waiting for two years, we finally get the full length album they have been promising. My daughter and I saw them open for Tori Kelly two years ago and we bot really enjoyed their harmonies and just the power of their voices. Three guys doing amazing things singing together. We are going to see them again in April when they headline a little club here in Charlotte.
- Calum Scott – Only Human – (Capitol Records): This former Britain’s Got Talent contestant from 2015 finally gets his debut album. After the release of his cover of “Dancing On My Own”, I was completely blown away by his vocals. Can’t wait to enjoy this one.
- Three Days Grace – Outsider – (RCA Records): I have had two heavy and two soft albums and now back to heavy with Three Days Grace. I followed them since their debut in 2003 with the song “I Hate Everything About You”. They have given me consistently good albums and I expect nothing less from this hard rock band out of Canada.
- Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky – (Experience Hendrix LLC): Jimi Hendrix…worth giving a listen solely for that matter. This is the third and final in a series of unreleased tracks and surprised their have been so many and why did it take so long for them to come out.
- The Fratellis – In Your Own Sweet Time – (Cooking Vinyl): (MOVED TO MARCH 16) And there is still one more I want to hear and that is the Fratellis. When I heard their album Costello Music, I adored their sound and the whole vibe. As a result, I have been absorbing all their albums and this one will be no different.
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams – (Bottleneck Music)
- The Neighbourhood – The Neighbourhood – (Columbia Records)
- Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On! – (Suicidal Records)
- Ministry – AmeriKKKant – (Nuclear Blast)
- Nightwish – Decades – (Nuclear Blast Records)
- David Byrne – American Utopia – (Todomundo LTD)
If you remember back a few months for Turntables & Vinyl #8 – The CD Edition, I talked about all these CDs I received from someone in the neighborhood that was giving them away. They were in really bad shape and there were 100’s I had to throw out due to broken or badly scratched CDs.
I managed to keep the CD covers in hopes of doing something artsy with them. It turns out, I am not very artsy, so I decided to put them on a canvas and make them into a picture for my office wall. Now, I decided, but I didn’t actually do the work. My wife is the one that put this together as she is the creative one.
Below is a picture of the canvas with some of my favorite album covers from the lot I had to throw away. I am very pleased with how it turned out and I have to thank my beautiful and talented wife for putting this together. I couldn’t have done it without her. The only thing I did was cut out the covers and decide the order to place them in even though she helped with that arrangement a little as well. Okay, so she really did all of it. She’s the best!
Now, I didn’t have any Kiss or Def Leppard albums to include which bothered me, so I printed out their logos and had them incorporated into the picture by only showing partial album covers for AC/DC Back in Black and the Beach Boys Greatest Hits album. See which ones you recognize. I think most of them are very classic albums and I was even able to use the Emerson, Lake and Palmer cover to Brain Salad Surgery which is one of my favorite album covers.
There you have it!
Until next time…have a great day.
For this month’s The Original vs. The Cover, we are tackling the classic song “All Along the Watchtower” written by Bob Dylan. We are going to explore the Bob Dylan version and the Jimi Hendrix version. The two versions of this song couldn’t be more different. You have Bob Dylan’s version which is more Folk Rock and then the Hendrix version which is pure guitar rock. Each version is a classic in its own right so how do you choose. Let’s learn about each version first before we decide.
Bob Dylan wrote and recorded the song back in 1967. It was on the album John Wesley Harding which was released in December 1967. The song itself wasn’t released as a single until November 22, 1968 which was actually after The Jimi Hendrix Experience released it as they released it as a single on September 21, 1968. If we base the original and the cover based off single release date, then Hendrix’s is the original…right? No, it isn’t but one could make an argument if they so choose.
The song itself is a slow, almost ballad like for part of the song. Instrumentally, the standout is the harmonica which is the main driver of the song. The guitar and drum parts were background and their simplicity is what makes it work. The folksy sound and Dylan’s gritty voice were magical and he sings with such emotion. This is one of the few songs I actually could understand what he was saying.
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