Another week of over 40 albums being released which means there is something for everyone. Heck, if you make it down to the end there is even a Christmas album by Kelly Clarkson. Yes, it is time for Christmas albums to start coming out. I know, too soon!! I have a handful I would really like to hear and one I’d really like to buy, but KACHING!!! My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and let us know what I may have missed so everyone can see what they might be missing. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
The Alarm – History Repeating: 1981-2021 – (Twenty First Century Recording Co): A Double CD of the band’s 40 year career!! Man, I am feeling old as I have been listening since the beginning. There are are a several unreleased songs as well as all their hits. I believe there are 44 tracks and definitely worth grabbing!!
Judas Priest – Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music Box Set: I would love to get the big deluxe box set but it is well over $400 and I am sure worth every penny. I might need to sell some things or take out a second mortgage for this one. After just finishing the Judas Priest Review Series on the site, this would be a great way to top it off!! With a giant cherry on top!! Or you can get the one disc greatest hits album if that floats your boat. Either works.
Welcome to June and the first Friday of releases. There are a lot of releases this week so there should be a little something for everyone. For me, there is a lot as well! A lot of nothing. There are a couple I find appealing and they will be highlighted in Blue. One of which I have had for a month and be enjoying it a lot. Hopefully there is something you like. Let me know what interests you and if I missed anything. Thanks and have a great weekend!
Jonas Brothers – Happiness Begins – (Republic Records): Yes, the Jonas Brothers are back!! Okay, I am not really this excited, but my kids are going nuts! I have a feeling that this will be blaring around the house and in the car for quite sometime to come!! The first song released, “Sucker”, was quite catchy so let’s hope the rest of the album is as enjoyable otherwise this will be a painful period for me.
Ida Mae – Chasing Lights – (Vow Road): I came across Ida Mae when they opened for Greta Van Fleet on tour. I picked up the album at the show around May 15th and have been playing it almost every day since. It is fantastic. They are from England and have a heavy Blues influence to their music and songwriting. It is quite different than what I normally listen to, but I can’t get enough of it. Check it out.
Now we are in to full swing in the new year. The albums are starting to come out and today we have a long list of releases. There will hopefully be something for everyone. There are bunch I am interested in, but might not necessarily buy right now. They will be streamed to start with and I will pick up the ones I like the best. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you like or are interested in. Thanks and have a great musical weekend.
Starbreaker – Dysphoria – (Frontiers Records): Tony Harnell and Magnus Karlsson team up again with the band’s third album and first in over 11 years…damn…way too long. It is metal, it is hard rock and it is usually great. Can’t wait to hear this one.
Rival Sons – Feral Roots – (Atlantic Records): Rival Sons are one of those bands you just fall in love with immediately when you hear them. Now on their 6th studio album they just keep getting better. They are straight up rock & roll with a heavy blues influence and worth a listen. Give them a try.
May 18th, 2017. A sad day for music fans everywhere. Chris Cornell died and left this world, but lucky for us, he left a tremendous music legacy. For the first time, a collection has been released that is a wonderful retrospective view of his entire career.
The 4CD set (64 Tracks) takes you on a remarkable journey through the life of Chris Cornell starting with his early days of Soundgarden from as early as 1987 through to his work with Audioslave and his solo output with one brand new track that had never previously been released. There are also 10 unreleased live tracks with some outstanding performances from throughout his career.
The first CD is basically a greatest hits collection of Soundgarden tracks with the exception of two songs from Temple of the Dog and one solo track The collection spans the late 80’s and the 90’s.
When you hear the song title “Black Magic Woman”, most people immediately associate the song with Santana and that is because they have the most famous version of the song. However, their version is actually a cover version. I did not know that until a short time ago when I discovered that the original was performed by Fleetwood Mac two years earlier. My world was rocked as I had no idea. I don’t know if life will ever be the same.
The song was written by Peter Green who was the original singer for the Fleetwood Mac and he came from John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers where he originally replaced Eric Clapton on guitar. There is whole story around that and the formation of Fleetwood Mac which we will have to save for another time as this post is about comparing the two versions of “Black Magic Woman”.
The Fleetwood Mac version of “Black Magic Woman” was a real bluesy track, heavy on the drums and the bass with little guitar riffs thrown in. Then there is a great guitar solo that comes in about a minute into the song and goes on for about 45 seconds. It is really great and what would you expect from a guy that replaced Eric Clapton in another band.
Peter sounds great vocally as well and after listening to it, I realized I have heard the song many times before but probably thought it was the Santana song, of course it doesn’t have the same feel, but they aren’t completely different songs.
It is the last Friday of the month and it has been a slow month. And it is another Friday where there isn’t a ton of releases, but there are at least a few I am interested in and those are highlighted in Blue. If you like Rock, Pop, Metal, Country, Christian, Electronic and even old time rock & roll, there is a little for everyone.
Alice Cooper – Paranormal – (EarMusic): The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Alice Cooper is back with his 27th or so album. How many artists can say that?? I have seen and heard a lot of buzz about this one and I am actually excited to get this one. I can’t wait to hear what is in store with this one.
Seventh Day Slumber – Found – (VSR): The Christian rock band from Texas is here to bring us more of their post-grunge, hard rock. I haven’t heard anything of this one yet (haven’t watched the video either) so waiting to be surprised when the full album is out. I am generally not disappointed by anything they have released over the last 12 years.
If you don’t believe magic is real, you haven’t really listened to music. Music can instantly change your mood. It can even let you travel through time by taking you back to a special memory. Music can make you laugh, make you cry and make you feel so many different things. It can make you dance and soothe your soul.
If that is not magical, then I don’t know what is. In honor of all that, here are my favorite “magical” songs. Sadly, there are so many songs to choose from, I ended up with a list that only covered the ’60’s – ’80’s. I have to do another list for the ’90’s-’10’s.