Welcome to December and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you need some gift ideas, you might know some people that will want new music so here is the latest batch of new releases. If you are interested, I would take the Skid Row box set if you are thinking of getting me something. If not, I would still like the box set! HA!! Otherwise, there is nothing I am interested in this week. Take a look through and see what you may like and let me know what interests you or if we missed anything. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.
Skid Row – The Atlantic Years (1989-1996) Box Set – (BMG Rights): The collection includes seven 180-Gram Audiophile vinyl LPs, including the band’s multi-million selling, worldwide-charting first three studio albums, plus the B-Side Ourselves EP and the live EP, Subhuman Beings on Tour!!, which was previously only available on CD in Japan. It is now being made available globally and on vinyl for the first time ever. I want this but not sure I if it is worth it yet.
And all the rest…
U2 – Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary) – (Island Records / Universal)
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Flood – (Comandante / Mom+Pop)
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.
It has been 10 years since Ozzy’s last studio album and yet somehow, the man is still relevant. How relevant, so relevant in fact that Post Malone had him guest on one of his songs. So there is a whole new generation of people discovering Ozzy. And better late than never.
Now, it might be 10 years since his last studio album, but the last studio album I bought was 1987’s ‘The Ultimate Sin’ and the last Ozzy album I bought was 1997’s ‘The Ozzman Cometh’ so it has been a lot longer for me.
With the sad news of Ozzy’s Parkinson diagnosis and hearing that Post Malone song, I thought I would give this album a try as I figured it might be his last (thankfully, it isn’t as he is already working on another). To my surprise, I was completely blown away by this album. The album is full of hooks, melodies, great guitar solos and Ozzy hasn’t sounded better. The album is so accessible and harkens back for me to ‘The Ultimate Sin’ in catchiness and how radio friendly it is. Some fans might not like that, but I couldn’t be happier.
The guests on this album are immense. The main rhythm section is Duff McKagan on bass (GNR) and Chad Smith on drums (Red Hot Chili Peppers), but that isn’t all. You get Slash, Tom Morello, Elton John, Charlie Puth, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Andrew Watt and even daughter Kelly Osbourne on backing vocals. A mix of old and new with the musicians and it comes across in the music. Continue reading “Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ – Album Review”→
Welcome to another Friday of music new releases. There are a bunch to choose from, but sadly I am not real thrilled about any of them. That is probably a good thing since I had so many from last week that I am still enjoying. There is one I will listen to out of the bunch (highlighted in Blue) and the rest who knows if they will ever find the playlist. Hopefully with all to choose from, there is something that you will gravitate towards. Let me know what interests you are doesn’t. Thanks and have a great weekend!!
Tobymac – The Elements – (Forefront Records): Tobymac has always proven to me he is a talented artists whether it was with DC Talk or his solo works. The mixture of hip-hop, pop and rock is always a great combination. He spreads the word and makes it an enjoyable experience. This will be the only album this week that is a must listen, the rest…ehh!.
Live – Local 717 E.P. – (Kalvary Records): It has been awhile since any new Live material and it is much needed. I heard the song below and was intrigued. This might be first up for the day.
Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Look Now – (Concord Records)
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground – (Comandante): This one might get a listen…this song is pretty good.
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In – (Matador): Okay, maybe this one too.
David Bowie – Loving the Alien 1983-1988 (11 CD Set) – (Rhino)
Blues Traveler – Hurry Up & Hang Around – (BT Recordings)
Evanescence – Synthesis Live – (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Nazareth – Tattooed on my Brain – (Frontiers Record)
Seventh Wonder – Tiara – (Frontiers Record)
Imperllitteri – The Nature of the Beast – (Frontiers Record)
City of Thieves – Beast Reality – (Frontiers Record)
Creye – Creye – (Frontiers Record)
Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas – (Bushbranch/Surfdog)
Young the Giant – Mirror Master – (Elektra)
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Rocket – (Verve Forecast)
Graham Parker – Cloud Symbols – (100% Records)
Atreyu – In Our Wake – (Spinefarm Records)
John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions – (New West Records)
For My Sunday Song #57, I am going with “Renegades of Funk” by Rage Against the Machine. The song was released on election day in 2000 and with George W. Bush winning I am sure RATM had a lot more to “Rage” about. The song is off their ‘Renegades’ album and was produced by the great Rick Rubin.
What I never knew, or had just forgotten, was the song was actually a Cover of a song performed by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force and released back in 1983. These two songs really sound nothing alike and Rage has turned into a funked up metal song that fits my taste nicely. Not only is it a cover, Rage has included a percussion piece of the song “Apache” by the Incredible Bongo Band.
I had never really listened to Rage Against the Machine as the late 90’s were not a great time for me so had overlooked them. It was playing Guitar Hero or some video game where the song was featured and I was like…WOW!!…how have I missed this song. Ever since then I have been a fan of the band. Tom Morello just absolutely slays it on the guitar and he is one of the best out there. The sounds and riffs he does are so his own style there is no mistaking when he is on lead guitar.