Friday, April 09, 2021

New music out today: Jon Savage's 1972-1976; Bear Family's Spring Fever; Blue Note classics; Merry Clayton; Cheap Trick and more

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A guided tour through five years of rock in its many variants: power pop, pub rock, glam, krautrock, punk etc – reflecting the fertility of the time. A 44-track double CD with 28-page booklet. Tracks: Disc One 1. Easy To Slip - Little Feat, 2. Do Ya - The Move, 3. End Unkind - Grin, 4. School's Out - Alice Cooper, 5. I Hardly Know Her Name - The Wackers, 6. So Far - Faust, 7. Slow Death - Flamin' Groovies, 8. One Of The Boys - Mott The Hoople, 9. When My Baby's Beside Me - Big Star, 10. She Means A Lot To Me - Smyle, 11. Wishing Well - Free, 12. Full Circle - The Byrds, 13. Blockbuster! - The Sweet, 14. Vicious - Lou Reed, 15. Avenging Annie - Andy Pratt, 16. Yang Yang - Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band, 17. Editions Of You - Roxy Music, 18. Search And Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges, 19. 48 Crash - Suzi Quatro, 20. Trash - New York Dolls, 21. Andy Warhol - Dana Gillespie, Disc Two 1. Girl From Germany - Sparks, 2. You Really Got Me - The Hammersmith Gorillas, 3. The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy - John Cale, 4. Hey Joe (version) - Patti Smith, 5. Third Uncle - Eno, 6. Kings Of Speed - Hawkwind, 7. I Don't Mind - Dr. Feelgood, 8. After Eight - Neu, 9. Red Temple Prayer (two Headed Dog) - R. Ericson & Bleibalien, 10. Roadrunner - Jonathan Richman, 11. Say It Ain't So Joe - Murray Head, 12. Radioactivity - Kraftwerk, 13. Final Solution - Pere Ubu, 14. Blitzkreig Bop - Ramones, 15. Max's Kansas City '76 Pt 1 - Wayne County & The Backstreet Boys, 16. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways, 17. X Offender - Blondie, 18. Horseplay (weary Of The Schmaltz) - Eddie & The Hot Rods, 19. Keys To Your Heart - The 101'ers, 20. (don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult, 21. Heart Of The City - Nick Lowe, 22. Train, Train - The Count Bishops.

The second edition on the subject of spring and Easter In Bear Family's 'Season's Greetings' CD series.
    This musical journey through time includes selected titles from four decades, springtime songs and popular hits from 1936 to 1963.
    Genre-spanning, from jazz and pop to country and R&B to rock 'n' roll - and always hard on the subject - here the rooster and the hen go crazy, the eggs rock & roll and the Easter bunny dances!
    Rock with fiery guitars comes from Vilas Craig, Link Wray and Tina's former husband, a.o.
    Also danceable teen rock can be heard! First and foremost Bobby Rydell with a rare number as well as some Doo Wop groups like The Pentagons and The Velvets.
    Speaking of rare, Bear Family also delivers some tracks on CD for the first time this time, including recordings by Ray Coleman, The Jaye Brothers, Al Allen, Jerry Duane and others!
    The full-color 16-page booklet includes comments by the producer on each song and, as always, is richly illustrated!
    Yes, the spring fever. Everyone feels it, as soon as the first warm sunbeams let nature awake to new life. Good keyword, this compilation also lets us awake to new life, even in Corona times! With these rhythms and the swinging sound, Easter eggs can be painted in no time. Or better yet, shake a leg! It's Spring Fever!
    This Bear Family CD has it all again. Once more we deliver a wide musical range from 1936 to 1963. But far from it, the oldest recording is not jazz, it comes from the Dixon Brothers and is pure original Country Blues. Country music in its traditional form is also provided by Bill Wimberly & The Country Rhythm Boys. But also jazz can be heard from such illustrious artists as Django Reinhardt, Ramsey Lewis and the Andrews Sisters. Along with hot rock 'n' roll and rockabilly rhythms, there's plenty to discover from pop to twist, including famous artists with rare recordings.

More southern soul sounds from the mighty Stax Records of Memphis, including unissued tracks from the Soul Children and Eddie Floyd. Tracks: 1. I'll Do Anything For Your Love (single Edit) - William Bell, 2. How Can I Win Your Love - Eddie Floyd, 3. I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her - Isaac Hayes, 4. A Smile Can't Hide (a Broken Heart) (alt Mix) - Ollie & The Nightingales, 5. Let's Make A Deal - Frederick Knight, 6. Standing In The Safety Zone - The Soul Children, 7. Spare Me The Hurt Of Losing You - The Newcomers, 8. Guilty Of Loving You - Veda Brown, 9. We've Got Love On Our Side - Bettye Crutcher, 10. I'm Tired - Mavis Staples, 11. Got To Get Away From You - Israel Tolbert, 12. I'm Too Old To Play - Jimmy Hughes, 13. Everybody Makes A Mistake - Eddie Floyd, 14. Ain't Nobody Like My Baby - Lee Sain, 15. Just A Little Overcome - The Nightingales, 16. It Takes Me All Night - Eddie Giles, 17. You Need Love - Chuck Brooks, 18. Ain't No Way - Shirley Brown, 19. Did You Hear Yourself Part 1 - Randy Brown And Company, 20. Come Get From Me Parts 1 & 2 - David Porter

In 1970 Miles Davis unleashed “Bitches Brew”. It sold a million and launched a new style of music: jazz rock. It was the culmination of the work of Miles and his musicians over the previous two years. “Directions In Music” illustrates its conception and immediate aftermath. CD version packaged with 20-page booklet. Double vinyl LP version features two printed inner bags. Tracks: 1. In A Silent Way - Joe Zawinul, 2. Sweet Pea - Wayne Shorter, 3. In Search Of Truth - Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes, 4. Arjen's Bag - John McLaughlin, 5. Politician Man - Betty Davis, 6. Uhuru Sasa - Gary Bartz NTU Troop, 7. Directions (16 December 1970, First Set) - Miles Davis, 8. Common Mama - Keith Jarrett, 9. Song Of The Wind (Alt take) - Chick Corea, 10. You'll Know When You Get There - Herbie Hancock

Vijay Iyer presents a powerful new trio, in which he is joined by 2 key figures in creative music, Tyshawn Sorey & Linda May Han Oh. "We have an energy together that is very distinct. It has a different kind of propulsion, a different impulse and a different spectrum of colors". Repertoire on UnEasy, recorded at Oktaven Audio Studio in Mount Vernon, NY in December 2019, includes Iyer originals written over 20 years, plus Gerri Allen's "Drummer's Song" and Cole Porter's "Night and Day."

On February 7, 1960, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Blakey, laid down what would become his masterpiece: Soul Station. The crystalline six-song set was a showcase for Mobley's lyrical flow from the breezy opening take on Irving Berlin's "Remember" through bluesy originals like "Dig Dis", & the swinging up-tempo number "Split Feelin's." Soul Station endures as a jazz classic for the ages. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition. 180G.

1958's Moanin'-feat. the great drummer w/ trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Bobby Timmons, & bassist Jymie Merritt-was the perfect crystallization of the band's bluesy, soulful sound, & it still stands today as perhaps the most quintessential hard bop recording of all-time. The album also introduced several indelible Golson compositions that would become standards of the jazz songbook including "Along Came Betty" & "Blues March." Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition. 180G.

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