New Releases: Buddy Guy, Harry Nilsson, Uriah Heep, Robin Thicke, John Zorn, Sly & the Family Stone and Chris Shiflett

#NewMusicTuesday - 7/30/13
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Three of these in and I think I'm finally getting the hang of what I want to do with these new release articles.  I'm still finding it difficult to figure out which albums - other than the easy ones - to talk about.  For now I just browse Amazon's new releases, open up anything with an interesting name or cover art and then look at the descriptions to see if it actually sounds interesting.  The feature where they tell you what albums other people bought alongside the one you are looking at is also very helpful.  I figure if folks are buying an album I've never heard of along with an album I dig then chances are good I'll dig the other one too.  

Or something.  It isn't a perfect system, but it works for me.  So this is what I'm looking at this week:

  • Rhythm & Blues - Buddy Guy: The blues legend teams up with Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford on this two disk set.
  • The RCA Albums Collection -  Harry Nilsson:  I know Nilsson only through the the Fred Neil song "Everybody's Talkin'" and the silly fun kid song "Coconut."  Dude wrote a lot of songs though and was apparently loved by John Lennon and tons of other interesting people.  So I know I need to give the man some ear time.  This massive boxed set is the perfect place to start if you've got the cash to lay down.  It is a remarkable 17 disks consisting of every album he made for RCA (which contain a total of 65 additional tracks, 26 of which are previously unreleased) plus three disks full of session tracks, b-sides and rarities adding in an additional 58 tracks of which 29 have never seen an official release.  
  • Official Bootleg 6: Live at the Rock of Ages - Uriah Heep: I don't know anything about Uriah Heep beyond the name, but I love that more and more bands are releasing official bootlegs.  It is such a no brainer - for limited cost you can give fans something they crave and create new fans along the way.  Hopefully we'll continue to see more and more artists doing the same.
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke: I don't care a rip about this except to say when I first heard his name I kept thinking about the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host (whose name is Robin Leach but old man memory couldn't quite remember that) and I had a good chuckle thinking about that old sod singing parental advisory modern pop.  
  • Dreamacines - John Zorn: Zorn is one of those guys whose name I know but whose music I'm not at all familiar with.  I have enough friends who dig him though to make me want to check him out.
  • There's a Riot Goin' On - Sly & the Family Stone: A really nice collector's edition of this seminal funk album.  Comes with a 48 page hard cover book of liner notes and a 24-karat gold embedded CD.
  • All Hat & No Cattle - Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants: The Foo Fighters guitarists does an Americana influenced album.  Apparently it is his second album like this.  Color me intrigued.