Happy New Year, everyone! We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year and that new (and new-to-you) music found its way to you.
2013 was a fantastic overall year in music, even if there wasn’t a major blockbuster album, and we are looking forward to what 2014 has to offer.
Lone Justice: This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Omnivore)
File Under: Country, Rock, Compilation
A 12-track collection from the two-track tapes that the band laid down its first studio work in California. We can’t call this a reissue since nine of the tracks have never been released. There isn’t a bad track in the bunch from this early alt-country band. Stay tuned to our Facebook page this week as a full review we did for American Songwriter is forthcoming.
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: Give The People What They Want (Daptone)
File Under: Soul, R&B
The delayed set from one of today’s most successful retro soul acts finally hits shelves. First and foremost, we’re glad to see that Sharon Jones has successfully recovered from her medical issue that delayed this to begin with.
We’ve loved what we heard from the first 45 from the album, (“People Don’t Get What They Deserve”/”Slow Down, Love”)
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: “Stranger To My Happiness”
NPR has a full album stream for a limited time.
While the marbled-blue stereo vinyl has sold out, the limited edition mono vinyl is still available from the Daptone store and, most likely, at your local indie. Don’t wait too long, though, as only a couple thousand were pressed!
Jennifer Nettles: That Girl (Universal Nashville)
File Under: Country
It’s no surprise that Nettles is releasing a solo album since she has such a fantastic voice and oozes star power. We’re honestly surprised that it didn’t happen earlier. However, this doesn’t spell the end of her band Sugarland, just a different chapter of her career.
Target is offering an exclusive edition with two bonus tracks, which is linked above.
The Crystal Method: Crystal Method (Tiny E Records)
File Under: Dance, Electronica
Vegas DJ duo return with their first record in several years. Dia Frampton, who was a contestant on The Voice, lends her vocals on “Over It” and LeAnn Rhimes sheds her pop-country roots as well.
Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes (Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with DVD) (Columbia)
File Under: Rock
The Boss returns with a new album, nearly 40 years since his debut set. While the standard version is available at all retailers, Amazon has an exclusive DVD that showcases Bruce and his famous E Street Band performing the entire Born In The USA album during his Wrecking Ball World Tour.
WHAT WE MISSED DURING OUR BRIEF TIME AWAY
Blood, Sweat, & Tears: The Complete Columbia Singles (Real Gone)
File Under: R&B, Funk, Pop, Compilation
This 2CD collection gathers some hard-to-find mono single mixes of the band’s best known hits.
Samuel Jonathan Johnson: My Music (Real Gone/Dusty Groove)
File Under: Soul, R&B
A simply-titled musical statement by a largely unknown name. The music is of a jazzy soul vibe per co-releasing company Dusty Groove.
Bettye Swann: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Real Gone)
File Under: Soul, R&B, Compilation
A cool 23-track compilation cover early- to mid-70s material that Swann cut with Atlantic Records including the classic southern soul “I’d Rather Go Blind” and a take on the Elvis classic “Suspicious Minds.”
Eagles: Eagles Selected Works 1972-1999 (Daptone)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Compilation, Reissue
Originally released in 2000 in a longbox, this 4CD compilation sees new packaging with the same great music.