Various Artists: Beck Song Reader (Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Rock
One of the most unique ideas for releasing new music was brought forth by Beck, who originally released it as sheet music only Now, artists like Jack White, Fun, Norah Jones, Jason Isbell, Swamp Dogg, Jack Black, and even Beck himself have recorded the tracks.
James Brown: Get On Up: The James Brown Story Soundtrack (UMe)
File Under: Soundtrack, R&B, Soul, Funk
Back in 1991, Brown’s box set entitled Star Time received a Grammy for Best Album Notes with contributing work from Harry Weinger on the liner notes. Over 20 years later, and Harry is still helping to preserve the man’s legacy.
A couple of tracks here are previously unreleased including “Please Please Please (Live)” and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Live).”
The film opens nationwide on August 1st.
As only James Brown could do…
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye (Warner Bros.)
File Under: Rock
Tom Petty returns for his lucky 13th album.
N’Sync: The Essential (Sony/Legacy)
File Under: Pop, Compilation
In the late ’90s/early ’00s, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, and the rest of the gang ruled pop radio and the album charts. This 2-CD compilation chronicles their success.
Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living (Vanguard)
File Under: Pop, Soul
The album cover looks like it could have been on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Marc’s new album is streaming in full over at his official website.
Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale (Bushbranch/Surfdog)
File Under: Rock
Clapton pays tribute to the man who inspired him throughout his career. Other artists paying tribute to Cale include Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler, and John Mayer, among others.
Cassandra Wilson: Traveling Miles (Blue Note/Universal)
Donald Byrd: Blackbyrd (Blue Note/Universal)
Joe Henderson: Mode For Joe (Blue Note/Universal)
Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (Blue Note/Universal)
Kenny Dorham: Afro-Cuban (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl
For their fifth installment of jazz vinyl reissue series, Blue Note offers up some new(ish) (Cassandra Wilson) and some classics (Kenny Dorham, Donald Byrd, Joe Henderson, and Kenny Burrell).