Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions* and two recommended albums on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 (2016) by Big Star (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):
Singer-songwriter and Big Star founder Alex Chilton leads a reformed Big Star on this concert recording.
Chilton’s voice still features the same sweet and deep tone evident on his first hit – The Box Top’s The Letter. This album features a cool collection of straight ahead rock n’ roll songs that deliver – sort of like a Howard Johnson motel or your favorite winter sweater – you know just what to expect – great, solid rock music.
Songs on the LP include: With My Baby’s Beside Me, I Am The Cosmos, The Ballad of el Goodo, Way Out West and September Gurls.
Walls (2018) by Barbra Streisand (Genre: Vocal, Pop):
Walls, Streisand’s just released new album, features something you would expect, lush strings accompanying Streisand’s vocals. However, the songs are something you might not expect – they are songs that reflect the strange place America finds itself in 2018
Songs on the LP include: Walls, What The World Needs Now, Love’s Never Wrong, Take Care Of This House and Imagine/What A Wonderful World medley.
Moochin’ Abouts Stateside Hitlist 1962 by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Rock):
The Moochin’ Abouts Stateside Hitlist series of streamable/downloadable albums feature every song to hit the Billboard Top 30 from 1947 to 1962.
This collection features all the songs to hit the Billboard Top 30 in 1962; and as that list contains 292 songs and clocks in at twelve hours, 38 minutes and 18 second, I’m not going to mention even a quarter of those songs– we’d be here all day!
Suffice it to say if you like pop and rock music of the early sixties, then you’ll like this collection!
A handful of the songs in the set include: Return To Sender by Elvis, (I’m The Girl From) Wolverton Mountain by Jo Ann Campbell, Lie To Me by Brook Benton, Moon River by Henry Mancini, Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney, Gypsy Woman by The Impressions, Soldier Boy by the Shirelles and You Are Mine by Frankie Avalon.
Sings Lonely And Blue (1960) / Crying (1962) by Roy Orbison (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Early Sixties Rock):
This double album set features Roy Orbison’s first two studio albums: Sings Lonely And Blue and Crying.
Sings Lonely And Blue (1960): Fifty eight years after its original release the significance of this album has been as been partially forgotten. Granted, modern music fans know who Roy Orbison was and are familiar with some of his greatest songs, i.e., Oh, Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Running Scared etc. but the fact that he was a tremendous Rock N’ Roll vocalist with a three octave range, and that his music mixed his distinct voice with elements of country while still maintaining a rock n’ roll beat may be something younger music fans aren’t aware of – so they should check out this collection!
The first twelve songs in this collection are from Sings Lonely And Blue. The songs include: Only The Lonely, Bye Bye Love, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Come Back To Me and Twenty-Two Days.
Crying (1962): The second twelve songs in this digital double album set, starting with the title track Crying, are from Roy Orbison’s second album. The Crying album follows 1960’s Sings Lonely And Blue and a compilation LP of Orbison’s Rockabilly music recorded in 1955 and released in 1961 – titled At The Rock House.
Songs on the Crying LP include: Raindrops, I’m Hurtin’, The Great Pretender, Wedding Day, Summersong and Dance.
An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version) by Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Genre: Jazz, Traditional New Orleans Jazz):
Preservation Hall Jazz Band is playing the next Civic Music concert on Saturday, November 17, 2018!
This album is from 2010 and features the New Orleans traditionalists in fine fettle playing their usual top-notch upbeat Jazz.
Songs in the 25 song collection include: Shake It And Break it, St. James Infirmary, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, Louisiana Fairytale, After You’ve Gone and Freight Train.
Recommended CDs of the Week:
So It Is! (2017) by Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Genre: Jazz):
So It Is! is the latest release by the band known far and wide for playing traditional New Orleans Jazz.
Here’s the AllMusic Review of the LP: Listening to So It Is, one is immediately picked up by the Latin rhythms of the songs, which carry the musicians and the listener joyfully forward through each track. The record is full of upbeat numbers which reflect not only a Latin and Caribbean flavor, but also the more driving elements of the blues and big band swing, so that the entire record passes quickly and leaves the listener’s day a great deal lighter and brighter. Kenneth Bridgham, AllMusic
Songs on the album include: So It Is, Santiago, Innocence, La Malanga, Convergence, One Hundred Fires & Mad.
E.G.O. by Lucie Silvas (Genre: Rock, Country, Pop, Singer-Songwriter):
E.G.O. is the new album by singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas who hails from Nashville and is known for writing songs for country artists including Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert.
Songs on the rocking album include: Kite, Girls From California, First Rate Heartbreak, Everything Looks Beautiful and Just For The Record.
Videos of the Week:
Walls by Barbara Streisand
Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney
Running Scared by Roy Orbison
Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
Shake It And Break It by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
So It Is by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Kite by Lucie Silvas
Have a great weekend!
*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713
*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!
Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.
Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:
Digital Library Catalogs:
Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music
OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos
RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!
The Traditional Library Catalog:
You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!