Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical suggestions for the week; five streaming suggestions and two albums on CD.
Click on the photo of the albums to stream them or, in the case of CDs, put them on hold.
More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 (Deluxe Edition) (2018) by Bob Dylan (Genre: Rock, Folk):
Limited edition set Includes every surviving take from Blood On The Tracks, including the complete New York sessions. Features alternate versions of Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist Of Fate and Shelter From The Storm Over 70 previously unreleased recordings Bonus hardcover book features original handwritten lyrics, photographs and more The latest chapter in the highly acclaimed Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974 that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. The set includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album’s producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi-track session tapes. The only recordings remaining from the Minneapolis sessions are the multi-track masters of the five performances included on the finished Blood On The Tracks album.
It’s A Holiday Soul Party (2015) by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Genre: Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock):
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band offers up a succinct soulful soundtrack to this holiday season with their new album Its A Holiday Soul Party, out October 30th. Kicking off with 8 Days (Of Hanukkah) –the bands ode to The Festival of Lights–the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the group’s first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Give The People What They Want.
There’s no other band today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings. Since releasing their first album in 2002, the group has toured the world countless times, garnering a legion of loyal fans, and a slew of tremendously successful TV appearances. Sharon, the Queen of modern-day Soul, has collaborated with some of musics biggest names, including David Byrne and Michael Bublé. Be sure to add this soon to be classic to your Holiday checklist, shopping list, et al.
The Essential Van Morrison (2015) by Van Morrison (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Folk):
37-track, cross-label career-spanning anthology. All the hits & key album tracks, from Them through to later collaborations with the Chieftains & Cliff Richard
’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) (2018) by Elvis Presley:
’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is the definitive chronicle of the now legendary NBC-TV show, Elvis. After years of making formulaic movies, Elvis was finally unleashed to perform live again on an intimate stage with his original sidemen, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. Playing “That’s All Right”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and many of his great hits, the sheer rawness and excitement of the performances attracted unanimous critical acclaim. Greil Marcus in his book Mystery Train said, “If ever there was music that could bleed, this was it.” The closing song “If I Can Dream” encapsulates every emotion that Elvis and the entire production crew felt during the making of the special. NBC-TV’s Elvis is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968. This 50th Anniversary Edition includes all the known audio recordings from RCA’s vault and all the videotaped performances are here for the first time on Blu-ray. For millions of fans, including a young Bruce Springsteen, the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special was a life-changing event. “I remember I waited for weeks for the ’68 Special,” Springsteen recollected recently. “I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting. I mean, it’s one of those things that’s imprinted on my memory forever.” CAREER-DEFINING ’68 COMEBACK – * 7-Disc definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV ’68 special called Elvis and takes you behind the scenes in audio and remastered 4:3 Blu-ray video. * Contains ALL KNOWN recordings/rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC-TV videotapes.
Greatest Hits (2018) by Train:
Train’s Greatest Hits album celebrates 20 years of their music, pulling together 16 fan-favorites like “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Hey Soul Sister” plus a special cover of one of front man Pat Monahan’s favorite songs, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” featuring world renowned saxophonist Kenny G. Train’s self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998 was the start of their now accomplished career – the tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit and 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double GRAMMY award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, and earned the Best Rock Song GRAMMY Award. The group won another GRAMMY award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco. Next was 2012’s California 37, which launched the double-platinum hit “Drive By” reaching the Top 10 in over a dozen countries. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations. Train has also won 3 GRAMMY awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors.
Grace (2017) by Lizz Wright (Genre: Vocal, Jazz):
On Grace, lauded American singer Lizz Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being. Produced by acclaimed singer and songwriter Joe Henry, Grace is a stark reflection of Wright’s sense of place and belonging that’s deeply woven into the cultural fabric of America. Lizz offers one original, written for this record, plus inspiring interpretations of songs from Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharp & more.
His Band & The Street Choir (1970) by Van Morrison:
Following Moondance’s breakthrough success, His Band And The Street Choir arrived in November 1970. While Astral Weeks and Moondance contemplate the cosmos and love’s rich conundrums, Street Choir resonates with a purposefully loose ebullience on songs like the Top Ten hit “Domino,” “Blue Money,” and “Call Me Up In Dreamland.”
About The New: Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition:
White Christmas by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings:
Domino by Van Morrison:
Into The Mystic by Van Morrison:
That’s All Right by Elvis:
Calling All Angels by Train:
Grace by Lizz Wright:
Call Me Up In Dreamland by Van Morrison:
Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg:
Wonderful Christmas Time:
Have a great weekend!