This week we’re giving you our top 5 picks for new releases, which includes “Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe” and a live Neil Young album, “Bluenote Café”:
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Amazon U.S. Deluxe Exclusive), Columbia, CD and V.
Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, ELO delivers the new album, ‘Jeff Lynne s ELO Alone In The Universe,” which will be the first new ELO music in a decade. As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. Jeff Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades. At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of this new material.
“Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today proves how much music can do,” said Lynne. The lead single from this album is the beautiful song, “When I Was A Boy”.
Lynne is among the most storied names in music history having created the hit group ELO, and serving as a founding member of the Grammy Award winning supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. He has produced and collaborated with The Beatles, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh. In 2015, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is an active philanthropist for organizations such as St. Jude Research Hospital, MUSICARES and H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma). In September 2014, for the first time in 30 years, Jeff Lynne’s ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In A Day” in London’s famous Hyde Park to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 fans in attendance and nearly a million people tuned in to watch.
Neil Young, Bluenote Café, Warner Bros, 2CD and 4LP V.
Recorded at various shows during Neil Young and Bluenote Café’s 1988 tour, this superb live set documents one of Neil’s most funky and heartfelt periods, featuring seven unreleased songs – “Soul of a Woman,” “Bad News Comes to Town,” Ain’t it the Truth,” “I’m Goin’,” “Crime of the Heart,” “Doghouse,” “Fool for Your Love,” – and a searing 19+ minute version of the immortal “Tonight’s the Night” at The Pier in New York City. It was a wild night.
Kurt Cobain, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, UMe, CD.
The highly anticipated soundtrack to the Brett Morgen documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.” This 13 track Standard edition on CD brings together the audio highlights and is an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. The soundtrack is comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums. A 2-LP deluxe edition is due in December.
Squeeze, Cradle To The Grave, Caroline, CD.
Squeeze’s new album ‘Cradle To The Grave’ is the band’s 14th studio album and features the first collection of new songs from founding members, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, since 1998. It was produced by Tilbrook and Laurie Latham and recorded at 45 RPM Studios in Charlton. Vinyl is available as an import.
Staple Singers, Faith And Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976, Stax, 4 CD/7” Box Set, Limited Edition.
The first-ever comprehensive, career-spanning overview of one of the most important American musical acts of the 20th century. A limited-edition 4-CD box set, “Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976” features all of the band’s best-loved hits, studio and live recordings, plus a handful of never-before-released rarities, including a special bonus: the earliest known recordings of the group, housed on a 7-inch vinyl record, marking the first time that these two tracks have been available in any format since the Staples’ self-released edition of 500 in 1953. Housed in a deluxe, old-school ’45-folio’ package, the accompanying book boasts new liner notes by Mavis Staples, James Miller, Opal Louis Nations, and compilation producer Joe McEwen, as well as rarely seen photos of the family band taken over the course of their career.