July 25, 2008


We have a few reviews today for you as we work toward the end of July and an entry into the EIGHTH month of 2008. WOW! Oh well, Bill is in ComicCon along with Sarah, Adam, and Todd Doogan this weekend and I'm trying to slow down this weekend from an absolutely manic summer ths far. Sorry for the radio silence but my mind is shut down PLUS I've been listening to a LOT of The Enemy UK, whom I'm loving more and more as the days go on. Review of that album is coming up early next week - Monday. Also, we'll be back with the tallies of the monstrous response received for The Beatles (well over 350). We'll have a few more goodies - I hope.

OHH - and Happy Birthday to my daughter, whose birthday is on the 25th and who will be 28 this year. You may remember her as our Concert Girl. Happy Birthday, Shari!!

Today's reviews are the 2CD 'best of' for Foreigner called No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner AND a new album from The Hold Steady called Stay Positive. Both should pique your interest.

Continue to send in your Beatles picks. In short, we're asking you to submit your favourite Beatles album from their catalogue.

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Astralwerks plan the definitive ‘best of’ release for The Chemical Brothers with the release of BrotherhoodBrotherhood will be issued in several formats that include the standard CD issue, a Limited Edition 2CD Box, a 2LP set, and a DD (Digital Download) issue.  Primarily, the collection will contain 14 tracks with the second CD (on the Limited Edition Box) containing eleven rare bonus tracks called 1-10 Electronic Battle Weapons and “Midnight Madness,” the duo’s compilation preceding single.  All versions are planned for September 2.

Several posts ago, we mentioned the upcoming CD issue (08/19) of Alas I Cannot Swim by Laura Marling.  On September 2, Astralwerks will release a limited, collectible run of the album in LP (1000) including an 11-track live CD as a bonus.  The LP will be 180-g vinyl.

After their tenure in Asia, band-mates John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Uriah Heep/Asia/Wishbone Ash), and Geoffrey Downes (Buggles/Yes), performed and recorded as Icon and created a series of albums that have not been released in the US.  These recordings are being brought to the US in a domestic offering by Abstract Records on September 2.  The albums included are Icon, Icon Live: Never in a Million Years, and Icon II: Rubicon.  These reissues will be sold at a budget price-point and will likely be snapped up before it is all done.  Be sure to snag your copies before they’re all gone. 

Headless Heroes Records will release Shall Noise Upon from Apollo Sunshine on September 2.

Previously we had mentioned the release of Live and Very Attractive, a new DVD and 2DVD from Bowling for Soup, released by Jive Records.  The first disc presents a 15-track concert film that incorporates a documentary.  The second DVD will feature the explicit version of the show, filmed at The Manchester Apollo in Manchester UK.  It is scheduled for September 2.

Bobolink Records will release Day After Tomorrow from ‘60’s icon, Joan Baez, planning the album for September 9.  It will mark a milestone as it represents the 50th Anniversary of the Baez experience.  The album has been produced by Steve Earle and will feature nine tracks.  Joan Baez will tour the album beginning in September running through November when more dates will be announced.  This will also be released as an LP.

Epic Records will release the new Jessica Simpson album, who moves in a new direction – Country.  Surprise!!  With all of the current Pop heavies cashing in on the popularity of the Country Music markets, it is no surprise to see Jessica Simpson head there too.  The new album is called Do You Know and will be released as a CD and a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition.  The added DVD includes a ‘making of the video’ for “Come on Over,” the VIDEO for “Come on Over,” a photo gallery, and more inclusions.  One thing is for certain, Jessica Simpson will always look good.  These packages will release on September 9.

Wind-up Records will release a Developing Artists price-point album from People in Planes called Beyond the Horizon.  The album is the band’s second and will contain a bonus DVD of live performances of all of the songs on the album.  The album is planned for release on September 9.

RCA has slated for release a Deluxe Edition of the debut album by Daughtry.  This reissue will contain by way of extras, a bonus DVD that includes 5 videos (“It’s Not Over,” “Home,” “Over You,” “Feels Like Tonight,” “What About Now”) and two live tracks (“Breakdown,” “There and Back Again”) plus interview footage.  The CD will add in a new track, “Feels Like the First Time,” two live acoustic tracks (“What About Now” – Idol Gives Back, “It’s Not Over – Live Acoustic), as well as an acoustic studio recording of “Home.”  RCA plans this release for September 9.

Shout! Factory will release an LP version of The Toxic Airborne Event on September 9.


Review - Foreigner - No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner - CD

Foreigner were one of a few bands that ruled the roost back in the late '70s and onward. This hits album, while one of many, does an admirable job for people who have no Foreigner 'best of' collection. No End in Sight fill sthe bill well with less an emphasis on the various facets of the band and more an emphasis on the hits and deep album cuts. And the songs have been re-mastered. Ohh, and a new song.



Review - Hold Steady - Stay Positive - CD

The Hold Steady has been doing this for a while having produced three previous excellent albums. With Stay Positive, they seem poised to extend their fandom by quite a bit with an album of classic American style Rock 'n' Roll.


Band - Paper Route - Nashville, TN

With an enjoyable blend of electronica and rock, this find of an interesting band is worth the click -thru to hear some of their music. The band has released a EP CD of 5 songs that I've enjoyed and so I'm passing this along to you. The band's name is Paper Route and their new EP is called Are We All Forgotten.







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