Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This weeks best guitar Cd's - week of 09/28/2010

Neil Young, 22/06/2008 Firenze, Nelson Mandela...Image via WikipediaNeil Young-Le Noise
   There are two rock icons releasing new albums this week,and they sure couldn't be more different. The less said about the Clapton album,the better. That leaves us with Neil Young. Teaming up with producer Daniel Lanois,Young has created something not just unique in his catalog,but unique in the realm of "rock" music. Young was recorded singing and playing acoustic or electric guitar,then Lanois used his prodigious bag of tricks to manipulate the tracks. The results are recognizably both Young and Lanois while at the same time sounding like nothing else they've done. There are videos of  "Angry World", "Hitchhiker" and "Love and War" as well as interviews with Lanois at Neil's website.

Plenty more Cd reviews...     

Marc Ribot-Silent Movies
  Here,the always wide ranging Ribot,features his melodic side,with a collection of music intended for film.

Floored By Four-Floored By Four
  Can a group of musicians who's members aren't exactly top 40 approved still be a supergroup? With resumes like these they can, as far as I'm concerned: Nels Cline(Nels Cline Trio,Wilco),Mike Watt(Minutemen,fIREHOSE),Dougie Brown (Arto Lindsay,Lounge Lizards,Jack Bruce,Marc Ribot,Bernie Worrell) Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto,If By Yes). So,if you're looking for a bit of jazz/punk/world/soul/funk, this is it!

 A nice best of compilation,with some unreleased songs and the obligatory bonus Dvd. The tunes are well chosen and cover the span of their career.

Joe Louis Walker-Blues Conspiracy: Live on The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
 An impressive list of guests,including Johnny Winter,Tommy Castro,Duke Robillard,Kenny Neal and Tab Benoit,join the legendary Joe Louis Walker for his live showcase.

Jimmy Eat World-Invented
  JEW's "Invented" reunites them with producer Mark Trombino,which should please fans of the excellent sounding "Bleed American". Recorded at the bands Tempe,Arizona studio,it's sure to rival the #5 Billboard Album chart success of 2007's "Chase the Light".

Kenny Wayne Shepherd-Live! In Chicago
   Hubert Sumlin tops the list of blues legends,that also includes Willie "Big Eyes" Smith,Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett, joining Shepherd on this live album recorded at the House of Blues.

Halford-Made of Metal
  While there have been some sweet metal tidbits to keep us fed (Live in Anaheim,the Crucible remix,not to mention a new Judas Priest album!), this is the first real Halford studio album since the original Crucible in 2002. Fans of the metal god will not be disappointed.

Bad Religion-The Dissent of Man
  Graffin and Gurewitz pull out the thesaurus again to make uncompromisingly smart music that still rocks harder than pretty much everything that currently passes for "punk".

Gin Blossoms-No Chocolate Cake
  While Arizona can no longer completely call Gin Blossoms our own,(Jesse Valenzuela lives in LA and Robin Wilson splits his time between Tempe and New York) there is still something undeniably classic when these guys play together.

Spock's Beard-X
  Nick D'Virgilleo continues his leadership role in what might just be the best current prog rock band around. Not to be missed is bassist Dave Meros' epic "Jaws of Heaven",clocking in at a prog approved 16:22.

Oregon-In Stride
   Even in Oregon's 40th year as a band,Ralph Towner continues to offer up beautiful guitar (and occasional keyboard) work. This is a rare year indeed,as we've already had a Towner offering,with March's "Chiaroscuro".

Lucky Peterson-You Can Always Turn Around
 This is a recorded live in the studio offering featuring amazing guitarist Larry Campbell and covers old classics as well as new songs by Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.

Anthony Wilson Trio-Jack of Hearts (Hybrid SACD-DSD)
  An audiophile reissue of last years tasty organ trio offering from guitarist Anthony Williams.

1 comment:

Rhetoric Camel said...

I saw that Neil Young released the album on Youtube as a 40 minute video. Greatest 40 minutes I've ever spent on youtube. The album is in my top favorites list. Neil never disappoints me.