Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Target's Spotlight Series Albums Offer Fascinating New Recordings From Classic Artists

The new Spotlight series albums hit the shelf on Tuesday at Target stores in the U.S. A collaboration between Target and 180 music, the initial releases offer many new recordings from classic artists.
  • How About Now by Kenny Loggins contains a new recording of A Love Song along with eleven new songs.
  • Saudade by Stephen Bishop is a collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves. The album evokes a tropical mood with new recordings of six of his classics (including On and On, Save it For a Rainy Day and Separate Lives) and six new songs.
  • Part II: The Remix by David Cassidy is a return to his teen heart throb days, but with a twist. Producer Craig J has reworked the songs into club dance mixes. Among the songs are Come On Get Happy, I Think I Love You, and I'll Meet You Halfway.
  • New Music From an Old Friend contains music from classic singer-songwriters, each providing new versions of an old song and a new one. Included are:
    • Burt Bacharach - Alfie (with Peabo Bryson), I Still Remember (with John Pagano)
    • Brian Wilson - God Only Knows, What Love Can Do
    • Richard Marx - Hold On To The Night, Your Goodbye
    • Kenny Loggins - A Love Song, I'll Remember Your Name
    • Carole King - Home Again (with Suzan Agbor), Say Goodbye Today
    • Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Wonder
    • Paul Williams - Rainbow Connection (with Willie Nelson), New Music From an Old Friend (with Jane Monheit)
    • Stephen Bishop - Save It For a Rainy Day (with Eric Clapton and Oscar Castro-Neves)
  • A Song For My Father is a compilation of songs from the sons and daughters of famous musicians performing one of their parents greatest songs. The track listing:
    • Evil Ways - Salvador Santana
    • Travelin' Man - Matthew and Gunner Nelson
    • Lover's Cross - A.J. Croce
    • Cat's in the Cradle - Jen Chapin
    • Midnight Rider - Devon Allman's Honeytribe
    • Up on the Roof - Louise Goffin
    • Bartender's Blues - Ben Taylor
    • Soul Shake Down Party - Ky-Mani Marley
    • Bird on a Wire - Adam Cohen
    • Yellow Moon - Ivan Neville
    • Warmth of the Sun - Carnie and Wendy Wilson
    • Got a Feeling - Chynna Phillips
    • Run to Me - Spencer Gibb & 54 Seconds
    • Coming Into Los Angeles - Sarah Lee Guthrie
These albums are available ONLY at Target stores.

Monday night's Tibet House benefit in New York City included numerous surprises from new songs to classic duets. The following is the best set-list we have been able to track down at this time:
  • Transitory Life - Lori Anderson
  • Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros
  • Heysatan - Sigur Ros
  • Who Am I? - Lou Reed
  • Ecstasy - Lou Reed
  • Heart of Glass - Debbie Harry
  • Lola - Debbie Harry & Ray Davies
  • Sunny Afternoon - Ray Davies
  • Dedicated Follower of Fashion - Ray Davies
  • Amen, Omen - Ben Harper & Phillip Glass
  • New Test Leper - Michael Stipe
  • Chorus and the Ring - Michael Stipe
  • Everybody Hurts - Michael Stipe & Patti Smith
  • Within You Without You - Patti Smith
  • 1959 - Patti Smith
  • People Have the Power - All
Any updates for the set-list from those who attended would be greatly appreciated.

Isaac Hayes will host the Stax Record Revue at this year's South-by-Southwest. The ninety-minute show will include Booker T. & the MGs (with Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn), William Bell, Eddie Floyd and a surprise guest. The show will be March 15 at Austin's Anton'es nightclub.

Sony BMG has withdrawn the new Deep Purple album, NEC 1993 (a Birmingham, U.K. concert from 1993) due to complaints from band member Ian Gillan. The label says they will also try to recall any copies that are still in stores. It is unclear to the label how a release was made without the knowledge of a band member.

Per Gillan, the concert was recorded at a time when tensions within the band were very high and feels that the performance was "awful." Interestingly, the album had been on the market before with the full blessing of all band members.

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the term teenager, a U.K. public relations firm surveyed two thousand adults to determine the ultimate teen anthem. At the top was the Who's My Generation followed by Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Alice Cooper's School's Out.

Gary Numan is planning a release of live material from three sessions he did with the late-John Peel on the BBC. Gary Numan - The Complete John Peel Sessions contains sixteen tracks from three appearances:
  • January 1979 (Me! I Disconnect From You, Down In The Park and I Nearly Married A Human)
  • May 1979 (Cars, Airlane, Films and Conversation)
  • July 2001 (Nine tracks from Pure)

Fresh off a win for best director at Sunday's Oscars, Martin Scorsese has announced that he will now work with Mick Jagger. The two recently worked on a documentary on the last Rolling Stones tour, but this time they move to the world of fiction.

The Long Play is based on a story that Jagger wrote a few years ago covering three decades of the music business. Jagger is producing with his business partner, Victoria Pearlman with William Monahan (another Oscar winner for The Departed) writing the screenplay.

Willie Nelson has released a new song on the Lost Highway Records site called Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth. The song, available for download, talks of his opposition to the Iraq war but his continued support of the troops. Joining him on the record are Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald, Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers and Willie's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. All proceeds go to the National Veterans Foundation.

Australian rock legend Billy Thorpe passed away from a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 60.

Thorpe's musical career started on Australian television at the age of 10 but really blossomed at 17 when he joined the group the Aztecs. The group went on to become the biggest act of the 60's in Australia.

Always the chameleon, Thorpe changed the Aztecs in the early 70's to a hard rock group and recorded what is considered one of Australia's greatest rock songs, Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy.

In 1979, Thorpe changed again into an adult rock act and went after the U.S. market. While he was not a huge success, he did manage to get his album Children of the Sun up to number 39 and the single of the same name to 41. Finally, in 1990, Thorpe joined Mick Fleetwood's Zoo for a short stint.

Bettye LaVette is hitting the road in March to support her new album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. The current itinerary:
  • 3/09- Isothermal Community College - Spindale, NC
  • 3/10- The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC
  • 3/16- Hampton Arts Commission - Hampton, Va
  • 3/17- Music Center At Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
  • 3/22- Richard Stockton College Performing Arts - Pomona, NJ
  • 3/23- First Energy Berks Jazz Fest - Wyomissing, PA
  • 3/24- BB Kings - New York, NY

MyNetworkTV, who tried to take the place of UPN in many markets with nightly prime time soap operas, has announced that they will broadcast a special on Elton John's 60th Birthday Concert. The actual concert, also his 60th at Madison Square Garden, takes place on March 25. The network special airs April 5.

TV4U Rock & Roll channel has added a number of new performances by classic artists. New to the site are songs by Brian Highland, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Chuck Jackson, Cufflinks, Donnie Brooks, Frankie Ford, Jean Knight, Jewel Akens, Len Berry, Lou Christie, Mel Carter, Marilee Rush, Robby Kriger (full concert) and Robert Parker. They have now added ads to the beginning of some of the videos to defray costs and, while most are still in-studio performances, a few have been added in front of a live audience.

Notable Links:

An interview with filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop) from Time.

A Pete Townshend interview from the Long Beach Press Telegram.

The reemergence of Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las from New York.

Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens from Sarasota's Herald-Tribune.

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