This Week in Music, August 20, 2013: Enjoying John Mayer’s lighter things Page 2
Other new releases
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Made Up Mind (Sony Masterworks; photo above by Mark Seliger)
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — the guitarists who are also a married couple — lead their blues-rock ensemble on a new studio set, which follows 2011’s Revelator and last year’s live Everybody’s Talkin’.
Sarah Neufeld: Hero Brother (Constellation)
Solo debut of the Arcade Fire violinist.
Earl Sweatshirt: Doris (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
Major-label debut of the Odd Future rapper.
Travis: Where You Stand (Red Telephone Box)
First album in 5 years.
Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby: Cluck Ol’ Hen (Skaggs Family)
They released a studio album together in 2007. This live set has the duo backed by Skaggs’s band, Kentucky Thunder.
TGT: Three Kings (Atlantic)
The kings in question are Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, combining their vocal forces in an R&B supergroup. Inspirational title: “Sex Never Felt Better.”
Jimmy Buffett: Songs from St. Somewhere (Mailboat)
How many studio albums does this make? One short of 30? That’s a lot of margaritas. Inspirational titles: “Somethin’ ’Bout a Boat,” “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” and “Oldest Surfer on the Beach.”
The Greencards: Sweetheart of the Sun (Darling Street/InGrooves/Fontana)
Co-founders Kym Warner and Carol Young are Aussie-born Austinites, and with Carl Miner they continue to refine their brand of Americana.
Tim Easton: Not Cool (Campfire Propaganda/Thirty Tigers)
As the singer/songwriter explains in a press release (having recently relocated to Nashville): “The backstage door of the Ryman Auditorium is directly across the alley from the back door to Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway. I walked in the bar one night and heard the locals killing it. JD Simo on guitar and Joe Fick on upright bass. It was just the modern yet vintage sound that I wanted, and I simply asked them to play on my record.”
Various Artists: The Mortal Instruments — City of Bones (Republic)
The first movie to be made from Cassandra Clare’s young-adult urban-fantasy series opens August 21. Here’s the soundtrack, which includes selections by Demi Lovato, Colbie Caillat, AFI, Jessie J, Bassnectar, and Zedd.
Zola Jesus: Versions (Sacred Bones)
String-quartet arrangements of nine previously released songs plus one new composition, “Fall Back.”
O’Brother: Disillusion (Triple Crown)
From Atlanta quintet, second full-length set of “metal meets psych meets prog.”
Blue October: Sway (Up/Down)
Studio Album No. 7 from Justin Furstenfeld and crew.
SOiL: Whole (Pavement)
First release with original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004.
Ty Segall: Sleeper (Drag City)
It seems he’ll sleep when he’s dead: After putting out three solo/band albums in 2012, Segall returns with a primarily unplugged set.
Anna Netrebko: Verdi (Deutsche Grammophon)
October marks the bicentennial of the Italian composer’s birth, so get ready for a wave of commemorative releases. This one is the Russian soprano’s first studio album since 2008.
Reissues and archival releases
Then Play On
Fleetwood Mac: 1969–1972
Recorded by a primary lineup of Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood, Then Play On was the band’s third album, released in 1969. This reissue features the original U.K. running order and track segues. “One Sunny Day” and “Without You” appear on CD for the first time. David Fricke provides new liner notes, and there are four bonus tracks: “Oh Well, Part 1,” “Oh Well, Part 2,” “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown),” and “World in Harmony.” Then Play On also appears in Fleetwood Mac: 1969–1972, a four-LP box set that continues with Kiln House (exit Green, re-enter Jeremy Spencer), Future Games (exit Spencer, enter Bob Welch and, as a full-time member, Christine McVie), and Bare Trees. New lacquers for the 140-gram LPs were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Also inside: a replica of the “Oh Well” single.
The Lumineers: The Lumineers (Dualtone)
Deluxe Edition. Among the five bonus tracks: a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).” You also get a DVD (videos, interviews, live performances, behind-the-scenes footage) and a 28-page booklet.
Sarah McLachlan: The Essential Sarah McLachlan (Arista/Legacy)
Nas: The Essential Nas (Columbia/Legacy)
Santana: The Essential Santana (Columbia/Legacy)
Britney Spears: The Essential Britney Spears (Jive/Legacy)
Bill Withers: The Essential Bill Withers (Columbia/Legacy)
Tammy Wynette: The Essential Tammy Wynette (Columbia Nashville/Legacy)
Six more entries in Sony/Legacy’s double-disc series. The Santana and the Wynette are reboots of sets that first appeared in 2002 and 2004, respectively.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
The four-CD “purple box” (first issued by MCA in 2000) is back again, with four bonus tracks: “Like a Rolling Stone” (live at Winterland, 1968, previously unreleased), “Peace in Mississippi” (original studio recording, 1968, formerly available only as the B-side of the 2010 “Valleys of Neptune” single), “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” (recently discovered 1967 performance), and “The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice” (original U.K. single mix, 1967).
Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Invitation to Illumination, Live at Montreux 2011
DVD or Blu-ray. All of the pieces from their 1973 album, Love Devotion Surrender, are played here (except for the closing “Meditation”). Among the other selections is a five-part medley that incorporates “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo/Concord)
Sarah Vaughan: Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection (Pablo/Concord)
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, launched by Norman Granz. Both reissues are two-CD sets with new liner notes. Afro Blue Impressions, from live dates Granz had recorded in Europe in 1963, features Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. Bonus tracks: “Naima,” “I Want to Talk About You,” and “My Favorite Things.” Sophisticated Lady, from studio dates in 1979 and ’80, combines material that was originally released on two separate albums. Bonus tracks: “Sophisticated Lady,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “Lush Life,” "Solitude,” “Day Dream,” and “Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face),” all previously unreleased recordings of arrangements by Benny Carter. “These are not alternate takes,” says compilation producer Nick Phillips. “They are recordings of entirely different arrangements of the songs than those that were released on the original albums.”
Richard Pryor: The Warner Bros. Albums (1975–1983) (RRW/Rhino/Warner Bros.)
On seven CDs: That Nigger’s Crazy, . . . Is It Something I Said?, Bicentennial Nigger, Wanted: Richard Pryor — Live In Concert (Parts 1 and 2), Live on the Sunset Strip, and Here and Now.