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August 21, 2007


New Album Releases, 8-21-2007: Vee Jay box set, Ronnie and the Del MCoury Band, Travis Tritt scheduled for Camp Mimi
Actual new music looks pretty thin this week, but we've got one especially tasty looking four CD box set, Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection out from Shout! Factory. Vee Jay Records was the main top black owned record label of the pre-Motown era, founded by a husband and wife team in Gary, Indiana in 1953. By the time they dissolved in bankruptcy in 1966, they'd recorded all kinds of groovy blues, doo wop, gospel and soul. Among many luminaries among the 86 tracks of this box set are John Lee Hooker, Betty Everett, Jerry Butler, the Staple Singers, the El Dorados, and the Moonglows.

They also did pretty good with their first white act, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It was at Valli's suggestion that they licensed the first Beatles albums in America back before Capitol saw fit to start releasing them - though there's no Beatles on this set.

Between the handful of familiar groovy hits, notably "At My Front Door," and lots of tantalizing stuff unknown, this looks like something people need to hear.

Ronnie McCoury photoRonnie McCoury has Little Mo' McCoury, recorded with his dad Del and their band. This is billed as the first bluegrass children's album. Some might be skeptical of what could be done with stuff like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." However, after Springsteen messed up my world singing stuff like "Mr Froggie Went a-Courtin'," I for one am listening to such stuff with new ears. The McCourys have THE top bluegrass band in the world today, and I bet they could kick your ass playing "I've Been Working on the Railroad."

But the real kicker is the first song. They start their "children's album" with a personal fave underrated Dylan song from his Slow Train Coming album, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals." The Amazon preview clip sounds really sharp.

I suspect Travis Tritt of likely high crimes against Geometry and Theology in his new album The Storm. That would be apparently some relation to a quiet storm, ie a "soul" album produced by Randy Jackson. If that prospect from this mediocre "country" singer doesn't put you off, note that this includes two new Diane Warren songs being unleashed on the world. Look, stuff like this is why we voted for the Patriot Act. When next I update our list of Enemies of The People, Mr Tritt may be finding himself scheduled for re-education at Camp Mimi.

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Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:

Imperial Teen The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band Merge
Indie Rock, Punk-Pop

M.I.A. Kala Interscope
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Hip-Hop

The New Pornographers Challengers Matador
Indie Rock, Pop Underground

Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight Warner Bros.
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

Hey, Frankie Valli WAS recording for a black-owned labelVarious Artists Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection Shout! Factory
R&B, Uptown Soul, Doo Wop, Soul, Detroit Blues, Pop-Soul, Juke Joint Blues, Blues Revival, Northern Soul, Pop/Rock, Black Gospel, Electric Harmonica Blues, Electric Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Soul

Aiden Conviction Victory
Post-Hardcore, Emo, Alternative Pop/Rock

Architecture in Helsinki Places Like This Polyvinyl
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us Metal Blade
Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Thrash

Paul Bley Solo in Mondsee ECM
Improvisation, Free Improvisation

Joe Bonamassa Sloe Gin Premier Artists
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Blues-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Peter Brötzmann The Complete Machine Gun Sessions Atavistic
Structured Improvisation, Free Improvisation, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde

Caribou Andorra Merge
Indie Electronic, Shoegaze, Noise Pop, Dream Pop

Miles Davis photoMiles Davis Evolution of the Groove Sony
Broken Beat, Funky Breaks, Electronica, Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Funk, Hip-Hop

Ella Fitzgerald The Very Best of the Duke Ellington Song Book Verve Labels
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Swing

Judy Garland Greatest Hits Live Savoy Jazz
Traditional Pop, Standards, Show Tunes, Vocal Pop, American Popular Song

Armando Ghitalla A Trumpet Legacy Bridge
Baroque, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Trumpet Concertos

James Gilchrist The Far Country: 26 English Songs by John Jeffreys Divine Art
Contemporary Vocal Music

Lee Hazlewood Something Special MGM
Obscuro, Baroque Pop, Pop, Lounge, Country-Pop

Ian Hobson Don Gillis: Symphonies Nos. 3 & X; Tulsa Albany
Modern Orchestral Music

Ingram Hill Cold in California Hollywood
Roots Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gregory Isaacs The Winner: The Roots of Gregory Isaacs Trojan
Reggae-Pop, Lovers Rock, Roots Reggae, Political Reggae, Rocksteady

Kinski Down Below It's Chaos Sub Pop
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Space Rock

Talib Kweli Eardrum Blacksmith/Warner Bros.
Underground Rap, East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

MC5 Live at the Saginaw Civic Centre, Jan. 1, 1970 Get Back Italy
Detroit Rock, Proto-Punk, Hard Rock

Ronnie McCoury Little Mo' McCoury McCoury
Sing-Along, Bluegrass

Loreena McKennitt Nights from the Alhambra Verve
Celtic New Age, Celtic Fusion, Adult Alternative, Worldbeat

The Mekons Natural Quarterstick
Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Punk

Mendoza Line 30 Year Low Glurp
Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Folk

Travis Morrison Hellfighters All Y'All Barsuk
Indie Rock

Vaclav Neumann Smetana: Ma vlast Berlin Classics
Romantic Orchestral Music

Joe Nichols Real Things Universal South
Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist

Numbers Now You Are This Kill Rock Stars
Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Electronic

Operator Soulcrusher Atlantic
Post-Grunge, Hard Rock

Tetraphonics The Invitation: Saxophonquartette des 20. Jahrhunderts [Hybrid SACD] Cybele
Modern and Contemporary Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack Halloween [Original Soundtrack] Hip-O
Original Score, Soundtracks, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Punk

Over the Rhine The Trumpet Child Great Speckled
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ratt Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt Atlantic/Rhino
Pop-Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Hair Metal, Album Rock

Dax Riggs We Sing of Only Blood or Love Fat Possum
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Josh Ritter The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter RCA Victor/Sony BMG
Contemporary Folk, Alternative Country-Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Singer/Songwriter

Tom Russell Wounded Heart of America Hightone
Americana, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk

Sixx: A.M. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack Eleven Seven
Hair Metal, Heavy Metal

Stereo Total Paris-Berlin Kill Rock Stars
Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

S.O.D. Rise of the Infidels Megaforce
Heavy Metal, Thrash, Punk Metal

Swizz Beatz One Man Band Man Motown
Party Rap

Travis Tritt The Storm Category 5
Contemporary Country, Country-Rock

Various Artists Ear Gardens: American Festival of Microtonal Music Pitch
Contemporary Microtonal Music

Various Artists Total 8 Kompact
Tech-House, Club/Dance, Experimental Techno, Minimal Techno, Left-Field House

The Waterboys Book of Lightning W14
Inspirational, Folk-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Celtic Pop

Stevie Wonder Number 1's Motown
Motown, Urban, Funk, Soul, Smooth Soul
Del McCoury band photo

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