September has been a treasure trove of CDs releases. Here are a few I'm going to get from the library.
The Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl
The latest Fab Four release is a remastered collection of songs taken from the three concerts they did at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964-65. The disc includes four, never released versions of their tunes.
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver, is a musical genius! I love his work with Volcano Choir and other “side projects” and have been a fan since his first release. The reviews indicate that this is a “transitional” recording, indicating that he’s trying new things.
Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been going back through all of the band’s releases as well as the archives. He’s remastered all of the studio albums, adding some cuts here and there. Now he’s completed these recordings from BBC performances throughout the band’s career. The new set includes 8 unreleased songs.
Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing
I have loved Van’s music since first tapping my toes to Brown Eyed Girl way back when. He’s a brilliant songwriter with a knack for crafting nice hooks within catchy melodies. This is his 36th release and I’m looking forward to hearing what the master will share.
John Prine – For Better, or Worse
Prine's first duets album, In Spite of Ourselves, included songs with Iris DeMent. For this second duets album he’s added songs with a who’s who list of country music; Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack and Kathy Mattea.
Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse
The Boss just released his memoir, a life time in the making (nyuk, nyuk). Chapter and Verse is the “companion” CD to the book. It includes 5 unreleased recordings including two from his teenage years.
Bob Weir – Blue Mountain
Probably better known as the Grateful Dead’s rhythm guitarist and one half of the Weir/Barlow songwriting team. His side projects have included Kingfish, Bobby & the Midnights and RatDog all of which he’s released CDs. His last solo release was in 1978. His last studio release was with RatDog in 2000. I’m anxious to hear his latest.
Jack White – Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
I wasn't really interested in Jack White’s music until I saw the documentary It Might Get Loud. Then I began listening to his music, found an acoustic track called Old Enough that he did with the Raconteurs, Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs and have to say that I’ve become a fan.
The library has copies of all of these great releases so head on down to your local branch, pick up one or two!