Greetings! Some great music headed our way this week. Check in on this page later this week for a reminder to local collectors about the FIRST MSP MUSIC EXPO this coming Sunday, Jan. 16. Dig out those shopping lists and come hunt for everything you didn’t get from Santa. It’ll be a bit chilly outside but nice and warm at the Expo. Please subscribe to this and the Mpls. Movies Examiner page. It’s always free to have both emailed directly into your life. Thank you!
CD’S, TUES., 11 JAN. ’11:
ALICE COOPER: “SPARK IN THE DARK” on Sony UK/Zoom
This is a 2CD hits package covering his entire career, all remastered. Alice Cooper is not currently on tour but check out the website for some cool videos. www.alicecooper.com
ELMORE JAMES: “HITS AND RARETIES” on Varese
Elmore James was billed as the “King of the slide guitar”. This collection highlights 15 rare trax including “Strange Angels”, “My Baby’s Gone”, “Hand in Hand”, “Pickin’ the Blues” and “I Gotta Go Now”. Sadly, James died back in 1963 at the age of 45.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: “SKYNYRD NATION” on Roadrunner Records
There are 5 studio trax and 5 live trax including yet another 12+ minute version of “Free Bird”. There are only 4 dates on their tour thus far and none of them will be in MN. www.LynyrdSkynyrd.com
STOOGES: “THOUSAND LIGHTS-LIVE IN 1970” on Easy Action
This punk band featured Iggy Pop, working out of Ann Arbor, MI, in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. These are probably the only known live recordings from 1970. They still tour occasionally but there are no MN dates listed. www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com
TOTO: “AFRICA” (BEST OF) Import on Sony UK/Zoom.
This 2CD package is pretty inclusive. Toto is touring the UK & Europe. No US dates announced as yet. www.toto99.com
HENDRIX: “BLUES” on Sony Legacy. SRP: $25
This is a great set with gorgeous artwork. It includes “Hear My Train A’Comin'” (electric and acoustic versions), “Red House”, “Voodoo Chile Blues”, “Mannish Boy” (by Muddy Waters) and six others. Awesome stuff. Check Best Buy and Cheapo for this. It likely won’t be discounted but it’s so worth it to have this in your collection. www.jimihendrix.com
TED NUGENT: “CATSCRATCH FEVER” (180 GRAM, GATEFOLD COVER, LTD. ED.) on Friday Music. SRP: $25
The wild man from Michigan’s 1977 classic LP with the rare gatefold cover. The Nuge is not touring as of yet but he is a road warrior and could take it on road toward summer. www.TedNugent.com
Again, check Best Buy or Cheapo for this release.
POISON: “LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN” on Friday Music. (180 GRAM, GATEFOLD COVER, LTD. ED.) SRP: $25
1986 debut by this Harrisburg, PA band. One of the original hair bands, they also had some noticable talent and a guitarist named C.C. DeVille. This album includes the singles “I Want Action”, “Talk Dirty to Me” & “I Won’t Forget You”. They still tour but have nothing coming up this year as yet. www.poisonweb.com
BRIDGET ST. JOHN: “ASK ME NO QUESTIONS” on 4 Men With Beards. SRP: $19
This was Ms. St. John’s debut album in 1969. Her folk-rock style won her a sizable audience in the UK and Europe but she was largely ignored in the US. Not sure why but it’s no surprise. She has a gorgeous voice and her songs are personal and insightful. She wasn’t exactly Jackie DeShannon or Carole King but she was quite good as this album will attest. She was quite active from ’69-’74 then disappeared for 20 years. She resurfaced in 1996 with more mature material but the same wonderfully powerful voice. All of her material has been converted to disc but it’s on expensive import labels. Check with John at Roadrunner Records (43rd & Nicollet Av. S.). He has pretty good luck securing her material. The Fetus and Cheapo are also helpful if you’d like to backtrack this woman. She has no tour dates listed as yet. www.bridgetstjohn.byethost33.com
WHITE LION: “CONCERT ANTHOLOGY 1987-91” from Cleopatra
This is a 2 disc re-issue (believe it or not) of live sets from NYC & Japan. Bonus features include interviews, behind the scenes, etc. Who knew they’d sell enough to do a reissue? Even better…they have a new album. The website is listed here but all it is is a photo of the new album cover. Seriously…that’s all. This leaves some unanswered questions but really. Do you want them answered? They’re a cheap Zeppelin knock-off with little talent and less potential than Cinderella or Kingdom Come.
After all is said and done (and with the exception of the last entry), it’s all about the music…