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The Listening Room: Alice Cooper, Arcade Fire, Santana, Vic Mensa and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017

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Album of the Week: Alice Cooper, “Paranormal” (earMusic); The Detroit-born shock rock legend is back with a new set of musical macabre -- two recorded with his original bandmates and others featuring guest appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.

Album Title Of The Week: Manchester Orchestra, “A Black Mile To The Surface” (Loma Vista);

New And Noteworthy: Arcade Fire, “Everything Now” (Columbia); Rex Brown, “Smoke On This...” (Metal/eOne); Cage The Elephant, “Unpeeled” (RCA); Vic Mensa, “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation); Joe Nichols, “Never Gets Old” (Red Bow); John Pizzarelli, “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50” (Concord Jazz); Santana and the Isley Brothers, “Power of Peace” (Legacy); Gillian Welch, “The Harrow & The Harvest” (Acony);

Also Out: Herb Alpert, “Music Vol. 1” (Herb Alpert Presents); Barb Wire Dolls, “Rub My Mind” (Motorhead Music); Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “A Long Way From Sunday” (Fair Trade Services); Peter Bernstein, “Signs LIVE!” (Smoke Sessions); Byzantine, “The Cicada Tree” (Metal Blade); Stephen Christian, “Wildfires” (BEC); Daphni, “Fabriclive 93” (Fabric); Deep Purple, “Johnny’s Band” (earMusic); Tom Jones, “Live On Soundstage” (BMG); Joywave, “Content” (Cultco/Hollywood); Make Them Suffer, “Worlds Apart” (Rise); The Nighthawks, “All You Gotta Do” (Ellersoul); Nichole Nordeman, “Every Mile Mattered” (Sparrow); Oceans Ate Alaska, “Hikari” (Fearless); Prong, “Zero Days” (Steamhammer); Rings Of Saturn, “Ultu Ulla” (Nuclear Blast); Eric Roberson, “Wind” (Blue Erro Soul); Seventh Day Slumber, “Found” (VSR); Shaman’s Harvest, “Red Hands, Black Deeds” (Mascot); Spite, “Nothing Is Beautiful” (Stay Sick); The Wood Brothers, “Live At The Barn” (Honey Jar)

From The Vaults: The Cars, “Candy-O (Expanded Edition”) and “Panorama (Expanded Edition)” (Elektra/Rhino); Fairport Convention, “Come All Ye -- The First Ten Years 1968 To 1978” (A&M); Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders, “Garcia Live Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley” (ATO); Pet Shop Boys, “Nightlife: Further Listening 1996-2000,” “Release: Further Listening 2001-2004,” “Fundamental: Further Listening 2005-2007” (Rhino); Elvis Presley, “A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings” (Sony Legacy); Tony Williams Lifetime, “Live In New York 1969” (Hi Hat);

Soundtracks: “Bubble Boy: Original Cast Recording” (Ghostlight); “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Premiere Cast Recording” (Ghostlight)

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