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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Dr. Demento, Camila Cabello, Borns, Grammy nominees and more...

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

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018

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Album of the Week: Various Artists, “Dr. Demento: Covered In Punk” (Demented Punk): The good (and demented) Doctor hosts a new batch of punk-styled covers of novelty favorites by the likes of Joan Jett, Weird Al Yankovic, the Misfits, the B-52’s Fred Schneider, William Shatner, the late Adam West, Los Straitjackets and more -- all in the style of one of his famed radio broadcasts.

• Album Title of the Week: White Wizzard, “Infernal Overdrive” (M-Theory);

• New & Noteworthy: Avatar, “Avatar Country” (eOne); Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Wrong Creatures” (Vagrant); Black Veil Brides, “Vale” (Republic); Borns, “Blue Madonna” (Interscope); Camila Cabello, “Camila” (Epic); Joe Satriani, “What Happens Next” (Sony Legacy); Umphrey’s McGee, “it’s not us” (Nothing Too Fancy); Various Artists, “2018 Grammy Nominees” (RCA).

• Also Out: Bad Company, “Live At Red Rocks” (BMG); Billy Walton Band, “Soul Of A Man” (VizzTone); Bleeding Gods, “Dodekathlon” (Nuclear Blast); Corrosion of Conformity, “No Cross, No Crown” (Nuclear Blast); The Durutti Column, “The Guitar And Other Machines” (Factory Benelux); Anderson East, “Encore” (New Elektra); Tinsley Ellis, “Winning Hand” (Alligator); Existance, “While Backs Are Turned” (Plastic Head); Gentri, “Hymns” (Shadow Mountain); Augustin Hadelich, “Paganini: 24 Caprices” (Rhino/Warner Classics); Audrey Horne, “Blackout” (Napalm); Stephen Hough, “Debussy Piano Music” (Hyperion); The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, “The Parable” (MAKE); King Crule, “The Ooze” (True Panther); Michael Kobrin, “Alive” (Candyrat); Michael McDonald, “Live On Soundstage” (BMG); Riccardo Muti & the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, “New Year’s Concert/Neujahrskonzert 2018” (Sony Classical); Mark Nelson and Mark Ford, “George Schulmann: Lieder” (Stone); Curtis Saldago and Alan Hager, “Rough Cut” (Alligator); Shining, “X-Varg Utan Flock” (Season Of Mist); Dr. Lonnie Smith, “All In My Mind” (Blue Note); Lucas Stricagnoli, “What If?” (Candyrat); Summoning, “With Doom We Come” (Napalm); Tonight Alive, “Underworld” (Hopeless): Ty Tabor, “Alien Beans” (Rat Pak); Typhoon, “Offerings” (Roll Call); Various Artists, “Vivaldi: Dorilla In Tempe” (Naive); War Of Ages, “Alpha” (Facedown); Watain, “Trident Wolf Eclipse” (Century Media); John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, “Copland: Orchestral Works 3 -- Symphonies” (Chandos).

• From The Vaults; Big Star, “Live At Lafayette’s Music Room -- Memphis, TN” (Omnivore); Denny Doherty, “Of All The Things: The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters” (Real Gone); Woody Guthrie, “Dust Bowl Ballads” (Wax Love); Allan Holdsworth, “The Solo Album Collection” (Manifesto); “Mother 2: Original Soundtrack” (Ship To Shore); Lawson Rollins, “Airwaves: The Greatest Hits” (Infinita); Diana Ross, “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection” (Motown); Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “Live In 1960” (ORG); Dionne Warwick, “Scepter Records Rarities” (Real Gone).

• Soundtracks: Jack Black, “The Polka King” (Lakeshore); Jon Brion, “Lady Bird” (Lakeshore); Harold Faltermeyer, “Thief Of Hearts” (Varese Sarabande); Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread” (Nonesuch); Daniel Pemberton, “Molly’s Game” (Sony Classical); Jon Powell, “Ferdinand: Original Motion Picture Score” (La-La Land); John Williams, “The Post” (Sony Masterworks).

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