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CD Reviews:
New Music: Motown, Woodstock, Black Keys, Ingrid Michaelson and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019

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Checking out this week's new music releases...

Albums of the Week: A couple of iconic music anniversaries are celebrated with major box sets this week. An expanded and remastered edition of "Motown: The Complete No. 1's" (Motown/UMe), housed in a miniature replica of Hitsville USA and originally released in 2008 for the label's 50th anniversary, is part of the 60-year celebration. And "Woodstock 50: Back to the Garden" (Rhino/Atlantic) covers 10 discs with performances from all of the acts who played the legendary festival for the first time ever -- including previously unreleased material from the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others.

Album Title of the Week: Tallest Man on Earth, "I Love You, It's a Fever Dream" (Rivers/Birds/AWAL)

Did'ya Know?: The tracks on Ingrid Michaelson's new "Stranger Songs" (Cabin 24) were inspired by the Netflix series "Stranger Things."

New & Noteworthy: Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers, "No Good Deed" (Pretty Good For a Girl); The Alarm, "Sigma" (21st Century); Allman Betts Band, "Down to the River" (BMG); Black Keys, "Let's Rock" (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch); Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, "Truth and Lies" (Spinefarm); Disturbed, "Live From Alexandria Palace, London" (Warner); Generation Axe, "The Guitars That Destroyed the World (Live in China)" (earMUSIC); Gov't Mule, "Bring on the Music: Live at the Capitol Theatre" (Provogue/Mascot); Chris Stamey and the ModRec Orchestra, "New Songs for the 20th Century" (Omnivore); Thom Yorke, "Anima" (XL)

Also Out: "Animals As Leaders" (Prosthetic); The Aristocrats, "You Know What...?" (Boing); BAMBOO, "Daughters of the Sky" (Upset the Rhythm); Jack Barsdale, "Live From Niles City" (self-released); Bloodred Hourglass, "Godsend" (Out of Line); Andre Bratten, "Pax Americana" (Smalltown Supersound); Chris Brown, "Indigo" (RCA); Cassius, "Dreems" (Justice/Love Supreme); Chase Atlantic, "Phases" (MDNN/ BMG); "Concrete Dream" (E Train); Chick Corea, "Antidote" (Concord Jazz); Cryptilians, "Dead Before Easter" (CareyOkie); Daughter of Swords, "Dawnbreaker" (Nonesuch); Raheem DeVaughn, "The LoveReunion" (SonNo); Doobie Brothers, "Live From the Beacon Theatre" (Rhino); Pedro Gibbs & Madlib, "Bandana" (Madlib Invasion/RCA); Petty Gou, "Dj-Kicks" (IK&); He Is Legend, "White Bar" (Spinefarm); Horse Jumper of Love, "So Divine" (Run For Cover); Jade Jackson, "Wilderness" (Anti-/Epitaph); Josh Abbott Band, "Catching Fire" (Pretty Dam Touch); Aaron Lewis, "Unorthodox EP" (OneFold); Mustard, "Perfect Ten" (10 Summers/Interscope); Night Moves, "Can You Really Find Me" (Domino); Heather Nova, "Pearl" (Saltwater Ltd.); Sara Beth Nelson, "Weird Glow" (Burger); Outer Spaces, "Gazing Globe" (Western Vinyl); Pepper, "Local Motion" (LAW); Runaway June, "Blue Roses" (Wheelhouse); Small Glories, "Assiniboine & the Red" (Red House/Compass);Chris Staples, "Holy Moly" (Barsuk); Tallest Man on Earth, "I Love You, It's a Fever Dream" (Rivers/Birds/AWAL); Tiny Boats, "Thicker Than Blood" (Art City Sound); Foy Vance, "From Muscle Shoals" (Gingerbread Man/Atlantic); Victims, "The Horse and Sparrow Theory" (Relapse); Woes, "Awful Truth" (UNFO);

From The Vaults: The B-52's, "Cosmic Thing (30th anniversary Expanded Edition)" (Rhino/Warner); Bay City Rollers, The Singles Collection" (Glam/7T's); David Bowie, "The Mercury Demos" (Rhino/Parlophone); Climax Blues Band, "The Albums 1969-1972" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Miles Davis, "The Complete Birth of the Cool" (Blue Note/UMe); Kylie Minogue, "Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection" (BMG); Preservation Hall Jazz Band" "That's It!" (Sub Pop); Raven, Over the Top! Neat Years 1981-1984" (HNE/Cherry Red); Renaissance, Novella (3CD expanded boxset); Various Artists, "1977: The Year Punk Broke" (Cherry Red); Various Artists, "This Is It: More From the Van McCoy Songbook (Kent/Ace); Kathryn Williams, "Anthology" (One Little Indian)

Soundtracks: "Alice By Heart (Original Cast Recording)" (Ghostlight); "Echo in the Canyon (Music From and Inspired by the Documentary Film)" (BMG); "Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (Broadway Cast Recording)" (Decca Broadway); ôSpider-Man: Far From Home (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (Sony Classical);

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