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CD Reviews:
New Music: Bruce Springsteen, Mandy Moore, Jhene Aiko, Cream and more...

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

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2020

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

Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen's official bootleg series releases the first of a two-night stand at Joe Louis Arena, March 28, 1988 during the Tunnel of Love Express Tour. Geno Washington, whose "Geno Is a Coward" was covered during the show, was in the crowd, and footage and interview material from the stay was used for a subsequent VH1 special. The set also includes a pre-show sound check version of "Reason to Believe." Available via livebrucespringsteen.net.

Album Title of the Week: Swamp Dogg, "Sorry You Couldn't Make It" (Joyful Noise/Pioneer Works);

Did'ya Know?: "This Is Us" TV star Mandy Moore's new "Silver Landings" is her first release in more than a decade, and its 10 songs were co-written with her current husband, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

New & Noteworthy: Jhene Aiko, "Chilombo" (Def Jam); Body Count, "Carnivore" (Another Century/Century Media); Cream, "Goodbye Tour Live 1968" (Polydor/UMe); Eric Johnson, "EJ Vol. II" (Vortexan); Stephen Malkmus, "Traditional Techniques" (Matador); The Mastersons, "No Time For Love Songs" (Red House); Mac Miller, "Circles" (Warner); Phantogram, "Ceremony" (Republic); Steep Canyon Rangers & Asheville Symphony, "Be Still Moses" (Yep Roc);

Also Out: Lauren Alaina, "Getting Good" (19/Mercury Nashville); Atmosphere, "Whenever" (Rhymesayers); Danny Barnes, "Man on Fire" (ATO); Glenn Brown aka the Revenue Man, "25 Years Behind" (self-released); Brandy Clark, "Your Life is a Record" (Warner); Burning Witches, "Dance With the Devil" (Nuclear Blast); Celtic Thunder, "Ireland" (Gaither); Cornershop, "England is a Garden" (Ample Play); Deacon Blue, "City of Love" (earMUSIC); Divahn, "Shalhevet" (self-released); The Fizz, "Smoke & Mirrors" (Modal Production Group); Flora Cash, "Baby, It's Okay" (Bee & El/RCA); Garcia Peoples, "10-10-2019 Nublu, NYC" (Beyond Beyond Is); The Gloomies, "Are WE Getting Better?" (Gloomtones); Green Leaf Rustlers, "From Within Marin" (Silver Arrow); Luke Haines and Peter Buck, "Beat Poetry For Survivalists" (Omnivore); Harem Scarem, "Change the World" (Frontiers); Honey Harper, "Starmaker" (ATO); Jose James, "No Beginning No End 2" (Rainbow Blonde); Eric Johnson, "EJ Vol. II" (Vortexan); Marem Ladson, Azul" (self-released); The Laszlo Project, "Press Start" (Lydian); Lauv, "how iím feeling" (Lauv/AWAL); Love & the Outcome, "You Got This" (Word); Kate Mills, "Each Bittersweet Drop" (self-released); Matthew Morrison, "Disney Dreamin' with Matthew Morrison" (Walt Disney); christina munsey, "for me, or for you" (munsey); My Dying Bride, "The Ghost of Orion" (Nuclear Blast); Pantha du Prince, "Conference of Trees" (Modern/BMG); NCT 127, "NCT #127 Neo Zone -- The 2nd Album" (SM/Capitol); Novena, "Eleventh Hour" (Frontiers); Overcoast, "The Fight" (Loma Vista); Nadia Reid, "Out of My Province" (Spacebomb); Caroline Rose, "Superstar" (New West); Rose Tattoo, "Outlaws" (Deadline/Cleopatra); Rachael Sage, "Character" (MPress/The SRG/ILS); Search & Seizure, "Outer Space" (self-released); Will Sexton, "Don't Walk the Darkness" (Big Legal Mess); Silverstein, "A Beautiful Place to Drown" (UNFD); U.S. Girls, "Heavy Light" (4AD); Sadler Vaden, "Anybody Out There" (Dirty Mag); WANK, "White Knuckle Ride" (Die Laughing); Jonathan Wilson, "Dixie Blur" (BMG)

From the Vaults: Candlebox, "Candlebox" (Music on CD); Larry Carlton, "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Singing/Playing" (BGO); Rory Gallagher, "Check Shirt Wizard -- Live in '77" (Polydor/UME); Human League, "Octopus (Special Edition)" (Rhino); Ric Ocasek, "Beatitude" (Rubellan Remasters); Pentangle, "Live On Air 1967-1969" (London Calling); Point of Grace, "Rarities & Remixes" (Word); Pugwash, "Popularity Pending: 20 Years of Pugwash...(the Greatest Hits Album)" (Sony); Carly Simon, "No Secrets" (Speakers Corner); Simple Minds, "Street Fighting Years (Super Deluxe)" (Virgin/UMe); David Soul, "Gold" (Crimson/Demon); Sweet, "Fox on the Run: Rare Studio Tracks" (Cleopatra); Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, "Blues at Sunrise" (Music on CD); Visage, "The Anvil" and "Fade to Grey: The Singles Collection" (Rubellan Remasters); Muddy Waters, "Muddy Waters Day: Live at Paul's Mall, Boston 1976 + Live at Newport 1960" (Retroworld); White Lion, "The Atlantic Albums" (Warner Music Group/X5)

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