The Fall is always a busy time of year for new album releases, and this year is no exception. Today I thought I’d highlight three upcoming releases that you may find of interest.
“Natural Forces”–Lyle Lovett (October 20th)
Two of my favourites, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, will be starting a co-headling tour tomorrow night in the U.S. and that will run through October 18th. Lovett will then kick off his own headling tour on October 26th to promote his 12th release “Natural Forces”. That tour will make two Canadian stops: November 13th in Toronto and November 14th in Ottawa. I saw Texas-native Lovett at Massey Hall in 2000 with his Large Band and it was a lot of fun. His music isn’t just country but also touches on blues and jazz which makes for a very entertaining evening.
“Natural Forces” includes four Lovett originals, along with covers of tunes by other Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta.”
A taste of Lyle Lovett’s new release:
“Good Evening New York City”–Paul McCartney (November 17th)
Recorded during his three-night stand at Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) this past July, “Good Evening NewYork City” will be Paul Mcartney’s sixth (I think) live album of his post-Beatles career. The only one I ever owend was Wings Over America released in 1976. That one was ok due to less-than-stellar sound quality but I thought the packaging of the triple(!) album was great, including poster plus the “every one of the six record labels is different” geek factor. (Hey, no snickering. I told you when I started this blog that I always liked that kind of thing.) 🙂
And just so McCartney fans can have a choice on how to spend their hard-earned cash, the album will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD/1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD/2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging, as well as a bonus DVD including McCartney’s July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus songs not aired on the “Late Show with David Letterman” broadcast). High-quality vinyl editions will also be released.
Song selection will include Beatles and Wings material so expect cuts like “Drive My Car,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Back In The USSR,” “Paperback Writer,” “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Helter Skelter,” “Band On The Run,” “My Love,” “Let Me Roll It” and “Live And Let Die.”
Paul McCartney at Citi Field:
“Battle Studies”–John Mayer (November 17th)
John Mayer’s next all-new studio release, a follow-up to 2008’s “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles” hits stores on November 17th. According to a press release, the album will incorporate “the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop. The album’s first single, “Who Says” challenges conventional standards of what one can accomplish or undertake — despite society’s constraints. Battle Studies also showcases universal themes on “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Assassin,” and “War of My Life,” while flexing guitar chops on “Rock Song,” and a reinterpretation of “Crossroads.” The famously collaborative guitar player also invited one of music’s brightest new talents, Taylor Swift, to appear on “Half of My Heart.”
For Mayer fans (count me in), this sounds promising. A 2010 North American tour is going to be announced soon.
John Mayer from the Live in L.A. release:
Haven’t done one of these for a little while, so I figure I was due. Here are 10 tunes that kept me company on the way into work this morning.
1. Backstreets–Bruce Springsteen (Born To Run) [Nothing like a little Boss to start the day.]
2. I Thank You–Sam & Dave (The Best of Sam & Dave) [Classic ’60s soul.]
3. Summer’s End–Foo Fighters (Echoes, Silence Patience & Grace) [Love the Foos. Next release in the Fall reported to be a ‘best of’ with a couple of new tunes, one of which they played for Obama at the White House recently.]
4. Tears Are Not Enough–ABC (Absoultely ABC: The Best of ABC) [Always thought Martin Fry was a great frontman. Saw these guys live. Beter than you might think.]
5. Another Man’s Woman–Supertramp (Crisis? What Crisis?) [The follow-up to ‘Crime of The Century’. Pretty good album.]
6. Sweet Rosalyn–Sheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow) [Probably her best album.]
7. Feelin’ Good–Nina Simone (Verve Remixed) [Classic jazz remixed. Not all the songs in this series work, but this one definitely does. Forget Michael Buble; go back to the source.]
8. Stranger To Himself–Traffic (John Barleycorn Must Die) [Phenomenal early Steve Winwood work.]
9. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Acoustic Version)–Joe Jackson (Live 1980/86) [There’s three versions of this hit on the Live 1980/86 compilation, each one very different from the other, and all intruguing in their own way.]
10. She’s No Lady–Lyle Lovett (Pontiac) [Interesting mix. If she’s really going out with him, then she’s no lady? There’s a joke in there somewhere. Lyle hits Toronto in November. Still waiting for ticket info. Anyone want go?]