Squeeze – The Knowledge

I respect and appreciate the band Squeeze. I have seen them twice in concert they are very entertaining. I love their crafty lyrics and rich vocal harmonies.

Squeeze has a new album The Knowledge to release on  October 20th.  Intriguing album art.

You can get a sense of this album’s sound texture by listening to the first track, “Innocence of Paradise” on your favorite cloud music platform.

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Automatic For The People – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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Approximately 25 years ago I purchased R.E.M.’s 16-bit audio CD based on a recommendation. Little did I realize it would become my favorite recording of my extensive music collection. It never fails to satisfy through repeated listenings, shuffled tracks, etc. I reach for it often to fill the void.

R.E.M. and Craft Recordings are reissuing Automatic for the People as a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition in various editions and packages on November 10th. The edition that has my interest is the four-disc box set.  R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People, Blu-Ray Disc 4 is the first album to be commercially released in the expressive, breathtaking format known as Dolby Atmos.

Been waiting for Automatic for the People in high resolution for some time now, soon it will be here…

“It speaks of the fragility and beauty of life and living life to the fullest in the present moment” – Michael Stipe reflecting about Automatic for the People.

 

Blackberry Smoke

This band kick’s it.

Two weeks ago they performed just up the street from my house!

Prior to that they played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ripped it up.

 

Be sure to get you some Blackberry Smoke, soon!

My Two Favorite Cover Artists

I have two favorite cover artists, Joe Cocker and Richie Havens, who both performed at Woodstock. I was fortunate to see both play live in Connecticut concert settings. Each person generated special magic channeling famous songs by well-known musicians they made their own. What I love is the dimensionality and how much more I came to appreciate the original selections.

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Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker crafted Beatles songs among other tracks with his unique phrasing. If I had to name one song that signified Joe Cocker’s Beatles stamp it would be, “With  A Little Help From My Friends”, which I saw him do in the Woodstock film. His performance was both commanding and endearing.

Sir Paul McCartney stated he would be “forever grateful” to Cocker for turning With A Little Help From My Friends into a “soul anthem”.

Richie Havens

What I love about Richie Havens is the extra breadth and depth he injected in Bob Dylan’s songs. His interpretation brings Dylan’s songs to life in amazing ways. The gem of Haven’s Dylan’s cover selections is “Just Like A Woman”.

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My favorite rendition is Richie Haven’s performing at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Madison Square Garden event. The audience reaction on the refrain echoes how wonderful Richie knew and understood Dylan.

Gregg Allman – “My Only True Friend”

The music of our heart is still heavy reflecting on Gregg Allman’s passing. I am forever thankful for the blues music he has introduced me to with The Allman Brothers Band and on his poignant solo albums.

I was recently acknowledged by Gregg’s official store with a thank you for pre-purchasing his final album Southern Blood.  

Thank you for placing an early order for Gregg Allman’s SOUTHERN BLOOD vinyl (out 9/8). We know many of you have been waiting awhile for the finished album, and you placed an order without a lot of information. As our way of showing our appreciation, we’re letting you know: 

You will receive the limited edition SOUTHERN BLOOD LP at no extra charge. None of these items will be part of the future regular edition.

Details:
    (a) Heavyweight, hardwood colored vinyl
    (b) Portrait lithograph (12” x 12”)
    (c) Two bonus live tracks (included with a download card).
    (d) Full album download card

That left me reassured as I have come to appreciate how accommodating the Allman community and Music Today have been over the years.

In anticipation of next month’s order, I am sharing this recent video of “My Only True Friend” which reveals the warm spirit found inside Gregg’s recording session.