CDs + Vinyl:
American Authors – What We Live For CD (Island)
Second studio album from the American indie rock band. Well known for the single “Best Day Of My Life,” American Authors achieved worldwide recognition after that song was featured on TV shows, commercials, movies and video games. [Vinyl edition due July 22.]
Eddy Arnold – Each Road I Take: The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions CD (Real Gone Music)
The countrypolitan crooner Richard Edward Arnold – better known as Eddy Arnold – scored 147 U.S. chart hits between 1945 and 2008, sold over 85 million records, and earned inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry. Yet, in 1970, the superstar known as “The Tennessee Plowboy” found himself at a crossroads. That year, he released two remarkable albums ending one chapter in his career and beginning another. Love and Guitars would be his final full-length collaboration with Nashville-based producer and legendary guitar man Chet Atkins, with whom he had first worked in 1950. Standing Alone marked his first and only project with hip maverick Lee Hazlewood – a pairing which inspired some of the finest vocals Arnold ever
committed to record. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records’ Each Road I Take: The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions boasts both of these seminal, never-before-reissued albums together with Arnold’s singles from the landmark year, as well as two previously unreleased tracks produced by cult hero Hazlewood.
Bob Baldwin – The Brazilian-American Soundtrack CD (Red River Entertainment)
The Bob Baldwin love affair with Brazil began with his love of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Sergio Mendes as a child. His love elevated when he witnessed the marriage of American funk/jazz and the samba/bossa nova sound which was later explored by the likes of Djavan, Ivan Lins, Elaine Elias, George Duke, Maurice White and Pat Methany. Fast forward, Baldwin follows up his popular Brazil Chill (2004) disc with more flavors from Rio, with covers by the aforementioned Djavan, Jobim and Lins. The result is a 20-song plus soundtrack through the eyes of this American… musically celebrating the year of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Bat For Lashes – The Bride CD/2xLP (WB)
The Bride is a concept album that follows the story of a woman, whose fiancé dies in a car crash on the way to their wedding. The album follows her as she decides to go on the honeymoon alone and her emotions as she deals with the tragedy.
Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
He’s one of the all-time great soul balladeers, with 58 pop and 38 R&B hits to his credit, and his beautiful baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in all of pop and soul music, but Brook Benton has never had any kind of collection devoted to his last great body of work, the Jimmy Bowen-produced sides he recorded for Reprise and the Arif Mardinproduced material he recorded for Cotillion during the late ’60s and early ’70s.
James Blake – The Colour In Anything CD (Republic)
New album from the UK singer/songwriter/producer with co-writing help from Frank Ocean and additional production by Rick Rubin. 17 tracks including “I Need A Forest Fire” featuring Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver. [Vinyl edition due August 5.]
Blink 182 – California CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
Seventh album from the punk-pop band, their first to feature Matt Skiba — who replaces original member Tom DeLonge — alongside Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.
David Bowie – 1966: The Pye Singles CD (Sanctuary)
Digitally remastered 50th Anniversary edition of this mini album with new cover art. This set features the A and B-sides of the singles that David Bowie released on Pye Records in 1966. On that year when Bowie signed to Pye, The Monkees — and sole British member Davy Jones — had become popular so he switched from his birth name of David Jones to David Bowe.