OA: Rock Cesario Column January 23, 2009

It is time for the year’s new music releases to start trickling out.

For the following information, we look to Amped and Ambush, two weekly publications of Alliance Entertainment Corp.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s new release “Working On A Dream” is due out on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

“Bruce and the band’s first since 2007’s “Magic” as well as Springsteen’s 24th album. It was recorded at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, Ga, as well a New York City, Los Angeles and New Jersey. The album features 12 new Springsteen compositions as well as a bonus track. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album.”

Our whole family is looking forward to this new album. Our daughter is the biggest Springsteen fan in the family and always has been.

My wife and I were always fans, but we both became bigger fans after we each saw Springsteen and the band in two separate shows in Denver. We both saw the “Rising” tour in Denver. I went with a friend to the Pepsi Center and my wife and daughter saw him at Invesco Field.

Our son is also a fan, but he hasn’t gotten to see him yet and still isn’t happy about not getting to go to the Invesco show.

Another new release I am looking forward to on Tuesday is a collaboration between two original members of the Jayhawks: Mark Olson and Gary Louris.

I have been a fan of the Jayhawks since its obscure debut album “Blue Earth.” However, my favorites are those with both Louris and Olson on them. Their vocal interplay is incredible.

Here is what Ambush had to say about the disc titled “Ready For the Flood”:

“Although they have toured together and renewed their friendship, this is the first recording by Olson and Louris since Olson left the Jayhawks in 1995. What would become ‘Ready For the Flood’ was recorded at Sage & Sound Studios in Hollywood with friend Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Louris had called in Robinson, who happened to be in town at that point for some ‘vibe support’ and he ended up producing the album; he also appears on the album playing harmonica and contributing backing vocals. ‘Ready For the Flood’ captures the
stripped down, fingerpicked guitar playing and Laurel Canyon sound of an earlier time, with allusions to English folk Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, John Renbourne, whom both Mark and
Gary had both been getting into independently and a simpler, live recording technique where capturing the right vibe was as important as the sound. Its an album that only two kindered spirits returning to do what they do-and love-best.”

I also found in Ambush something I knew nothing about: Paul McCartney, “Amoeba’s Secret.”

“Out of all the Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most successful solo career, maintaining constant presence in the British and American charts during the ’70s and ’80s. In America alone, he had nine No. 1 albums during the first 12 years of his solo career. This four-track EP was recorded live at a famous secret in-store at Los Angeles indie record store Amoeba Music in Hollywood California on June 27, 2007.”

Personally, I can’t wait to hear it after listening to McCartney’s newest CD under the name of the Fireman called “Electric Arguments.”

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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