Triple Played: New school year, new music
After a particularly dry summer as far as new music is concerned, things are beginning to heat up now that school is about to resume.
Even though we saw new releases earlier this year from Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana and Neil Young, it has been relatively slow compared to other summers. In fact, Young’s record was made up of old Americana covers and did not contain any new material, whereas the Santana and Raitt releases were full of new self-penned songs.
However, between now and October there are going to be a lot of new releases worth noting including new music from some of the “big hitters” of singer/songwriters.
To me, it doesn’t get any better or more exciting than new music from Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young & Crazy Horse all within a month’s time. That’s right, an album of all new material from Young and his favorite band.
“Psychedelic Pill” is coming in September, according to Ken Krie, a customer, friend and frequent concertgoer, who just saw Young and Crazy Horse at Red Rocks on Aug. 6.
I have heard three songs from the record, and they remind me of “Rust Never Sleeps” from 1979 and “Ragged Glory” from 1990. On the acoustic “Twisted Road” Young mentions Dylan, Hank Williams and the Grateful Dead.
Knopfler’s “Privateering,” due on Sept. 3, is a 20-song, two-CD set of all new originals from the founder of Dire Straits and the man Rolling Stone magazine heralded as the 27th greatest guitarist of all time, which is a little low as far as I am concerned. Dylan’s new CD “Tempest,” which has been called a “dark masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine, will be available Sept. 11. “Tempest” comes out 50 years after Dylan’s debut release “Bob Dylan” in 1962. Dylan’s masterpiece “Love and Theft” was released on Sept. 11, 2001.
Morrison releases “Born to Sing No Plan B” on Oct. 2 on Blue Note Records and produced by Don Was. There is not a lot of information available for this record but I did find the title track on YouTube and it reminded me of material from the classic Morrison albums “Moondance” and “Tupelo Honey.” Morrison is one of the greatest singers who has ever recorded a song, and I am really looking forward to Oct. 2.
Between now and Sept. 3 are some other interesting releases. Ry Cooder releases “Election Special” on Aug. 21 with nine songs including “The 90 And The 9,” “The Wall Street Side of Town” and “Mutt Romney Blues.”
On Aug. 28, Alvin Lee, former guitarist and front man for Ten Years After, releases “Still On the Road to Freedom,” the sequel to the 1973 classic “On the Road to Freedom” recorded with Mylon LeFevre and with help from George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood and Mick Fleetwood. This release was a surprise to me as I have owned the original LP since the 1970s.
Also on Aug. 28, Jerry Jeff Walker, one of the original troubadours of country rock is releasing a live set entitled “Live From Dixie’s Bar & Truck Stop.” The disc from the mid-1980s features 26 songs including the classics “Mr. Bojangles,” “Railroad Lady,” “Like A Coat From the Cold,” “Stoney,” “Hill Country Rain” and “Getting’ By.”