New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Slipknot, The Studio Album Collection 1999-2008: For most of the time between 2008 and 2014, it would’ve been considered a sucker’s bet to expect the band Slipknot to regroup for the long haul, let alone return to the studio. Not that it hadn’t been discussed here and there, but in the wake of bassist Paul Gray’s death in 2010, the band’s solidity wasn’t exactly at its highest ebb, and given the departure of drummer Joey Jordison from their ranks last year, it was beginning to seem as though the likelihood of the band completing the long-threatened new album was grim at best.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the debut album by The Hollies, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, the band just released 50 at Fifty, a new three-disc, 50-track set which covers their career to date, including a new track – “Skylarks” – which they recorded earlier this year. If this information sounds vaguely familiar to you, it may be because we chatted about the set with Bobby Elliott, the band’s longtime drummer, a few weeks back.)
Yes, The Hollies have put out best-of compilations before, but in addition to the fact that you can’t really blame a band for wanting to celebrate hitting the half-century mark by putting out another one, this is actually quite a strong selection of tracks, including “Look Through Any Window,” “Bus Stop,” “Stop! Stop! Stop!,” “On a Carousel,” “Carrie Anne,” “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother,” “The Air That I Breathe,” and “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress),” among many, many others. There’s also a nice bit of serendipity in the decision to kick things with the band’s debut single, 1963’s “(Ain’t That) Just Like Me,” and wrap things up with a new song that confirms that there’s still quite a bit of life left in these lads.
It’s been buzzed about for several days now that Foo Fighters would be spending a full week as the musical guests on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, but we were as surprised as anyone when we found out that Dave Grohl and the gang would be bringing a few friends along for the ride, including the one and only Tony Joe White.
Last night, White joined forces with the Foos for a scorching version of his signature song, “Polk Salad Annie,” which hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1968, and if “Annie” has ever shown her age in the past, she sure didn’t last night.
If you came of age during the ‘70s and ‘80s, then it’s hard to imagine that the soundtrack of your life didn’t include a few Foreigner songs, be it the pleading of “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the lustiness of “Hot Blooded,” or the longing of “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” As such, you may be interested in checking out a new set that’s just hit stores: Foreigner, The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, which makes good on its name by including all seven of the albums released by the band during their tenure at Atlantic Records.
There’s always been something a bit special about Spandau Ballet: even though they may have had a look and a sound that helped cement them as ‘80s artists, a surprising amount of their music had a timelessness to it that’s helped them remain in the memories of listeners long after many of their peers have faded away…and there’s no point in denying it, because you know this much is true.
After blowing away fans, critics, and casual observers during their SXSW appearance, which was their first American performance in almost three decades, and catching the eye of film festival attendees with their new documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, more than a few journalists have dared to write the words, “Spandau Ballet is back!” For once, it’s not hyperbole: while the band’s new compilation, The Story - The Very Best of Spandau Ballet, is certainly not their first greatest-hits collection, it has three things that none of its predecessors possessed: “This Is the Love,” “Steal,” and “Soul Boy,” a trio of newly-recorded songs by the band, produced by Trevor Horn, the man who twiddled the knobs for “Instinction” way back when.