Issue: #381

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Lynyrd Skynyrd "Live From Freedom Hall CD/DVD SET," Loud-Proud/Roadrunner

THE HIGH FIVE!!

  • Day Of Fire "Losing All," Razor & Tie
  • Rich McCulley "Starting All Over Again," Self-Released
  • The Sounds "Crossing The Rubicon," Arnioki/Original Signal/Universal
  • Cody McCarver "Self-Titled," PLC/E1
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis "White Lunar," Mute

Various Artists "All My Friends Are Here - Composed & Arranged by Arif Mardin," NuNoise

An album full of musicals, completely devoid of any story to relate to. Not sound interesting? How about Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Danny O'Keefe, Carly Simon, or Hall & Oates? All My Friends Are Here comes as a bit of a surprise - rather than the rehashed compilations we're bored to death with, producer/genius Arif Mardin goes back to his artist's roots and composes tracks for some of his oldest and most acclaimed musicians. Heavily produced amalgamation of jazz, soul, rock, and even a little bit of country, the album comes as a no-brainer for those looking for something of a higher caliber.

*****Shelton's Single of the Week: "THE WAY WE WERE"*********

EDITOR'S NOTE: THE VILLAGE VANGAURD IS A UNIQUE, TINY JAZZ CLUB IN GREENWICH VILLAGE, BUT NO TOURIST OR VILLAGE FREAK EVER GOES THERE, IT IS SO WELL HIDDEN. ONLY JAZZ FREAKS, LEGEND FREAKS AND REAL NEW YORKERS KNOW OF THE VILLAGE VANGAURD. THAT MS. STREISAND SANG AT THE VANGAURD IS EXTRAORDINARILY UNIQUE. THIS 47-YEAR VETERAN OF THE CITY STREETS IS PLEASED AS HELL.Barbra STREISAND'S STATUS AS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SINGERS OF OUR GENERATION IS ALL THE MORE REMARKABLE NOT ONLY BECAUSE HER POPULARITY HAS BEEN ACHEIVED IN THE FACE OF A DOMINANT MUSIC TREND - ROCK AND ROLL - THAT SHE DID NOT FOLLOW, BUT ALSO BECAUSE, DESPITE AN AMAZING SINGING VOICE THAT ENTHRALLED PRACTICALLY EVERYONE WHO HAS HEARD IT, SHE HAS ALWAYS USED SINGING AS A STEPPING STONE TO OTHER CAREERS. SHE IS A TRUE HERO.

POLITICAL SONG OF THE WEEK

Pete Seeger
Song: "Mack The Bomb"
Words by: Nancy Schimmel
Music by: Kurt Weill

song_cover Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear, and he shows them pearly white
And the AEC has figures but it keeps them out of sight.

When the shark bites with his teeth, dear, scarlet billows start to spread
Strontium 90 shows no color, but it leaves you just as dead.

Strontium 90 leaves no clue, dear, it's not like thalidomide
If the baby is deformed, dear, you just blame the other side.

Strontium 90 leaves no trace, dear, no one knows who gets the knife
You can always say that back- ground radiation took the life.

In your milk on Monday morning comes an extra little kick
Well, the taste is just the same, dear, but the geiger counters click.

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear, and he shows them pearly white
And the AEC has figures but they keep them out of sight.