Greetings! The beat goes on as holidays approach and many people want your money. That includes the dealers at the MSP Music Expo which will happen this coming Sunday (details below). Please subscribe to this and the Minneapolis Movies Examiner page. It’s free to have both emailed directly into your life. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thank you!
MSP MUSIC EXPO, SUN., 7 NOV. 2010
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ramada Minneapolis, on Industrial Blvd. NE, two blocks north of Broadway NE, off 35W at Exit 22, $3 ($2 with two items non-perishible food), $10 for early birds beginning at 8:30 a.m.
For those shopping for vintage and unusual collectible items, including holiday vinyl, this is a great venue to look and make those purchases. This is always an interesting shopping experience and a chance to meet and connect with similar-minded people who love and love to collect music-related items. Bring your shopping list and don’t forget the tasty breakfast buffet offered by the hotel.
NEW CD’S, TUES., 2 NOV. 2010
“OST: THE SOUND OF MUSIC” (45TH ANNIVERSARY ED.) on SONY LEGACY
This is essentially the same remastered package on one disc that was released on two discs ten years ago. That means very little if you missed that issue which included several songs omitted from this one. The new feature added here is a version of “My Favorite Things” recorded by Lea Michelle of “Glee”. This is also intended as a companion piece to the first-ever release of the film on Blu Ray, also available on 2 Nov. That 3-disc package includes the BluRay and standard versions of the film plus a plethora of features in HD.
Fun fact: Other musicals may be more universally acclaimed, according to nit-picky critics. The songs in this film are sugary-sweet, the core theme is cute kids vs. Nazis and the plot is indeed fairly simplistic. Still and all, “The Sound of Music” achieved cult fave status in a “Rocky Horror Show” fashion when London audiences began showing up at screenings as their favorite character. This is definitely one way to keep the music alive. So is BluRay. Expect that package to sell for $25 or so. The soundtrack should go for approx. $10-$14. Best Buy is the place to start.
PAUL McCARTNEY: “BAND ON THE RUN”.
The various releases were discussed on this page a couple weeks ago. Please check the archives for that article. Remember, this album is likely to be re-released every 5 years or so. If you choose other items this year, don’t panic. McCartney never misses a chance to ride his own coat-tails. This is a great album, though, and there will be good deals at Best Buy, the Fetus and Cheapo.
NEIL DIAMOND: “DREAMS” www.neildiamond.com
This is a collection of covers by Neil of songs written by other artists. It’s usually the other way around. Neil’s next tour commences in Feb. 2011 in Australia. He will announce U.S. dates later. Try to catch his act if possible. This boy still puts his all into his stage shows. This cd should be fairly inexpensive and available everywhere.
BRIAN ENO: “SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA” on WARP RECORDS www.brian-eno.net; www.enoweb.co.uk
Another exploration of sound possibilities by the former Roxy Music soundmaster. Brian’s efforts are always new, progressive and unusual. If and when he tours, his shows are really bizarre (in a weird way). Definitely not your standard hits tours. Definitely not your standard release either. Check the Fetus first, then Cheapo. Best Buy does not catalogue non-hit artists very extensively. There is no tour info on either website. The second one listed is a fansite with way more info and way more interesting than the .net one.
ELVIS COSTELLO: “NATIONAL RANSOM” on HEAR MUSIC. www.ElvisCostello.com
This Elvis is the very definition of eclectic. This one includes all members of the Imposters and the Sugarcanes plus Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell. The music is a touch of country, blues, rock and whatever. It’s the whatever that makes his music so interesting. He’s not currently touring. Again, the Fetus and Cheapo will offer good deals on this release.
HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS: “SOULSVILLE” on W.O.W. RECORDS. www.hln.org
14 vintage tunes from the vaults of Stax Records, co-produced by Jim Gaines who worked at Stax as a young man and worked on many of the label’s original recordings. Huey Lewis is very versitile and quite capable of delivering solid “Soul-like” renditions of this material. To quote one such song, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby”. That sums it up. Check his Facebook page for tour and instore appearances. Check Best Buy for week-of-release deals.
25TH ANNIVERSARY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CONCERTS on TIME LIFE ENTERTAINMENT.
This is a 4CD boxed set with a fold-out poster, signed by many of the artists who perform on the discs. Who are they? CSN, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Springsteen, Sting, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, Billy Joel, The Killer, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, U2 & Ray Davies among others. There is some awesome stuff here that will never be available anywhere else. The set lists for $46. Check Best Buy or amazon.com for deals. Don’t wait long if you can afford this release. Time Life Entertainment does a great job mixing live material.
Keep on rockin’, dudes and dudettes!