"Black Tuesday:" Freddie King, The National, Kanye West, King’s X, Ke$ha, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj & More
Tuesday, November 23, 2010Last updated 4:01 a.m. PT
Kanye West’s my beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is going to be a huge seller. Hip hop doesn’t often let one artist stand atop the mountain very long but West has established himself as a brand. He’s been here for awhile and doesn’t seem likely to go anywhere anytime soon. He says and does outlandish, stupid things which means he’s a hip hop star in the rock star tradition. Another hip hopper who has demonstrated real staying power is Jay-Z, who is releasing a hits compilation this week.
I suspect Ke$ha is going to have the opposite of staying power. she has a new title out this week. I don’t get the appeal but you can’t deny she’s had some serious commercial success at a time when not many are. other major releases for today include sets from from Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, my Chemical Romance and re-issues from Pantera and nine Inch Nails.
Now that your titles are out of the way, let’s talk about what’s new in my collection this week.
Freddie KingTexas Flyer 1974-1976
I hinted at another uber-expensive box set last week and this it. this 5-CD box set is the sequel to Bear Family’s 7-CD Freddie King box set, taking Care of Business 1956-1973. Texas Flyer finishes King’s stay at Shelter records and includes four discs of high quality King live performances from those years at the end of his life and includes a hardcover book with photos and biographical notes from noted historian Bill Dahl. I’ve pre-ordered my set and am about to explode waiting for its arrival! According to what I’ve read, these live recordings aren’t shoddy bootlegs but professionally recorded performances of King doing songs from throughout his career. my study of and obsession with King is still in its infancy but my appreciation for his music grows daily.
I will have virtually every note this legend recorded by the time these five discs arrive, joining the seven of taking Care of Business. this, boys and girls, is why I have a 160GB iPod and can’t wait until Uncle Steve Jobs fashions one with a higher capacity. I will travel with all this goodness and when I’m at home, I’ll be listening to the magical goodness on my very adequate stereo. Christmas has come early.
The NationalHigh Violet (Deluxe Edition)
Let me begin saying I absolutely hate when bands release deluxe editions of CDs within six months of releasing the standard edition like this but one of the best albums of 2010 has gotten better. a second disc has been added to High Violet, including an alternate (better) recording of “Terrible love,” two outstanding B-sides, two excellent non-LP tracks, and three live cuts. If you already bought High Violet, buy it again. I’ve bought it four times now (don’t ask). If you haven’t bought it yet, get this edition and do it without another moment’s hesitation. seriously. Do it now!
King’s XLive love in London
King’s X fan? Guilty as charged. I bought their 2-CD Live All Over The Place, which is a solid set collecting performances from numerous shows over a period of years. London boasts 2-CD/1-DVD all from the same show. The 19-song set also features several of my favorite songs. They may be obvious ones to more hardcore KX fans but I like “Black Flag,” “Over my Head,” “It’s love,” and “Dogman,” just to name a few. I’m really excited about seeing and hearing this. It, too, is on its way.
21st Century Schizoid Band – Live in Japan After The Burial – in Dreams Allen, Dave – Colour Blind Amorphis – Magic and Mayhem Antix – Flammable Grammar as They Sleep – Dynasty Atheist – Jupiter Atomic Tom – The Moment Banks, Lloyd – H.F.M.2 (Hunger for More 2) Bassey, Shirley – I Capricorn/And I love You so Bell’aria – Little Italy Big L – Return of The Devil’s Son Bush, Kate – The Document C Note – third Coast Born Chambers, Byron mr. Talkbox”" – my Time Clayton Doley’s Organ Donors – Tension Cook, Dane – I did my best – Greatest Hits Curren$Y – Pilot Talk Ii Deathspell Omega – Paracletus Duke Da God – The D.I.P. Agenda Elephant Revival – Break in The Clouds Eric Johnson – Vol. 2 Live from Austin Texas Evensong – Evensong Expatriate – in The Midst of this fair Warning – Talking Ain’t Enough fair Warning Live in Tokyo Five Finger Death Punch – Way of The Fist Deluxe FM Static – 3 out of 4 Ain’t bad Ford, Lita – Stiletto Freddie King – Texas Flyer 1974-1976 Frith, Fred – Eye To Ear 3 Gaag, Florian – Wholetrain (Soundtrack) Gangrene (The Alchemist & Oh No) – Gutter Water Ginsburg, Allen – Beat Poet Figurine & Cd Set Girls – Broken Dreams Club Gowan – strange Animal Haste The Day – concerning The Way It was Have Heart – 10.17.09 Hi-Power Entertainment Presents – Hipower Holiday Hipower Collectables – mr. Criminal Jackson, Alan – 34 Number ones Jay-Z – The Hits Collection Volume One Joe – Live from Japan / [Cd/Dvd Combo] Kanye West – my beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Karen Kingsbury – Songs that Inspire Karen Kingsbury Ke$Ha – Animal + Cannibal (Deluxe Edition) Ke$Ha – Cannibal Kevin Eubanks – Zen Food Killing Joke – Absolute Dissent King’s X – Live love in London Lake, Chris & Marco Lys – Cross The Line Lewis, Ramsey – The Movie Album/Dancing in The Street Lil C – Rap Game, Trap Game Lucky Luciano – Flyest Meskin Alive Macdonald Sisters, The – Solas Clann Dhomhnaill – Joy of Clan Donald Malmsteen, Yngwie – Relentless Marley, Bob – Reggaeton Mixes, The Marz Lovejoy – this Little Light of mine Montañez, Andy – de Andy Montañez Al Combo Morly Grey – The Only Truth my Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys National, The – High Violet (Expanded Edition) Ne-Yo – Libra Scale Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday nine Inch Nails – Pretty hate Machine: 2010 Remaster Nordine, Ken – Word Jazz: The Complete 1950s Recordings Norma Jean – Birds and Microscopes and Osborne, Bobby & The Rocky Top X-Press – Memories (Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer) Ozric Tentacles – Strangeitude Pantera – Cowboys from Hell (Ultimate Box Set)(3cd)(W/Xl T-Shirt) Rihanna – Loud / [Cd/Dvd Combo][Couture Edition] Robyn – Body Talk / [Explicit] Rochereau, Tabu Ley – The Voice of Lightness Vol. 2 Röyksopp – Senior Rye Rye – Sunshine (Feat. M.I.a.) / [Remix Ep] Simpson, Jessica – Happy Christmas Smashing Pumpkins – The Solstice Bare Smith, Michael W. Tribute – Bluegrass Tribute To Michael W. Smith Soundtrack – 127 Hours – Music from The Motion Picture Soundtrack – The King’s Speech Stephen Clarke (Piano) – Scelsi: The Piano Works 4 Stephen Clarke Sting – Sting: Live in Berlin / [Cd/Dvd Combo] Tabi Bonney – Fresh Taylor Swift – Speak Now Karaoke / [Cd+G/Dvd Combo] The Chariot – The Chariot: Long Live The Doors – Live in Vancouver 1970 (2cd) The Who – Live at Leeds / [4 Cd/Lp/7" Super Deluxe] Trae – King of The Streets Volume 2 Trdaemark Da Skydiver – Supervillain Issue # various – Slovenia U.S.a. Slovenian Music Made in America various – 100 Beats: Chilled various – 100 Beats: Ibiza various – Total Breakdown various – Burlesque Original Motion Picture Soundtrack various Artists – Bimexicano, Nuestros Clasicos various Artists – The best of Sacred Steel various Artists – The Annual 2011 / [2 Cd] various Artists – Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems 3 Waters, Muddy – They Called Me Muddy Waters/Live at Mister Kelly’s White Lion – Concert Anthology 1987-1991 Deluxe Pack William Tyler – Behold The Spirit Wyatt, Robert – Eps Yamanaka, Mark – Lei Pua Kenikeni Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik 0-60 / [Explicit]
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