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New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4

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And then there were … Liner Notes.

Short and sweet. At the intersection of week 52 and week 1 of any 2 years in sequence, one is should not be expecting anything resembling a pot-of-gold, so there’s just not so much out there from which to cherry-pick.

Jean Michel Jarre’s Welcome To The Other Side (Concert From Virtual Notre-Dame) is a gut-punch on two levels. One, it reminded me of just how much I have always admired the man for music and musicianship, and second, it brought back memories of the fires and pictures and video of the venerable cathedral going up in flames.

I wasn’t expecting EPs from the Beatles, but I’ll never pass them up. The tracks a mix of live performances, rarities, and demos made me smile, and the way things are going that’s going to satisfy me, even if I’m not staying at the Amsterdam Hilton.

Steve Earle & The Dukes was a late entry. Both he and the album sound in really good form. A rather relaxing listen, as I took the time to some sipping.

Do take Black Art Jazz Collective and Nuduzo Makhathini for a spin.

The Nina Hagen Mother of Punk 2-CD collection really brought me back. I saw Nina perform live back in NYC, back in the days, and those were good and really scary days. Nina Hagen was just as scary then as she is now, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Starts off with her version of “My Way” and continually climbs. I just realized it was February 6th, 1984 to celebrate my twentieth birthday, we made it over to Danceteria. Here’s a video from YouTube: of that evening. Thanks to whomever were sane enough of body and spirit to film that night.

And a more official (sic) video of her performing Zarah:

Chris Neal’s Winds Of Isis was/is a revelation to me. Yet another musician of whom I was not aware until now. These things happen even in the best of …

New Releases

Black Art Jazz Collective – Ascension

Jean Michel Jarre – Welcome To The Other Side (Concert From Virtual Notre-Dame)

Mammal Hands – Captured Spirits

Ndabo Zulu and Umgidi Ensemble – Queen Nandi. The African Symphony

Nduduzo Makhathini – Modes of Communication: Letters From the Underworlds

Trio Machiavelli – Ravel & Chausson

Steve Earle & The Dukes – J.T.

The Beatles – At Home With The Beatles EP

The Beatles – Getting Better All The Time EP

Re-Issues, Re-Masters & Miscellany

Chris Neal – Winds Of Isis

Nina Hagen – Mother of Punk (2 CD)

Paul Desmond – The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings

The Black Keys – Brothers (Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition)

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