This is the first collection of new material from the Doobie Bros. in a decade, who amazingly have stayed together all these years in some form except for a two-year hiccup in the early 80s. To call them new songs is a bit of a stretch. It is possible this album was computer-generated based on the Doobies pre-Michael McDonald, Long Train Running era, with Tom Johnston singing most of the lead vocals. Producer Ted Templeman is re-enlisted from the Doobies glory days, McDonald and Willie Nelson show up for guest appearances, but it is not enough to make it interesting. But who knows? Maybe theyll be one of the next bands from the 70s to play at the Cherry Festival.
Girl Talk - All Day - Free Download at illegalart.net
In the same week where after years of negotiations between the lawyers of Apple Music and Apple computers, the Beatles are now on iTunes, Girl Talk DJ Greg Gillis makes his latest creation, All Day available on the Internet for free. All Day is the poster child for current generational differences and the increasingly blurry boundaries of music, copyrights and the internet. It includes over 370 samples, starting with Black Sabbaths War Pigs, and doesnt slow down until it finishes an hour later. Girl Talk has often been described as a lawsuit waiting to happen. If it ever comes to that, Gillis should get a pass based on how much fun and exciting the music is. Download it and play guess the sample at your next party!
Neil Young - Le Noise - Reprise Records
There was a sense of anticipation when Neil Young recruited fellow Canadian and musical evolver Daniel Lanois to produce his new album. Alas, Le Noise is a Le Mess. It is just Young and a guitar, but it is not at all acoustic. It is more like a Crazy Horse album where the band got stuck in traffic and did not show up. The songs and Youngs playing are raw and emotional enough to where die-hard Neil fans might appreciate it, but coming in at a scant 37 minutes, the average buyer of Le Noise might feel a mix of being shortchanged and relieved.
Leon Russell and Elton John - The Union Mercury Records
There are some good songs on this collection, and some that just plod along. Kudos to Elton John for reintroducing Leon Russell to the 21st century. The two of them compliment each other well without stepping on each others toes. It would have worked better though if it wasnt all so meaningful. There are plenty moments of fun. Russell gets his distinctive rockin piano beat going and shows that he still has it on Hearts Have Turned to Stone, and A Dream Come True. Jimmy Rodgers Dream is an effectively dreamy country tune and it is a fine album on the whole, but be prepared for a good amount of sentimental fare such as Youre Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) and In the Hands of Angels.