I’m excited by the number of quality releases this week. Some rare recordings and the best album of the year thus far.
LEVON HELM – ELECTRIC DIRT
Levon Helm is one of my favorite artists ever since I first discovered his work with the Band. He has one of those old time folky voices, something similar to Doc Watson or Ronnie Hawkins. His new album Electric Dirt is his second solo album after his amazing first one Dirt Farmer & with covers like The Grateful Dead’s “Tennessee Jed” this will likely be another solid Americana effort from Levon.
Electric Farm Album Streaming here
VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE
Sony Legacy has put together a two-CD package that includes the artist’s performance at Woodstock and a studio album released by the artist in 1969. Quite a few of the Woodstock performances are being released for the first time. All five packages are available in the box set, or individually. This includes Santana, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Sly & The Family Stone & Jefferson Airplane.
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love – Woodstock
Johnny Winter – Mean Town Blues – Woodstock
Santana – Soul Sacrifice – Woodstock
Janis Joplin – Work Me, Lord – Woodstock
Sly & The Family Stone – Medley: Dance To The Music/Music Lover/I Want To Take You Higher – Woodstock
WILCO – WILCO (THE ALBUM) –
Check out my review of this album here.
Wilco – I’ll Fight
Vince Guaraldi – Essential Standards
Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I adore Vince Guaraldi’s music. He is one of the best jazz pianists but, perhaps because he died so young or because of the Charlie Brown theme, music he is isn’t given the credit he deserves. He is on par with Dave Brubeck, but is just not given the same accolades as Brubeck. This album should shed some light on Guaraldi’s work aside from Linus & Lucy and focus on his brilliance a little bit more.
Vince Guaraldi – Greensleeves