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New Arrivals - Music on CD for the week of March 18

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Amazon Says: 20 Years of Conversations How do you commemorate the 20-year career of Tori Amos, an artist who has sold over 12 million albums, played well over 1,000 shows, won numerous awa more...
Amazon Says: 20 Years of Conversations How do you commemorate the 20-year career of Tori Amos, an artist who has sold over 12 million albums, played well over 1,000 shows, won numerous awards and, more importantly, touched, healed or changed the lives of millions of fans? For a composer with such an artful ability to dart and flourish in different directions, experimenting and searching for new ways of creating art, breaking more boundaries than perhaps any other female singer-songwriter, it would be impossible to predict. In this case of her 13th album, Gold Dust burst out of a series of serendipitous events. Gold Dust is the second album by Tori Amos released on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, in cooperation with Mercury Classics. Soon after she started working on the first album, the acclaimed Night of Hunters, there was a phone call from the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands inviting her to play with them in October 2010. Once her songs had been performed live in an orchestral setting it was clear that Tori needed to make an album. I was really touched by the orchestra and I wanted to capture that on recording she says. And so Gold Dust was conceived. Of course Tori's musical history actually began in the classical world, when she entered the prestigious Peabody Institute at the age of 5. Frustrated by the close-minded limitations the classical world imposed on her in the 70s, she checked out and headed into rock when she was 13, magnetized by its expressive and expanding possibilities, intent on expanding her sonic architecture. Now she has been pulled back to approach that world again. Music has a way of taking you by the hand and saying, it's time to create like this she explains. Times have changed and now she feels limited instead by the contemporary world and the derivative sameness of what she hears on the radio. You don't have as many complex structures in contemporary music which is why musicians are trying to explore other ways of constructing a song. But her classical training provided her with the language, tools and understanding of form and structure to create Night of Hunters and Gold Dust. So how did she go about picking the right songs out of her vast repertoire? The track-listing for Gold Dust doesn't read like a collection of her Greatest Hits. Although it includes a number of her best-loved songs - Precious Things, Silent All These Years, Winter - some of the others tracks are lesser known treasures. She compares arranging the songs in a classical setting to giving a woman a makeover, considering who she is and what style would work for her. Tori has always thought of her songs as separate women and girls and jokes: you can't say 'Oh my God bangles are in so let's put everybody in bangles!' It doesn't work like that. Some of the songs have been reinvented quite dramatically with the help of Tori s long time arranger John-Philip Shenale. The fear driven rock sounds of Precious Things and the spheric electro soundworld of Flavor came to a new form of being in the environment of a symphony orchestra. Other songs have undergone more subtle makeovers, taking, adding or changing individual colours to the beloved original versions. But all have been chosen for a reason. Almost autobiographical in structure, the songs represent stories in Tori's life. Jackie's Strength is about her relationship with her mother. Winter is about her father and grandfather. Snow Cherries from France, one of her favorites, is about falling in love with her husband. To bring them forward into 2012, Tori made a decision not to sing them as they were in the original form, and to avoid trying to be the person she was at the time. When singing Winter, for example, she had a picture of her daughter and husband chasing and catching snowflakes in front of her, reworking the story of her reworking the story of her paternal experience. less...
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Amazon Says: NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 45 features 16 current chart topping hits from today's hottest artists including, Flo Rida, KE$HA, One Direction, Pit Bull, Calvin Harris, Ta more...
Amazon Says: NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 45 features 16 current chart topping hits from today's hottest artists including, Flo Rida, KE$HA, One Direction, Pit Bull, Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and many more as well as four free up-and-coming "NOW What's Next" New Music Preview tracks. less...
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Amazon Says: Critically-acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge's seventh studio album, aptly titled Number Seven, will be released on September 27th on Ryko Records. Its eleven so more...
Amazon Says: Critically-acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge's seventh studio album, aptly titled Number Seven, will be released on September 27th on Ryko Records. Its eleven songs survey the struggles of the heart that are Hoge's songwriting stock in trade while revealing enticing range and freshness on the sonic front. Acting as his own producer for the first time, Will says this album feels truer to his personal vision than any he's made. The first single, "When I Get My Wings" impacts radio on August 1st and will be available digitally on August 16th. less...
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Amazon Says: 2013 album from the acclaimed Italian tenor, Produced by David Foster, the album includes duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. When Andrea Bocelli was a teenager, he s more...
Amazon Says: 2013 album from the acclaimed Italian tenor, Produced by David Foster, the album includes duets with Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado. When Andrea Bocelli was a teenager, he spent six nights a week working as a piano player and singer in the piano bars of his hometown of Tuscany. ''It often happened that a beautiful girl who could sing in tune would come up and ask to sing something with me,'' Bocelli recalls. ''It was a good time and perhaps it is to that time that I owe my peace of mind and serenity of today.'' It is Bocelli's fondness for his pre-fame years that has partly inspired Passione, a lush selection of the musical moments that marked and accompanied his youth. Another lure in making Passione was recapturing the magic that Bocelli conjured up with 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster, who produced Bocelli's 2006 collection of romantic songs Amore, which sold more than 2.5 million copies and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. less...
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Amazon Says: Bebel's classic debut album & its inspired marriage of bossa nova and cool electronics. With its inspired marriage of bossa nova and cool electronics, Bebel Gilberto's acclai more...
Amazon Says: Bebel's classic debut album & its inspired marriage of bossa nova and cool electronics. With its inspired marriage of bossa nova and cool electronics, Bebel Gilberto's acclaimed debut album has perfectly captured the mood of the times. Released by Crammed in 2000 on its Ziriguiboom imprint, "Tanto Tempo" has become an international best seller, making it one of the most globally successful albums of Brazilian music ever. Produced by Suba (the Sao Paulo-based Serbian producer who tragically passed away just before the release of the album), and featuring collaborations with Amon Tobin, Mario Caldato, Chris Franck & Nina Miranda, and the Thievery Corporation. 3 Grammy Nominations (incl for "Tanto Tempo" (2001) less...
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Amazon Says: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim was one of the most bewitching LPs of the '60s. Classics by Jobim, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter get the bossa-nova treatment as more...
Amazon Says: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim was one of the most bewitching LPs of the '60s. Classics by Jobim, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter get the bossa-nova treatment as Sinatra sings and Jobim strums; here's that LP plus tracks that haven't been available in almost 20 years: The Girl from Ipanema; Change Partners; Quiet Night of Quiet Stars; I Concentrate on You; How Insensitive; Bonita; Triste , and more! less...
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Amazon Says: Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, The Lone Bellow will release their self-titled album on brand new label Descendant Records, a division of Sony Music Entert more...
Amazon Says: Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, The Lone Bellow will release their self-titled album on brand new label Descendant Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Lone Bellow (formerly known as Zach Williams & The Bellow) have made a name for themselves with their acclaimed live shows in New York and across the country during their stint opening for Grammy Winners The Civil Wars. Featuring lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow isn't just a group of musicians; they are an "urban tribe," a family away from family. less...
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Amazon Says: The Messenger is a project that reflects not only the guitarist's virtuosity on his instrument, but also his impressive compositional skills: writing all but two tracks. Best more...
Amazon Says: The Messenger is a project that reflects not only the guitarist's virtuosity on his instrument, but also his impressive compositional skills: writing all but two tracks. Best described simply as a Kevin Eubanks recording without specific categorization. Eubanks' intent with The Messenger is to communicate the breadth of his artistic influences. ''I wanted to branch out a little bit more on this recording,'' Eubanks states. ''I didn't want to be as concerned with the 'jazz sound' as much; I wanted to let out a little bit more of what I've been musically exposed to.'' less...
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Amazon Says: 2011 album from the Jazz pianist. With The Road Keiko Matsui brings her legions of fans on an exotic, sensual journey with influences and grooves from all over the planet. Ke more...
Amazon Says: 2011 album from the Jazz pianist. With The Road Keiko Matsui brings her legions of fans on an exotic, sensual journey with influences and grooves from all over the planet. Keiko Matsui's brilliant compositions and exquisite performances fuse jazz, R&B and spiritual as only she can. less...
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Amazon Says: The Time Jumpers play country music real country music at a time when few do, revitalizing classics and adding new songs to the swing and honky-tonk repertoire. They are a sop more...
Amazon Says: The Time Jumpers play country music real country music at a time when few do, revitalizing classics and adding new songs to the swing and honky-tonk repertoire. They are a sophisticated Nashville ensemble with strong Texas influences and overtones, able to enthrall audiences with their masterful improvisation and rich soulful lead and harmony vocals. Just add fiddles, great pedal steel, and standout instrumentals to make irresistible and timeless music. Comprised of Dawn Sears, Ranger Doug Green, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Jeff Taylor, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin, Paul Franklin, Billy Thomas, Kenny Sears, and Vince Gill, the band's skill set is exceeded only by their passion for the music and the purity of their interpretations. The Time Jumpers bringing Country Music back to Nashville, Tennessee. less...
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Amazon Says: 2013 release from the Country music icon. Two Lanes Of Freedom is set to prove once again that he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authe more...
Amazon Says: 2013 release from the Country music icon. Two Lanes Of Freedom is set to prove once again that he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authentic. On the album, the sense of nostalgia comes through on the hard-driving single 'One of Those Nights.' The reverie of that song, though, is countered by the humor and joy of 'Southern Girl' or the feel-good hangover of 'Mexicoma.' McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on such songs as 'Number 37405,' the lament of a singer-turned-convict. Most powerful of all might be 'Book of John,' a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The album closes with 'Highway Don't Care,' a breezy yet complex track that features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on guitar. less...
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