Previewing new music from Alabama, Patti Page, and more.
"If I never did another CD, this is the one I will always point to as the one that I was happy with the most," says Alabama lead vocalist Randy Owen about his band's new RCA album "When It All Goes South," out this week. "There are obviously some great pickers, and hopefully we wrote some great songs. It came together after a long period of time."
Owen, Teddy Gentry, Mark Herndon, and Jeff Cook have been keeping audiences interested for more than two decades. The album's first single, "When It All Goes South," is currently No. 21 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
The set itself is a mixture of covers and songs written by the band with longtime collaborators Ronnie Rogers and Greg Fowler. Canadian chanteuse Jann Arden is featured on "Will You Marry Me," and Christopher Cross joins the group on "Love Remains."
A 'Brand New' Waltz
"Brand New Tennessee Waltz," is Patti Page's debut album for Pat Boone's Gold Label. Produced by Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Jon Vezner, the set features duets with Suzy Bogguss, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, Jesse Winchester, and Trisha Yearwood.
Originally released on C.A.F. Records and only available through her Web site (www. misspattipage.com), the set marks the 50th anniversary of Page's original recording of the No. 2 hit "The Tennessee Waltz," which has been re-cut for this album. Also included are covers of Don Williams' "I Believe In You," Anne Murray's "Could I Have This Dance," and Mattea's "Where've You Been," which was co-written by Vezner.
In A 'Dream'
Guitarist Bill Frisell's "Blues Dream" (Nonesuch/Atlantic) is the follow-up to last year's "Ghost Town," which debuted at No. 13 on Top Contemporary Jazz Albums. The set was produced by Lee Townsend and features drummer Kenny Wollesen, guitarist Greg Leisz, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, and trumpeter Ron Miles.
A pair of DVDs from Bruce Springsteen from Columba should satiate fans as they wait for a live album and DVD release rumored for this spring (cross your fingers, but don't count it as a done deal). Out this week is an updated reissue of Springsteen's 1989 "Video Anthology," retitled with the dates "1978-2000," as well as the 1996 documentary "Blood Brothers," each with additional material and enhancements.
One of the additions to "Video Anthology" comes closest to fulfilling fans' wishes for a live document of the Boss' recent reunion tour with the E Street Band. Among the 15 additional tracks that did not appear on the original release is a performance clip of the "Lucky Town" album track "If I Should Fall Behind," shot by director Jonathan Demme during the band's 10-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden this summer. Also added to the two-hour, double disc set is a Sean Penn-directed video for the "Nebraska" track "Highway Patrolman," and performance clips of rare Springsteen television appearances on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" ("The Ghost Of Tom Joad," 1995) and "The Charlie Rose Show" ("Born In The U.S.A.," 1998).
Also out this week: Acetone's "York Blvd." (Reprise); Brassy's "Got It Made" (Beggars Banquet); Pan Sonic's "Aaltopiiri" (Mute); Shipping News' "Very Soon, And In Pleasant Company" (Quarterstick), and Spoon's "Girls Can Tell" (Merge).