The comeback continues for Oklahoma music icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell. Since the success last year of Russell’s collaborative album “The Union” with Sir Elton John, labels have been mining the Tulsa Sound pioneer’s deep back catalog for rare and previously unreleased material.
The latest of these flashback releases is “Live in Japan,” out today on Omnivore Recordings. The first nine tracks were recorded at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall in November 1973. These were previously released on a Japanese-only LP and have never before been released on CD. The other seven tracks were recorded at a concert in Houston in April 1971 and have never been released before in any form.
Russell will play Friday, Sept. 16 at the Oklahoma State Fair. For more information, go to www.okstatefair.com.
Country up-and-comer Luke Bryan is releasing his new album “Tailgates & Tanlines” today. Look for my review in the coming days.
Also, contemporary metal band Trivium releases its fifth studio album today. The band is part of the lineup at the Mayhem Festival, featuring Disturbed, Godsmack and Megadeath, today at the Zoo Amphitheatre. For more information, click here.
Aliens are big today on DVD. Disney releases today the family film “Mars Needs Moms,” based on the children’s book by “Bloom County” cartoonist Berkley Breathed. To read my review of “Mars Needs Moms” on Blu-ray+DVD, click here. And a much less family-friendly alien appears in “Paul,” the latest comedy from writer-actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Here is a list of new CDs, DVDs and books, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
Leon Russell, “Live In Japan.”
Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines.”
Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Watch the Throne.” – Friday
Steve Cropper, “Dedicated.”
“Glee Cast”, “Glee The 3D Concert Movie” (soundtrack).
Barenaked Ladies, “Snacktime.”
Steven Curtis Chapman, “Re:Creation.”
Neil Young, “Live On Air/The Lost Tapes.”
Trivium, “In Waves.”
The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound II
Jumping the Broom
The Last Godfather
M.A.S.K.: The Complete Series
Mars Needs Moms
Secret Diary of a Call Girl: The Final Season
The Magician King: A Novel by Lev Grossman
Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit–making the most of all of your life by Jane Fonda
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
Victory and Honor (Honor Bound) by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
House of Holes: A Book of Raunch by Nicholson Baker
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension by Christie Golden
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn