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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two Classic Albums Reissued

Written by Jon Williams

Classic rock fans are in for a treat—or, more accurately, two treats—over the course of the next two New Music Fridays. Two rock legends are releasing remastered and expanded versions of albums that came out in the 1980s.

First up, available tomorrow, is Paul McCartney’s Flowers in the Dirt. Originally released in 1989, it was McCartney’s eighth solo album (or fifteenth, if you include his Wings outings) after the dissolution of the Beatles. Ever the collaborator, Sir Paul enlisted the help of Elvis Costello for this album, and together the two co-wrote four tracks. The special edition reissue features a second disc comprising nine demos, five of which are songs that were not originally included.

This is also the tenth installment of the McCartney Archive Collection, which are classic album reissues supervised by Sir Paul himself. It follows the Wings classic Band on the Run, the solo albums McCartney, McCartney II, Ram, the live album Wings Over America, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, Tug of War, and Pipes of Peace. Each of these contains a treasure trove of extra songs not found on the original release. The first release in the collection came out in 2010, and McCartney has continued to put them out while also maintaining a full worldwide touring schedule and releasing two new albums: Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of covers with two original songs, and NEW, containing all-new material.

Next week offers a similar treat when Fleetwood Mac reissues their 1987 album Tango in the Night in honor of its 30th anniversary. The standard edition is a remaster of the original album, while the expanded edition will include a second disc that offers a number of outtakes and rarities from the recording sessions. The album is notable for being the last to feature Fleetwood Mac’s “classic” lineup of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John and Christine McVie. It also experienced a resurgence in 2014 after the song “Seven Wonders” was featured in the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven, a season in which Stevie Nicks appeared as herself on the show.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of their iconic album Rumours, which was released in February of 1977. One of the bestselling albums of all time, it received the reissue treatment in 2013, an expanded three-disc edition that includes live tracks as well as early takes of the album’s songs. The band’s other albums to feature their most well-known lineup are Fleetwood Mac (1975), Tusk (1979), and Mirage (1982). Although Tango in the Night was their last album together, they do still perform live.

Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac are stellar artists who have been making outstanding rock music for decades. These new reissues of classic albums are the perfect opportunity to share their work with your music-loving patrons.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hot This Week: March 20

The first Hot This Week of the newly minted spring season sees two new movies at the very top of the list. The new album from multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran tops the music chart, along with new R&B sensation Khalid at #6. New novels from Danielle Steel and Patricia Briggs lead the way in fiction, while Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Joan Didion break onto the non-fiction list.

DVD
  1. Trolls
  2. Doctor Strange
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Masterminds
  5. Arrival
  6. The Accountant
  7. The Girl on the Train
  8. Allied
  9. Moonlight
  10. Manchester by the Sea
CD
  1. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  2. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
  3. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. Khalid, American Teen
  7. Trolls Soundtrack
  8. Big Sean, I Decided
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Dangerous Games, Danielle Steel
  2. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs
  3. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  4. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  6. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  7. The Whistler, John Grisham 
  8. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  9. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  10. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
Non-Fiction
  1. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Dear Ijeawele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  6. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  7. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  8. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  9. South and West, Joan Didion
  10. Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot This Week: March 13

Three new movies make this week's list, including Moonlight, this year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Speaking of the Academy Awards, La La Land's near miss that night propelled its soundtrack back onto the music chart, where it's joined by a pair of new country albums. Joanne Fluke's latest murder mystery makes its debut on the fiction list, while former president George W. Bush's collection of military tributes joins the non-fiction list at #1.

DVD
  1. Hacksaw Ridge
  2. Masterminds
  3. Arrival
  4. Moonlight
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Allied
  7. The Girl on the Train
  8. The Accountant
  9. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  10. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
CD
  1. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  2. Little Big Town, The Breaker
  3. Trolls Soundtrack
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Moana Soundtrack
  6. Big Sean, I Decided
  7. Aaron Watson, Vaquero
  8. La La Land Soundtrack
  9. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  10. Metallica, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Fiction
  1. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  2. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  3. Banana Cream Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke
  4. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  5. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  6. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  7. Humans, Bow Down, James Patterson and Emily Raymond
  8. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles 
  10. The Whistler, John Grisham
Non-Fiction
  1. Portraits of Courage, George W. Bush
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  5. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  6. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  9. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
  10. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hot This Week: March 6

Two Academy Award winners, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea, make their way onto this week's movie listing. A trio of newcomers graces the middle of the music chart. Four new titles on the fiction list are led by the conclusion to Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy detailing the events following Return of the Jedi. In non-fiction, a pair of titles by Yuval Noah Harari make the list in tandem.

DVD
  1. Hacksaw Ridge
  2. Arrival
  3. The Girl on the Train
  4. Manchester by the Sea
  5. The Accountant
  6. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  8. Bad Santa 2
  9. The Secret Life of Pets
  10. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
CD
  1. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  2. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  3. The Weeknd, Starboy
  4. Big Sean, I Decided
  5. Charlie Wilson, In It to Win It
  6. Ryan Adams, Prisoner
  7. Alison Krauss, Windy City
  8. Trolls Soundtrack
  9. Adele, 25
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  2. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  3. Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End, Chuck Wendig
  4. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  5. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  6. A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab
  7. A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
  8. Humans, Bow Down, James Patterson and Emily Raymond
  9. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  10. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  4. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  5. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  6. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  7. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  8. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  9. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  10. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot This Week: February 27

We bid adieu to the month of February with four new movies, led by the acclaimed Arrival and followed by the adaptation of Paula Hawkins's incredibly popular novel. In music, the soundtrack to the second Fifty Shades movie lands at #1. George Saunders's historical novel focusing on President Lincoln's deceased son climbs to the top of the fiction list, while country star Rory Feek's new memoir is the top non-fiction debut.

DVD
  1. Arrival
  2. The Girl on the Train
  3. The Accountant
  4. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  5. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  6. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
  7. The Secret Life of Pets
  8. Inferno
  9. Deepwater Horizon
  10. Ouija: Origin of Evil
CD
  1. Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack
  2. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  3. Big Sean, I Decided
  4. The Weeknd, Starboy
  5. Adele, 25
  6. Trolls Soundtrack
  7. Lady Gaga, Joanne
  8. Beyonce, Lemonade
  9. La La Land Soundtrack
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  2. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  3. Echoes in Death, J.D. Robb
  4. Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman
  5. Never Never, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  6. Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks
  7. The Whistler, John Grisham
  8. The Girl Before, JP Delaney
  9. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  10. Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
Non-Fiction
  1. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  2. This Life I Live, Rory Feek
  3. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines
  5. Big Agenda, David Horowitz
  6. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  7. Three Days in January, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  8. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  9. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  10. You Are the Universe, Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos