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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: Sting, Emili Sande, Umphrey's McGee, Bob Dylan and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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This week's new and noteworthy music releases include...

Ronnie Dunn, "Tattooed Heart" (Nash Icon): The third solo album from the taller half of country's Brooks & Dunn includes a duet with Reba McEntire on "Still Feels Like Mexico."

Bob Dylan, The 1966 Live Recordings" (Columbia/Legacy): The icon celebrates his Nobel Prize with this whopping 36-disc box set featuring every available live performance from that year, including shows with The Hawks, who went on to become The Band.

Pink Floyd, "The Early Years 1965-1972;" "The Early Years -- Cre/ation" (Legacy): Pink Floyd's pre-"The Dark Side of the Moon" era is captured on both a massive 27-disc box set as well as a two-CD highlights package.

Emeli Sande, "Long Live The Angels" (Capitol): The sublime British singer's second studio album was inspired by Sande's Zambian heritage and includes guest appearances by her musical father and cousins.

Sleigh Bells, "Jessica Rabbit" (Torn Clean): The fourth album by the noisey Brooklyn duo is the first released via its own Torn Clean label.

Sting, 57th & 9th" (Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M): After a variety of creative explorations, including the Broadway musical "The Last Ship," the former Police man returns to more straightforward rock and pop on his 12th studio album.

Umphrey's McGee, "Zonkey" (Nothing Too Fancy): The progressive jam band from Chicago clearly had way too much fun making this collection of original performance mash-ups, fusing favorites by everyone from Bob Marley and Talking Heads to Chicago, Phil Collins and Frank Zappa.

Various Artists, "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert" (Rounder): A CD and home video set from an all-star January 2015 tribute show in Washington D.C., with a who's-who cast of Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson and many more.

Also Out: Balsam Range, "Mountain Voodoo" (Mountain Home); Blue Rodeo, "1000 Arms" (Telesoul); Aryk Crowser, "2x4, Vol. 2" (self-released); Tas Cru, "Simmered & Stewed" (VizzTone); Rik Emmett & RESoluton 9 "RES9" (Provogue); Enslaves, "The Sleeping Gods Thorn" (By Norse); Keith Harin, "Nollaig" (Blue Elan); Hart Valley Drifters, "Folk Time" (Rough Round/ATO); Ty Herndon, "House On Fire" (BFD); In Flames, "Battles" (Eleven Seven); Joe, "#MYNAMEISJOETHOMAS" (BMG); Chris Quilala, "Split The Sky" (Jesus Culture); The Rolling Stones, "Havana Moon" (Eagle Rock); Simple Minds, "Acoustic" (Caroline); Sirenia, "Dim Days of Dolor" (Napalm); Superjoint, "Caught Up in the Gears of Application" (Housecore); Rhonda Vincent, "All The Rage -- Volume On" (self-released); Robbie Williams, "The Heavy Entertainment Show" (Columbia)

From The Vaults: The Band, "Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition" (UMe); Black Sabbath, "Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition" (Rhino); David Bowie, "Bowie Legacy" (Legacy); NRBQ, "High Noon: A 50-Year Perspective" (Omnivore); Robbie Robertson, "Testimony" (UMe); Mike Watt, "ring spiel tour `95" (Columbia/Legacy)

Soundtracks: "Arrival" (Deutsche Grammophon); "To Joey, With Love" (Reunion)

New Holiday Albums: Leslie Odom Jr., "Simply Christmas" (S-Curve)

New Music DVDs: The Rolling Stones, "Havana Moon" (Eagle Rock)



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