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CD Reviews:
The Listening Room: "Hamilton" Mix Tape, Rolling Stones, John Legend, Childish Gambino and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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

Kane Brown, "Kane Brown" (RCA Nashville): The long-awaited full-length debut from the country singer who made his name covering others' songs on social media.

Kate Bush, "Before the Dawn" (Concord): The British songstress' return to the stage -- a career-spanning 22-date residency in London during 2014 -- is captured on this three-disc set.

Bob Dylan, "The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert" (Columbia/Legacy): If you didn't feel like springing for the recent 36-disc box set of 1966 recordings, this London stop offers a solid and representative sense of what was going on that year.

Childish Gambino, "Awaken, My Love!" (Glassnote): The singer-rapper-actor's third studio album follows a pair of buzz-inducing singles, "Me and Your Mama" and "Redbone."

John Legend, "Darkness & Light" (GOOD Music/Columbia): The singer-writer's fifth studio album features guest appearances by Chance the Rapper, Miguel and Brittany Howard.

Prince, "Prince 4ever" (Warner Bros.): Prince's first posthumous compilation features one unreleased track, "Moonbeam Levels," from his reportedly overstuffed vaults.

Rolling Stones, Blue and Lonesome" (Interscope): The British icons' first new album in 11 years is a set of blues covers recorded off the cuff in just three days, with a pair of guest appearances by Eric Clapton.

Various Artists, "Hamilton Mix Tape" (Atlantic): The mega-hit musical is reimagined by a wide range of artists, including Alicia Keys, Usher, The Roots, Regina Spektor and Ben Folds, Common, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Fallon and more.

Also Out: Bravo Max, "Bullfighter Blues" (German Chocolate Cake); Charles Busch, "Live at Feinstein's/54 Below" (Broadway); Enuff Z'Nuff, "Clown's Lounge" (Frontiers); Heart, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" (Eagle Rock); Night Ranger, "35 Years and a Night in Chicago" (Frontiers); Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, "Acoustically Speaking -- Live at Feinstein's/54 Below" (Broadway); Aly Tadros, "Hungry Ghost" (self-released); Grace VanderWaal, "Perfectly Imperfect" (Columbia)

From The Archives: Afghan Whigs, "Black Love (20th Anniversary Edition)" (Mute); Avenged Sevenfold, "The Best of 2005-2013 (Warner Bros.); Andrea Bocelli, "Romanza: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Verve); Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks: Volume 20, CU Events Center -- Boulder, CO -- December 9, 1981" (Deadnet); Alison Moyet, "Alf: Deluxe Edition" (BMG); Pink Floyd, "Animals" (Columbia vinyl); Elvis Presley, "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra"

Soundtracks: "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical" (Ghostlight); "Hairspray Live! Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event" (Masterworks)

New Music DVDs: "Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music" (Acorn Media) "The T.A.M.I. Show/The Big T.N.T. Show" (Shout! Factory)



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