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CD Reviews:
New Music: James Taylor, John Dolmayan, Five Finger Death Punch, Robert Cray and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Checking out this week's new music releases...



Album of the Week: System of a Down hasn't recorded in eons, but drummer John Dolmayan surfaces with "Thee Grey Men" (Wake), a set of radically revised cover songs from Radiohead, Madonna, Eminem, David Bowie, Del Shannon and more, with guest appearances by System bandmate (and brother-in-law) Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows and others.



Album Title of the Week: Juiceboxxx, "It's Easy to Feel Like a Nobody When You're Living in the City" (Dangerbird);



Did'ya Know?: Former Journey frontman Steve Perry is an unlikely guest on the new Robert Cray Band album "That's What I heard" (Nozzle/Thirty Tigers).



New and Noteworthy: Allman Brothers Band, "Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection" (Mercury/UMe); Five Finger Death Punch, "F8" (Sacred Bones); Sergio Mendes, "In the Key of Joy" (Concord); Secret Sisters, "Saturn Return" (New West); Soccer Mommy, "color theory" (Loma Vista/Concord); James Taylor, "American Standard" (Fantasy/Concord);



Also Out: Taylor Ashton, "The Romantic" (Signature Sounds); Caribou, "Suddenly" (Merge); The Crabb Family, "20/20" (Daywind); Daniel Davis, "Signals" (Sacred Bones); Charlotte Greve, "More Than I Can See" (Yellowbird); Sierra Hull, "25 Trips" (Rounder); Jeremiah Johnson, "Heavens to Betsy" (Ruf); Matthews Southern Comfort, "The New Mine" (MiG Music); Giorgi Mikadze, "Georgian Microjamz" (Rare Noise); Ted Poor, "You Already Know" (Impulse!); Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Nels Cline, "Music From the Early 21st Century" (Rare Noise); Real Estate, "The Main Thing" (Domino); Whitney Shay, "Stand Up!" (Ruf); Son Rompe Pera, "Batuco" (AYA); Today is the Day, "No Good To Anyone" (The End/BMG); Robert Vincent, "In This Town You're Owned" (Thirty Tigers); White Owl Red, "Afterglow" (Hush Mouse)



From the Vaults: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Woods, "More Than Just Amadeus: Celebrating 60 years" (Decca); Wilhelm Backhaus, "The Complete Decca Recordings" (Decca); Harry Chapin, "Some More Stories (Live at Radio Bremen 1977)" (Made in Germany); Dom Flemons, "Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus" (Omnivore); Grateful Dead, "Dave's Picks: Volume 33...DeKalb, IL October 29, 1977" (Deadnet/Rhino); Gladys Knight & the Pips, "Gold" (Crimson/Demon); Metal Church, "The Elektra Years 1984-1989" (HNE/Cherry Red); Charlie Parker, "The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection" (Craft/Concord); Robert Plant, "Digging Deep" (Rhino/EsParanza/Atlantic); Republica, "Republica (Deluxe Edition)" (90/9 /Cherry Red); Various Artists, "Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present the Tears of Technology" (Ace); Dionne Warwick, "Deja Vu: The Arista Recordings (1979-1994)" (SoulMusic/Cherry Red)



New Music Videos: Talking Heads, "Stop Making Sense" (Palm Pictures); Various Artists, "CMA Awards Live -- Greatest Moments 2008-2015" (Time Life); ZZ Top, "That Little Ol' Band From Texas" (Eagle Rock)

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