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CD Reviews:
New Music: Monkees, Phish, Thundercat Claudettes 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: Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz relive their glorious past on "The Monkees Live: The Mike & Micky Show" (Rhino), featuring two dozen favorites and deep cuts as well as tributes to late bandmates Davy Jones and Peter Tork.



Album Title of the Week: Parsonsfield, "Happy Hour on the Floor" (Signature Sounds)



Did Ya Know?: "Twice in a Lifetime" (BMG) is the first solo album in seven years from British singer Andrew Roachford, who's also one of the lead singers in Mike & the Mechanics.



New & Noteworthy: All Time Low, "Wake Up, Sunshine" (Fueled By Ramen); The Claudettes, "High Times in the Dark" (Forty Below); Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn, "Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn" (Smithsonian Folkways); Green Day, "Otis Big Guitar Mix" (Reprise); Sam Hunt, "Southside" (MCA Nashville); Ashley McBryde, "Never Will" (Warner Music Nashville); Phish, "Sigma Oasis" (JEMP); Testament, "Titans of Creation" (Nuclear Blast); Thievery Corporation, "Symphonik" (ESL); Thundercat, "It Is What It Is" (Brainfeeder); Various Artists, "The Best of Bond ... James Bond" (Capitol/UMe); M. Ward, "Migration Stories" (ANTI-/Epitaph)



Also Out: Amos the Kid, "Mountain View" (House of Wonders); August Burns Red, "Guardians" (Fearless/Concord); Backtrack Blues Band, "Your Baby Has Left" (VizzTone); Dave Barnes, "Dreaming in Electric Blue" (50 Year Plan); Born Ruffians, "JUICE" (Yep Roc); Cheo, "Sorpresa" (Nacional); Chip & the Change Ups, "Lightning in Our Veins" (self-released); Ruthie Collins, "Cold Comfort" (Sidewalk/Curb); Ellis, "Born Again" (Fat Possum); Empress Of, "I'm Your Empress Of" (Terrible); Mick Harvey, "Waves of Anzac/The Journey" (Mute); Sam Hunt, "Southside" (MCA Nashville); Job Creators, "Dream Harvest" (self-released); Lisa Lambe, "Juniper" (Blue Elan); Logan Ledger, "Logan Ledger" (Rounder); Kiana Lede, "KiKi" (The Heavy Group/Republic); Joanie Leeds, "All the Ladies" (Limbostar); MAIT, "Best Wishes" (Kill Rock Stars); Mystery Jets, "A Billion Heartbeats" (Mystery Jets/Caroline);Nine Seas, "Dream of Me" (self-released); Purity Ring, "Womb" (4AD);



Allan Rayman, "Christian" (Republic); Red, "Declaration" (RED Entertainment/The Fuel Music); Jack Sledge, "Notes of a Drifter" (self-released); Sports Team, "Deep Down Happy" (Bright Antenna/Island); Surrender Hill, "A Whole Lot of Freedom" (self-released);tetema, "necroscape" (Ipecac); Tobias the Owl, "Visalia" TOPS, "I Feel Alive" (Musique TOPS); Trickfinger (John Frusciante), "Look Down, See Us" (self-released); Under the Lake, "Your Horizon Too" (Mind in Overdrive); Various Artists, "Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston" (PS Classics); Vox Ve, "Dream Theory 1" (self-released); Rick Wakeman & the English Rock Ensemble, "The Red Planet" (R&D Media); Michael Wall, "Witch's Wall" (Cornelius Chapel); M. Ward, "Migration Stories" (ANTI-/Epitaph); Lindsey Webster, "A Woman Like Me" (Shanachie);



From The Vaults: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, "More Than Just Amadeus: Celebrating 60 Years" (Decca); Clannad, "In a Lifetime" (BMG); Sam Cooke, "Sam Cooke at the Copa" (ABKCO); En Vogue, "Born To Sing: Expanded Digital 30th Anniversary Edition" (Rhino); Marvin Gaye, "More Trouble" (Motown/UMe); Steve Goodman, "Live '69" (Ominvore); Alan Parsons Project, "Ammonia Avenue (Deluxe)" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Jim Reeves, "Gold" (Crimson/Demon); Nina Simone, "Fodder On My Wings" (Verve/UMe); Herbert von Karajan, "The Complete Decca Recordings" (Decca/UMe); Frank Zappa, "Carnegie Hall" (Zappa)



Soundtracks: Mick Harvey, "Waves of Anzac/The Journey" (Mute)

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