New Music Monday: Dee Snider, Glenn Frey, Mary Halvorson, Paul Di'Anno, Trevor Rabin

New Music Monday focuses this week on fresh stuff from the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Dee Snider, Glenn Frey, Mary Halvorson, Iron Maiden’s Paul Di’Anno, Paul Thorn and Trevor Rabin, along with just-in reissues and live dates by the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters and the Small Faces. Also hitting store shelves this week is Angelus Apatrida, Arjen Lucassen, Cowboys from Hell, Hey Rosetta!, John 5, Paul Rishell and Sleep, among many others.

AND NOW, NEW MUSIC MONDAY FOR THE WEEK OF May 7, 2012 …

Alex ClareLateness of the Hour (Pop/Rock)

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 12/13/70 (POP/ROCK): The band (which still included the late Duane Allman on slide and lead, along with Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe Johanson and Duane Allman) recorded this just three months prior to the concert that produced At the Fillmore East — giving fans a unique insight into the way their sound built toward that signature moment. The show was booked by Bert Holman during his freshman year in college; Holman, of course, later became the band’s manager. Originally issued in 2002, American University 12/13/70 would then become the initial release on the Allmans’ new label. The initial five tracks (“Statesboro Blues,” “Trouble No More,” “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,’” “Leave My Blues At Home” and “Stormy Monday”) are from the 10:30 p.m. show at the university’s Leonard Gym, while the concluding “You Don’t Love Me” and “Whippin’ Post” are from the 7:30 p.m. appearance on the same day. Holman wrote the new liner notes, as well.Nick DeRiso

ANGELUS APATRIDA – THE CALL (POP/ROCK): The second album from the Spanish metal outfit on Century Media delivers a big dose of aggressive thrash. The music pays tribute to classic acts, but also has a modern feel.Fred Phillips

ARJEN LUCASSEN – LOST IN THE NEW REAL (POP/ROCK): The mastermind that launched at least a half-dozen high concept progressive and power metal projects pays tribute to influences such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles on his latest effort. Instead of high-power guest artists, Lucassen sings and performs most of the instruments himself on songs with titles like “Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin,” “Where Pigs Fly” and “When I’m a Hundred Sixty-Four.” There are also covers of Blue Oyster Cult, Zeppelin and Floyd tunes. Rutger Hauer serves as the narrator for the concept portion of the album.Fred Phillips

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ARTURO SANDOVAL – DEAR DIZ: EVERY DAY I THINK OF YOU (JAZZ): Sandoval doesn’t aim for the relentlessly daring intellect of Dizzy Gillespie’s small-band bebop sides, so much as the boisterous amiability associated with his globetrotting latter-day period — fitting since that’s when this pair became acquainted. Yet, the album, for all of the chances it doesn’t take, still has a memorable emotional resonance. What Sandoval doesn’t portray here in musical vision, he more than makes up for in zesty ebullience. That, as much as anything, recalls Gillespie — since there are few, if any, who can echo that bullfrog-cheeked sense of scintillating fire and seam-bursting joy like former protege Sandoval. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

COWBOYS FROM HELL – BIG FISH (POP/ROCK): I know nothing about this group, but I’m intrigued by a prog-rock act whose name is a nod to Pantera and whose album features a cover of “Walk.”Fred Phillips

Damon AlbarnDr. Dee (Pop/Rock)

DEE SNIDER – DEE DOES BROADWAY (POP/ROCK): Um, yeah, OK. The little I’ve heard of it sounded pretty much like I expected when I first saw it. Some of it is kind of fun, though, like his cover of “Mack the Knife,” which surprisingly sounds better on the jazz part than the rock ending.Fred Phillips

Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes (Country)
Ella Fitzgerald, with Ted NashLike Someone In Love (Vocals)
Fela Kuti, with Egypt 80Live in Detroit 1986 (R&B)

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GLENN FREY – AFTER HOURS (VOCALS): The cofounding Eagle says he picked these familiar tracks not because they were standards, but because of their romantic sensibilities. So, you get songs like “The Good Life” and “I Wanna Be Around,” both big hits for Tony Bennett, but also the Beach Boys classic “Caroline No,” and the immortal “Route 66.” Frey’s first solo effort since 1992, After Hours also includes an original song: The title track was co-written with Jack Tempchin, who contributed to some of Frye’s most memorable tunes both with the Eagles and as a solo artist — including “Peaceful, Easy Feelin,’” “Already Gone,” “Smuggler’s Blues,” “You Belong to the City” and “The One You Love.”

HEY ROSETTA! – SEEDS [DELUXE] (POP/ROCK): A delicately refined update of band leader Tim Baker’s 2008 project Into Your Lungs, Hey Rosetta! (with an assist from producer Tony Doogan, who’s worked with Belle and Sebastian, and Wintersleep) offers another retro-cool chamber pop triumph here, but with a pleasant dash of pop-music raucousness. Always smart and melodically inviting, it’s swinging art-rock of the first order — equal parts sweeping orchestral emotion and hooky delight. No easy feat. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Howlin’ WolfBack Door Man (Blues)

JOHN 5 – GOD TOLD ME TO (POP/ROCK): I’ve always found John 5′s music fascinating as he shifts seemlessly between industrial-strength metal and country twang. His earliest interest in playing guitar came from watching Buck Owens and Roy Clark on Hee Haw. He’s grown up to play with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and he blends all of those styles amazingly on his solo records.Fred Phillips

Julie Andrews and Carol BurnettThe CBS Television Specials (Vocals)
KeaneStrangeland (Pop/Rock)

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Liza MinnelliLegends of Broadway: Liza Minnelli Live at Winter Garden (Vocals)
Mariah CareyThe Essential Mariah Carey (R&B)

MARY HALVORSON QUINTET – BENDING BRIDGES (JAZZ): This new album continues on the path traversed by Saturn Sings, as Halvorson’s music suggests indie rock, whack jazz, and even more traditional jazz but never dwelling anywhere. That propensity to abruptly change her temperament across these styles has become a calling card of hers, but the thrill of surprise remains — even after you know it’s coming. As when she pivots from docile to demonic in the 5-7 minute stretch of “Sinks When She Rounds The Bend (No. 22)”, ending with the dying strains of a musical wreckage. Her contrarian bent is sprinkled throughout and typically nestled in the crevices of the conventional: the differing segues between bars on “Hemorrhaging Smiles (No. 25),” for instance. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

MUDDY WATERS BLUES BAND – MUD IN YOUR EAR (BLUES): Originally recorded in 1967, but not initially released until 1973, this reissue finds Waters sharing a bill with George “Mojo” Buford (harmonica on “Watch Dog,” “Natural Wig” and “Long Distance Call”), Sammy Lawhorn (guitar on “Excuse Me, Baby” and three others), Otis Spann (piano on all tracks), Luther “Snake Boy”) Johnson (guitar and vocals on eight of the 10 tunes, including “Diggin’ My Potatoes,” “Sting It,” “Snake,” “Natural Wig,” “Sad Day Uptown,” “Top of the Boogaloo” and others), and drummer Francis Clay, among others.

PAUL DI’ANNO – WRATHCHILD: THE ANTHOLOGY (POP/ROCK): The original Iron Maiden singer unleashes a two-disc set featuring songs from the first two Maiden records that he was part of, songs from his solo career and a set of covers ranging from Wild Cherry to ZZ Top to Led Zeppelin to Megadeth.Fred Phillips

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Pat GreenSongs We Wish We’d Written II (Country)

PAUL RISHELL – TALKING GUITAR (BLUES): Country blues with a modern immediacy, something that belies the genre’s own age-old mythology. The difference between Rishell’s Talking Guitar and so many of the throwback versions of this music out there today, to my ear, is his unvarnished commitment to the material. Rishell seems to be recounting, with acceptance and a sense of resigned celebration, the travails of this life. That he’s singing about it in a style that points back to the scarifying 78s of Robert Johnson is only worth mentioning because that’s the vehicle for his music. Rishell’s songs go deeper than that, past convention, history and cliche — and all the way inside your heart. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

PAUL THORN – WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN’ ON? (POP/ROCK): An offbeat collection of covers, not unlike a raucous round of reminiscences — sometimes funny and occasionally sad, but the kind of thing that adds coloring and flavor to your understanding of a person. Thorn has been touring with guitarist Bill Hinds, keyboardist Michael Graham, bassist Ralph Friedrichsen and drummer Jeffrey Perkins for some 15 years, and many of these tunes have shown up as part of the set list. All of that burnishes the sense of joy and genuine connection surrounding What the Hell is Goin’ On?, not to mention giving it a rambling looseness that’s often missing in tribute projects. Instead of giving us another rote exploration of his influences, Thorn ends up offering us a fuller understanding of his own muse. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Rita WilsonAM/FM (Pop/Rock)
Royal Southern BrotherhoodRoyal Southern Brotherhood (Blues)
Silversun PickupsNeck of the Woods (Pop/Rock)

SLEEP – DOPESMOKER (POP/ROCK): So, yes, this 60-plus minute one-track record is a classic of doom metal. And, yes, there was a time in college when I would sit and listen to the whole thing (and that’s all I’m saying about that). There’s no denying there are fantastic moments in it. I haven’t listened to it in years, though, and I doubt I could make it all the way through this new reissue these days.Fred Phillips

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SMALL FACES – SMALL FACES [1966]; FROM THE BEGINNING; SMALL FACES [1967]; OGDEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE (POP/ROCK): This quartet of deluxe two-disc reissues comes just weeks after the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All are newly re-mastered, include rare photos and memorabilia, and feature both the mono and stereo versions of the albums, plus related non-album singles and alternate versions — many of which are previously unreleased or released for the first time on CD. A highlight can be found in the Ogden release — which includes a third disc of previously unreleased material, including early session versions, alternate USA mixes, instrumentals and the previously unreleased backing track “Kamikhazi.” Each album package also has liner notes by Mark Paytress, with new interviews with the surviving members of the Small Faces, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones.

South Memphis String BandOld Times There (Blues)
Storm CorrosionStorm Corrosion [Special Edition] (Pop/Rock)
The Wood BrothersLive Volume 1: Sky High (Folk)

TREVOR RABIN – JACARANDA (POP/ROCK): Rabin infuses this, his first solo recording since 1989, not with Yes-isms but with a surprising burst of Americana — and he does it very nearly all alone. Save for some guests on drums — including Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), Lou Molino III (a longtime Rabin sideman), and Trevor’s son Ryan — Rabin plays most all of the instruments here. He also composed, produced and arranged Jacaranda. So, the truth is, he needed a frisky sense of musical ambition to keep this project from becoming too insular, and Rabin delivers — using a particular passion for the dirt-road sounds of the dobro (so far away from his metallic, very modern guitar work on Yes tracks like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “State of Play”) to turn even moments that at first have more conventional prog rock markings into rootsy explorations. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

TrioscapesSeparate Realities (Jazz)
Turnpike TroubadoursGoodbye Normal Street (Folk)
Various artistsGCB: Music From Season One [Billy Joe Shaver, Rick Trevino, Kristin Chenoweth, others] (Country)
Various artistsNobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-75 [Little Milton, Johnny Taylor, Mack Rice, William Bell, others] (R&B)
Various artistsHall Of Fame: Rare and Unissued Gems from the FAME Vaults [Otis Clay, Clarence Carter, Joe Simon, Jimmy Hughes, others] (R&B)

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