New Music Monday: Neil Young, Jellyfish, Nightwish, Rod Stewart, Bloodgood, the Byrds, Deep Purple

Fans get an opportunity to explore intimate, revealing live music from both Neil Young and Jellyfish this week, though the sessions took place decades apart.

For Young, there was the crossroads moment after CSNY at the turn of the 1970s. For Jellyfish, the 1993 tour in suppport of what would sadly become their final album.

Meanwhile, we get expanded versions of current studio efforts by both Deep Purple and Rod Stewart, with bonus and live material to lure the stragglers in.

We touch on new things from Bloodgood; reissues from the Byrds, David Ackles and Jay Ferguson — and a thrillingly multi-culti recording from Earl McIntyre, a sideman with Lester Bowie, Taj Mahal and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis orchestra.

Finally, there’s the revamped Nightwish, who may just have put out the best concert souvenir so far this year …

Albert King, Freddie King and Earl KingWe Three Kings of Blues Guitar (Blues)
BadfingerTimeless (Pop/Rock)
Barry DanielianMetaphorically Speaking (Jazz)

BLOODGOOD – DANGEROUSLY CLOSE (POP/ROCK): Bloodgood was, at least at first, one of the most underrated bands of the Christian metal movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. They began as a very thrashy outfit, a bit heavier than some of their contemporaries, but morphed into a more commercial hard rock band. The band reformed in 2006, adding Stryper guitarist Oz Fox along the way, and has performed a few times a year since. Dangerously Close will be their first studio album since 1991. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

Chet Baker QuintetteChet Baker Cools Out (Jazz)
Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton With Paul Horn (Jazz)
Coleman HawkinsThe Hawk Swings (Jazz)

DAVID ACKLES – DAVID ACKLES (POP/ROCK): This new release shows why Ackles is slowly but steadily receiving the posthumous appreciation he deserves. Like the best of wines, these songs have not worn out over the years. Instead, they have matured into an ever richer musical, emotional, and spiritual experience. — Kasper Nijsen

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DEEP PURPLE – NOW WHAT?!: GOLD EDITION (POP/ROCK): Includes the entire well-received recent release of the same name, bonus tracks plus an extra disc of live recordings from Rome, Milan, Aalborg and Gaevle. Key concert moments include “Above and Beyond” and “All the Time in the World” from Now What?!, as well as older favorites like “Perfecty Strangers,” “Lazy,” “Black Night” and, of course, “Smoke on the Water.” (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

EARL McINTYRE – BRASS CARNIVAL AND TRIBUTE (JAZZ): Named for the two groups featured here, bass trombone and tuba player Earl McIntyre’s debut as a leader enchants with the exotic rhythms, stunning brass stabs and euphoric joy of the African diaspora. Yet Brass Carnival and Tribute!, which features turns by trumpeter Lew Soloff, French horn player Vincent Chauncey and vibesman Warren Smith among others, is more than a foot-tappingly effusive party in a jewel case. Its sizzling second lines, intriguing sambas and striking socas are leavened, along the way, with moments of brass chorale quietude, making for a thrillingly complex musical experience. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Eric ClaptonGive Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings (Blues/Rock)
Fareed HaqueTrance Hypothesis (Jazz)

JAY FERGUSON – THUNDER ISLAND; All Along in the End; Real Life (POP/ROCK): Though Ferguson had another low-charter, “Thunder Island” remains his signature song — a good-time record that’s so light-filled you can almost feel the sand between your toes. Listen closely, between the rays of sweet sunshine, the late afternoon shower, the laughter in the wet grass, the undone dress, and the dididit, dididit, dididits for this sizzling assist from Joe Walsh on slide guitar. — Nick DeRiso

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JELLYFISH – RADIO JELLYFISH (POP/ROCK): Culled from that brief turn-of-the-1990s moment when unplugged performances were all the rage, these acoustic radio performances from Jellyfish offer fresh perspective on the band’s stirring, if all-too-brief, two-album run. Radio Jellyfish can rightly be called a treasure trove of new sounds, as it includes but one previously released track — and this take on their 1990 hit “Baby’s Coming Back” was only issued as part of a now-out-of-print 2002 box of rarities called Fan Club. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Jo-El SonnierLegacy (International)
John Mellencamp1978-2012 [Box Set] (Pop/Rock)
Keith JarrettConcerts: Bregenz Munich (Jazz)
KornThe Paradigm Shift: Super Deluxe (Pop/Rock)
Lou Reed, John Cale and NicoLe Bataclan Paris, January 29, 1972 (Pop/Rock)
Mike LongoLive from New York (Jazz)

NEIL YOUNG – LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR (POP/ROCK): We find Young set up for what ostensibly was to be a six-night warm up at a deeply intimate Washington D.C. haunt before a December booking at Carnegie Hall. Young’s voice, quivering with portent and determinedly confidential, is so near that it’s easy to imagine that he is singing only to you — a riveting, sometimes almost uncomfortable experience. Live at the Cellar Door demands to be played in order (like albums used to be), if for no other reason than it seems like cutting someone off in the middle of a particularly intimate revelation to start skipping around. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

NIGHTWISH – SHOWTIME STORYTIME (POP/ROCK): The band’s first recording with new vocalist Floor Jansen is a huge success. Jansen owns the vocals of both Tarja Turunen and Anette Olzon, and brings a dynamic presence to the stage. It’s one of the best live recordings I’ve heard this year. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

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Paul BleyThe Complete Remastered Recordings (Jazz)
REO SpeedwagonGood Trouble; Wheels Are Turnin (Pop/Rock)
Robert PollardBlazing Gentlemen (Pop/Rock)

ROD STEWART – TIME: DELUXE EDITION (POP/ROCK): Stewart’s first pop release in some two decades is now expanded, with a second disc of additional bonus tracks not on the original album — plus 10 songs performed live at the Troubadour in West Hollywood last May. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Quicksilver Messenger ServiceHawaii 1970 (Pop/Rock)
ScorpionsMTV Unplugged (Pop/Rock)
Shelby LynneThanks (Country)
Sonny Boy WilliamsonKeep It to Ourselves (Blues)
They Might Be GiantsFlood/Apollo 18; John Henry/Factory Showroom (Pop/Rock)

THE BYRDS – DR. BYRDS AND MR. HYDE; Ballad of Easy Rider; Sweetheart of the Rodeo (POP/ROCK): By the time Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde came calling, the band had encountered a series of personnel shifts. Founder Roger McGuinn, the only original member left, recruited a fresh set of players — including guitarist Clarence White, bassist John York and drummer Gene Parsons. The results on Mr. Hyde don’t surpass the best of the Byrds’ catalog, yet a fair share of bright spots are to be had. (More here.) — Beverly Paterson

Various artistsMandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gil Scott-Heron, others] (Pop/Rock)

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