Weekend Roundup: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley, Dion & Buck Owens

I was going to call this a Classic Rock Edition since the majority of items fit that category but there are a few (Jeff Buckley is one, The Arcs are another). Anyway, here are the music world tidbits.

The New Year will see a new album from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion. New York Is My Home is the title of the CD, which is slated to come out Feb. 16 on Richard Gottehrer’s Instant Records (via The Orchard). The title track finds Dion dueting with another New York legend Paul Simon.

Here is the video for that tune:

To Power Pop aficionados, the name Emitt Rhodes is held in mythical proportions. Rhodes released a trio of now-revered albums in the early ‘70s on which he basically played everything. Then the records stopped. Rhodes is finally putting out a new full-length. On Feb. 26, Omnivore Recordings will release Rainbow Ends, Rhodes’ first album in 43 years. This time, he has help in the studio, with Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion and Wilco’s Nels Cline and Pat Sansone being among his guests.

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Tom Jones, who has had something of a career revival and reinvention of late, will release his latest effort Long Lost Suitcase (Dec. 4, S-Curve Records) that will serve as a companion to his new autobiography Over The Top And Back. The CD has a pair of originals to with 11 covers that run the gamut from Willie Dixon’s “Bring It On Home” to the Milk Carton Kids’ “Honey, Honey,” Dave Van Ronk’s “He Was A Friend of Mine” to Los Lobos’ “Everybody Loves A Train.”

Here’s his rendition of Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues.”

Before Jeff Buckley made before his debut album, he did some demos of songs to give his producers a sense of what he wanted the record to sound like. Columbia/Legacy has compiled these demos into a CD that will come out on March 16. The tracks include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman”) Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight,” a couple of Smiths’ songs (“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,” “I Know It’s Over”), some old chestnuts (“Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’,” “Poor Boy Long Way From Home) and his originals “Grace” and “Dream Of You and I.”

Give a listen to his take on Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”

Thanksgiving weekend brings a treat to fans of New York City’s No Wave scene of the late ’70s. The Other People label has assembled a Teenage Jesus and the Jerks live CD covering the years 1977-79. The band was led by Lydia Lunch, who has been a major figue in the art/punk universe that grew out of this downtown Manhattan scene. This live album includes material recorded at legendary NYC haunts CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City as well as Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern.

Another option this Thanksgiving is to visit Alice’s Restaurant. PBS stations will be broadcasting Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie. This multi-media show features a full band including Arlo’s son Abe. Arlo-philes will note that the Alice’s Restaurant album came out in 1967; however, the events of the “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” happened in 1965.

A quick Record Store Day Update: Nonesuch Records will put out a 10” six-song EP The Arcs vs. The Inventors Vol. I, with Dan Auerbach’s band The Arcs playing with Dr. John and David Hidalgo. The digital version will be released on Dec. 11.

The Lone Bellow, The Wood Brothers, Will Kimbrough and Sugar & the Hi-Lows are among the Americana acts who have contributed to Phil Madiera’s Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Volume II that has a Jan. 11 release date.

Here’s “Kyrie,” the collaboration between Emmylou Harris and John Paul White of Civil Wars fame.

Another fine sequel is Omnivore’s Buck ’Em! Volume 2: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975). The 50-song 2-CD set of the Bakersfield great includes a number of live tracks and outtake versions of “A Different Kind of Sad” and “He Ain’t Been Out Bowling With The Boys” plus an early version “Down In New Orleans.”

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Ronnie Wood told ABC Radio that the Rolling Stones might be returning to the studio, as early as December, to start working on a new album. Their last release, A Bigger Bang, came out in 2005.

On December 5, John Lennon would have turned 75. To honor the man and his legacy, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, will take place at Madison Square Garden. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello, The Roots, Sheryl Crow and Eric Church are among the performers who have been announced as performers. The concert will be broadcast on AMC on Dec. 19.

I don’t know if the holiday movie Love The Coopers will be worth seeing, but the soundtrack seems like it is worth a listen. The 13-track Republic Records release includes Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), Otis Redding (“Merry Christmas, Baby”), Nina Simone (“To Love Somebody”), Fleet Foxes (“White Winter Hymnal”), Sarah Jarosz (“Ring Them Bells”) and a new recording by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (“The Light Of Christmas”). No “It’s Christmas In Prison” however.

The Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards took place earlier this week. Organized, naturally enough, by Classic Rock Magazine, the honorees included Led Zeppelin (Reissue of the Year), AC/DC (Band of the Year), Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Night (Classic Album), Queen (Living Legends) and Nils Lofgren (Outstanding Contribution). It seems like what I heard on the radio in 1978 – so it seems right. I do wonder if Lofgren “came to dance.”

In sadder Classic Rock news, Motorhead’s longtime (but often on-again, off-again) drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor died this week at the age of 61.

Condolences also are in order for the family of the great New Orleans musician/producer Allen Toussaint, who passed away on November 9 in Madrid, Spain following a show. He was 77. The marvelously multi-talented Toussaint found success as a songwriter (“Mother-in-Law,” “Southern Nights”) and producer (LaBelle, Dr. John) as well as a musician on his own (like his Grammy-nominated Elvis Costello collaboration Rivers In Reverse). I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert just a few years ago and he brought such a joyfulness to his performing that it was truly uplifting.

Here’s a clip from that L.A show:

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About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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