New CDs December 2015

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Here's our round up of best new CDs added to the Yarra Libraries collection for the month of December. We'll be updating this page at the start of every month. Simply click on the covers to place a hold on the CD of your choice.


Alan  Toussaint - Toussaint The Real Thing 1970-75

Toussaint: The Real Thing 1970-1975
Alan Toussaint

A two disc compilation of this versatile New Orleans pianist, singer and composer. He died recently, on November 9 2015. R.I.P


 Arnold Schoenberg - Gurre Lieder

Gurre Lieder
Arnold Schoenberg (performed by Cologne Symphony Orchestra)

This massive orchestral and choral work has the feel of music by Mahler. Some critics, however, think that this is the more accessible of Schoenberg’s modernist works.


Daddy Cool - Daddy Who

Daddy Who?
Daddy Cool

It’s 1970, and this album became Australia’s highest selling Rock album of the time. Oz music legends.


Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

Perpetual Motion People
Ezra Furman

Full of manic energy and invention, this album showcases Furman’s uncompromising insights into modern urban life.


Gurrumul - The Gospel Album

The Gospel Album

A uniquely Indigenous approach to gospel music, with a sound that combines new hymns, & reimagined gospel songs from his remote Island community.


 Jad Fair & Norman Blake

Jad Fair & Norman Blake

Half Japanese icon Jad Fair teams up with Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake for some guitar­-laden power-­pop.


Jill Scott - Woman

Jill Scott

Scott is one classy singer, and contemporary R&B doesn’t get better than this.


 Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix

This third and final album with the original Experience found Hendrix taking his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit. The result was possibly the best rock album of the era.


Keith Jarrett - Hamburg 72

Hamburg 72
Keith Jarrett

An archival recording that documents one of jazz's most capable, sophisticated trios. Modern jazz at its best.


Lianne La Havas - Blood

Lianne La Havas

This, her second album, has big bold sounds of Pop and Soul, and La Havas makes good use of her wonderful voice.


 London Souls - Here Come the Girls

Here Come the Girls
London Souls

Recorded in 2012 but not released until 2015, this album – sounding ‘like a ride through classic rock radio’ - was well worth the wait.


Negative Scanner - Negative Scanner

Negative Scanner
Negative Scanner

This Chicago band serves up energetic and raw post-punk.


 Patti Smith - Horses

Patti Smith

Her 1975 debut album. Punk suffused with anarchic Beat poetry.


 Richard Bona - Ten Shades of Blues

Ten Shades of Blues
Richard Bona

Bona is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, covering a wide range of styles from jazz to bluegrass, blues and beyond.


Ruben Gonzalez - Introducing Ruben Gonzalez

Introducing Ruben Gonzalez
Ruben Gonzalez

The most jazz-oriented of the musicians in the Buena Vista Social Club, pianist Ruben Gonzalez was in his late 70s at the time this CD was recorded in 1996. A delightful album.


Simon and Garfunkel

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel

This classic album, released in January 1970, spent two and half months at number one. A fitting end to the turbulent 60s - and the duo’s professional relationship.


 Isserlis and Hough

Cello Sonatas
Isserlis and Hough 

Cellists Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough cover the works of Mendelssohn, Grieg and Hough. One critic noted that ‘the Grieg sonata is the real news here.’


 The Strypes - Little Victories

Little Victories
The Strypes

These Irish lads are heavily influenced by traditional R&B and this, their second album, is full of youthful ol’ school energy.


Various artists - Modernists a decade of of Rhythm and Soul Dedication

Modernists: a decade of Rhythm and Soul Dedication
Various Artists

This is stylish, upbeat Soul music. Very contemporary recordings that wouldn’t be out of place in the mid-60s.


 Various artists - When Sharpies Ruled

When Sharpies Ruled
Various Artists

Aussie power boogie and glam thump by those icons of the 70s, The Coloured Balls, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs and Rose Tattoo. And more!


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