New CDs November 2015

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Here's our round up of best new CDs added to the Yarra Libraries collection for the month of November. 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.

             

Alexander Scriabin - Le Poeme de lextase piano concerto

Le Poem de lextase piano concerto
Alexander Scriabin

While influenced by Chopin, Scriabin’s work became increasingly complex and challenging - the author Henry Miller once described the Poem of Ecstasy as "a bath of cocaine, ice, and rainbows."

 

Ali Farka Toure - Radio Mali

Radio Mali
Ali Farka Toure

These radio performances are all from the 1970s, and predate Toure’s discovery by the world music community.

 

Alison Ferrier - Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby
Alison Ferrier

This is the first album by Melbourne Country singer Alison Ferrier, released in 2012. You’ll find ballads of haunting beauty and much more.

 

Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi

The Bright Mississippi
Allen Toussaint

More jazz than Southern R&B, Toussaint covers jazz standards by musicians as diverse as Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk

             

Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters
Allman Brothers Band

Released in 1973, this classic southern rock album includes their huge hit “Ramblin Man.”

 

B.B. King - Blues on the Bayou

Blues on the Bayou
B.B. King

Recorded in 1998 when he was 73, this album is pure and simple B.B King blues – no duets or special guests. Just B.B. and his regular road band.

 

Beck - One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave
Beck

A minor classic of the indie music scene, Beck went rustic for this 1994 album, even doing a Skip James cover.

 

Billy Bragg - Tooth and Nail

Tooth and Nail
Billy Bragg

While Bragg has always been upfront with his political activism, this 2013 album is a more nuanced offering, displaying his love of American roots and folk music.

             

Boz Scaggs - A Fool to Care

A Fool to Care
Boz Scaggs

It’s been a long road for Boz Scaggs since playing with the Steve Miller Band in the late 1960s, and here he is in 2015 with a stunning selection of R&B and Soul covers.

 

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking

Unhalfbricking
Fairport Convention

Fairport’s third album, released in 1969, saw them move towards more traditional English folk – even though they covered three Dylan songs.

 

Gruntbucket - Songs from an Empty Room

Songs from an Empty Room
Gruntbucket

This album of serious rock ‘n roll was recorded at the Empty Room studio in Nagambie and released to considerable acclaim in 2012.

 

Gustav Mahler - Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Gustav Mahler

Originally arranged by Arnold Schoenberg after World War One, on this album the performance of baritone Gareth Brynmor John in the Mahler is especially warm and intimate.

             

Johannes Brahms - Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano

Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano 6 Klavierstücke, op. 118
Johannes Brahms

Clarinetist Lorenzo Coppola and pianist Andreas Staier deliver complex and meditative interpretations of these sonatas on period-correct instruments.

 

John Hiatt - Terms of my Surrender

Terms of My Surrender
John Hiatt

The tone of this music, as one review notes, ‘is smoky and rich like a Deep South BBQ joint, which suits the gruff texture of Hiatt’s voice just fine.’

 

Led Zeppelin - IV

IV
Led Zeppelin

The dramatic landmark album of the early 70s: hard rock fused with English folk music, and the added bonus of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ A True Classic.

 

Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams

You may have heard the hype about the young singer-songwriter from New Zealand – it’s all true. A blend of country and soul that is not to be missed, and what a voice.

             

Mavis Staples - One True Vine

One True Vine
Mavis Staples

It may start off slowly, but this album is all authentic gospel and soul.

 

Pokey La Farge - Something in the Water

Something in the Water
Pokey La Farge

Just as his live performances are like stepping back into the American Mid-West circa 1930, this album straddles the gap between vintage country and trad jazz. Melodic, infectious and great fun.

 

The Heartache State - The Heartache State

The Heartache State
The Heartache State

Melbourne local Nick Barker fronts The Heartache State. With their trad rock and punk roots, they’re not reinventing the wheel, as ‘the old wheel still goes OK!’

 

The Jac - Faux Pas

Faux Pas
The Jac

The Jac, aka Joe Algeri, hails from Perth W.A. His music could be described as sixties power-pop and Joe is an acknowledged fan of The Kinks. Now you know, give him a listen.

 

Looking for more free music?

 

• Try Freegal on our Downloads and Streaming page

 

• You can also check out the new items in our catalogue at any time using the sliding display at the top of our Online Catalogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

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