Weekly US music releases: Iron Maiden, Mellencamp, Kem and Gershwin
Monday 16 August 2010
In August 17's US music releases, genres range from metal and rock to singer-songwriting with albums already on Amazon's top 10. There's Iron Maiden's 15th album, John Mellencamp's 22nd, Motown's R&B star Kem and a Beach Boy/Gershwin mash-up.
Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier
Number one on Amazon's hard rock chart and the special bonus edition already the number four bestseller, Iron Maiden's 15th album in 30 years offers up 10 tracks from Universal Records, including songs like "El Dorado," "Isle of Avalon" and "The Alchemist." With 80 million records sold worldwide and 2,000 concerts performed, this mega metal band won the 2009 Brit Award for Best British Live Act. Touring the world now with band mascot Eddie.
Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
In seventh place on Amazon's pop charts, the creative force behind the Beach Boys interprets 12 classics from George and Ira Gershwin's songbook for Walt Disney/Pearl Records. Songs such as "Rhapsody in Blue," "Summertime," and "I've Got a Crush On You" deeply influenced him and are treated with the Beach Boy's signature harmonies. In addition, Wilson co-wrote two unfinished Gershwin compositions, "The Like in I Love You" and "Nothing But Love," from the songwriter's estate. Produced and arranged by Wilson.
John Mellencamp, No Better Than This
Number seven on Amazon's rock chart, roots rocker John Mellancamp reteams with legendary Oscar/Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett for this 13-track collection on Rounder Records. The blues, folk and rockabilly songs were recorded live with a vintage Ampex tape recorder and single microphone at the historic Sun Studio in Memphis, a Savannah church and the hotel room in San Antonio where bluesman Robert Johnson first recorded. Following a 4-disc set covering his over 30-year career filled with top 10 hits, this album leads with the title track.
Kem, Intimacy: Albums III
Number one on Amazon's R&B chart and 11th overall, Kem's third album on Universal/Motown Records is his first in five years since a near-platinum hit. The singer-songwriter leads with the single "Why Would You Stay" on a 10-song collection that blends jazz and soul and features a guest collaboration with Jill Scott.
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