I would also say that Soul Asylum's "Grave Dancers Union" is probably in my personal top 10 90s albums and totally holds up and that Melinda Doolittle is another of those amazing soul singers that have come around in the last few years that sounds like she stepped out of a time machine. (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Raphael Saadiq, even Amy Winehouse if you can get past the trainwreck.)
Interesting that they didn't opt for the new album, but it IS at a fairly decent price at the moment - He Was King [Explicit] ($6.99) - and it looks like the opening track We All Wanna Be Prince is free at the moment! By the way, if you only want to spend 89¢, you could do much worse than Elvi$, which is currently in heavy rotation on the radio station in my head.
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Also ALSO, I found out that the new Banco de Gaia album is available NOW (I had heard 9/22, but apparently it was released 9/11) - it's a double CD commemorating 20 years of Banco de Gaia and it is WONNNNNNNNDERFUL. Definitely worth $6.99! CRZ (spent $20 to get his physical copy mailed from the UK) APPROVED! BELIEVE THE HYPE! BUY IT!
The title, as revealed previously, is "Memories Dreams Reflections" and the music can be broken up into three sections. Oh, and it's a double CD for those of you who still buy such things, or a damned big download.
Disc 1 begins with the 'Reflections' bit. This is a selection of cover versions of tunes which hugely inspired and influenced me in my formative years. To be precise it is a full length version of "Echoes" by Pink Floyd (that's 22 minutes), "Starless" by King Crimson and, as some of you may have worked out from recent live shows, "Spirit Of The Age" by Hawkwind.
The rest of Disc 1 is the 'Dreams'. These are reworkings of early Banco tunes which will be familiar to anyone who knows the original cassette albums but mostly unknown apart from that. Ranging from faithful recreation to extreme reworking, the tracks are "Soufie", "Tempra" and "Terra Om".
Disc 2 brings the 'Memories'. It's a 78 minute selection of live recordings taken from over the years and including early solo Banco rave anthems, through the 5-piece live band of the mid/late-90s and continuing on into the 'Toby and Ted' years up to the current live video show (without the video obviously, this is an audio CD).
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