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New Releases, February 20: Erasure, Ennio Morricone, Kidz Bop
Erasure “On the Road to Nashville”
This CD/DVD set captures the famed dance-pop duo during a 2006 performance at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, which is best known for being the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Erasure was in the midst of an acoustic tour in support of the album “Union Street.”
The CD features re-imagined renditions of such Erasure favorites as “Sometimes,” “Love to Hate You,” “Victim of Love” and “Stop!” The DVD portion includes concert footage as well as a short film.
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Various Artists “We All Love Ennio Morricone”
A star-studded cast of musicians pay tribute to the composer known for his work on such films as “The Untouchables,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Mission.”
Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Chris Botti are among the artists who show their respect for Morricone–who is also set to receive an honorary Oscar at the 79th annual Academy Awards later this month–on this disc.
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Kidz Bop Kids “Kidz Bop 11”
The best-selling children’s-music series delivers its 11th edition. The prior outing debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album charts.
This time around, the Kidz Bop Kids cover such big hits as “Put Your Records On,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Chasing Cars” and, the number that everybody seems to be covering these days, “Crazy.”
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Explosions in the Sky “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone”
The Texas band, which melds prog and alt rock, returns with another batch of instrumental tunes that adds to a catalog already marked by such acclaimed works as “The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place” and the “Friday Night Lights” soundtrack. This new disc was produced by John Congleton (The Roots).
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JJ Grey and Mofro “Country Ghetto”
Florida-based swamp-rockers JJ Grey and Mofro make their debut on famed blues label Alligator Records with a set of 12 original compositions.
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More new releases:
Anberlin, “Cities” (Tooth & Nail)
Ataris, “Welcome the Night” (Sanctuary)
Toni Braxton, “Essential Toni Braxton” (La Face)
Dir En Grey, “The Marrow of a Bone” (Warcon)
ELO, “Out of the Blue: 30th Anniversary Edition” (Sony)
Everlife, “Everlife” (Buena Vista)
Judy Garland, “The Very Best Of” (EMI)
Jesu, “Conqueror” (Hydrahead)
K-Os, “Atlantis: Hymns for Disco” (Virgin)
Kittie, “Funeral for Yesterday” (Kiss of Infamy)
Steve Kuhn, “Live at Birdland” (Blue Note)
Charlie Louvin, “Charlie Louvin” (Tompkins Square)
The Silos, “Come On Like the Fast Lane” (Bloodshot)
Southern Culture on the Skids, “Countrypolitan Favorites” (Yep Roc)
Tobymac, “Portable Sounds” (Forefront)
Various Artists, “Gerald Levert: Smooth Jazz Tribute” (CC Ent.)
Various Artists, “String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater” (Vitamin)
Soundtracks and scores:
“Company (2006 Broadway Revival Cast)” (Nonesuch)
“Rome: Music From the HBO Series” (Rykodisc)