New Tunage – The Springsteen is spectacular, the McCartney is superb, The Police is sublime, and the Rihanna is very good! It is a wonderful week for music!

New CD Releases, June 5: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Dream Theater, Marilyn Manson
Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band “Live In Dublin”
The Boss and his folkie crew revisit the music of 2006’s “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” on this live set that was recorded in Ireland’s most populous city. The two-disc, 23-song set includes many of the songs featured on that tribute album to folk great Pete Seeger, as well as a number of tunes from the Boss’ own catalog, including “Atlantic City.”
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Paul McCartney “Memory Almost Full”
Talk about good timing. Just a few days after the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ landmark “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Fab Four’s so-called “Cute One” comes out with a new album.
Plenty of folks will buy this album along with pricey cups of premium coffee. McCartney, as has been widely reported, is the first artist to release an album on Starbucks’ new Hear Music record label. “Memory Almost Full” will be sold at all Starbucks locations as well as through traditional outlets.
McCartney began recording “Memory Almost Full” in 2003, but he switched projects midstream and went to work on what would become the Grammy-nominated 2005-release “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.”
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Dream Theater “Systematic Chaos”
The prog-metal rockers are set to release their ninth album, “Systematic Chaos,” which marks the band’s debut on Roadrunner Records.
The disc follows 2005’s “Octavarium” and last year’s live, multiple-CD and DVD sets, “Score,” which capture Dream Theater’s 20th anniversary world tour finale at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “Systematic Chaos” will be available in two formats: a regular CD and a special CD/DVD edition including a 90-minute documentary directed by drummer Mike Portnoy.
The group will support the album with a North American tour that kicks off July 24 in San Diego, CA.
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Marilyn Manson “Eat Me, Drink Me”
Manson is one busy goth ghoul. Besides releasing a new album, “Eat Me, Drink Me,” the vocalist is also set to put out a film and embark on a major tour with Slayer.
The film, titled “Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll,” is based on the life of the “Alice in Wonderland” creator. In a recent press statement, Manson said the movie is “nothing short of the most horrifying horror that you could ever experience.”
Meanwhile, the eagerly anticipated doubleheader of Manson and Slayer will get underway on a North American tour beginning July 25 in West Palm Beach, FL.
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Chris Cornell “Carry On”
Having recently cut ties with rock supergroup Audioslave, vocalist Chris Cornell can now fully concentrate on his solo career with this sophomore effort. “Carry On” is Cornell’s first solo collection since 1999’s “Euphoria Morning.” The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite and, most notably, includes a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
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Other new releases:
Above & Beyond, “Anjunabeats, Vol. 5” (Ultra)
Big and Rich, “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace” (Warner Bros.)
Daddy Yankee, “El Cartel: The Big Boss” (Interscope)
Kamelot, “Ghost Opera” (Steamhammer)
Poison, “POISON’D!” (Capitol)
The Police, “The Police” (A&M)
Rihanna, “Good Girl Gone Bad” (Island)
T-Pain, “Epiphany” (Jive)
Tesla, “Real to Reel” (Tesla Electric Co.)
Tiger Army, “Music from Regions Beyond” (Hellcat)
12 Girls Band, “Shanghai” (Manhattan)
Armin Van Buuren, “A State of Trance 2007” (Ultra)
Various Artists, “Anchored in Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash” (Dualtone)
Various Artists, “We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song” (Verve)
Soundtracks and scores:
“Curtains (2007 Original Broadway Cast)” (Manhattan)
“110 in the Shade (2007 Broadway Revival Cast)” (P.S. Classics)