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Blues Traveler - hurry up & hang around [2018]
Sie sind noch immer, bzw. wieder, in einer fantastischen Verfassung. Die großartigen Root-/Jamrock-Veteranen um Mastermind und Harp-Wizard John Popper präsentieren mit ihrem neuen, nunmehr 13. Studioalbum, ein absolutes Prachtteil ab, das die große Blues Traveler-Fanbase vollstens überzeugen wird. Tolles Songmaterial, große Spielfreude, hervorragend hängen bleibendes Material, Abwechslungsreichtum - einfach stark!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Blues Traveler has always been a band that lets their sound, travel, if you will. Along the winding path of their career, the one constant has been change. "Save His Soul" sounded nothing like "Four", which sounded nothing like "Truth Be Told", which sounded nothing like "Blow Up The Moon". They have always been chasing something, but what exactly that is has always been nebulous. In the beginning, the strove for respect. Then they strove for the status they deserved. Then they strove to regain their place. And finally, they strove to make themselves happy. That leaves us with a string of records that hold together, but form a patchwork that draws your attention to a different area each time. And even when they are taking a detour that might not be your choice, there are always interesting twists that make it worth your while to take the ride with them.
With the band having reached a milestone of longevity, the question of how to commemorate that brings them back (nearly) full circle. While their last couple records have seen Blues Traveler injecting their sound with pop songwriters in the search for the perfect collaboration, "Hurry Up & Hang Around" finds them stripping back to the garage band they started out as. This is the most classically Blues Traveler album they have made, in approach, in many a year.
Our first taste of this chapter came from the opening track, "Accelerated Nation", which came out of the gates in traditional Blues Traveler form. Sounding like a mix of all their eras, the song fused their classic sound with the polished writing of their modern work, giving us a song that fits the same mold "Most Precarious" did (and sadly never got credit for - that was a better single than it is remembered as).
Longtime fans will recognize bits and pieces that should evoke a smile, like how John Popper's melody in the verses of "She Becomes My Way" stretches a syllable or two longer than anyone else would write it. Those are the details that I have always appreciated, both as a fan and as a songwriter. Every writer and every band has idiosyncrasies that pop up, which I think got too smoothed out with the amount of collaboration they had been doing lately. Even when they were writing great songs, like "Matador" was, they didn't have those trademark elements. Hearing them again is a treat.
Another one pops up on "Daddy Went A Giggin'", where Popper's melody in the verses, and some of the feel of the instrumental, is somewhat pulled from his solo album, "Zygote" (the song "His Own Hands" in particular). The songwriting on this record is a throwback to the "Four" and "Straight On Til Morning" period, but more concise than they were back then. The band has been constantly trimming away the excess from their old tendencies, which leaves us with a lean record. Old fans might think there's a looseness missing from the recordings, but it shows how their focus has shifted over the years towards sharp songwriting.
The thing about being a Blues Traveler fan is that we can argue over which of their experiments are our favorites. Some of us will love how gritty and heavy they got on "Bastardos!", while others will appreciate the slickness of "Truth Be Told". This one, though, feels like the right record for an anniversary period, because it is the one record since "Four" that best captures every side of the band.
Given how much the world has changed since "Run Around" and "Hook" were near the top of the charts, it's a good decision that the band is no longer trying to chase a hit, and is instead writing music that is befitting of their status. There are clover hooks and strong melodies, but they integrate into the core of the band's sound, rather than sounding like the token attempt to appeal to a demographic that no longer exists. Look, I love "Girl Inside My Head" and "Amber Awaits" too, but even then there no longer existed the proper outlet for them to become mainstream hits.
"Hurry Up & Hang Around" is a record made for Blues Traveler fans by the biggest fans of them all, the band. At this stage of their career, that's exactly what most people want to hear. And listening to the results, I can't argue. This record will make any Blues Traveler fan happy, and it will reset things so the next experiment is more welcome. (Bloody Good Music / Chris C)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Accelerated Nation - 3:04
2. She Becomes My Way - 3:51
3. The Touch She Has - 4:22
4. When You Fall Down - 3:32
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin - 3:48
6. Daddy Went a Giggin - 3:43
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming - 3:36
8. More Than Truth - 3:02
9. Prayer Upon The Wind - 2:20
10. Miss Olympus - 4:02
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth - 4:35
12. Ode From The Aspect - 4:55

Art-Nr.: 9717
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Brooks, Kix - new to this town [2012]
Brooks & Dunn sind Geschichte, doch nach Ronnie Dunn kommt nun auch die andere Häfte des erfolgreichsten Country-Duos aller Zeiten mit einem Solo-Album! "New to this town" heisst das hervorragend gelungene Werk, mit dem Kix Brooks eindrucksvoll offenbart, was er auch ohne seinen kongenialen Partner in der Lage zu leisten ist. 12 starke Nummern, zumeist sehr kraftvoll und knackig in Szene gesetzt (der Balladen-Anteil ist klar in der Minderzahl), zwischen traditionellen Anlagen und sehr abwechslungsreichem, zuweilen durchaus rockigem New Country. Gast, Slide-Gitarrist und Duett-Partner beim Titelstück ust übrigens Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Die Musik passt durchaus zur Philosophie, die auch Brooks & Dunn verkörperten, hat aber auch ihren eigenen Pep. Die Melodien sind prima! Gratulation an Kix Brooks zu diesem großartigen Album!

Wen es interessiert: Hier im Original eine sehr ausführliche, aktuelle Biographie mit der Geschichte zum neuen Album im Original-Wortlaut:

"Wish I was new to this town
Just pullin’ in checking it out for the first time”
— “New to This Town” by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride

It’s been more than 30 years since Kix Brooks was new to the town that he made his home, where he married, raised two children and built an accomplished career as a songwriter, singer and half of the most successful duo in country music history, a weekly national radio show host, magazine columnist, film producer, actor, winery owner and active and influential member of the music industry and community at large.

And yet here he is, picking up where he started when he really was new to this town, when his very first solo single in 1983 lumbered up the country chart to #73 before being hijacked by gravity into oblivion.

“New to This Town” is the title cut from the album that he hopes will reintroduce him to music fans, not exactly as a brand new man—to borrow a phrase from a song he co-wrote many moons ago—but as his own man, with his own songs to sing and his own unique story to tell.
Though the song is about a romantic relationship, metaphorically it suggests another interpretation. “When you’re starting out, there’s so much fear that if you screw up or put out the wrong record, you’ve lost that chance to live your dream. At this point in my career, there’s a different kind of uncertainty and risk that the people who have seen me perform for 20 years as half of Brooks & Dunn won’t be able to see me as anything but that. So in that sense, being new to town would be good to be able to do again.”

Kix Brooks’ career as a musician began long before he came to Nashville, which is less than 100 miles from where the Louisiana native was shipped off for high school at Tennessee’s Sewanee Military Academy. “I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t good,” he confesses with a smile. “The discipline was good for me. It gave me structure and problem-solving skills, which are really helpful for creative people.”

Brooks grew up in a musical family, had his first guitar before he hit his teens, and while in Sewanee, he began playing coffee houses with his roommate, Nashville native Jody Williams. “Jody turned me on to the Opry,” expanding the range of country music that Brooks already loved. “I was a fan of bluegrass, rock and outlaw country, people like Willie, Cash and Roger Miller. I loved the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker. ”
After graduation, he went to Louisiana Tech, gaining a foundational education in reading music and the theory of composition while getting hands-on experience playing clubs around town. Realizing that he wasn’t cut out to be in the marching band, school choir, or orchestra—which were required for a music degree—he switched his major to speech and got into theater, both of which would later serve him well.

A brief sabbatical from school led him to Alaska in 1976, working for his dad, a pipeline contractor. The job was great seed money, he recalls, “So when I got home, I bought a new car, a new guitar, a bottle of whiskey, and I was ready to get back at it.

“I had a band and I did some solo stuff. I could bang on a guitar and open up for just about anybody playing clubs in Shreveport. My plan was to be somebody.”
But an invitation from his sister put “Plan A” on hold. “She called me out of the blue and asked if I would come to Maine and help her with a television production company. So I was doing radio and television production, commercials, and it was a great experience. But I was also playing clubs and was still drawn to that. I enjoyed advertising, I enjoyed Maine. But in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to play music.”

So he took off again for Louisiana but stopped in Nashville to visit with his old roommate Jody Williams. “We stayed up all night talking and playing music, and Jody tried to talk me into staying. He said I could make a living writing songs. I said, ‘A, you’re nuts, and B, I’m going to New Orleans to play music.’”
But as fun as it was, the pace—and the partying—began to take a toll. “I called Jody up and said, ‘Do you really think I could make a living writing songs?’ and he said, ‘Get your ass up here!’”

True to his word, Williams gave Brooks a place to crash and found him a job with a concert production company while arranging meetings for him with music publishers around town.

“Everybody was really nice for about half a song, and then I wrote some more songs and called them back, and everyone was always out to lunch. So I started breaking songs down and figuring out what these guys were doing, which doesn’t mean you can do it, but at least I did my homework and really started working harder at trying to figure out how to do it. I realized it was one thing to make people smile in bars and another thing to make a living as a songwriter in Nashville.”
His hard work paid off, and less than two years after pulling into town, Brooks had a publishing deal and a #1 cut. Some things didn’t pan out, like his first album in 1983 on a label that went defunct before the album was released and a 1989 album on Capitol that went nowhere fast.
But he was making a living—a good living—writing songs for Tree Publishing, where exec Paul Worley took some of his demos to veteran music man Tim DuBois, head of the Arista Nashville record label. DuBois suggested that Brooks write with the winner of a talent competition, a tall, big-voiced Texan named Ronnie Dunn. When DuBois heard their song demos, the rest became Brooks & Dunn history.

In their 20-year ride, the duo recorded 10 studio albums, released 50 singles, scored 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million albums, sold out tours from coast to coast and became one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

But in August of 2009, they revealed what had long been a topic between the partners themselves: that after a final tour and a final compilation album, Brooks & Dunn would be no more.

“It was always an arranged marriage that happened to work out really well and produce some great kids. But after 20 amazing, dream-like years, it was time.”
As for the notion of recording a solo album, Brooks took his time—or as much time as realistic for someone who owns a thriving winery, hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, forms a film production company, takes on roles in three movies and writes all but one of the songs for the soundtrack for the western To Kill a Memory, as well as co-writing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie.

“I have a lot of interests, and I wasn’t at that point thinking of what I would do next. I was kind of looking forward to chilling for a year or so. I wanted to take my time. I started writing during the last B&D tour, and when we got done, I kept writing while we were making movies.”
When the time felt right, Brooks approached his album with customary enthusiasm, producing and recording nearly 50 songs before beginning the challenging process of narrowing the field. “There were a few like [the Brooks/Leslie Satcher co-write] ‘Moonshine Road’ that I was sort of building the album around,” he says, “so you try to take the ones that fit the other songs the best, that fit you best, or where the track is just smoking.”

The result is a record that is emphatically and uniquely Kix Brooks—rocking, smoky, swampy and bluesy, with belts of bayou and hits of Cajun zydeco. Nine of the album’s dozen tracks bear Brooks’ name as a co-writer, collaborating with such longtime friends and writing luminaries as Bob DiPiero and David Lee Murphy (on the lyrically clever “Closin’ Time at Home”), Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (for the mid-tempo musical celebration of “Bring It on Home”), and Marv Green and Terry McBride on “New to This Town,” the title track single that almost didn’t make the album.

“We were kind of done with everything, I had recorded the album, and Jay DeMarcus and I were doing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie over at his house. But I was thinking about that song, so he was nice enough to help me produce it and let me use the pickers while we were working there. He really liked the song, so I said, ‘Let’s do it together.’”

Later, “The engineer from my radio show said, ‘You ought to get some Joe Walsh-sounding slide on that.’ I’m like, ‘Hmm, what if I could get Joe Walsh?’ My manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who sent it to Joe, and he called me up and put the slide on there for me. So that worked out great.”
In a new-to-this-town, full-circle touch, the album also features two songs that Brooks wrote with Rafe Van Hoy. With Deborah Allen, they penned Brooks’ first #1 as a songwriter (John Conlee’s ’83 chart-topper, “I’m Only in It for the Love”), and they pair here on the backsliding fun of “Complete 360” and team with Curly Putman on the groove-and-soul-filled, after-hours portrait of “my baby’s” “Tattoo.”

Now, with his album complete, Brooks is just looking forward to getting it into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.”

“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”

(This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. New to this Town - 4:20
2. Moonshine Road - 4:21
3. Bring It On Home - 3:44
4. There's the Sun - 3:05
5. Complete 360 - 3:16
6. My Baby - 2:55
7. Tattoo - 3:25
8. In the Right Place - 3:47
9. Next to That Woman - 3:21
10. Let's Do This Thing - 2:57
11. Closin' Time at Home - 3:37
12. She Knew I Was a Cowboy - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Carpenter, Mary Chapin - the things that we are made of [2016]
Mary Chapin Carpenter beweist auch auf ihrem neuen Album, wie wunderbar die Brücke zwischen Americana und Country sein kann. Exzellentes Songwriting, völlig Bombast-freie, wohl dosierte Instrumentierung, feine Melodien und ein überaus ausdrucksstarkes Storytelling. "The things that we are made of", im übrigen hervorragend produziert von dem zur Zeit mächtig angesagten Szene-As Dave Cobb (u. a. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), ist mal wieder eine ganz edle, wundervolle Vorstellung von Mary Chapin Carpenter. Große Klasse!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Something Tamed Something Wild - 3.46
2. The Middle Ages - 3.48
3. What Does It Mean To Travel - 3.09
4. Livingston - 5.13
5. Map Of My Heart - 2.57
6. Oh Rosetta - 4.39
7. Deep Down Deep Heart - 4.34
8. Hand On My Back - 5.14
9. The Blue Distance - 5.04
10. Note On A Windshield - 4.49
11. The Things That We Are Made Of - 5.30

Art-Nr.: 9164
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 9,90

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Clark, Terri - classic [2013]
Schon bei Terri Clark's 2011er Album "Roots and wings" ist man aus dem Schwärmen kaum mehr rausgekommen. Gleiches gilt für ihr neues Werk "Classic". Was für ein wunderbares, reines Countryalbum! Seitdem Terri keinen Majorlabel-Vertrag mehr hat und damit aus den Charts völlig verschwunden ist, fühlt sie sich unabhängiger und freier als je zuvor, was ihrem künstlerischen Output ein ums andere Mal zu neuen Höhen verhilft. Sie ist besser denn je! Sie tut, was sie will, sie spielt die Musik, die sie spielen möchte - und keiner redet ihr rein. Und sie ist einfach gut - eine Countrykünstlerin von Format, voller Ausdrucksstärke, voller Herz und Seele. "This is the type of timeless project I've wanted to do my whole lfe", sagt sie voller Stolz über das neue Album und ergänzt: "It signifies so many things for me - my family roots, the Opry, my history and influences as an artist, and the songs that make up so much of the fabric of country music". Terri Clark hat ein Album aufgenomme, das ihre komplette Entwicklung widerspiegelt, die sie musikalisch genommen hat. Ein Album mit 11 legendären Countryklassikern, die sie ihr ganzes Leben beeinflusst und geprägt haben. Doch sie hat diese Songs nicht einfach gecovert, nein, sie hat ihnen ihren eigenen Stempel aufgedrückt und es gleichzeitig verstanden, die Originalität zu wahren. Die Nummern klingen ungemein frisch, knackig und sind sehr zeitgemäss produziert, wahren aber gleichzeitig auf authentichste Art und Weise das Flair ihrer Ursprünglichkeit. Zu einigen dieser Songs hat sie hochkarätige Duett-Gäste gewonnen, teilweise sogar die Leute, die damals das Original zum Klassiker gemacht haben. So bringt sie zum Beispiel eine wundervolle Version des wohl größten Hits von Tanya Tucker, "Delta Dawn", bei der sie Tanya mit herrlichem Duett-Gesang unterstützt. Entsprecehnd ist es bei dem Reba McEntire-Klassiker "How blue", den Terri Clark und Reba ebenfalls gemeinsam vortragen. Den unvergessenen George Jones/Tammy Wynette-Evergreen "Golden ring" präsentirt Terri gemeinsam mit Dierks Bentley - ebenfalls grandios gelungen. Bestens gelungen ist auch der Einstieg in das Album: Man hört zunächst die große Kittie Wells im (verrauschten) Original ihr legendäres "It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk Angels" singen, das dann nach einigen Sekunden nahtlos in Terri Clark's zeitgemässe, hinreissende Coverversion übergeht. Weitere tolle Nummern sind beispielsweise Neil Young's "Love is a rose" (auch bekannt geworden von Linda Ronstadt), Glen Campbell's "Gentle on my mind", Merle Haggard's "Swinging doors" und Hank Snow's "I'm movin' on", das die Kanadierin gemeinsam mit ihrem Landmann Dean Brody vorträgt. Es ist eine absolute Wonne, Terri Clark bei diesen vorzüglichen Interpretationen zuzuhören. Klassische Countrymusic, wie man sie heute spielt. Terri Clark's "Classic" sind ihre ganz persönlichen Countryklassiker, von Terri selbst und ihren grandiosen Begleitmusikern (u.a. Brent Mason - guitars, Michael Rhodes - bass, Chad Cromwell - drums, John Hobbs - piano, Stuart Duncan -.fiddle, Paul Franklin - pedal steel) herrlich erfrischend aufbereitet. Traditionelle Countrymusic auf absolutem Spitzenniveau!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - 3:32
2. Love is a Rose - 3:04
3. How Blue (with Reba McEntire) - 3:01
4. Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind) - 2:32
5. Gentle On My Mind - 3:27
6. Golden Ring (with Dierks Bentley) - 3:07
7. Two More Bottles of Wine - 3:00
8. Leavin' On Your Mind (with Jann Arden) - 4:34
9. Swinging Doors - 2:58
10. Delta Dawn (with Tanya Tucker) - 4:18
11. I'm Movin' On (with Dean Brody) - 3:36

Art-Nr.: 8043
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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It wasn't God who made Honky Tonk Angels
Love is a rose
Don't come home a drinkin' (with lovin' on your mind)
Golden ring
Swinging doors
Delta Dawn

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Foster, Frank - southern soul [2013]
Überragend! "Southern Rock-Country", fett, saftig, mit tollen Melodien und großartigen Gitarren, wie man ihn besser kaum spielen kann! Frank Foster heißt der Mann, aus dem nördlichen Louisiana stammend, der jetzt mit "Southern Soul", seinem dritten Album, in der (Southern) Country Rock-Szene ein mehr als fettes Ausrufezeichen setzt. Duftmarken von Southern Rock Bands wie Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Blackberry Smoke, Rambler oder Dry County sind omnipräsent, aber auch Outlaw-Größen wie Hank Williams Jr. und Waylon Jennings samt Sohnemann Shooter Jennings, wie auch New Country-Sänger der Marke Billy Ray Cyrus oder Bobby Pinson sind in Franks Musikspektrum wiederzufinden. Das elf Tracks umfassende Album fließt herrlich, ohne jegliche Schwachstellen dahin. Da sieht man sich vorm geistigen Auge zu dieser wunderbaren "Mucke" irgendwo in den tiefen Swamps des Südens auf der Veranda einer Holzhütte sitzemd, die von staubigen Cowboystiefeln umhüllten Füße auf dem Tisch liegend (natürlich eisgekühlte Bierdosen zur Hand), einfach nur herumpflegeln. Die CD beginnt mit einer rhythmischen "Crazy Country Night": Schöne fluffige Akustikgitarrenuntermalung, zu der sich dann die typischen E-Gitarren und und sumpfigen Slidefills gesellen. Hat diese Nummer eine großartige Melodik, einen saftigen Sound. Eine Wonne! Fosters wohlige Wäme versprühende, raspelnde Stimme erinnert sofort an die eines Billy Ray Cyrus. Beim folgenden "Bringin' My Pole" kommen direkt wehmütige Reminiszenzen an Lynyrd Skynyrds Klassiker "Things Goin’ On" auf, stark hier besonders die quäkigen Telecaster-Licks. Überhaupt haben die beiden Gitarristen Chris Lohr und Topher Peterson das große Einmaleins des Skynyrd'schen Gitarrenspiels bestens einstudiert und ergänzen sich nahezu meisterhaft. Als Rhythmus-Fraktion komplettieren Caleb Hooper (Bass, BGV) und Jeremy Warren (Drums, Percussion) das Quintett um ihren Frontmann Frank Foster, der alle Lieder allein komponiert hat. Aber auch einige wenige Gastmusiker wissen durchaus Akzente zu setzen. Klasse die pfeifenden Hammond- und gluckernden E-Piano-Einlagen von Dave Cohen, die die herrlich famose, swampige Stimmung bei "Backwood Babydoll" (wieder saustarke E-Gitarren) noch mehr rauskitzelt. Man spürt förmlich, wie der Schweiß aus sämtlichen Poren tritt. Grandioser Song. Nach der Pathos-geladenen Countryballade "Who I Am" folgt mit dem melancholisch zurückblickenden "Good Old Days Are Gone" ein Song, der so ein wenig "Made In The Shade"-Feeling aufkommen lässt. Herrlich hier die den Ton angebende Dobro-Arbeit des weiteren, recht stark eingebundenen Gastspielers Kyle Everson (auch mit einigen Steelguitar-Einlagen vertreten). Mann, hätte ein Ronnie Van Zant - so wäre er noch am Leben - einen Spaß an Typen wie jenem Frank Foster gehabt... Songs wie "Old Man In Me", "Miss Those Days", "Against The Wall" (dezentes Bob Seger Flair) und "Been Gone" erzählen allesamt zu Midtempo-E-Gitarren-/Steel-Klängen kleine, sympathisch rüberkommende Geschichten, bei denen man schön relaxt innehalten kann. Unterbrochen allerdings vom temporeichsten Stück des Werkes "Gettin’ Right". Erneut treffen fulminante Southern Rock-Gitarren (inkl. heulendem Solo) auf rotzigen Redneck-Gesang Marke Dry Country: Textfragmente im Refrain wie "...Yelling Skynyrd and Hank..." zeigen mehr als deutlich, wo’s lang geht. Am Ende hält Foster dann nochmal mit "That Kid" eine echte Granate bereit. Wieder sein typisches Storytelling und dann mischen sich weinende Steel und toll gepielte E-Gitarren dazu. Grandios, wie sich dann ein bedächtig beginnendes "Gitarren-Lüftchen" zu einem regelrecht heftigen Solo-Gewitter, wie es wohl so schön nur im Southern Rock zu erleben gibt, kurz vor Ende des Stücks zusammenbraut. Zum Ausklang haucht Frank dann noch zwei, drei emotionale Sätze ins Mikro. Klasse! Eine Art "Lucille" im Southern Rock-Outfit. Frank Foster legt mit "Southern Soul" zum Ende des Jahres 2013 noch mal ein echtes Pfund hin. Ein massiver (Geheim)Tipp für alle Southern Rocker und Country Outlaws! Eine Scheibe, die scheinbar spielend leicht Southern-, Outlaw Country Rock und dezente New Country-Zutaten harmonisch miteinander verschmelzen lässt. Er und seine Band erfinden das Rad sicher nicht neu, aber sie machen das einfach "zum Zunge schnalzen". Frank Foster und seine Mannen haben - und das spürt man sofort - einfach eine Südstaaten (Rock)-Seele! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Crazy Country Night - 3:20
2. Bringin' My Pole - 3:18
3. Backwoods Babydoll - 3:39
4. Who I Am - 4:19
5. Good Old Days Are Gone - 3:11
6. Old Man in Me - 4:37
7. Gettin' Right - 4:12
8. Miss Those Days - 3:41
9. Against the Wall - 4:58
10. Been Gone - 4:52
11. That Kid - 5:55

Art-Nr.: 8423
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Crazy country night
Backwoods babydoll
Who I am
Good old days are gone
Old man in me
Gettin' right
Against the wall

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Garcia Band, Jerry - garcia live vol. 7: november 8th 1976, sophie's, palo alto [2016]
2 CD-Set! Siebter Teil der großartigen GarciaLive-Serie mit einem neuen, bislang in den Archiven verschwundenen, tollen Mitschnitt. Die Show, eingespielt mit dem berühmten Line-Up, neben Jerry Garcia, mit John Kahn, Ronn Tutt sowie Donna und Keith Godchaux, stammt aus dem Sophie's im californischen Palo Alto vom 8. November 1976.

Hier die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

GarciaLive returns with a new installment! GarciaLive Volume Seven showcases the Jerry Garcia Band’s November 8th, 1976 performance at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, California. Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson, the original master reels were only recently re-discovered, along with a few other reels dubbed the “Houseboat Tapes”, and have been remastered for this release. It was the year of this recording that Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux first joined up with the Jerry Garcia Band. Their addition, along with Ron Tutt on drums and bassist John Kahn, helped form what would be one of the most durable lineups of the Garcia Band. In fact, earlier that year Garcia commented “I haven’t been as happy with any little performing group since Old And In The Way in terms of feeling ‘this is really harmonious, this is what I want to hear.’”
That harmonious vibe is especially present on this recording as well. Throughout the course of the evening, the band deftly melds gospel, rock, soul, and reggae to form their quintessential mid-70’s sound. As one astute critic pointed out, “More than any other Garcia band this one allows him room to run through all his guitar styles, often within a single song.” From the opening notes of “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, the band lock into a relaxed, but confident groove with Kahn & Tutt’s deep pocket providing the foundation for Jerry & Keith’s melodic exploration and rounded out by Donna Jean’s soulful harmonies. The Hunter/Garcia penned “Mission in the Rain” and Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” are particularly poignant and soulful while songs like Peter Rowan’s “Midnight Moonlight” and Hank Ballard’s “Tore Up Over You” provide the sparks bringing balance to the evening. A 22+ minute “Don’t Let Go” stands out not only for its length, but for its exercise in dynamics which further showcases Garcia’s comfort not only with the band, but the freedom found in playing smaller rooms tailor-made for they type of music he was looking to create.

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:
1.) The Way You Do The Things You Do
2.) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
3.) After Midnight
4.) Who Was John?
5.) Mission in the Rain
6.) Stir It Up

Disc 2:
1.) Midnight Moonlight
2.) Tore Up Over You
3.) Friend of the Devil
4.) Don’t Let Go
5.) Strange Man
6.) Stop That Train
7.) Ride Mighty High

Art-Nr.: 9253
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Gloriana - same [2009]
Ausgezeichnetes, vor zwei Jahren in Nashville gegründetes Quartett aus zwei Mädels (Rachel Reinert und Cheyenne Kimball) und zwei Jungs (die beiden Brüder Tim und Mike Gossin), die mit viel Frische und Dynamik exakt den jungen, modernen Country Pop-Sound repräsentieren, der heute in Nashville total angesagt ist. Und das machen sie richtig gut! Kein Wunder also, dass die Debutsingle "Wild at heart" bereits sehr ordentlich in den Charts unterwegs ist, mit klarer Tendenz nach oben. Die Songs stecken samt und sonders voller Hit-Potenzial und sind zumeist, von ein paar wenigen, allerdings überaus gelungenen Balladen abgesehen, ungemein knackig, voller Drive und Power in Szene gesetzt. Zudem sind sie sehr melodisch. Die Musik ist ein gelungenes "Crossover" zwischen mit countrytypischen Instrumenten (Fiddle, Steelguitar, Manoline) durchsetzten Arrangements und rock-poppigem Top 40-Appeal. Das größte Potenzial der Band ist ihr herausragender Gesang (der Lead-Gesang ist teils männlich, teils weiblich), vor allem aber die exzellenten "4-Part Harmonies", die spontan Vergleiche zu den Eagles oder Fleetwood Mac aufkommen lassen. Letztere sind dabei durchaus auch musikalisch eine Referenzgröße, doch im Kern zielt man klar auf die Klientel solcher Kolleginnen und Kollegen wie beispielsweise, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, mit Abstrichen auch Keith Urban u.s.w.! Unterstützt werden Gloriana, wie sollte es anders sein, von einigen Hochkarätern der "Nashville Studio-Mafia", wie Tom Bukovac, Tim Pierce, Dan Dugmore, Bryan Sutton, Aubrey Haynie und dem grandiosen Drummer Kenny Aronoff. Wie gesagt, Gloriana machen einen klasse Job. Wem der moderne, poppige, mit viel rockiger Dynamik ausgestattete Nashville New Country-Sound gefällt, der wird sehr schnell ein Fan dieses hoch talentierten Vierers werden. Ihre Musik macht einfach Laune. Und sie werden ihren Weg in den Charts machen...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 How Far Do You Wanna Go? - 3:49   
2 Wild at Heart - 3:41   
3 The Way It Goes - 3:14   
4 Lead Me On - 4:05   
5 If You're Leavin' - 2:39   
6 You Said - 2:43   
7 Cry on Command - 3:57   
8 Over Me Now? - 3:00   
9 Come and Save Me - 3:35   
10 Even If I Wanted To - 3:54   
11 All the Things That Mean the Most - 3:52   
12 Change Your Mind - 3:45   
13 Time to Let Me Go - 5:02

Art-Nr.: 6495
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
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Lady Antebellum - heart break [2017]
Nach rund 3-jähriger Auszeit mit Solo-Alben von Hillary Scott und Charles Kelley meldet sich Nashville's Mega-Trio Lady Antebellum mit einem neuen Album zurück. Gespickt mit 13 neuen, großartigen Songs gelingt ihnen abermals ein New Country-/Countrypop-Album, das aufgrund der bestechenden Performance den außergewöhnlichen Status der Band in Nashville untermauert. Lady Antebellum sind einfach eine Klasse für sich.

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a new mission setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the creative process proved successful, the trio set up a second retreat in southern California.
When we started working on this record, the goal was to give ourselves some space from the day to day, said Scott. Surrounding ourselves in a new environment with sunny beaches and warm weather really helped free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and other writers we hadn t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the journey. And it was on our first trip in Florida when we wrote Heart Break that we felt it all click.
Alongside producer busbee, their desire to shake things was made evident by their current Top 20 single You Look Good, complete with a funky horn arrangement. Elsewhere, HEART BREAK ranges from the sweet melancholy of Somebody Else s Heart to the dramatic, surging ballad Hurt, which is a powerful vehicle for Scott s voice as she soars over a spare rhythm section and classic string arrangement. With the clever extended metaphor of its lyrics and percolating groove, Army has a feel that s a throwback to 70s pop, while the bright, breezy lift-off of Think About You, with an R&B-style guitar bouncing off of a banjo lick, is entirely of the moment.
Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time, continued Haywood, And then in the studio, busbee added a whole new layer. He s such an integral part of this new chapter for us.
The trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. As Lady A gears up to get back on the road, the group is excited to add this new range of sounds and colors into a set already packed with a familiar arsenal of hits. This record is really our story, adds Kelley. They have a universal feel to them, but there s a lot of our personal stories here.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Heart Break - 3:08
2. You Look Good - 3:01
3. Somebody Else's Heart - 3:31
4. This City - 3:04
5. Hurt - 3:46
6. Army - 3:17
7. Good Time To Be Alive - 3:11
8. Think About You - 3:09
9. Big Love In A Small Town - 3:46
10. The Stars - 3:22
11. Teenage Heart - 3:40
12. Home - 2:57
13. Famous - 3:52

Art-Nr.: 9461
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Mathus, Jimbo & The Tri-State Coalition - white buffalo [2013]
Rural Guitar-Rootsrock, Americana, Mississippi Swamp-Rock, Delta-Blues, Alternative Country Rock, Hill Country Blues, Southern Soul - welcher dieser Bezeichnungen man für die mitreissende Musik dieser begnadeten Truppe auch verwenden mag, es passt immer. Jimbo Mathus und seine Band The Tri-Star Coalition (die Burschen kommen aus den drei verschiedenen U.S. Bundesstaaten Arkansas, Missouri und Mississippi) nennen es schlicht "Catfish Music". Sie legen mit ihrem neuen Album "White buffalo" geradezu ein Meisterwerk amerikanischer Roots-Musik hin. Mathus war der Kopf der sehr bekannten, mittlerweile aufgelösten, verrückten "Hyper-Ragtime" Rock-Formation Squirrel Nut Zippers, doch von seiner Herkunft und musikalischen Natur her ist der Mann aus Mississippi ein überaus produktiver, genialer Songwriter für durch und durch authentische "born-in-the-bone Southern music", ein Fahnenträger für die Kultur und die Mythologie des Südens. Genau das setzt er mit seiner fantastischen Band (neben Jimbo Mathus: lead vocals, lead guitar, mandolin sind das Matt Pierce: Telecaster guitar, Eric Carlton: keyboards, Terence Bishop: bass und Ryan Rogers: drums) auf beeindruckende, packende Art und Weise um. Jimbo Mathus beschreibt den "Tri-Stste"-Sound als "a true Southern amalgam of blues, white country, soul and rock'n roll". Besser kann man's nicht ausdrücken. Und die Musik der Truppe hat richtig Feuer. Bestimmt wird sie vorwiegend von einem sehr transparenten, vielschichtigen Gitarrensound, immer wieder kongenial ergänzt durch Orgel- und/oder Piano-Untermalungen und einer knackig troscken agierenden Rhythmusfraktion. Es herrscht ein vorwiegend raues, durchaus dreckiges, zuweilen aber auch sehr natürliches, frisches Ambiente, gepaart mit wunderbaren Melodien, das durch eine exzellente, sehr klar abgestimmte, "tighte" Produktion perfekt in Szene gesetzt wird. Verantwortlich dafür zeichnet niemand Geringerer, als Roots-König Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (u.a. the Del Lords, The Yayhoos, Steve Earle). Es muss aber auch einen Heidenspass gemacht haben, dieses umwerfende Songmaterial ins richtige Licht zu rücken. Gleich die erste Nummer, "In the garden", ist ein Knüller: Trockene, wunderschöne Mandolinen-Riffs erklingen, Jimbo's ungemein inspirierter, ausdrucksstarker Gesang setzt ein und langsam kommt die ganze Band ins Rollen. Wir hören ein großartiges Akkordeon, dreckige E-Gitarren, dazu flüssige Telecaster-Linien, ein gewisses Soul- und Gospel-Flair und einen tollen, swampigen Groove. Southern-/Delta-/Rootsrock, der einen unwiderstehlich in seinen Bann zieht. Im Verlauf des Albums haut die Truppe dann einen Haufen krachender Rocker raus, wie etwa das fulminante, schwer kochende Titelstück "White buffalo", ein von massiven E-Gitarren (lichterloh brennendes, dreckiges Solo) und fetter Orgeluntermalung bestimmter Volldampf Roots-/Southern-/Bluesrocker, der gar einen Hauch von Hendrix verbreitet (allerdings auf Mississippi-/Roots-Terrain), oder das an die Georgia Satellites, aber auch an die North Mississippi Allstars erinnernde "Fake hex", besticht aber auch mit einigen hinreissnden (Alternative)Countrynummern, wie zum Beispiel das grandios arrangierte "Poor lost souls", das klingt, als sei es einer imaginären, gemeinsamen Session von Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons und The Band entsprungen (tolle Akkordeon-Klänge, schöne Mandolinen-Fills und herrliche, "mehrstimmige" Gitarrenlinien). Bärenstark auch die knackige, erdige Ballade "Tennessee walker mare" mit ihrer großartigen Melodie, Mathus' tollem, angerauten Gesang und einem Gitarrenbreak, das gar an The Allman Brothers Band zu erinnern scheint. Es ist alles gesagt und doch wiederholen wir uns gerne noch einmal: Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition's "White buffalo" ist schlichtweg ein Meisterwerk. Das ist sie, die grandiose, fesselnde "Catfish"-Musik des amerikanischen Südens!

Als Beispiel, wie dieses großartige Album in den Staaten aufgenommen wird, hier noch, für die, die es interessiert, die ausführliche, begeisternde Besprechung von Brian Robbins, vom renommierten und hoch geschätzten Webzine "jambands.com" im Original:

In 2011, I wrote a review of Jimbo Mathus’ Confederate Buddha album, referring to the music on it as “rooted deeply in Mathus’ beloved Mississippi Hill Country, but the messages contained within the dozen tracks came from – and reach out to – some place far, far away.” My feelings about Confederate Buddha still stand – it’s a hell of a piece of work. But let me tell you something right now, folks: I don’t know what sort of gris-gris Mathus and his Tri-State Coalition (bassist Ryan Rogers, drummer Terrence Bishop, keyboardist Eric Carlton, and guitarist Matt Pierce) called upon during the recording of White Buffalo, but they have conjured up some mighty, mighty fine tunes.
You don’t have to wait for the magic to take hold: Mathus’ sweet mandolin ushers in “In The Garden” while Jimbo doles out some philosophy and advice – rolled in flour and pan-fried to a golden brown by the Coalition, who fall in behind him midway through the first verse. Carlton’s accordion infuses the tune with a Delta vibe; Bishop and Rogers keep the beat simmering somewhere between the Scottish Highlands and a Tibetan mountaintop; Pierce pilots his Telecaster through some amazing twists and turns; and through it all, Mathus’ brave little mando carries the torch that lights the song’s soul. The White Buffalo is off and running.
The best way to get to the core of what this album is all about is to dive right into the middle of the beast: the amazingly eclectic-yet-perfectly-united trifecta of “White Buffalo”, “Hatchie Bottoms”, and “Fake Hex”. The title tune comes roaring out of the speakers with enough force to make you duck your head – all rolling and a’tumbling drums and ga-wooping bass and wailing guitars and flashes of wild-ass voodoo funk ::: JIMI! ::: but there’s not a Cuban heel nor bit of tie-dye in sight; this is flannel-shirted and raggedy-blue-jeaned get-down-to-it psychedelia – as real as the button missing on that there thermal t-shirt, my friend. No sooner has the wild-colored dust and vapors and cymbal sizzles from “White Buffalo” settled than a gently-strummed acoustic guitar wraps its loving arms around you and takes you to “Hatchie Bottoms”. “In 20 and 10 I went back home again to the funeral of my Uncle Bobby …” sings Jimbo – and by the time the rest of the band has fallen into step, you are headed home as well, feeling every ounce of sweet and mournful ache ::: HANK! ::: that Jimbo and the boys lay on you. There’s hardly enough time to wipe your eyes before “Fake Hex” takes off, gee-tars all snapping and biting and chasing their tails in total Some Girls -era Stones glory ::: KEITH! ::: and it’s a hell of a mess Jimbo’s singing about (“Ever since I knew ya, you ain’t brought me nuthin’ but heartache”) but when they go roaring off into the wham/crash/wail of the bridge at 1:37, you’re helpless to do a thing except dance, dance, dance.
And that’s when you realize that what these crazy/talented bastards have managed to pull off is capturing the spirit of some sort of ::: JIMI! ::: HANK! ::: KEITH! ::: HOLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TRINITY – not by doing killer impressions or relying on plastic studio-created ambience … no, no, no. What Mathus and the Coalition have done is slow-boiled rock ‘n’ roll right down to its syrupy goodness, and then played it with every ounce of their collective beings – in a big ol’ room with big ol’ mics and a big ol’ vibe.
Sun Studios had it. Big Pink had it. The Basement Tapes and Motel Shot had it. And White Buffalo has it – a function of Mathus’ Delta Recording Service in Como, MS (an old high-ceilinged grocery store converted to a studio – that still shares a building with the local post office); a function of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel’s total grasp of who these players are and what they want to do; and a function of the players themselves knowing who they are and what they want to do.
Settling into White Buffalo is like hanging out in a cool old house where every chair is comfy; it’s chock full of moments to burrow into. Mathus’ and Matt Pierce’s harmonized guitar spirals on “Tennessee Walker Mare” are the sweetest you’ve heard since Dickey and Duane made the sun shine on “Blue Sky” while “Run Devil Run” will make the hair stand up your arms and have you brushing swamp vines out of your face that aren’t there.
“(I Wanna Be Your) Satellite” is a neat mix of crunch and velvet – a garage with a Wall Of Sound in the back. The boys lay down passages of cool doo-wop between the growled/yelped sing-‘em-like-you-feel-‘em verses. Eric Carlton’s cheesy-toned organ is the perfect glue; Ryan Rogers’ bass repeatedly builds the tune’s tension up and keeps things on edge; and pay attention to the start-stop-start drum roll that Terrence Bishop goes into at the 1:50 mark – one of the coolest bits of just-right-and-no-more rock rhythm laid down since Mickey Waller’s roll between the first and second verses of Every Picture Tells A Story. (Don’t take my word for it – go look it up.)
“Poor Lost Souls” is another tune whose words are of today, but whose soul comes straight out of an old AM radio speaker with Hank Williams doing the testifying for Mother’s Best Flour: “She’s just a lump of coal/but she could have been a diamond.” (Pierce tickles and prods his Tele into everything from Bakersfield ticky-tick rhythms to heartbreaker pedal steel-ish twang.) “Self?” is a study in introspection, honesty, and crunchy guitars; “Useless Heart” is more of the same – only different. Jay Bennett would’ve loved it.
Interplanetary honky tonk? Born-in-the-bone Americana? Yes and yes – and a few dozen other descriptions would fit, as well. It matters not what you call it, though – Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition are playing your song.
Too early to start this year’s “Best Of” list? Nope. And White Buffalo is an easy pick.
(Brian Robbins/jambands.com)

Die komplette Tracklist:

1. In the Garden - 2:56
2. (I Wanna Be Your) Satellite - 2:39
3. Tennessee Walker Mare - 4:53
4. White Buffalo - 3:10
5. Hatchie Bottoms - 3:26
6. Fake Hex - 2:21
7. Poor Lost Souls - 3:42
8. Self? - 2:09
9. Run Devil Run - 4:02
10. Useless Heart - 3:37

Art-Nr.: 8033
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Matthews Band, Dave - come tomorrow [2018]
Endlich, nach sechs langen Jahren: Ein neues Studioalbum der Dave Matthews Band - handwerklich und musikalisch wieder auf höchstem Niveau. Sehr starke Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

At some point in time a wise human accurately stated that what makes us happy are the little things. I’ll circle around to this sentence later on. For now, happy FriYAY, it’s a Dave Matthews Band album release Friday, so indeed, YAY! Come Tomorrow is the ninth chapter in the storied career of these jam-band Virginia legends, and the first offering since 2012’s Away From The World. Clocking in at roughly 55 minutes, this LP arrives at a time of need for balance and soothing simplistic stories that drift us away from the feather ruffling of everyday Hollywood and politics. Not that there is anything simple about Dave Matthews and his mates, but their complex sound does calm and bring smiles to those willing to delve in.
As previously stated, little things. It figures as we get older, people tend to find joy in everyday occurrences. Let’s not talk about government or our divided neighbors, let’s shy away from the music industry beefs and the unfair turbulence caused by the rich few. These topics have there importance, of course, but sometimes we just need a break. That is where Dave Matthews and the gang’s new offering chimes in. Come Tomorrow is a record about the simple things. Relatable material. In a world that’s taken a turn to Kafkaesque settings, Dave Matthews is another voice reminding us that maybe we could take a step back and enjoy – say it with me – the little things.
Album opener “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” titled after a sub-par film released in 1991 with a cool title, is a drums-n-guitar driven power-ballad focused on the hopeful purity that overtakes us when a newborn arrives. By contrast, “Do You Remember” is an upbeat swanky mix of playful strings and horns that reflects on our time on this fickle Earth and what love is supposed to look like. Namesake “Come Tomorrow” is a mid-paced tune of both optimism and acquiesce. Croons Matthews “An old man spat and cursed as he spoke // It’s all going to hell and the whole world is broken // The little kid is busy making plans // To save the whole world // Along with that old man,” to a future generation that takes the reins and looks to fix our past missteps – at least that is the plan.
Material from yesteryear shines through on Come Tomorrow as well. The late great Mr. LeRoi Moore‘s notorious horns make a cameo on straight-out-of-the-vault anthems “Can’t Stop” and “Idea of You.” Rounding out the stronger core are the funky soul trappings of “Again and Again” and the longing tales of childhood on the maturely suave “Virginia In The Rain.” Nonetheless, the spectacular apotheosis within Come Tomorrow rests in the unlikely “That Girl Is You.” A tune detailing a casual meet cute that plays simple enough by tune, but is high and mighty through a seldom used gritty-falsetto from Matthews. This is Dave like you have never heard him before – and it is refreshing.
Overall, Come Tomorrow is a sane and vulnerable album. No outlandish statements are made and much of the material comes across as organic and synced. Per usual, Rashawn, Stefan, Carter, and the rest of the gang play it tight, play it right, and create beauty within the elation of sheer musicianship. There are no auto-tunes or computerized gimmicks of enhancement. Come Tomorrow is just a bunch of gifted artists making simple themed jams in a world looking to save itself, from itself. You know, the little things. Cheers!
(Andrés Alvarado/Loudsound Magazine)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - 4:22
2. Can't Stop - 4:43
3. Here On Out - 3:18
4. That Girl Is You - 3:16
5. She - 3:51
6. Idea Of You - 4:44
7. Virginia In The Rain - 6:09
8. Again And Again - 4:25
9. bkdkdkdd - 0:27
10. Black And Blue Bird - 3:33
11. Come On Come On - 4:39
12. Do You Remember - 4:17
13. Come Tomorrow - 4:46
14. When I'm Weary - 1:56

Art-Nr.: 9640
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Pickler, Kellie - small town girl [2006]
Kellie Pickler belegte beim diesjährigen "American Idol"-Kontest zwar nur den sechsten Platz, dennoch gelang es ihr direkt beim angesehenen BNA (Sony BMG) einen Platten-Vertrag zu ergattern. Die bildhübsche 20-jährige Blondine aus North Carolina machte beim Wettbewerb durch unkonventionelles Auftreten und teilweise verwirrende Äußerungen auf sich aufmerksam und handelte sich Schlagzeilen wie "The next Jessica Simpson" oder "Sweet southern style and dizzy demeanor" ein. Trotz alledem, dass die junge Dame über ein immenses musikalisches Potential verfügt, beweist sie ohne "Wenn und Aber" auf ihrem jetzt veröffentlichen, klasse Debüt. Der erfahrene Star-Produzent Blake Chancey (u.a. Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, The Lost Trailers) ließ nichts anbrennen und hat dem Mädel den exakt zu ihrem Image passenden Stil und Sound "wie angegossen" auf den Leib geschnitten. Flotter, überaus kompetent instrumentierter, sehr sympathischer, meist gut gelaunter, knackiger Mainstream-New Country mit einer ausgewogenen Mischung aus dynamischen, gut abgehenden Nummern (manchmal durchaus mit traditionell ausgericghteter Basis) und einigen kraftvollen Balladen. Kellie funfierte bei fünf Stücken als Co-Writerin und hatte darüber hinaus sehr namhafte Songwriter wie Chris Lindsey und Aimee Mayo mit im Team. Musiker sind im Booklet nicht benannt, es ist aber von der exzellenten Einspielung her von den üblichen Könnern der Nashville-Studiomusiker-Szene auszugehen. Highlights sind der Opener "Red High Heels" (gleichzeitig die erste Single- sehr melodisch, knackig mit dezentem Bob Seger-, John Mellencamp-Flair), die beiden recht country-traditionellen Stücke "Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind" (ein Slow-Country-Boogie mit CCR-Gitarrenriff und schönen Slide-Einlagen) und "One Of The Guys" (bluesiger Roadhouse Rock mit quäkender Harmonika, inkl. tollem Solo), die beiden schönen Balladen "Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You" (Richtung Joe Dee Messina, mit zwei klasse, prägnanten E-GitarrenSoli) und das viel Western-Romantik versprühende "Wild Ponies" (könnte der Begleitsong für den nächsten Marlboro-Spot sein, man stelle sich vor: Kellie singend mit der Wandergitarre inmitten harter Cowboys, die bei Kaffee und Zigarette sentimental ins abendliche Lagerfeuer blicken...), wie auch die poppig, gut gelaunt und prima dahin groovenden Uptempo-Tracks "Small Town Girl" (mit Piano, Slide und Orgel, wieder voller Energie ind der Art von Jo Dee Messina & Co.) oder "Girls Like Me" (Kellies Gesang ähnelt hier etwas dem der Fleetwood Mac-Diva Stevie Nicks, knackige Akustik-, E- Gitarren-, schöne Mandolinen-Untermalung, feine Orgel-Tupfer)! Kellie Picker macht gesangstechnisch eine exzellente Figur und kann eigentlich jedes Tempo gehen. Vom Konzept her ist ihr Erstling vielleicht recht ähnlich dem der ebenfalls durch American Idol bekannt gewordenen Carrie Underwood konstruiert. Und das ist, wie bekannt, ja blendend eingeschlagen. Warum also nicht. Wer sonnigen, positiv gestimmten, poppigen "Girl Power"-Mainstream New Country voller Energie und Saft a là Jo Dee Messina, Alecia Elliott, LeAnn Rimes, The Wreckers oder Carrie Underwood mag, wir hier vorzüglich bedient! Für Euch heißt es ab jetzt: "Picking Pickler"! (Daniel Daus)

Art-Nr.: 4533
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Son Volt - honky tonk [2013]
Jay Farrar's unwiderstehliche, großartige Roots-/Alternate Country-/Americana-Formation Son Volt widmen sich, der Titel lässt es schon vermuten, auf ihrem neuen Album der klassischen Country- und Honky Tonk-Musik, und zwar vorwiegend der, die ihren Ursprung im californischen Bakersfield mit solchen Größen wie beispielsweise Buck Owens und Merle Haggard, aber auch dem unvergessenen Gram Parsons hat. Spuren dieser Musik waren schon immer Bestandteil in den Songs von Son Volt, doch nun präsentieren sie sie in einem vollkommen lupenreinen, unverfälschten Gewand und stellen dabei wie selbstverständlich eine geradezu hinreissend schöne und durch und durch authentische Balance zwischen traditioneller Old School-Ursprünglichkeit und einem zeitgemäßen Americana-Ambiente her. Das Material wirkt zeitlos lebendig. Farrar erzählt von Herzschmerz, gebrochenen Herzen, einsamen Highways, Honky Tonk Angels und verpackt die durchweg herausragenden Songs in herrliche Country-Arrangements, bei denen Instrumente wie die Pedal Steel und die Fiddle (zuweilen auch prächtige Twin-Fiddles) neben den transparenten Gitarren eine gewichtige Rolle spielen. Son Volt mit einer beeindruckenden Vorstellung, einer wundervollen Hommage an die gute, alte Honky Tonk-Musik, einem kleinen (Alternate)Country-Geniestreich.

Hier noch ein Original-U.S.Review:

Uncle Tupelo pretty much established the subgenre of alt-country in 1990 with the release of No Depression, and the band's two main songwriters and singers, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, seemed to fulfill the promise that Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds had mapped out over two decades before, a perfect synthesis of rock and country. When Uncle Tupelo split in 1993, Tweedy, always more on the pop side of things, formed Wilco, which enjoyed commercial and critical success, while Farrar, who mapped out the moodier, more hangdog country side of things, formed Son Volt, a band with no aspirations for the charts, indie or otherwise, and while Son Volt's albums have been strong, interesting, and decidedly uncommercial ever since, they all lead, it seems, to this new one, Honky Tonk, which arrives at last squarely in country territory (more specifically, the Bakersfield country of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard), with nary an electric guitar in sight. Full of slow and midtempo waltzes and shuffles, and framed and led by pedal steel guitars and twin fiddles, along with Farrar's weary, never-in-a-big-hurry, laid-back (but somehow mysteriously intense) vocals, Honky Tonk is full of a beautiful, thoughtful, and almost Zen-like approach to life, all set against a classic old-school Bakersfield country backdrop. Songs here like "Hearts and Minds," "Wild Side," "Bakersfield," "Angel of the Blues," and "Shine On" aren't rave-ups, and aren't bitter barroom apologies, but are filled instead with a kind of stubborn hope and joy, made perhaps even more powerful for being from the 21st century while sounding like they came from the century before. The whole album accumulates in a powerful, meditative way, and its themes are less about drinking and trying to forget the past than they are about making peace with the past and trying to remember it and use it as a spark and a springboard to the future. Honky Tonk is country facing forward informed by the past.
(Steve Leggett, Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hearts and Minds - 3:48
2. Brick Walls - 2:12
3. Wild Side - 3:00
4. Down the Highway - 4:00
5. Bakersfield - 2:10
6. Livin' On - 3:37
7. Tears of Change - 2:54
8. Angel of the Blues - 4:06
9. Seawall - 3:22
10. Barricades - 3:42
11. Shine On - 3:37

Art-Nr.: 8091
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Hearts and minds
Brick walls
Bakersfield
Livin' on
Angel of the blues
Seawall
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Sugarland - love on the inside ~ deluxe fan edition [2008]
Deluxe Fan-Edition mit 5 Bonustracks! Erfrischend , lebendig, wunderbar! Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles und Kristian Bush) setzen auch mit ihrem von den Fans heiß herbeigesehnten dritten Album konsequent ihren musikalisch eingeschlagenenWeg fort und werden dabei immer besser! Nettles' Stimme war nie kraftvoller, variabler und stärker, Bush's Harmonies, sein Acoustic Gitarren- und Mandolinenspiel waren nie vielfältiger. Dieses Duo ist mit seinem durchaus in Traditionen verwurzelten, aber so modernen, knackigen, dabei alles andere als glamourösen, sondern stets erdigen, exakt auf den Punkt produzierten New Contry-/Country-Rockpop-Sound eine wahre Wohltat für Nashville! Das Album erscheint in den USA in zwei Ausgaben, einer "normalen" Version mit 12 neuen Tracks und einer sogenannten "Deluxe Fan-Edition" mit 5 zusätzlichen Bonustracks! Darüber hinaus kommt die Deluxe-Ausgabe in einer speziellen, edlen Digipack-Verpackung inklusive eines alle Texte und viele Fotos enthaltenden, 20-seitigen Booklets und der Zugangsmöglichkeit zu exklusivem Video-Material. Also, keine Frage: Die "aufgemotzte" Ausgabe ist definitiv die, die es sich lohnt zu kaufen - und deshalb bieten wir auch ausschließlich diese an! Insgesamt ist das Songmaterial im Vergleich zu den beiden mega-erfolgreichen Vorgängern vielleicht etwas "verhaltener" ausgefallen. Will heißen: Der Anteil an Balladen hat im Vergleich zu den Uptempo-Nummern leicht zugenommen. Dennoch strotzt auch dieses Album vor Dynamik und Energie - und das Songmaterial ist einfach nur klasse! Ohne Ausnahme! Toll beispielsweise der froh gelaunte Opener "All I want to do" (gleichzeitig die erste Single und bereits auf dem besten Wege die nächste Nr. 1 des Duos zu werden), mit seinen kernigen Slide Gitarren-Licks (großartig: Gitarren-As Michael Landau), dem trockenen Ambiente und dem wundervollen "Ooh hu hu hu hu"-Mitsing-Refrain, der knackige, sehr melodische Uptempo Rockin' Country-Shuffle/-Boogie "It happens", der traumhafte, einfach herrlich ins Ohr gehende Country-Stomper "We run" mit seinen vitalen Acoustic Gitarren-Rhythmen, dem knackigen Drumming und großartigen Akkordeon-Spiel, die exzellente, leicht folkig angehauchte, einmal mehr wundervoll melodische, Mandolinen-getränkte Country-Ballde "Genevieve", das entspannte "Already gone", der satte, rockige, ungemein melodische Knaller "Take me as I am", das rootsige, viel Americana-Feeling aufbauende, von schöner Slide, Steelguitar und einem klasse Traditional Country-Rhythmus bestimmte "Steve Earle" (einer Huldigung der beiden an die große Roots-/Alternate Country-Ikone), und die wunderschöne, getragene, ruhige, kristallklar in Szene gesetzte, reine Country-Ballade "Very last country song" - eine traumhafte Nummer! Die fünf, auf der Fan-Edition zusätzlich enthaltenen Songs (3 weitere neue Studio-Tracks und 2 bärenstarke, bislang auch nicht als Studioversion existierende Live-Nummern) reihen sich nahtlos an den hohen Qualitätsstandard der übrigen Stücke an und sind somit für den geneigten Sugarland- und New Country-Fan ebenso unverzichtbar! Erwähnenswert hier besonders die brillante Live-Fassung des Achtziger Jahre-/Dream Academy-Klassikers "Life in a northern town", das am 13. Dezember 2007 in Fayettevill/North Carolina während der gemeinsamen US-Tour von Sugarland mit Little Big Town und Jake Owen mitgeschnitten wurde, die sich auch alle gesanglich an dieser tollen Intepretation beteiligten. Sugarland sind und bleiben mit "Love on the inside" (vielleicht sogar ihr ausgereiftestes, bestes Album) eines der absoluten Zugpferde Nashvilles in Sachen knackigem, modernem, qualitativ gochwertigem New Country, inklusive "eingebauter" Hit- und Chart-Garantie! Ein tolles Album - und darüber hinaus mit über 71 Minuten Spielzeit ein wirklich prall gefüll

Ganz interessant: Ein offizieller Sugaland "Song by Song"-Überblick (im Original):

"All I Want To Do"
The duo’s intent here was to have a lot of swing to the lead single of this album. To funk it up a bit, and keep it very hooky. Musically, this number’s somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Jack Johnson, with some Marvin Gaye and Van Halen thrown in. "I love the flirty sound," says Jennifer Nettles. "We just always want to bring different energies, and we got to play on the lighter side this time." If you listen close, the easy percussion from Matt Chamberlain gives the song its sexy heartbeat.

"It Happens"
Sometimes, you just gotta let go. That’s what this gritty little tune’s all about, says the duo. "We always say we should take the music seriously, but not ourselves," Nettles says. When the guitar comes in at the top, you know this is going to be a little more 80s pop than down-home country. Think "Walking on Sunshine". Because this tune wraps it all up with some very advisable lyrics: "Let go, laughing". And Nettles thinks the ironies, like getting in a fender bender with your ex and his new girl, shows listeners what a grand sense of humor the universe has. It’s a very uptempo way to look at a world that’s out of your control.

"We Run"
New love. Young love. Green love. There’s an excitement to that experience that Sugarland has captured in this intoxicating bluegrassy rocker. Nettles admits this grew from a seed of an idea that Bush had, since he grew up playing mountain music in Tennessee. And this song lends itself to that Appalachian sound, that driving four-on-the-floor beat. You can’t really describe that feeling, so the duo chose to show it rather than tell it. The imagery--of pockets of dirt and reckless weather on the breath--convey how beautiful, messy and powerful love can be.

"Joey"
Teenage love doesn’t always have a happy ending. Especially when a tear-jerker like Bill Anderson has pen in hand. He helped Nettles and Bush craft this modern take on the traditional teen tragedy, and yet much more alternative influences went into the vocals. "We ended up with a haunting wail in the chorus and this R.E.M. background vocal," says Bush of the melancholy music. "It’s simple and dark." The rich texture of this song is built around all those "what ifs" that run through your mind as you explore regret. "Nothing mitigates loss," says Nettles "But everyone has regrets, so we can all relate."

"Love"
Nettles’ powerhouse pipes take center stage in this ballad. And that strength comes though in the form of questions, about how you can possibly define love. Is it the face of a child? Kindness in the eyes of a stranger? In a hotel room in Washington D.C., when Sugarland was chasing down the theme of the whole album, the topic of love came up. "No way could you ever narrow it down," Nettles says of their writing time with Tim Owens ("Settlin’"). There’s love lost, love found, new and old loves. So this tune gets right in the middle, and makes some reaches musically. Bush’s powerful voice is featured for the second half of this song. "When we were writing the back half, Jen said ‘I want you to sing these words I wrote just for you,’" recalls Bush. "I will always feel special singing those words."

"Genevieve"
Nettles said that Bush had the whole first verse worked out. That verse--and his pure, sweet mandolin work--were inspiring enough. But when the idea for some three-part harmony came up, it only made this dirge of a country heartache even better. Nettles says it reminded her of some of the southern Baptist hymns she grew up on, and likes that the story’s not clear cut. "It’s a beautiful thing when we get to play characters that are complicated." There’s a mystery of who this character is that is coping with such a dramatic loss. It’s a little twisted. But that creates an even stronger pull into the lyrics.

"Already Gone"
A waltz-time lope? On a country album? Writing with Bobby Pinson ("Want To"), the duo was determined to do a song in six-eight. And to keep it very personal. "This is the story of coming of age, literally and emotionally," says Nettles. And it’s such a healing tale, about a woman who is growing up, leaving home, falling in love and saying goodbye.

"Keep You"
Is it possible to write an emotional song about being numb? It’s like writing a song about being loud by being quiet, Nettles and Bush think. That irony, blended with a bittersweet epiphany of knowing it’s time to walk away, make this one of the most contemporary done-me-wrong songs of our time. "Subtlety and nuance make all the difference in this song. Painting emotions with broad strokes is easy, but this time we’re using a toothbrush to dig through the finer emotions," says Nettles, comparing the duo to archeologists. And the vocal range she plays with throughout keep this song on the edgier side, because of the way she explodes into huge notes that few singers can even attempt.

"Take Me As I Am"
When the curtain opens, there’s a woman in a hotel room at night. As the song unravels, so does the mystery of why she’s there. In this character-driven narrative, with a Pat Benatar influence and some solid electric guitar work, the empowering message is clear. When you reach that point, when you are comfortable in your own skin, the line about "I’m not perfect, but I’m worth it" makes all the sense in the world. This could very well be the anthem of the unsung heroes who walk among us every day. "This is a very grown-up place to get to in your life," Nettles explains.

"What I’d Give"
Written with Kenny Chesney’s long-time lead guitarist Clayton Mitchell, this one builds a lingering story around some Faces era guitar and mandolin stylings. The kind that Sugarland thinks make for a story of their own. Usually in country, the song ends when the bow is tied off neatly with a lyric. But after the last lyric ends, they still had more to say musically. Nettles vocals are sultrier than they’ve ever been, and she likes the romantic implications of the lyrics. And both she and Bush agree that if you aren’t making out halfway into this six-minute yearning, then you aren’t ever going to be.

"Steve Earle"
If you know anything about Steve Earle, this song will thrill you with its comic pining for his songwriting. If you don’t know him, it’ll certainly pique your curiosity. Both Nettles and Bush share a fondness for Earle’s brand of country. It taught them that country was still viable, and gave them confidence to reimagine the sound. And when the duo found out what a shameless romantic Earle was, they had to set all his comings and goings to music. This upbeat barn burner fueled by a big pedal steel, is a playful way to process a painful subject. Nettles looks at it this way: "There comes a point in life of a troubadour when the character can become heroic. Even legendary."

"Very Last Country Song"
Aptly named, the last song on the album is a look at what would happen if nothing ever went wrong again. "If life stayed the way it was, if those conditions weren’t in our lives, then this would literally be the last country song," says Nettles. Everything is as it should be was the impetus and inspiration behind this song. Co-writer Tim Owens told the duo that someone had once asked him why country music was always so sad. Owens’ answer was that if bad things never happened, then what would we have to write about? The ethereal tones underneath this song stay quiet enough so the insight into the human condition can be felt. Like when you can hear Nettles smile as she sings the verse that looks back on the unexpected joy of an unexpected child.

Plus 5 Bonus-Tacks:

Fall Into Me 4:46
Operation: Working Vacation 3:59
Wishing 4:11
Life In A Northern Town (Live) 4:14
Come On Get Higher (Live)

Art-Nr.: 5848
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 18,90

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Tedeschi Trucks Band - revelator [2011]
Es ist ein brillantes Werk geworden! Derek Trucks, der begnadete Gitarrist der The Allman Brothers Band und Derek Trucks Band, und seine Gattin, die großartige Singer-Songwriterin und Gitarristin Susan Tedeschi mit einer hinreissenden Southern Soul, Blues-, Roots-Scheibe, die einen von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute gefangen nimmt.

Das renommierte, der The Allman Brothers Band nahe stehende, mittlerweile aber in der gesamten Jamrock-Szene voll etablierte Fan-Magazin schreibt zu diesem Werk:
For the past 18 months, the husband/wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have been working on a new collective vision. This creative period resulted in their new album, the appropriately titled Revelator, which you can now pre-order through Hittin' the Note!
Revelator is a truly collaborative effort in every way, an egoless journey made possible by teamwork and group effort. Mike Mattison and the brothers Burbridge, Oteil and Kofi, contribute to the songwriting, and the band worked with a wide variety of talented songwriters from outside their musical family.
From the evocative, moody "Midnight In Harlem" to the rip-roaring drive of "Bound for Glory" to the testifying funk of "Love Has Something Else to Say," the results speak for themselves. This is a great group of songs, played to perfection.
"These songs are all life-adventure stuff," says Tedeschi. "Revelator is about storytelling through songs - songs with nice musical structures, with beginnings, middles and ends, a lot of content that people can really dig into."
Of course, even the best songs can only take you so far without a great band. Revelator is the debut of the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. This all-star band allows both Derek and Susan to really shine.
"I'm super-proud of the work that Susan's done on the record," Derek says about his wife and collaborator. "We really tried to catch different parts of her singing - not just the belting thing that she's known for, but the sweet side too. She's really laying it all out there."
Susan is equally proud in describing Derek's work on the record. "I have the best guitar player in the world in my band," Susan says with pride. "I love playing with my husband and now I get to hear him every night."

Eine weitere U.S.-Besprechung im Original:

Revelator is the long-awaited, song-oriented debut album by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. Filled with smoky, blues-dipped rockers and heart-stilling ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Tedeschi's vocal ability, plus a series of emotive, story-telling solos shaped by Trucks's uncanny agility on slide-guitar, Revelator also serves to introduce the couple s new, 11-piece ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band.
A dramatic leap forward for two of the music world's most dynamic performers, Revelator is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk organically flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.
In addition to the combined weight of Tedeschi and Trucks's equally renowned abilities, Revelator benefits from an impressive circle of talent that the two brought together. Trucks co-produced the album with multi-Grammy-winning engineer Jim Scott, whose genre-bending credits include popular albums by the Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both Tedeschi and Trucks co-wrote the album's twelve new songs with an impressive list of experienced songwriters, including Jeff Trott, John Leventhal, David Ryan Harris and Sonya Kitchell; Gary Louris and Oliver Wood of the Jayhawks and the Wood Brothers, respectively; and old friends like guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Krasno (of Soulive), and band members Mike Mattison, Kofi Burbridge and Oteil Burbridge.
Most notably, Revelator features the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band) have joined forces with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, trombonist Saunders Sermons, and harmony singers Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison. (Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supplied harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to "These Walls".) The fact that this aggregation includes so many musicians related by experience and blood clearly adds to the notion of Revelator as a true group album, the product of a musical family.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Come See About Me 3:49
2. Don't Let Me Slide 5:03
3. Midnight in Harlem 5:52
4. Bound for Glory 5:28
5. Simple Things 4:46
6. Until You Remember 6:11
7. Ball and Chain 3:57
8. These Walls 5:58
9. Learn How to Love 4:23
10. Shrimp and Grits (Interlude) 1:45
11. Love Has Something Else to Say 5:54
12. Shelter 7:58

Art-Nr.: 7409
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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