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Gobs of New Classic Rock – Including New Queen!

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack)
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack)

I have just added gobs of new classic rock (14 new songs) into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Original Soundtrack) … The soundtrack for the movie is worth every penny. It includes not only some of the more well known Queen classics – but also live versions from their iconic performance at Live Aid (and more!). Listen for the tracks Don’t Stop Me Now (with a reworked Brian May guitar solo) and a live version of Now I’m Here (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon). Read the review here.

Ace Frehley – Spaceman … The former Kiss guitar player returns with an album of hard rock. Listen for the track Without You I’m Nothing – which was co-written by and features Gene Simmons on bass. Read the review here.

Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova 2.0 … The Canadian guitarist and songwriter returns with a re-recording of six tracks from his original 1981 album (which featured the hit Fantasy), and one new song. Listen for the song Foolin’ Yourself 2.0Read the review here.

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions … Recorded primarily as a trio with a bassist and drummer, Hiatt returns to the basics with this album that was recorded over a mere six days. Listen for the song Over The Hill (which he definitely isn’t!). Read the review here.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now … His first album with The Imposters in 10 years finds the singer/songwriter in fine form. The album is varied and eclectic but all Elvis. Listen for the track Burnt Sugar Is So BitterRead the review here.

Blues Traveler – Hurry Up & Hang Around … This album finds Blues Traveler stripping back to the garage band they started out as – which gives us one of their best albums in many a year. Listen for the track Accelerated NationRead the review here.

Dave Davies – Decade … One of the founding members of The Kinks (with his brother Ray Davies), has given us an album of songs he was working on nthe 1970s just prior to the release of his first solo album. These songs range from hard rock to pop and are fully fleshed out and would have worked on any Kinks album. Listen for the tracks Give You All My Love and This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)Read the review here.

Graham Parker – Cloud Symbols … Ably backed by The Goldtops (Martin Belmont, Geraint Watkins, Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds) and accompanied by The Rumour Brass on six tracks – Parker‘s 24th album finds him in fine form with an excellent batch of songs. Listen for the tracks Girl In Need and Every Saturday Nite.  Read the review here.

Joe Strummer – Joe Strummer 001 … This album is a retrospective of everything Strummer did after his time helming The Clash. It features a range of styles and everything from duets with Johnny Cash and Jimmy Cliff to his work with The Mescaleros. Listen for the track Letsagetabitarockin’ which he recorded with The 101ersRead the review here.

Doyle Bramhall II – Shades … The latest album from the in-demand singer-songwriter guitarist covers a variety of different styles – yet maintains a honest cohesion. It features guest artists such as Eric Clapton and Norah Jones. Listen for the Bob Dylan penned song Going Going Gone which features The Tedeschi Trucks BandRead the review here.

And lastly, I have added into the playlist the recently released song Fabulously Absolute by Joe Jackson. This song is from his forthcoming album of new material called Fool – which is due for release on January 19th.

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New Tom Petty, Steve Perry, Rod Stewart and More!

Steve Perry - Traces
Steve Perry – Traces

I have just added 12 more tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Steve Perry – Traces … The ex-Journey vocalist returns with his first album of new material since 1994’s For The Love of Strange Medicine. The unmistakable voice is still in fine form. Listen for the tracks – Easy To Love and Sun Shines Gray. Read the review here.

Tom Petty – An American Treasure … This box set captures deeper cuts, alternate takes and unreleased songs Petty left off his previous boxed set (Playback). Listen for a live version of a duet with Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac) called Insider, an early longer, live version of the classic song Breakdown, an alternate version of the song Rebels (with horns!) and a previously unreleased rocker called Lonesome Dave. Read the review here.

Phil Collins – Plays Well With Others … This 4 CD box set showcases the incredible variety of musical artists that the ex-Genesis drummer/vocalist has collaborated with. Listen for Collins playing on the tracks Sweet Little Mystery by John Martyn, Savannah Woman by Tommy Bolin, Walking On Air by Stephen Bishop and drumming and singing on a cover of the BeatlesAbbey Road suite Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End – which he recorded with the legendary Beatles’ producer George MartinRead the review here.

Rod Stewart – Blood Red Roses … After a decade of crooning the American Songbook, the ex-Faces vocalist returns with an album of more contemporary music. Listen for the track Vegas ShuffleRead the review here.

John Lennon – Imagine (The Ultimate Collection) … A lavish celebration of Lennon‘s 1971 masterpiece, this box set is an in-depth examination of everything that went on around the recording of this pivotal album. Listen for the song God Save OzRead the review here.

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