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New Boz Scaggs, Elvin Biship and Bob Dylan

Boz Scaggs-Out of The Blues
Boz Scaggs-Out of The Blues

I have just added 6 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Boz Scaggs – Out Of the Blues … For over 10 years now Boz Scaggs has been releasing albums that are grittier and more blues-based than his most popular albums from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. This new album maintains that trend, taking the music back into the blues (contrary to what the album title says!) Listen for the tracks Little Miss Night and Day, I’ve Just Got to Forget You and Rock and Stick. Read the review here.

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here … Their previous debut album garnered a Grammy nomination and the band continues in a fun-filled bluesy direction. Listen for the hilarious take on those in power on the song Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here and the instrumental track Bob’s Boogie. Read the review here.

Bob Dylan – Live 1962 – 1966: Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections … This two-disc compilation of early concert recordings brings together material previously only available on the limited edition 50th Anniversary/Copyright Extension albums. Listen for the track Baby Let Me Follow You Down, which was recorded in May 1966 at the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, UK. Read the review here.

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Amazon Echo/Alexa Can Stream Choice Classic Rock

Amazon EchoAre you an Amazon Echo/Alexa user? Do you use Echo and the Alexa voice recognition to stream music in your house? Then you can stream Choice Classic Rock over your Echo device. Since Choice Classic Rock is on TuneIn radio and you can access TuneIn radio from your Echo/Alexa device – you can start streaming us with a voice command.

However, you have to use the correct syntax to start the stream – or Alexa will think you are looking for a Classic Rock genre that doesn’t exist. Here is the WRONG way to do it (which unfortunately, is how the Echo/Alexa instructions tell you to do it): “Alexa, stream Choice Classic Rock on TuneIn.This will not work

Instead, use the following voice command: “Alexa, stream the station Choice Classic Rock on TuneIn.Alexa needs to hear the word “station” before “Choice Classic Rock” to know this is the station you want. State the command using this syntax and it will start the stream and you will be happily listening to the best classic rock in the world!

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New Rolling Stones and Graham Nash

Graham Nash - Over The Years
Graham Nash – Over The Years

I have just added 5 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Graham Nash – Over The Years … This double CD album is a “best of” – containing tracks from The Hollies, Crosby Stills & Nash as well as solo material – but also a deep dive into the origins of some of this artist’s best known songs. There are more than a dozen unreleased songs in the collection – including early demos of some of Nash‘s best known work. Listen for the demo versions of Chicago and Wasted On the Way. Read the review here.

The Rolling Stones – No Security: Live San Jose ’99 … This DVD/CD package contains 20 songs from their 1999 No Security Tour culled from two performances in San Jose. Listen for live versions of You Got Me Rocking, Bitch and Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Read the review here.

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New Single From Tom Petty

An American Treasure
Tom Petty: An American Treasure

I have just added a new song from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers into high rotation. The track is called Keep A Little Soul and is the first single released from the upcoming box set Tom Petty: An American Treasure. The 4 CD box set will contain 60 tracks of previously unreleased live and studio recordings from across the legendary performer’s storied career.  It is due for release in September of 2018.

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New Ray Davies, Tommy Shaw, Paul Rodgers and More!

Paul Rodgers - Free Spirit
Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit

I have just added 11 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Tommy Shaw – Sing For The Day! … The Styx guitar player singer is joined by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a live re-visit of his catalogue of solo and Styx material. Listen for an orchestra-assisted reworking of the Styx song Renegade. Read the review here.

Sharks – Ready Set Go … This little-known band has been around a long time and features the well-respected excellent guitar player Chris Spedding. Listen for the song Who Chaser. Read the review here.

Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana Act II … As a founder member of The Kinks, Ray Davies has a real knack for song writing. The album is a follow up to his last album (which was just called Americana). Listen for the tracks Back In the Day, The Getaway and March Of the Zombies. Read the review here.

Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit … The former Bad Company singer celebrates the 50th anniversary of his band prior to Bad CompanyFree – by releasing this live recording from last year. He covers most of the well-known Free songs. Listen for the track Wishing Well. Read the review here.

The Alarm – Equals … This is the first Alarm album in 8 years, and finds them teaming up with the Cult‘s Billy Duffy. Listen for the songs Two Rivers and Beautiful. Read the review here.

Chicago – Chicago II: Live on Soundstage … This album finds the band performing their (arguably) most popular album (Chicago II) in it’s entirety, in a live setting on Soundstage. Listen for a scorching live version of the song 25 Or 6 To 4. Read the review here.

David Clayton-Thomas – Mobius … The former vocalist for Blood, Sweat & Tears latest album goes in several different directions but it a great all round album.  Listen for the songs It’s All About the Money and Back To the 60’s. Read the review here.

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New Paul McCartney Tracks

Paul McCartney - I Don't Know / Come On To Me
Paul McCartney – I Don’t Know / Come On To Me

I have just added 2 new tracks from the upcoming album from Paul McCartney (you know – that Beatle guy!) into high rotation on the playlist. McCartney‘s new album is called Egypt Station and is set for world-wide release on September 7th. It was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters). This will be McCartney‘s first album of all-new music since 2013’s New. Tune in now and listen for the tracks I Don’t Know and Come On To Me.

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New Clapton, Allman Brothers Band and More!

Eric Clapton - Life In 12 Bars
Eric Clapton – Life In 12 Bars

I have just added 10 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars … This double disc album is the soundtrack for the recently released documentary on the iconic guitar player. It features songs from Clapton‘s career in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and his solo catalogue – but also some session work he did with the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and Delaney & Bonnie. The best part of the release is that it has 5 previously unreleased tracks that are actually essential to the Clapton catalogue. Listen for the tracks Little Wing (Live At the Fillmore East) by Derek & The Dominos, as well as the Clapton solo tracks Little Queenie (Live At Long Beach Arena) and the full length version of I Shot The Sheriff. Read the review here.

Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well … The 7 time Grammy aware winner has released an excellent album at the young-at-heart age of 81! Listen for the tracks Old Fashioned, Ooh Daddy and Cognac (which features guest guitarists Jeff Beck and Keith Richards swapping guitar solos with the blues icon). Read the review here.

The Allman Brothers Band – Peach Picks: Cream Of the Crop 2003 … The four disc set captures selected live performances from July and August of 2003. It features the 2001 to 2014 lineup of original members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, with percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists/vocalist Warren Haynes, guitarist Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge. Listen for a rocking cover of the Derek & The Dominos classic Layla and a 14 minutes workout of the bands classic Whipping Post – featuring Brantford Marsalis on saxophone. Read the review here.

The Beach Boys – With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra … Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios – this album pairs the band with a world famous orchestra, and the results are actually well worth a listen! Listen for the tracks Good Vibrations and Sloop John BRead the review here.

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New Roger Daltrey and Smithereens Tracks

Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You
Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You

I have just added 4 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You … The lead vocalist of The Who returns with his first solo project in many years (although his bandmate Pete Townshend does play on 6 of the tracks). It features a return to his R&B roots – harking back to the very early days of The Who. Listen for the songs As Long As I Have You and How Far. Read the review here.

The Smithereens – Covers … This album features a collection of the bands’ favourite cover tunes. Listen for the songs The Seeker (originally done by The Who) and a cool version of Shakin’ All Over (originally done by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates). Read the review here.

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Ten Newly Released Tracks Added In to High Rotation

The Who - Live At the Fillmore East 1968
The Who – Live At the Fillmore East 1968

I have added 10 classic rock tracks into high rotation from newly released albums. Tune in now and listen for songs from the following albums:

Chicago – VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do) … This 4 CD/ 1 DVD box set captures some of the band’s live performances between 1969 and 2014. The first 2 discs captures their headlining performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 28, 1970. Listen for the song 25 or 6 to 4. Read the review here.

Various Artists – Johnny Cash: Forever Words … This is an interesting project where various country and rock artists put music to some of Johnny Cash‘s poetry. Listen for the track Them Double Blues by John Mellencamp. Read the review here.

The Who – Live At the Fillmore East 1968 … This double CD live set captures The Who‘s Fillmore East performance of 50 years ago when the band was at the height of their musicianship – pushing the boundaries of violence on stage (They do end up smashing their instruments). Listen for a powerful working of Shakin’ All Over. Read the review here.

RSO – Radio Free AmericaRSO is ex-Bon Jovi guitar player Richie Sambora and Australian guitar player Orianthi. The album gets better the more I listen to it, with the songs covering a diverse range of styles, including Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, and even a bit of Country. Produced by legendary producer Bob Rock – the sound is exquisite. Listen for the songs Good Times and Take Me. Read the review here.

Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco – You’re Driving Me Crazy … This is Van Morrision‘s third album in just seven months and finds him exploring his jazz roots teamed up with jazz organist, composer, and bandleader Joey DeFrancesco. Listen for the track Everyday I Have the Blues. Read the review here.

Foreigner – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus … This is an interesting combination of an orchestra, chorus and Foreigner but works more often than it doesn’t. Listen for the songs Double Vision, Feels Like the First Time and Urgent. Read the review here.

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings – Studio Time … This album from the ex-Rolling Stone bass player gathers up fifteen outtakes from eight different sessions, including two songs from as far back as March 1987 (before the actual formation of the Rhythm Kings). These previously overlooked and unheard gems have been newly mixed for this album by Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor. Listen for the song Going Up the Country (which was made famous by Canned Heat). Read the review here.

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New Rainbow, Steppenwolf and Sting & Shaggy

John Kay & Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf At 50
John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf At 50

I have just added 3 new tracks into high rotation featuring Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Steppenwolf and Sting & Shaggy. Tune in now and listen for songs from the following albums:

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Memories In Rock II … this live double disc album captures a 2017 “reunion” concert that showcases some Rainbow tunes with a few Deep Purple tunes thrown in. Listen for the song Man On the Silver Mountain/Woman From Tokyo. Read the review here.

John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf At 50 … this triple disc album contains 2 CDs of rare and deeper tracks, as well as 1 CD of a live recording of some of their best-known work. Listen for  previously unreleased track Compared To What. Read the review here.

Sting & Shaggy – 44/876 … this is an interesting combination of Sting and Reggae man Shaggy – but it definitely works. Listen for the track Dreaming In the U.S.A. Read the review here.

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