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It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on television over five decades ago. While to some it seems like just yesterday when it was brand new, it’s heartening to know how much it has been a part of the lives of countless children and adults who experienced and learned from the show over the decades.

While its staying power never lapsed, Academy- and Grammy-winning director Morgan Neville’s 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, reawakened our love for Fred Rogers, and introduced a new generation to him. With the upcoming November release of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers), the beloved Mister Rogers and his neighborhood will once again be front and center in the hearts, minds, and ears of everyone.

It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers collects 23 songs from the beloved broadcaster (backed by long-time collaborator and pianist Johnny Costa, Carl McViker on bass, and percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne). Containing classics like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “You Are Special,” and the title track, this release also features five previously unissued tracks including the show’s original closer, “Tomorrow.”

CD packaging contains photos, an introductory note from Neville, and an essay from Pittsburgh television critic (and long-time USA Today contributor) Robert Bianco.

So, hop on the trolley for the Land of Make Believe, because it really is such a good feeling.

Track Listing:

1. Today Is A Very Special Day
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
3. I Think I’m Going To Like Today
4. Look And Listen
5. Be Brave, Be Strong
6. Then Your Heart Is Full of Love
7. Pretending
8. You Can Never Go Down The Drain
9. I Like To Take My Time
10. Sometimes People Are Good
11. You Are Special
12. I’m Looking For A Friend
13. Some Things I Don’t Understand
14. The Clown In Me
15. It’s The Style To Wear A Smile
16. I’m Taking Care of You
17. It’s You I Like
18. Once Upon Each Lovely Day
19. Wishes Don’t Make Things Come True
20. You’re Growing
21. Tree, Tree, Tree
22. It’s Such A Good Feeling
23. Tomorrow

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Watch The Western Stars Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures will release a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Western Stars, worldwide, on the big screen.  Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs together with Springsteen in his directorial debut. Western Stars will make its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is slated for release this fall. 

Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots.  Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West—both the mythic and the hardscrabble—weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.

Western Stars, Springsteen’s 19th studio album, has achieved global success.  It has been #1 on the iTunes charts on every continent, including such countries as the U.S., the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, India, South Africa, and all of Scandinavia, among other countries.  It has also received rave reviews, with critics using words like “hauntingly brilliant,” “beguiling,” “gorgeous” and a “masterpiece.”

Springsteen and Zimny, who together helmed Western Stars, have collaborated on several projects over the years, including the documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the Netflix filmed version of the Tony Award-winning Springsteen on Broadway, which Zimny directed.

Western Stars is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with Special Guest Patti Scialfa.  Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer.  

The original score is by Springsteen.

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The Beatles Revisit Abbey Road With Special Anniversary Releases

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. Now available for preorder, the album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

“The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all,” McCartney recalls in his written foreword for Abbey Road’s anniversary edition packages.

This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

“The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. “Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”

Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks – including “The Long One” Trial Edit & Mix for the album’s epic Side 2 medley – on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; insightful, in-depth chapters written by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes, the cover art and photo shoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years. The gorgeous book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads. The Super Deluxe digital audio collection presents all 40 tracks for download purchase and streaming in standard and MFiT formats, as well as in high resolution audio (96kHz/24 bit) for download.

Abbey Road’s limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set features all 40 tracks from the Super Deluxe collection on three 180-gram vinyl LPs. The album’s new stereo mix LP is packaged in a faithfully replicated sleeve, with the two Sessions LPs paired in their own jacket, presented with a four-page insert in a lift-top box. The Deluxe 2CD set pairs the new stereo mix with versions taken from the session takes and demo recordings of its 17 songs, sequenced to match the album’s running order. The two discs are presented in a digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book. The album’s new stereo mix is also available in 1CD and 180-gram 1LP vinyl packages, for digital download in standard and MFiT audio, and on a limited edition picture disc vinyl LP illustrated by the album’s front and back cover art images.

Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets’ 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” leads the charge:

Preorder Abbey Road: http://thebeatles.lnk.to/AbbeyRoad2019

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The Highwomen Cover “The Chain” In Howard Stern’s Studio

Country music supergroup The Highwomen came together in the Howard Stern Show studio recently for a special performance of Fleetwood Mac’s folk-rock classic “The Chain.” All four members of the Highwomen – Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires – impart their own powerful vocals to the rendition along with toe-tapping guitar stylings from Jason Isbell, Phil Hanseroth, and Tim Hanseroth.

Their cover can also be heard inside of the trailer for the upcoming film “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.

Though they’ve each been long performing live in their solo careers, the Highwomen made their live concert debut together at last month’s Newport Folk Festival. Fans can now look forward to the group’s self-titled debut studio album, due out Sept. 6, with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert, and Ray LaMontagne, among many others.

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Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires Form The Highwomen

The Highwomen, a new collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires officially launches today with the release of the group’s debut single, “Redesigning Women.”

Directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and produced by Revolution Pictures, the video features The Highwomen along with special guests Lauren Alaina, Kassi Ashton, Cam, Lilly Hiatt, Wynonna Judd, Catie Offerman, Cassadee Pope, Erin Rae, Raelynn, Natalie Stovall, Tanya Tucker, Anna Vaus and Hailey Whitters.

Of the track, Hemby shares, “‘Redesigning Women’ is the life most women are living today. We juggle so much in 24 hours and I wanted to write a song that reflected the goodness, the madness and the hilarity of it all.”

The single is the first unveiled from collective’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, which will be released September 6 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.

In celebration of the release, The Highwomen will make their live debut at Newport Folk Festival next Friday, July 26. This landmark performance is their only confirmed full concert to date.

Continually demonstrating the importance of inclusion and collaboration, The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and RayLaMontagne among many others.

“Anyone can be a Highwoman,” Carlile notes. “It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.”

Pre-order the album HERE.

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Shawn Colvin Announces Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Available September 13, 2019

Shawn Colvin’s debut album, Steady On, was released in October 1989, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and well-crafted melodies, and for Colvin’s tender and provocative vocals. Colvin received the ultimate acknowledgement for Steady On when she was awarded the GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She swiftly amassed a dedicated and passionate fanbase, to whom this album remains very special.

On September 13, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this landmark album, Colvin will be releasing a newly-recorded, solo acoustic version. Colvin brings a 30-year lens to her treasured songs, casting new light on the stories she first told as a young artist. Colvin has always been hailed as an exemplary solo acoustic performer and these new recordings are a brilliant showcase for her enduring artistry.

Says Colvin, “Steady On was my first record. I felt so proud because all I ever wanted in my life was to create a record of my own songs. And I did it. I always felt like if I never ever made another record, I would be totally happy with my career and with my output and with what I had done because it was my dream come true.

Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition Track Listing

1. Steady On
2. Diamond in the Rough
3. Shotgun Down the Avalanche
4. Stranded
5. Another Long One
6. Cry Like an Angel
7. Something to Believe In
8. The Story
9. Ricochet in Time
10. The Dead of the Night

The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released the Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 in digital and CD formats as well as an FYE-Exclusive cassette.

12″ vinyl editions of Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3–featuring a mini-poster and bonus 7″ vinyl single–will be released on Friday, July 26.  Exclusive colored variants of the vinyl with bonus items will be available at Walmart, Target and Urban Outfitters while an alternate cover edition will be available that day at Barnes & Noble.

Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 will feature 15 classic tracks and the debut of an original cast recording (also featured on the 7″ bonus single).

Stranger Things 3 premiered on Netflix, Thursday, July 4. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear. The third season stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Cara Buono, and Maya Hawke. Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, Francesca Reale, and Priah Ferguson also appear in recurring roles.

Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, “Stranger Things” is a Netflix original series, directed and executive produced by the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy of 21 Laps.

Stranger Things: Soundtrack From the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 Track Listing

1. The Who, “Baba O’Riley (ConfidentialMX Remix)”
2. Howard Jones, “Things Can Only Get Better”
3. Madonna, “Material Girl”
4. Foreigner, “Cold as Ice”
5. Patsy Cline, “She’s Got You”
6. John Mellencamp, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60’s Rock)”
7. The Pointer Sisters, “Neutron Dance”
8. REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
9. Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
10. “Weird Al” Yankovic, “My Bologna”
11. The Cars, “Moving in Stereo”
12. Corey Hart, “Never Surrender”
13. Teena Marie, “Lovergirl”
14. Huey Lewis & the News, “Workin’ for a Livin’”
15. Vera Lynn, “We’ll Meet Again”
16. Gaten Matarazzo and Gabriella Pizzolo, “Never Ending Story”

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The Lion King Soundtrack Details Revealed

The time is almost finally here for the long-awaited live-action remake of the Disney classic The Lion King and on the same day as tickets went on sale online the details for family musical drama’s soundtrack, which is available for digital purchase on July 11 and physical purchase on July 19!

The soundtrack will once again feature music written and performed by Oscar and Grammy-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist Tim Rice, with songs “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata” being a few of the original hits returning for the new soundtrack. There is also a new song “Never Too Late,” written by John, Rice, and Beyoncé and performed by John.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music—now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

The soundtrack will also feature a new original score from Hans Zimmer, who composed the score for the original film, as well as five songs produced by Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and African vocal and choir arrangements from Grammy-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M.

“The incredible musical talents who came together to contribute to this project are unparalleled,” Mitchell Leib, president of music & soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios, added. “Jon Favreau’s deep love and instinct for musical collaboration inspired Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice, Beyoncé, Donald Glover and the entire music team to an awesome level of generosity, spirit and commitment, resulting in a powerful journey of song, production and performance.” 

The tracklist for the film’s soundtrack, which you can pre-order HERE, is as follows:

1. “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Performed by Lindiwe Mkhize; African vocals performed by Lebo M; written and composed by Elton John and Tim Rice; “Nants’ Ingonyama” written by Lebohang Morake and Hans Zimmer; produced by Hans Zimmer; vocals produced by Stephen Lipson

2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer

3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer

4. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – Performed by JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer

6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming

7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer

8 .“Scar Takes the Throne” – Hans Zimmer

9. “Hakuna Matata” – Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer

11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Performed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Performed by Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

13. “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer

14. TBA

15. “Battle for Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer

16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer

17.  “Never Too Late” – Performed by Elton John; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Greg Kurstin; additional production by Elton John and Matt Still

18. “He Lives in You” – Performed by Lebo M; written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebohang Morake; produced by Lebo M and Mark Mancina

19. “Mbube” – Performed by Lebo M; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

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Sheryl Crow’s New Album Threads Features Sting, James Taylor, Eric Clapton,  Chris Stapleton & More

Sheryl Crow has finally revealed the list of collaborators for her upcoming all-star duets album Threads, and the list spans many genres, from hip-hop to country to alternative rock to pop.

Among the collaborators: Eric Clapton, Sting, James Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, country stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Chris Stapleton, rap legend Chuck D of Public Enemy fame, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., R&B singer Andra Day, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, alt-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist St. Vincent, and female alt-rock duo Lucius.

From the album, Sheryl has already released her duet with the late Johnny Cash, “Redemption Day,” as well as her collaboration with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, “Live Wire,” and her track with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, “Prove You Wrong.”  Today, she released her track with Joe Walsh, “Still the Good Old Days.”

Threads will be out August 30.  Sheryl has suggested that it may be her final album, though not her final recording.

Here’s the full track listing:

“Prove You Wrong” — featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris
“Live Wire” — featuring Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples
“Tell Me When It’s Over” — featuring Chris Stapleton
“Story of Everything” — featuring Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr.
“Beware of Darkness” — featuring Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile
“Redemption Day” — featuring Johnny Cash
“Cross Creek Road” — featuring Lukas Nelson
“Everything Is Broken” — featuring Jason Isbell
“The Worst” — featuring Keith Richards
“Lonely Alone” — featuring Willie Nelson
“Border Lord” — featuring Kris Kristofferson
“Still the Good Old Days” — featuring Joe Walsh
“Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” — featuring St. Vincent
“Don’t” — featuring Lucius
“Nobody’s Perfect” — featuring Emmylou Harris
“Flying Blind” — featuring James Taylor
“For the Sake of Love” — featuring Vince Gill

 

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Marc Cohn Announces Newest Album With Blind Boys of Alabama: Work To Do

Marc Cohn has teamed up with gospel titans Blind Boys of Alabama for their forthcoming album titled Work to Do. Produced by John Leventhal, the unique collection combines the songwriting talents of Marc Cohn with the soul-stirring harmonies of Blind Boys of Alabama and falls on the heels of more than a year of live collaborative dates.

Work to Do is comprised of three studio tracks by Cohn and the Blind Boys (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.

Track Listing

1. Walk in Jerusalem
2. Talk Back Mic
3. Work to Do
4. Ghost Train
5. Baby King
6. Listening to Levon
7. Silver Thunderbird
8. Amazing Grace
9. Walking in Memphis
10. One Safe Place

You can pre-order the CD HERE and it will be released on August 9, 2019.

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