New Listening: Chain, Cosmic Country & more

Some recent CD arrivals feature on the Listening Posts in Arts.  They include releases in opera, classical, country,  pop, rock, blues and musical theatre. The online catalogue indicates which Listening Post the CD is available on.

There are eight jukebox listening posts in the Arts Reading Room, where you can listen to CDs from the audiovisual collection.

 

Cosmic Country featuring Gram Parsons, Grateful Dead, Crazy Horse & many more.

Warner Music Australia, 2013

Warner Music Australia, 2013

 

Hit country superstars : 40 country stars & country hits.

ABC/Universal, 2013

ABC/Universal, 2013

Cosmic Country traces the beginnings of country rock in the late ’60s through the 1970s, and includes tracks both classic and rare. Legendary artists and groups featured include The Lovin’ SpoonfulThe Monkees, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, The Grateful Dead and many more.

Hit country superstars showcases the greatest hits and stars of country music, both Australian and international.  Features Carrie Underwood, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, and many more.

Zanna don’t : a musical fairy tale : world premiere recording.

PS Classics, 2003

PS Classics, 2003

 

The people in the picture : original Broadway Cast recording.

Kritzerland, 2011

Kritzerland, 2011

The smash-hit off-Broadway and off-West End show Zanna Don’t!, is a musical fairy tale set in a mid-west American High School.  Zanna is the schools matchmaker.  The show had a Melbourne season in 2009 at Chapel off Chapel as part of the Midsumma Festival, and a New Zealand run in 2013.  This world premiere cast recording has many catchy tunes and the show itself contains a reference or two to Xanadu, the hit Olivia Newton-John 1980 film musical fantasy.

The people in the picture is a 2011 musical featuring Broadway notable Donna Murphy as a grandmother recalling her life in Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland.  The vocal score for The people in the picture is also available in the library’s Music Scores collection.

French opera arias by Kiri Te Kanawa.

EMI, 1989

EMI, 1989

 

Bryn Terfel sings favourites.

Deutsche Grammophon 2003

Deutsche Grammophon, 2003

Two compilations from the John Cargher Bequest include a collection of French Opera Arias performed by the legendary Kiri Te Kanawa with the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate.  Includes excerpts from great operas such as The Pearl Fishers, The Tales of Hoffmann and Manon.

Bryn Terfel Sings Favourites is an album of popular classics performed by renowned bass-baritone, Bryn Terfel.  Includes an appearance by Andrea Bocelli on The Pearl Fishers duetIl mio cuore va (Love theme from the film Titanic) and works by Schubert, Dvorak and other composers.

The history of Chain : original Mushroom collection remastered.

Mushroom, 2013

Mushroom, 2013

 

Songs in the key of Paul : Mojo presents a collection of McCartney inspired songs.

Mojo, 2013

Mojo, 2013

Chain is the legendary Australian blues/blues-rock band, best known for their 1971 hit single Black & Blue and the classic never-out-of-print Infinity/Festival Records first studio album Toward the Blues.  This double-CD collection, originally released on Mushroom as a 2LP set in 1974, has been beautifully remastered from original tapes by Aztec Records’ audio guru (and former Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs drummer) Gil Matthews.  The tracks Black & Blue, Dust My Blues & 32/20 on History are recorded live.

Songs in the key of Paul was released with the November 2013 issue of Mojo magazine.  It is a collection of McCartney inspired “power pop perfection” performed by bands and musicians such as Flamin Groovies, Golden Dogs, Cotton Mather, Robyn Hitchcock, Kelley Stoltz and many more.

Group of people using listening post in Arts room © Andrew Lloyd

Group of people using listening post in Arts room © Andrew Lloyd

 

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