SmallvilleA soundtrack to TV's "Smallville" program, chronicling the early life and times of Superman, is out on Elektra. Opening with the humming guitars and U2-ish vocals of Remy Zero's "Save Me," the disc also includes Weezer's last hit, the strummingly lazy "Island in the Sun," Five For Fighting's smash "Superman," Ryan Adams' "Nuclear," and The Flaming Lips' shambling, warblingly weird "Fight Test." The disc also features Sixpense None the Richer's cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." Also included are songs from VonRay, Phantom Planet, Steadman, AM Radio, Lifehouse and Eva Cassidy. The disc comes with a "Smallville" trading card (mine had stats about the young Clark Kent).

There's a more urban feel to the soundtrack to Steve Martin and Queen Latifah's movie, Bringing Down the House, on Hollywood Recorrds. The disc includes new and classic R&B tracks from Queen Latifah, Kelly Price, N.E.R.D., Eve and Jadakiss, and Foxy Brown, and closes with soul king Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Babe."

Fans of the cool sometimes folkish, sometimes techno-based strains of British duo Everything But The Girl can now get a sampling of the band's 20-year career on Like the Deserts Miss the Rain. The new 16-song compilation on Atlantic includes hits "Rollercoaster" and "Missing" as well as the breakthrough single "Each and Every One," and a number of rare B-sides, all chosen by the band. According to singer Tracey Thorn, the duo put together the collection of songs that are, not necessarily their most popular, but "the stuff we've been proudest of over the past 20 years." Early limited edition pressings of the collection also include a second four-song disc with a loungey cover of the classic Hal David/Burt Bacharach hit "Alfie," a techno remix of "Take Me" and the jazzy strains of "Gun Cupboard Love" and slow folk sway of "Pigeons in the Attic Room."

Love's four late-'60s albums only spawned a couple of radio singles, "My Little Red Book" and "Seven & Seven Is," but the band's measured psychedelic energy would inspire bands for years after their brief strut on the scene. Elektra and Rhino Records have put together a remastered, 22-song collection from those albums called The Best of Love. The CD captures the aforementioned hits and much more, including their cover the Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe" (also covered by Deep Purple during the same period) and a couple of hard to find non-LP singles.

 

Blackmore's Night Blackmore's Night
Live: Past Times With Good Company
(Atlantic)


Most people associate the name Ritchie Blackmore with classic heavy metal he was the guitar force behind Deep Purple in their classic early '70s "Smoke on the Water" period, as well as the founder of Rainbow, who hit it big in the early '80s with "Street of Dreams."

In the early '90s, however, Blackmore hooked up with a young background singer, Candice Night, and the two collaborated on Deep Purple and Rainbow reunion projects until forming their own band in 1997 Blackmore's Night. The vibe of this band is worlds in fact, centuries from the work of Deep Purple.

Blackmore's Night is the kind of band you'd expect to hear playing at a Renaissance Faire. They cover both classic 15th century ballads as well as create new songs in the old style, with the instrumentation of guitars, mandolins, hurdy gurdys, pennywhistles, and recorders.

Fans of the '70s art-rock band Renaissance, as well as current artist Loreena McKennitt, will love Blackmore's Night, as the group captures all the mood and mystery of ages past, and their latest, this two-disc live set, is a great way to discover the magic of their modern-but-ancient music.

More information, is on the band's site at www.blackmoresnight.com.