It seems about 15 years late, but Epic has just released a new album from The Clash — From Here to Eternity Live. The disc collects 17 Clash classics recorded live during the band's heydays between 1978 and 1982. Included are "London's Burning," "Clash City Rockers," "Capital Radio," "I Fought the Law," "London Calling," "Train In Vain," "Guns of Brixton" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go." The recording quality is surprisingly good given that many of these recordings are 20 years old and that this was a low-tech "punk" band. All the spit and energy of The Clash at its best is here for nostalgic fans.
Adam Sandler is having a big year. This summer we got his highly successful film Big Daddy, and now comes a new comedy album Stan and Judy's Kid on Warner Bros. Like Sandler's other discs, this one is a hit-and-miss affair that's filled with enough profanity to keep it on the top shelf away from the kids. There are skits about a Peeping Tom, a psycho drunk boater and the story of a "Cool Guy" who gets dumped five times over the course of the CD (segments appear between every couple of tracks). A Sandler disc wouldn't be complete without music, and there's a reprise of one of his best in "Chanukah Song Part II" and a hysterically X-rated Sinatra takeoff in "She Comes Home to Me." He's not always funny, however. There's a ridiculously long skit about "Whitey," an obnoxious mall patron and "Hot Water Burn Baby," which is just … dumb. But if you like Sandler, you'll laugh loudly at much of his new material on this CD.
The soundtrack to the CBS TV miniseries
Shake, Rattle & Roll, which charts the musical evolution of rock in the
'50s and '60s, includes a number of classics redefined by a fictional band called
the Hart-Aches, along with guest vocalists such as Graham Nash, Lamont Dozier,
Terrence Trent D'Arby and more. Dicky Barrett covers "Shake, Rattle
& Roll" with the help of Semisonic's Dan Wilson, and B.B. King handles
Bob Dylan's "Fur Slippers. There are a couple original tracks done in period style
from artists of the '50s and '60s (Dylan, Carole King, Graham Nash and Leiber
& Stoller) as well as classics performed by current artists (but made to sound
authentically '50s-ish) including Randy Jackson's version of "Ain't That
A Shame" and the Velvet 4 (K-Ci & Jo Jo)'s "Tears on My Pillow." Billy
Porter handles "Long Tall Sally," D'Arby covers "To Be Loved" and the Platters
contribute their first hit, "Only You."
The soundtrack to Nicolas Cage's new movie Bringing Out the Dead on Columbia Records is another classic rock disc, featuring punk classics in the Clash's "Janie Jones" and "I'm So Bored With the USA" as well as Johnny Thunder's "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory." The disc also digs back to Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Nowhere to Run," the Marvelettes' "Too Many Fish In the Sea" and Big Brother & the Holding Company's "Combination of the Two." There's also the Who's "Bell Boy," "UB40's "Red Red Wine" and R.E.M.'s "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
The soundtrack to Kevin Costner's For Love of the Game on MCA offers a wide range of new and old music (and both!) Lyle Lovett opens the disc with a relaxing big band treatment of Wayne Newton's mid-'60s hit "Summer Wind." Then Shaggy does some low-voiced reggae toasting in the uplifting "Hope" and Jennifer Day offers an upbeat country-leaning number in "The Fun of Your Love." Somehow this soundtrack seems to have conections to "Shake, Rattle & Roll" — Semisonic, whose singer worked on the title track of the latter soundtrack, turns in the title song for this one as well in the anthemic, gritty guitar-driven "For Love of the Game." Likewise, Jo Jo of K-Ci & Jo Jo, who worked as the Velvet 4 of "Shake, Rattle & Roll," helps out Chante Moore here on "I See You in a Different Light." Wholesome-sounding girl-group Mulberry Lane contributes "Just One Breath" (taken from their debut disc) and Kami Lyle and Kim Richey also offer songs from their last discs. The disc also includes songs from Joan Osborne, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood and Steely Dan's classic "Reelin' in the Years," and Roy Orbison's "The Only One." It's a relaxing meld of adult contemporary rock and light country.