Teen queen Mandy Moore has a fast followup to her 1999 debut So Real hitting the shelves in I Wanna Be With You, which doesn't offer much in the way of new music; rather, it takes Moore sideways. Huh? I Wanna Be With You remixes a half dozen songs from from her first album (the titletrack "So Real" gets the treatment twice, as does a new song, "I Wanna Be With You" also released on the new Centerstage soundtrack). There are also a couple of other non-So Real songs on the 12-track disc...For those with a more classic rock yearning, CMC International has released a new Peter Frampton live album recorded last July. Live In Detroit offers his trademark "Baby I Love Your Way," a 16-minute version of "Do You Feel Like We Do" and a dozen more songs.
Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology
Devo only cracked the Top 100 Billboard singles charts three times, with "Whip It"(their big top 20 hit), "Working In The Coal Mine," and the "Theme from Doctor Detroit." But now Rhino Records, in collaboration with the Warner Bros. Archives, has released a two-CD collection of their work titled Pioneers Who Got Scalped, The Anthology. The disc has 50 songs, including their three hits, as well as other favorites like "Secret Agent Man," "Freedom of Choice," and their twitchy remake of The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No Satisfaction)." The disc also includes previously unreleased tracks and some material rescued from obscure soundtracks. Keyboard man Mark Mothersbaugh eventually went on to soundtrack success ("Rugrats,""Liquid Television") and while the band did some work in the '90s, Devo seems to have gradually followed the prediction of its name (Devo is short for devolution). In its high time in the early '80s though, Devo stunned audiences with its bizarre mix of music and performance art. They were natural staples of the early age of MTV (who can forget their strange Western-posing, whip-cracking, clothes-snatching antics for the "Whip It" video?).
2000 Years: The Millennium Concert
Couldn't get out to see Billy Joel ring in the New Year on December 31? Well, now you can hear the show anyway. Columbia has released a two-disc collection of live cuts from the concert, which may have marked Joel's last pop-rock show (at least for now, Joel is concentrating on writing classically based material).
Joel offers listeners a glimpse at his current interests, with excerpts of Beetoven and a short bit from the current project he's working on (which he notes is classically based, but not too dissimilar from some of the work that's gone before, notably the center section to "The Ballad of Billy The Kid" from his seminal 1970s Piano Man record).
But in between his jokingly exaggerated New York accent and even a John Wayne impression, Joel runs through some of the major highlights of his career (with more than 40 hits, there's no way he could cover them all), along with some concert rarities. One-time band member Richie Cannata rejoins the group on saxophone for "New York State of Mind," and Joel also offers other early classics like "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,""Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "Big Shot,"and "You May Be Right." Missing is his trademark "Piano Man," but its omission can hardly be noticed while nodding along to his energetic run-throughs of "Don't Ask Me Why," "I Go To Extremes," "We Didn't Start The Fire,""Big Man on Mulberry Street,""It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" and concert favorite "Only the Good Die Young." He also offers the emotional war tribute "Goodnight Saigon" and his own timely "2000 Years" (followed appropriately by "Auld Lang Syne").