Garrison Starr is truly one of those "songwriter's songwriters" — critically acclaimed, but not exactly a household name. She's worked with a variety of artists in her career, but has slipped from having a major label deal (she issued her Geffen debut in 1997) to working with indie label Vanguard Records. Her latest, and fourth CD, released this month, is a jangly disc of ballads and folk rock tracks produced in Nashville with Brad Jones and Neilson Hubbard. Titled The Sound of You and Me, it includes guest appearances by Hubbard, Matthew Ryan and former Toad the Wet Sprocket leader Glen Phillips. Starr will bring her distinctive, guitar tones and tight emotional vocals to Chicago's Schubas Saturday night. More information is at her Web site, www.garrisonstarr.com.
This week brings lots of oldies back to the shelves. Rockford's native sons Cheap Trick have two of their classic albums reissued by Epic/Legacy on CD, each with a handful of bonus tracks. The 1979 album Dream Police, which spun off the hit title track and "Voices" offers bonus live cuts of "The House is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)," "Way of the World," and "I Know What I Want," as well as a "no strings" version of "Dream Police."
The follow-up to Dream Police, 1980's All Shook Up continued the hit parade for Cheap Trick with "Stop This Game." The new version includes five bonus cuts — four tracks from their EP Found All The Parts which have never before been on CD, as well as "Everything Works If You Let It."
The Legacy label also has reissued a couple of classic '80s soundtracks — Ghostbusters and Rocky IV.
The Ghostbusters soundtrack features Ray Parker Jr.'s hit title track, as well as songs from The Thompson Twins, Laura Branigan, the Bus Boys and Elmer Bernstein. The new version includes the bonus tracks "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps and the single remix version of "Ghostbusters."
The Rocky IV soundtrack originally featured Survivor's hits "Eye of the Tiger" and "Burning Heart," as well as James Brown's "Living in America." Other artists included John Cafferty, Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight, Go West and Vince DiCola. The new version offers one bonus cut — Survivor's "Man Against the World," a song written for the film that never made it.
Bruce Springsteen's debut concert in England with the E Street Band was one of those legendary performances that helped make his career. Somehow, though, everybody forgot that the show actually had been filmed and recorded back in 1975 and, so only now, over 30 years later, is the concert being heard in America.Columbia Records has issued Hammersmith Odeon, London '75, a two-CD set featuring the audio recording of the concert with some of Springsteen's best early work. The set includes "Thunder Road," "Spirit in the Night," "Born to Run," "Jungle Land," "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and more.