Leslie Nuss - Heliotrope Lilith Fair hits Tinley Park's World Music Theatre on Aug. 19, and a former Park Forest resident, Leslie Nuss, is crossing her fingers that she'll be able to play with Sarah McLachlan and the rest of the Lilith performers on the main stage.

Nuss, currently a New York fashion designer, is part of an online contest to play a slot at the Tinley Park stop of Lilith. The contest is through www.xoom.com, which is hosting MP3 sound files of all the entrants' songs. Members of the public (who need to register with xoom.com) can download and listen to the songs and then vote for their favorites. Nuss is currently 18th out of nearly 400 participants, but needs to be in the top 10 by Aug. 1 to remain eligible for the slot.

Nuss' song entry for the contest is "Wedding Ring," a country-influenced track from her Heliotrope album that was released last year. The disc is a laid-back collection of often 4AD label-leaning ethereal alternative rock and twang that was produced and recorded by former Reprise artist Adam Schmitt in Champaign, Ill. Wilco's Jay Bennett plays guitar on "Wedding Ring" and two other songs from the disc.

To check out Heliotrope, "Wedding Ring" and to enter the contest, visit Nuss' Web site at www.littleleafrecords.com.

 

Collections and re-releases:


Rhino has loaded up the shelves this month with releases in a variety of genres. The Ramones' Anthology Hey Ho Let's Go! is a two-CD box set that includes 58 songs all the band's trademark frantically fast punk rockers. From "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and "Rockaway Beach" through "Rock 'n' Roll High School," "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" and "Pet Sematary," they're all here, with a slick hardcover 80-page booklet.

Rhino also released a new Big 80s collection in cooperation with VH1. The Big 80's - Big Hair includes 16 pretty boy metalheads from the Reagan decade. Included are Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me," Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noize," Scorpions' "Rock Me Like A Hurricane," Warrant's "Cherry Pie," Great White's "Once Bitten Twice Shy," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and more. In a similar vein, the label offers Dokken's The Very Best of Dokken, with 16 tracks including "Breaking the Chains," "Into the Fire," "Alone Again," "In My Dreams," "Burning Like A Flame" and a live version of "Paris is Burning," as well as a solo track from Don Dokken in "Mirror Mirror."

If the precious metal doesn't pan out, Rhino is also still mining the disco vein. The label celebrates 25 years of KC & The Sunshine Band with a 25th Anniversary CD including two discs-worth of the band's mind-numbingly repetitive hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way I Like It," "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Please Don't Go" and more.

Columbia's Legacy label has remastered and re-released some of Earth, Wind & Fire's early '70s blend of blues, jazz and R&B with additional bonus tracks and new liner notes. Gratitude, All 'N All, That's The Way of the World and The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 are now available on CD with the latter including a new Maurice White-produced medley of EW&F hits called "Mega Mix 2000" which includes bits of their popular songs "September," "Let's Groove," "Getaway," "Boogie Wonderland," "Shining Star" and "Fantasy."

Thanks to Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez, Latin salsa is the hot music of the summer, and Sony/Columbia has taken advantage of that with a remix album of Latin hits called Latin Mix USA 2. The disc leads off with a pumped up version of Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and closes with Lopez's duet with Marc Anthony, "No Me Ames." In between are dance-floor ready remixes of songs from Elvis Crespo, Chavanne, Fey, Ivy Queen with Wyclef Jean and Shakira. Rap-master and Wild, Wild West star Will Smith also turns up with a hot mix on Miami Sound Machine material called "Miami Mix."

It's not Latin, but reggae also speaks of summer, and reggae master Jimmy Cliff is back with a new album Humanitarian on Eureka Records. Cliff's first single is a lackluster cover of The Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." While that cover may have been a misstep, you can catch the best of Cliff's sound at a Chicago House of Blues show on August 1.

 

Soundtracks:


The final Stanley Kubrick film has had plenty of controversial press over the past month, but there's nothing too shocking about its orchestral soundtrack.

The Eyes Wide Shut soundtrack is now out on Reprise and includes instrumental tracks from The Victor Silvester Orchestra, The Peter Hughes Orchestra, Jocelyn Pook and Gyorgy Ligetti (who worked with Kubrick on The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey). There's also a sinister vocal/guitar track from Chris Isaak in "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," which serves as the soundtrack's radio single. Big Daddy Soundtrack

Adam Sandler has always had a strong hand over his movies' soundtracks, and Big Daddy shows that the former Saturday Night Live comedian continues to have diverse tastes. The Sony Music soundtrack leads off with Sheryl Crow's easy listening twangy cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" and also includes covers of the Gibb brothers' "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" by Everlast and a rockin' version of George Harrison's "What Is Life" by Shawn Mullins. There are oldies from Styx ("Babe") and Big Audio Dynamite ("Rush") and album tracks from Garbage, Melanie C, Limp Bizkit, and The Pharcyde. In between the songs are a handful of soundbites from the movie.