Men At Work - Business As Usual Columbia's Legacy arm has reissued two of the most ubiquitous albums of the early '80s Men At Work's Business As Usual and Cargo albums. The former album introduced the world to the concept of a Vegemite sandwhich in the hit "Down Under" and also included "Who Can It Be Now?" The band's second album offered "It's a Mistake" and the stunning "Overkill." Unfortunately, the band's skyrocket to fame imploded with the onset of egos after Cargo, and despite a lackluster third album without all of the original members released a couple of years later, Men At Work essentially disappeared after a two-year string of huge hits. Each of the reissued CDs includes a handful of bonus tracks, mostly B-sides recorded during the period.

Rhino continues its remastered, reissued excavation of the Chicago catalogue with the platinum albums Chicago X and XI, its 1976-77 albums that included the hits "If You Leave Me Now" and "Baby What a Big Surprise," as well as the single "Take Me Back to Chicago." The reissued versions each include two bonus tracks, three of the four songs recorded at rehearsal sessions during the period.

Rhino also has released International, a "best of" collection from New Order that follows the band's recent box set. The single disc collection includes all their hits, from dance classics "Blue Monday," "Confusion" and "Thieves Like Us" to radio favorites "Bizarre Love Triangle," "True Faith" and "Regret."

Lyle Lovett has had a long affiliation with Hollywood, both onscreen and off. He and his Large Band have contributed jazz and swing covers and originals to moves such as With Honors, Hope Floats, Quiz Show, For the Love of the Game, Stuart Little, Leap of Faith and more. Those songs and more from "Blue Skies," "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," "Mack the Knife," "Summer Wind" and a duet with Randy Newman on "You've Got a Friend in Me" make up his new collection Smile: Songs From the Movies on Curb/MCA.

 

Rasputina - The Lost & Found 2nd Edition Rasputina
The Lost & Found 2nd Edition
(Instinct)
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There's something profoundly alternative in seeing a couple of girls in 19th century corsets playing cellos in front of a rock drummer and covering Marilyn Manson and Pat Benatar songs while talking about how they toured with Nirvana in the 1890s. But that's exactly what you would have experienced if you caught the rare Rasputina concert last month at Chicago's Metro. Rasputina, "a division of the Ladies Cello Society," was founded a dozen years ago by quirky singer-songwriter-cellist Melora Creager (who also does all the art on the band's albums).

Creager has sheltered a revolving door of 2nd cellists in the band, and released two major label albums on Columbia, before last year's independently released Cabin Fever disc. The band recently came to Chicago as part of a short tour promoting a new EP of cover songs, done in the always eccentric Rasputina style.

The Lost & Found 2nd Edition, includes a spooky version of CCR's "Bad Moon Rising," an eerily plaintive cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," a cool, taut version of Marilyn Manson's "Tourniquet," and urgent run-throughs of Pat Benatar's "Fire and Ice" and Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." There's also a bizarre suite exploring the children's nursery rhyme, "This Little Piggy."

Rasputina's music is not for everyone, but if you like the idea of cellos playing on the deep, spooky elements of rock, and of quirky arrangements with more than a touch of dry musical humor, Rasputina should be well-represented on your CD shelf. The Lost & Found is entertaining fun and about as original as a "covers" CD can be.