Best ofs and boxes ... and more new albums

For the pop-rock fans:


Matthew Sweet - Time Capsule: The Best of Matthew Sweet 1990-2000Capitalizing on his recent smash single "What Matters," Volcano Records has released a Matthew Sweet retrospective. Time Capsule: The Best of Matthew Sweet 1990-2000 includes 16 Sweet classics, plus two new head-nodding rock tracks. The disc begins with material from his breakthrough Girlfriend album (ignoring his two earlier '80s CDs) and includes "Divine Intervention," "I've Been Waiting,""Girlfriend,""The Ugly Truth,""Time Capsule," "Devil With The Green Eyes," "Sick of Myself" and "What Matters." ...

The Spin Doctors had a brief, successful stint in the early '90s with such hits as "Jimmy Olsen's Blues,""Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," "Two Princes" "Cleopatra's Cat" and "You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast." Epic Legacy has collected their material from 1991-1996 on Just Go Ahead Now: A Retrospective. The disc includes all of the above songs, plus the previously unreleased "Miss America" and 11 others....

The Tubes - World Tour 2001Remember The Tubes? Back in the confusing days of '80's New Wave and post-punk, The Tubes rose from cult status of their mid-'70s novelty Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque hit "Don't Touch Me There" to score big time with "She's A Beauty." They also had a mild hit with the funky "Tip of my Tongue" and three others between 1981-85. The band slid back into obscurity in the latter part of the '80s, and singer Fee Waybill tried an unsuccessful solo career. But the band is still out there on the road today with Waybill, and trying to make a comeback. The above three songs appear on the band's new Tubes World Tour 2001 disc on CMC along with some other fan favorites like "Mondo Bondage" and "Wild Women of Wongo," and two new tracks, recorded in part in Lake Bluff, IL. The old stuff is standard reverb-rich concert fare ("She's A Beauty" seems a little slower here) and the new tracks aren't likely to put The Tubes back on top of the radio, though the echo-drenched "Loveline" is somewhat catchy and has a good pedigree Richard Marx, David Foster and Steve Lukather (Toto) helped co-write the song with Waybill ...

 

For the Hard Rockers:


Hard rockin' Therapy? has a "best of" collection out now on the Ark21 label. So Much For the 10- Year Plan A Retrospective 1990-2000 includes 16 songs, from "Screamager," "Bad Karma Follows You Around" and "Die Laughing," to "Fat Camp" and "Nausea."...

They put the "Grace" in Graceland! Or so says their promotional material. South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo did support Paul Simon on his enormously successful Graceland album, and now Warner Brothers Records has released a collection of their material (including two tracks with Simon). Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Warner Bros. Collection includes 17 tracks, including "Homeless" from Graceland, as well as key songs from their albums Shaka Zulu, Journey of Dreams and Two Worlds, One Heart. In the liner notes, Simon writes "It isn't merely the grace and power of their dancing, or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being."...

Fans of guitar god Ronnie Montrose and singer Sammy Hagar will probably jump to grab The Very Best of Montrose, a collection documenting the most successful moments of the band, from its debut in the early '70s through the '80s. Montrose launched the career of Hagar, and before the singer went solo in 1975, the band also racked up some FM rock airplay (though no Top 40 hits) with "Bad Motor Scooter,""Space Station #5" and "Rock Candy." The new Best of from Rhino/Warner includes 18 tracks taken from the band's beginnings with Hagar, through its later phases into the '80s...

 

For the older crowd:


Columbia Legacy has unearthed The Ultimate Tony Bennett. The 20-song disc includes his '50s debut hit "Because of You," to his '60s hits "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Rags To Riches,""The Good Life," and "I Wanna Be Around," as well as his versions of "Stranger In Paradise,""Put On A Happy Face," "Night And Day," "Blue Velvet," "The Best is Yet To Come" and more. The disc covers more than 40 years of Bennett recordings...

 

For the kids:


Shel Silverstein - Where the Sidewalk EndsThere's a newly expanded CD version of the late Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends. Silverstein was a prolific songwriter, author and artist; his first solo hit was with "The Unicorn" in the '60s, and Johnny Cash would turn his "A Boy Named Sue" into a classic, while Dr. Hook &The Medicine Show took "On The Cover of Rolling Stone" to the top of the charts. But Silverstein is probably best known for his children's work. His 1974 book Where The Sidewalk Ends is one of the world's all-time best-selling books of children's poetry and drawings. Since its release in 1984, the Grammy-winning album of the same name, featuring stories "Recited, Sung and Shouted" by Silverstein, has never been out of print. The new version is remastered, and includes 11 tracks that were recorded but not released on previous issues. The album includes "Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too," "Melinda Mae," "Crocodile's Toothache," "Sarah Cynthis Silvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out," and more...

 

Boxes:


Rhino Records has been busy mining the Warner Bros. vaults to put together three box sets. Little Feat's Hotcakes &Outtakes offers four discs and 82 songs covering the band's output from 1970 to today. Included are FM radio hits like "Hate To Lose your Lovin'" and "Let It Roll, " along with an entire disc of rarities. ...

Laurie Anderson - AnthologyRhino has also just released a two-disc, 25-song collection from avant garde artist Laurie Anderson. Talk Normal, The Laurie Anderson Anthology opens with her most well-known song, "O Superman (For Massenet)," and also includes "Big Science," "Sharkey's Day" and more...

 

Not for the Kids:


Rhino Records' third box digs deep into the Warner vaults to put together a nine-CD box set covering Richard Pryor's recordings. ...And It's Deep Too, The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings, covers Pryor's recording career from 1968-1992. It includes all seven of the original Warner albums in their entirety, as well as a full disc of never-before-released material and a rare 25-minute interview recorded in 1983. The box also marks the first time most of these albums have been available on CD.