The original Stripped album was a 1995 unplugged-like album of iconic, classic, obscure and sometimes forgotten Rolling Stones songs. The performances here are sometimes rendered with new arrangements or use mostly acoustic-based instrumentation. The project is drawn from three live dates and two studio sessions. This reissue is available in various configurations and includes a documentary DVD. The deluxe edition includes the CD and, on Blu-ray discs, three full-length concerts and the documentary.
It’s Too Late To Stop Now…Volumes II, III, IV and DVD
Van Morrison’s 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra captured him at his early peak as a solo artist. The original double album is considered his best live release and has been reissued many times in the CD age. This set includes three full-length concerts on three CDs and a DVD recorded live at the Rainbow in London. Morrison’s blue-eyed, Irish soul and r&b went through various permeations in the late 60s and early 70s, but to hear and see these songs performed with strings and especially a full horn section is a revelation.
Stranger to Stranger
Paul Simon continues to evolve, experiment and broaden his musical palette, while also making music that is highly accessible. He is now returning with his former producer and engineer Roy Hallee. On his first album in five years he not only collaborates with the Italian electronic artist Clap! Clap!, but he also uses custom-made instruments designed by Harry Partch, who was an eccentric and obscure composer, theorist and inventor of musical instruments. Surprisingly, the music never drifts into difficult avant-garde styles. The song “Wristband” sounds as hip as anything else being made today and through Simon’s gift for wordplay and storytelling, it says a great deal about our contemporary, connected world of inequality and unrest.
I Still Do
Eric Clapton reunites with super-producer Glyn Johns, whom he collaborated with on Clapton’s classic Slowhand album. Recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio on analog tape, using only 16 tracks and in most cases performing just three takes of every song, the album is gritty and bluesy and filled with Clapton mostly playing acoustic guitar. It primarily features covers of songwriters that Clapton has interpreted in the past, including J.J. Cale, Skip James, Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan. Closing the album with the jazz chestnut “I’ll Be Seeing You” is another clear clue that this album could be Clapton’s studio swansong.