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Mueller's Musings: A Look at July 2003 Releases 

Up here in the Northeast the cool, wet weather has given way to some serious heat and humidity.  So head on out to your favorite heavily air conditioned music store and check out some of these gems.  On July 8th you'll wanna look out for the new "old" 16 Horsepower disc, which features some early recordings from back in the day before they had a record deal.  You'll recognize many of the songs, but in alternative forms.  Also out that day is the debut disc from All Things Bright and Beautiful, the new band featuring former Luxury front man Lee Bozeman.  If you're a jazz fan (I am, but only casually) or a fan of the NY Yankees (which I definitely am not!) July 15th features the debut release from Yankees player Bernie Williams.  This is not your typical "athlete tries to make a record" deal.  Williams is apparently a phenomenal jazz guitarist and is the real deal.  Speaking of guitar, on July 22nd Windham Hill records puts out a disc of songs written for guitar which features the talents of Dave Matthews, Phil Keaggy, Jars of Clay, and many more.  Should be an interesting listen.  Also out that day are the latest releases from Appleseed Cast and Chris Smither.  Other releases expected this month include the second "spiritual" EP from CUSH, and the latest entry in the Bob Dylan Bootleg series.  So check out the lists and stay cool.

Bjork - Vessel (early live concert)
Tracy Byrd - The Truth About Men
Paul Carrack - It Ain't Over 
Judy Collins - Wildflower Festival (DVD)
Robert Cray - Time Will Tell
Dixie Hummingbirds - Diamond Jubilation (f. Bob Dylan and Julie Miller covers)
Jim Lauderdale w/ Donna the Buffalo - Wait 'Til Spring
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Take a Break
Morcheeba - Parts of the Process
Willie Nelson & Ray Price - Run That By Me One More Time
Our Lady Peace - Live from Calgary and Edmonton
Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
Summer Hymns - Clemency
Gino Vannelli - Canto
The Who - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (two cd set of 11/27/2000 concert)

16 Horsepower - Olden (early recordings from pre-1995)
All Things Bright and Beautiful - Love and Affection (former Luxury front man Lee Bozeman)
Cyruss Chestnut - You Are My Sunshine 
Club 8 - Strangely Beautiful
Figure Four - Suffering the Loss
Grand Incredible - Gi-Gantic
David Grisman - Life of Sorrow
Colin Hay - Man at Work
Kris Kristofferson - Broken Freedom Song (Live from San Francisco)
Chuck Loeb - e-Bop
Kate Markowitz - A Map of the World
MG! The Visionary - Looking Back
David Lee Roth - Diamond Dave
Slick Shoes - Far From Nowhere
Spock's Beard - Feel Euphoria
Tractor Kings - Gone to Heaven
Bob Welch - His Fleetwood Mac Years & Beyond (rerecordings, etc.)

Chicago - The Box (five CD retrospective set)
Crazy Horse - At Crooked Lake (first time on CD)
Pete Droge - Skywatching
Joe Ely - Streets of Sin
The Incredible Moses Leroy - Become the Soft.Lightes
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live (DVD)
Left Front Tire - 42 Ways to Loves a Friend
Paris Texas - Are You Ready?
Patrick Park - Loneliness Knows My Name
Earl Scruggs. Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs - The Three Pickers (CD and DVD)
Warlord - And the Cannons of Destruction
Bernie Williams - The Journey Within (of the NY Yankees...jazz guitar)
Various - Unreleased No. 2 (Deep Elm records, f. Appleseed Cast, Camber, The White Octave, Benton Falls, etc.)

The Appleseed Cast - Two Conversations
Bjork - Inside Bjork (documentary DVD)
Blues Traveler - Truth Be Told
Cheap Trick - Special One
Marshall Crenshaw - What's in the Bag?
Guy Davis - Chocolate to the Bone
Mark Eitzel - The Ugly American
Hangnail - Transparent
Janes Addiction - Strays
Kiss - The KISS Symphony: Alive 4
Pinetop Perkins - Heritage of the Blues
Rock City - Rock City (recently discovered, rare, pre-Big Star recording)
Queensryche - Tribe
Sense Field - Living Outside
Chris Smither - Train Home
Various - Sounds of Wood & Steel III (w. Phil Keaggy, Dave Matthews, Susanna Hoffs, Jars of Clay, etc.)
Various - Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault (Jawbreaker tribute)

Amy Allison - No Frills Friend
Erykah Badu - Worldwide Underground (EP)
Holly Golightly - Truly She is None Other
Howard Hewett - It's Time
Nerf Herder - My EP (EP)
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
Yo Yo Ma - Obrigado Brazil

Also in July:
CUSH - Spiritual EP 2
Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, vol. 6: Concert at Philharmonic Hall
Jeff Beck - Jeff

311 - Evolver
Johnny Cash - The Man, His World, His Music (DVD)
Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House
Juliana Theory - Live: 10/13/2001
Chris Knight - The Jealous Kind
Smash Mouth - Get the Picture
Ten Benson - Benson Burner
Ween - Quebec
Widespread Panic - Panic in the Streets
Various - No Depression: What it Sounds Like, Vol. 1

Brandtson/Camber/Seven Storey - Split
Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Number One Gun - Celebrate Mistakes

Bob Dylan - SACD releases of fifteen Columbia/Legacy reissues
Guided By Voices - Earthquake Glue
Mars Ill - Backbreakanomics
Papas Fritas - Pop Has Freed Us

Joan Baez - The Complete A&M Recordings (1972-1976) (4 disc set featuring all 6 of her albums from those years plus unreleased material)
Peter Frampton - Now
Bill Mallonee - Perfume Letter
Rock & Roll Worship Circus - A Beautiful Glow
Warren Zevon - The Wind (final album, w/ Springsteen, Petty, The Eagles, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Emmylou Harris, etc.)

Also in August:
Holly Nelson - Leaving the Yard

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Take Them On, On Your Own
Soul Junk - 1958
Sting - Sacred Love

Joan Baez - Dark Chords on a Big Guitar
June Carter Cash - Wildwood Flower

Shelby Lynne - Identity Crisis
Telecast - The Beauty of Simplicity

The Fire Theft - tba (former members of Sunny Day Real Estate)
Emmylou Harris - Stumble into Grace

KJ52 - It's Pronounced Five Two

Also in September:
Wheat - per second per second per second every second

REM - Best of (with several new/unreleased tracks)

POD - Payable on Death

Nelly Furtado - tba

Also arriving in 2003:
Black 47 - New York Town
BoDeans - tba
Burlap to Cashmere - tba
Fish - Field of Crowes (former Marillion singer)
Dave Matthews - Some Devil (first solo album from Dave Matthews)
Kurt Neumann - tba 
Voodoo Child - tba (Moby side project)

Looking ahead to 2004:

Stay tuned for more...
Ken Mueller


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