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The Crossing 

Dear Musical Youth,

Whether you’re aged 5, 50, or 150, we are ALL children bathed in the sunlight of rock ‘n roll. And with that knowledge, you can bet it’s time for just one thing.....yes, you guessed it.....a third installment of what can only be known as The Crossing. Nobody can
possibly keep up with the amount of rock ‘n roll that is coming out these days, but if you wanted to, this list of goods might help you out! We all devoured and are still devouring and for some, yet to devour Dear Life by Bill Mallonee last month (damn, that’s a good album!) and this month we’ve got another artist who deserves special attention: Pierce Pettis and his new album “Great Big World”.  So here we are....just sit back and relax and hold tight, you won’t want to miss anything.....grab a Coca~Cola,
perhaps a cream soda.........anyhow, grab your favorite beverage.... It’s time for another edition of The Crossing:


Pierce Pettis - “Great Big World” (Available August 3rd, Pierce’s 7th album, 8th if you include the impossible-to-find “Moments” album. Obtain a copy at

Recently released (most at the end of July) and not mentioned in last issue:

Old 97’s - “Drag It Up” (first album in four years, not including Rhett Miller’s solo album.)
Over The Rhine - “Changes Come” (live album from the Ohio sure to check out their website.)
Joni Mitchell - “Beginning Of Survival” (an anthology handpicked by Ms. Mitchell herself.)
Maria McKee - “Live In Hamburg”
Todd Snider - “East Nashville Skyline”
Paul Weller - “Bottle” (import)
J.J. Cale - “To Tulsa And Back”
Luka Bloom - “Before Sleep Comes” (Quiet, nine song mix of covers and originals.)
The Waterboys - “This Is The Sea” (remaster w/bonus disc of rarities and demos)
The Alarm - “In The Poppy Fields”
Caedmon’s Call - “Chronicles 1992-2004” (best-of featuring studio and live tracks with two new songs. This came
out back in April, but you may have missed it...I sure did.)
Queensryche - “The Art Of Live” (recorded live on the Tribe tour)
Metal Church - “Weight Of The World” (band reformed with a new singer.)
Megadeth - Their first eight albums all remastered and overhauled with bonus tracks by Dave Mustaine himself.
Cary Hudson - “Cool Breeze” (second solo album from the former Blue Mountain singer/guitarist.)
Tragically Hip - “In Between Evolution”
Blues Traveler - “Live On The Rocks” (recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado.)
Widespread Panic - “Uber Cobra”
Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Live In Hyde Park” (import)
Pearl Jam - “Live at Benaroya Hall” (an October 2003 show)
Fleetwood Mac - “Live In Boston” (2 DVD’s and 1 CD.)
Heart - “Jupiter’s Darling” (a return to their early
Led Zeppelin inspired sound.)
The Hives - “Tyrannosaurus Hives”
Tanya Donnelly - “Whiskey Tango Ghosts”
K.D. Lang - “Hymns Of The 49th Parallel” (singer covers fellow Canadians Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, etc.)
Eva Cassidy - “Wonderful World” (an anthology)
Ollabelle - “Ollabelle” (a six person New York City based band that plays rural, American roots music....helmed by Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm of The Band.)
Jimmy Cliff - “Black Magic” (features guests Sting, Annie Lennox and the late Joe Strummer.)
Stan Ridgway - “Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs” (former Wall Of Voodoo singer.)
Faces - “Five Guys Walk Into A Bar” (Box Set; Rod Stewart’s old band.)
The Notorious Cherry Bombs - “The Notorious Cherry Bombs” (a collaboration between country maestros Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Tony Brown and Richard Bennett.) 
Terri Clark - “Greatest Hits”
Dwight Yoakam - “Very Best Of Dwight Yoakam”
The Rembrandts - “Choice Picks” (re-recorded favorites handpicked by the fans including one new song and featuring both founding members Phil Solem and Danny Wilde.)
Brian Setzer Orchestra - “Ultimate Collection” (2 CD live set featuring solo and Stray Cats material.) 
The Kinks - “Village Green Preservation Society” (3 CD reissue w/stereo version, mono version and demos and rarities.)

Plus, a tribute to the songs of Alejandro Escovedo - 
“Por Vida” (a 2 CD set including artists Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Cowboy Junkies, The Jayhawks and Charlie
Sexton, etc.) 


Pierce Pettis - “Great Big World” (in case you missedit!)
Damien Rice - “B-Sides” EP (7 tracks)
Los Lobos - “Ride This” (7 song covers EP)
Gaelic Storm - “How Are We Getting Home?”
REO Speedwagon - “Essentials” (2 CD best of) 
Flower Kings - “Adam & Eve” (progressive rock band
from Sweden; their singer Roine Stolt has got an
voice incidentally.)


Kate Campbell - “The Portable K.C.” and “Sing Me Out”
(two albums of re-recorded versions of her songs
including a few special guests.)
Kate Campbell - “Songs From The Levee” (remastered
reissue of her first album.)
Lisa Loeb - “Way It Really Is”  
Alter Bridge - “One Day Remains” (ex Creed members)
David Crosby and Graham Nash - “Crosby-Nash”
Sammy Hagar - “Essential Red Collection”
Richard Marx - “My Own Best Enemy”


Bruce Hornsby - “Halcyon Days”
Talking Heads - “Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads”
(Live double album, first time on CD.)
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - “Love
Saliva - “Survival Of The Sickest”
Kansas - “Sail On” (Boxset w/2 CD’s and 1 DVD)
The Who - “Live in Boston” DVD (filmed in 2003.)


Steve Earle - “The Revolution Starts......Now”
Drive By Truckers - “The Dirty South”
Alan Parsons - “A Valid Path”
Finn Brothers - “Everyone Is Here” (Neil & Tim Finn of
Crowded House.)
Richard Shindell - “Vuelta”
Tift Merritt - “Tambourine”
Guided By Voices - “Half Smiles Of The Decomposed” (the influential, indie band’s last album.)


Ray Charles - “Genius Loves Company” (When you’re blind, you can get away with a title like that....features many special guests. His swan-song album. R.I.P. Ray.)
Bjork - “Medulla”
Asia - “Silent Nation” (Yes, THAT Asia. w/ bonus DVD)


The Smithereens - “It Came From Jersey!” (2 CD best of
anthology includes 39 tracks.)
Christine McVie - “In The Meantime”
Jill Sobule - “Underdog Victorious”


Tears For Fears - “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending” (features both founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith)
Megadeth - “The System Has Failed” (brand new album.)
The Thrills - “Let’s Bottle Bohemia”
The Datsuns - “Outta Sight/Outta Mind”


Buddy Miller - “Universal United House of Prayer”
Creekdippers - ”Political Manifest” (Victoria Williams and Mark Olson)
Green Day - “American Idiot”
Clash - “London Calling” (25th anniversary re-release with a bonus disc and a DVD)


Leonard Cohen - “Dear Heather” (all new album)

Also in September...

The Casbah Club - Released in the UK ­ September 20th,
(North America - October 26th),
a new band featuring J.J. Gilmour formerly of The
Silencers on vocals and guitar, Bruce Foxton formerly of The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers on bass, and Mark Brezicki (drums), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Josh Philips (session and live keyboardist) all formerly of Big Country; this is a live album recorded during their April 2004 UK tour and features songs from all of their former bands.) 
King’s X - (live album)
Freedy Johnston 

In October?

R.E.M. (October 5th is a possible date; title not yet known.....permanent new drummer is Bill Rieflin formerly of Ministry.)
Bruce Springsteen - “1992 In Concert: MTV Plugged” (first time on DVD)
Sixpence None The Richer - “Best Of”


U2 - (the long awaited, much anticipated new albumpossibly titled “Vertigo”, maybe titled “Solar”, tentatively titled “______”)
“Live Aid” Concerts (the famous famine relief concerts finally released on a 4 DVD set recorded and filmed in 1985 in both
London and Philadelphia....Nov. 10th is the tentative date.)


Um, actually, for this month, I’m gonna substitute the lyric of the month for the liner note of the month. This passage comes from the man and artist who gave this column its namesake via his band’s first album: “The Crossing” by Big Country originally released in
1983. This liner note is from the 1996 remaster:

“I found I could play this music and connect the guitar directly to my heart. I found others who could make the same connection, who could see the music as well as play it. The sound made pictures. It spread out wide landscapes. Great dramas played out under its turbulent skies. There was romance and reality, truth and dare. People being people, no heroes just you and me. Like
it always is. The music told stories, little stories. Lands were not conquered, treasure was left in the tombs, the magic was in the everyday. We learned how we are together and how we come apart. Life happens.”
Stuart Adamson 1958-2001

God bless you Stuart!

....’til next month...

Chris Barlow


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