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The Crossing - July 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water comes another edition of The Crossing...July style. Hot, wet, humid, full of hot air and with a fin of danger...just the way we like it.

Things slow down a bit for the start of Summer, but thereís still alot being released. The Under a Blood Red Sky document from U2 seems to be officially pushed back to August to coincide with its DVD counterpart. The album is a 25th anniversary of the infamous Red Rocks concert that took place in Colorado and pretty much announced U2 to America in the year 1983. The show will be heard and seen in its entirety for the first time officially on August 19th. In related news, from all sources, the double disc reissues of U2ís first three albums should arrive on the 22nd of this month. Certainly something to inspect, if not buy. Another album of particular note is the new one from John Mellencamp out on the 15th of July. He usually produces himself, so for him to step out of the box a bit and get a producer as highly regarded as T Bone Burnett is cause to make this new album worthy of closer inspection than usual. Iíve heard one track already and it  had a real groove to it with an abundance of percussion to drive it along. Other albums of note are new ones from Great Big Sea and Matthew Sweet. Also, The Stranger box set by Billy Joel is a Ďwhole enchiladaí kind of thing with rarities, demos, videos and even concerts from the era.

Happy listening and viewing!

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers - Turbo Ocho
* The Saw Doctors - That Takes the Biscuit (Rarities compilation.)
* The National - The Virginia EP
* The 77ís - Holy Ghost Building
* Jon Foreman - Spring and Summer EPís (singer of Switchfoot.)
* Neal Morse - Sola Scripture & Beyond
* Sam Roberts - Love at the End of the World
* Cute is What We Aim for - Rotation
* G. Love - Superhero Brother
* James Hunter - The Hard Way
* Tilly and the Wall - S/T
* Heloise and the Savoir Faire - Trash, Rats and the Microphones
* Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry (Special reissue; 2 CDís/1 DVD.)
* Heart - Dreamboat Annie (Live.)
* Billy Idol - Very Best of
* Various Artists - In the Name of Love: Africa celebrates U2
+ Rails and Ties
+ Just Add Water
+ Persepolis
+ Bonneville


* Alkaline Trio - Agony and Irony
* Relient K - The Bird and the Bee Sides
* Los Lonely Boys - Forgiven
* John Mayer - Where the Light is: Live in Los Angeles (w/DVD.)
* Night Ranger - Hole in the Sun
* Kansas - Two for the Road (30th anniversary 2 CD set.)
* Van Morrison - a few reissues
+ Genesis - When in Rome: 2007 Reunion Tour (Wal-mart exclusive; 3 DVDís.)
+ Vantage Point
+ City of Men
 War, Inc.
+ Drillbit Taylor


* Great Big Sea - Fortunes Favour
* Gaelic Storm - Whatís the Rumpus?
* Beck - Modern Guilt
* Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis - Two Men with the Blues
* Billy Joel - The Stranger (30th anniversary 3 CD/1 DVD box set.)
* The Baseball Project - Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Steve Wynn, Scott McCoughey, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon.)
* Patti Smith - The Coral Sea (Live.)
* Ron Sexsmith - Exit Strategy of the Soul
* Albert Hammond Jr. - Como Te Llama (singer of The Strokes.)
* Donna the Buffalo - Silverlined
* Greg Laswell - Three Flights from Alto Nido
* Sunny Day Sets Fire - Summer Palace
* Age of Rockets - Hannah
* Architecture in Helsinki - Like It or Not EP
* Feral Children - Second to the Last Frontier
* Street Dogs - State of Grace
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Medium Rare
* Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Have Another Ball
* Brian Eno - a few reissues
* UFO - a few reissues
+ Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten
+ Stop-Loss
+ Flakes
+ Sleepwalking


* John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom (produced by T Bone Burnett.)
* Randy Travis - Around the Bend
* The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
* Rocky Votolato - S/T
* Foreigner - No End in Sight: Very Best of
* Moody Blues - a few reissues
+ Penelope
+ The Bank Job
+ Meet Bill


* U2 - Boy/October/War (Each remastered w/bonus discs.)
* Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
* Candlebox - Into the Sun
* Buddy Guy - Skin Deep
* Jeff Larson - Left of a Dream
* Bodies of Water - A Certain Feeling
* Broken Social Scene - Something for All of Us
* Greg Howe - Sound Proof


* Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies
* Third Day - Revelation
* Sugarland - Love on the Inside
* Jack Curran - 924 Gilman Street
* Alice Cooper - Along Came a Spider
* Janis Ian - Best of
+ Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay


* Randy Newman - Harps & Angels
* Santana - Multi-Dimensional Warrior
* Carrie Rodriguez - She Ainít Me
* Conor Oberst - S/T
* Joseph Arthur - All You Need is Nothing
* Mike Gordon - Green Sparrow
* Hawthorne Heights - Fragile Future
* Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
+ Nimís Island
+ Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
+ Where in the World is O.B.L.?


* Ben Weaver - The Axe and the Oak
* ZZ Top - Eliminator (25th anniversary edition w/DVD.)
+ Smart People
+ Then She Found Me


* U2 - Under a Blood Red Sky (25th anniversary 2 CD set; also available on DVD.)
* The Verve - Four
* Juliana Hatfield - How to Walk Away
* Starling Electric - Clouded Staircase
* Dandy Warhols - Earth to the Dandy Warhols
* Blue Mountain - Midnight in Mississippi (all new) and Omnibus (re-recorded originals.)
* Fiery Furnaces - Remember (Live.)
* Goo Goo Dolls - Volume 2 (Rarities compilation w/greatest hits DVD.)
+ Miss Pettigrew
+ Primo Leviís Journey


* Calexico - Carried to Dust
* Joan Osborne - Little Wild One
* Brian ĎHeadí Welch - Save Me from Myself (former Korn dude.)


* Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson - Rattliní Bones
* James - Hey Ma


* Anberlin - New Surrender
+ Taxi to the Dark Side


I think all thinking grown-ups have probably held the sentiment of the following song, especially in these modern times. Amidst the blissful celebration ought to be some wondering where this country is presently and where itís going.

ďThe skyís lightiní up
Everybodyís so high
Come take my hand
Itís the 4th of July

God Bless America and all of that sh*t
Well I should probably feel better but I feel I should quit

So raise the flag for the boys who have paid their dues
So I could be free here and live with these blues
You know it doesnít seem right
Everybodyís so high
And Iím crying the blues on the 4th of July

Take a walk downtown
Itís a beautiful day
Smoke a cigarette
Watch the parade

Weíll sing God Bless America and all of that stuff
Yeah I should probably feel better but Iíve had enough

So raise a flag for the boys whoíve paid their dues
So I could live free here and live with these blues
No it doesnít seem right
Everybodyís so high
And Iím crying the blues on the 4th of July
No it doesnít seem right
Everybodyís so high
And Iím crying the blues on the 4th of July.Ē
Jack Ingram, the song Red, White and Blues off the Extra Volts EP released in 2003.

Never take our freedom for granted!!!  Do have a good time! Happy 4th everyone!!!

Be safe out there...

Chris Barlow      


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