Several months ago, I saw British singer Tom Odell’s first US show. I was blown away watching the 21 year old singer who at times channels Thom Yorke, Chris Martin and Tom Waits. Needless to say, I was very excited to see Tom Odell on his second trip to New York where he performed at Bowery Ballroom on May 2, 2013. The show opened with folk/rock singer Jeremy Messersmith who got the crowd in good mood with his mellow love songs (and songs about Tatooine, graveyards and organ donors!)
Go to Jeremy Messersmith’s website where you can sample his music and if you like what you hear, you can download his 4 albums for a “pay as you wish” price for a limited time. Don’t be cheap, support emerging artists!
At 10 pm, Tom Odell hit the stage and kicked off the evening with a cover of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” before launching into his soon to be hit “Hold Me.” You can see a video of the pair of tracks below. Throughout the 12 song set, Odell played piano and guitar and had a nice mix of ballads and rockers. I spotted Tony Award winner James Corden in the audience who was singing along to every song by Tom Odell. Odell also performed an awesome cover of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling,” which will hopefully be officially released because it rocked! His EP “Songs from Another Love” is out now, and you should check out his music as Tom Odell is tremendously talented. Just click play below and you’ll see what I mean.
In the age where everything’s gone digital, Columbia/Legacy know how to appease the tactile generation. Here’s a brief summary of some must have recordings that are due for release in March 2011.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel: 40th Anniversary Edition. On March 8, this classic album will released in a 1 CD/1 DVD package that features the original album as well as a DVD that features Simon and Garfunkel’s historic 1969 TV special “Songs of America.” The documentary was aired on TV in 1969 and has never been officially released. “Songs of America” is comprised of footage of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1969 tour, intimate backstage concerts and historic news footage. Also included is a brand new documentary entitled “The Harmony Game,” which talks about the making of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and includes 2010 interviews with Simon and Garfunkel as well as the key principles in making the album. The 40th Anniversary Edition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” will be released on March 8, 2011.
Billy Joel - Live At Shea Stadium
Billy Joel – “Live at Shea Stadium” is a document of the final show ever played at New York’s Shea Stadium. The Beatles played the first show at Shea in 1964 and Billy Joel played the last show in 2008. The 2 CD/1 DVD set features the entire concert in audio plus a DVD of bonus performances. At these 2 historic shows, Billy Joel played many of his classic hits including “Piano Man,” “My Life,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and “River of Dreams.” He had a little help from his friends and there are guest appearances by Tony Bennett (on “New York State of Mind”), Garth Brooks (on “Shameless”), John Mayer (on “This is the Time”), Paul McCartney (on “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Let It Be”), Steven Tyler (on “Walk This Way”), Roger Daltrey (on “My Generation”) and John Mellencamp (on “Pink Houses”). Billy Joel’s “Live At Shea Stadium” will be released on March 8, 2011.
Neil Diamond - The Bang Years 1966 - 1968
“The Bang Years 1966 – 1968″ by Neil Diamond. Collected for the first time are 23 original mono recordings that catapulted Neil Diamond into superstardom. Included in the set are the original versions of well loved songs such as “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “Red Red Wine” and “I’m A Believer.” “The Bang Years 1966-1968” by Neil Diamond is released on March 8, 2011.
Top: The Ronettes, Darlene Love. Bottom: Phil Spector, The Crystals
Fifty years ago, legendary producer Phil Spector established his own record label Philles, and a new sound began to ring out of radio speakers across America. The sound Spector created lush, resonant, and dramatic, blending the sentimental swoon of string sections with the excitement of rock and roll was so different, so instantly recognizable, it earned its own name: The Wall of Sound. Through the 1960s, with songs like” Be My Baby,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Walking in the Rain” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” He ruled the pop charts and made artists like Darlene Love, The Crystals and The Ronettes household names. For twenty years, no new collections of these artists, have been released, and only a limited amount of the tracks have been available digitally. The newly remastered greatest hits collections contain the best and most iconic recordings by these artists. “Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966,” “Da Do Ron Ron: The Very Best of The Crystals,” “Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes,” and “The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love” are all available now.
Make your ears happy and pick up these fantastic releases!
Paul McCartney played the first ever concert at Citi Field, formerly known as the parking lot across from Shea Stadium tonight in Queens, New York. Shea Stadium, if you’ll recall, was where the Beatles played the largest gig ever in the United States in 1964.
We braved the pouring rain as Paul played hit after hit from the Beatles and Wings on this historic night. He hit the stage around 9 pm and played for a solid 2 and a half hours. Don’t worry if you missed this show, it was recorded for a future live DVD release.
Macca dedicated songs to John Lennon, George Harrison and Linda McCartney, though kept silent about Michael Jackson. Billy Joel guested on stage during “I Saw Her Standing There.” It was a night to remember.