Monday, March 19, 2018

New Music Releases Deliver Sights and Sounds

Several new concert films champion the legacy of enduring classic rock artists, while the debut from Greta Van Fleet may well be turning young audiences onto the power of blues-fueled, hard-charing rock 'n' roll.

Artist: The Moody Blues
DVD/Blu-ray Title: Days Of Future Passed Live (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Moody Blues, The Zombies
Tell me more: The Moody Blues timeless 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is widely recognized as one of the earliest progressive rock masterworks. The Moody Blues  set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in April 2018  toured in 2017 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Days Of Future Passed. The band's concert at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto was filmed, and has now been released on a multiple of formats including Blu-ray, DVD, vinyl and audio CD. The set explores the band's hits and deeper cuts. The first half of the concert includes a wide range of the group's songs; the driving "I'm Just a Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" "The Story in Your Eyes" are extended allowing Justin Hayward to showcase his melodic-meets-flashy guitar playing; "The Voice" is bolstered by lush keyboards, acoustic guitar and Hayward's warm vocals. Other early-set highlights include the folk rocker "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," the latter featuring a lush arrangement with Hayward, John Lodge and Norda Mullen artfully blending their voices. The next portion of the concert finds the Moody Blues joined by a full orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety; this set includes the baroque rocker "Peak Hour," intoxicating "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" and eternal "Nights in White Satin." Finally, the band uses its encore to elevate the crowd with the infectious "Question" and propulsive "Ride My See-Saw." Information:

Artist: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
DVD Title: Live At David Lynch's Festival of Disruption (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin, Otis Taylor
Tell me more: Peter Gabriel, Sting and Robert Plant are among the rare rock musicians who have each achieved lasting fame in an iconic band before subsequently embarking on their own to carve out an equally-celebrated solo career crafting a decidedly different style that put them on the map. Such is clear on Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters' Live At David Lynch's Festival of Disruption. Filmed at the historic Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles in October 2016, the hour-long event marked the first time that Plant had joined forces with the Sensational Space Shifters since 2012. The fast-moving set is freewheeling and spirited, with material ranging from the Louisiana-styled blues of "Poor Howard" and trance blues of "Little Maggie" to songs anchored or blending Celtic, African, folk and rock styles. Led Zeppelin fans will enjoy the reworked acoustic take on "Black Dog," a rollicking "Whole Lotta Love" that is featured during a high-octane medley and the lovely "Going To California." An ambitious flamenco-meets-blues take on the Zep classic "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" featuring the work of guitarist Liam Skin Tyson is particularly powerful. Information:

Artist: Greta Van Fleet
Title: From The Fires (Lava Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Led Zeppelin, The Record Company
Tell me more: Led Zeppelin fans who lament the fact that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (the son of original drummer John Bonham) are not likely to reform should check out Greta Van Fleet's full-length debut From The Fires. The eight-song disc sounds like a long-lost set of top-tier Led Zep outtakes. When I first heard the band's roaring breakout single "Highway Tune," I briefly wondered why I didn't know the name of the track. In fact, Greta Van Fleet appears to take pride in completely mirroring the past while modern-day audiences seem hungry enough for the powerful blues-fueled material to fully embrace the revival rockers. And to be honest, the eight songs that speed along on "From The Fires" are so good, the Michigan-spawned rockers made a believer out of this critic as well. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Doheny Blues Festival-bound California Honeydrops' new track debuts at No Depression; album out April 6

"Live Learn" is the latest bit of sonic gold from The California Honeydrops, and you can listen to the new track via the post below. I'm looking forward to catching the group when they perform at the Doheny Blues Festival this coming May...

DUE APRIL 6, 2018

Photo credit: Keith Berson
“It’s rare to find a band as much in love with music and each other as The California Honeydrops. Their deep understanding and mastery of classic R&B, New Orleans Jazz and more has allowed them to create music that is as fresh as it is funky, and uniquely their own. Lech has one of the most soulful, elastic voices I’ve ever heard...and he shreds on trumpet and guitar as well. They are truly one of my favorite bands!”—Bonnie Raitt

Live Learn,” the second track from The California Honeydrops’ upcoming album, premieres at No Depression who call it, “a playful tune that’s impossible not to dance along to,” furthering, “[it] opens with a plunking bass before lead singer Lech Wierzynski joins in on a call-and-response banter with the bass, even as a bright guitar riff adds some tasty seasoning to the bubbling stew.” See the post here and listen/share here.
The band’s seventh album (and first double album) Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2 is set for release on April 6 via Tubtone Records. The lead track, “Call It Home” features music legend Bonnie Raitt, with whom the band toured on her 2016-2017 Dig In Deep tour. The song premiered at Noisey and was featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week” Listen/share the track here and pre-order the album here.
In celebration of the release The Honeydrops will tour extensively, with stops in L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, D.C., New York, Australia and many more. See below for current dates, with more to be announced.
Recorded over the past year and a half, the new album takes its inspiration from the many facets and ever-changing nature of the idea of home—a subject frontman and co-founder Lech Wierzynski thinks a lot about. “Home’s been on my mind since I was a kid,” he says. “I was born in Warsaw, Poland. My parents brought me here as a kid and we moved around a lot. They were always talking about missing where they were from and I was always wondering who I was in that way, whether I was Polish or Amercan or both. I didn’t set out to make an album about that, but these songs just started coming out that way…” Drummer and co-founder Ben Malament mentions that it also grapples with the many changes their longtime home of Oakland, California has undergone in the past decade. “We’ve always been a Bay Area band and the Bay Area has been such a hotbed of change the last 10 years. It’s been interesting for us to see and live in, and it’s affected the way the band works.”

With a “tub full of songs” written by Wierzynski, the band—made up of Wierzynski (lead vocal, trumpet, guitar), Malament (drums, washboard, percussion), Johnny Bones (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Lorenzo Loera (keys, melodica) and Beau Bradbury (bass, percussion)—took to the studio on breaks from touring, collaborating on a multitude of tracks blending a diverse array of styles, in true Honeydrops fashion. On the decision to compile and release them all as a double album, Wierzynski says, “This was a breakthrough year for the band. I wanted something that captured the totality, instead of doing something small. That’s why you’ve got the whole cosmos on the album cover. This is my life. This band has never been for sale. This band has been everything for us. It’s something that we do for the love. I’m proud of that.”
The California Honeydrops got their start busking on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, where they quickly developed a passionate local following that has continued to grow over the course of nonstop American, European and Australian touring. In addition to Raitt’s Dig In Deep tour, the band has also supported such icons as B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. They have sold out headline shows at venues across the country and performed at major festivals including Outside Lands, Bluesfest Byron Bay, Monterey Jazz, High Sierra and many more. Their previous record, A River’s Invitation, was released in 2015 with KQED hailing it as “a winning new album,” and The Bluegrass Situation furthering, “The groove is Muscle Shoals deep, singer Lech Wierzynski’s voice is Sam Cooke wide, and saxophonist Johnny Bones bangs heavy on the door of Ben Webster.”
Vol. 1 
1. Call It Home
2. Coming Around
3. Cry For Me
4. Standin’ Still Blues
5. Hold It Down
6. Your Sweet Love
7. Those Days
8. Live Learn
Vol. 2 
9. Only Home I’ve Ever Known
10. Silicon World
11. Tell Me (I Wanna Know)
12. Drop By Drop
13. Good Good Lovin’
14. Things We Used To Do
15. In My Baby’s Arms
16. Starr Child
March 29–April 2—Byron Bay, Australia—Bluesfest
April 6–8—Squaw Valley, CA—Winter Wondergrass
April 11—San Diego, CA—Belly Up
April 12—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
April 13 & 14—Las Vegas, NV—Bender Jamboree
April 19—Dallas, TX—Gas Monkey
April 20—Waco, TX—Brazos Nights
April 21—Lockhart, TX—Old Settler’s Festival
April 22—Houston, TX—The Studio at Warehouse Live
April 24—Nashville, TN—High Watt
April 25—Memphis, TN—Growlers
April 27—New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
April 28—Birmingham, AL—Zydeco
April 29—Asheville, NC—Salvage Station
April 30—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre
May 2—Richmond, VA—Capitol Ale House Music Hall
May 3—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom
May 4—Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 5—Washington, DC—The Hamilton
May 8—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
May 9—Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon
May 10—St. Louis, MO—Atomic Cowboy
May 11—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall
May 12—Minneapolis, MN—Cedar Cultural Center
May 17—Sacramento, CA—Harlow’s
May 19—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
May 20—Dana Point, CA—Doheney Blues Festival      
May 24 & 25—Cumberland, MD—DelFest
May 27—Bradley, CA—Lightning In A Bottle
July 6 & 7—Quincy, CA—High Sierra Music Festival
July 20–22—Winthrop, WA—Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
September 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
October 28–November 4—San Diego, CA—Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
* supporting Greensky Bluegrass
Additional summer and fall tour dates coming soon.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles And Rosary Beads,' Moby's 'Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt'

On the newly-posted episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING, TJR celebrates Mary Gauthier's Rifles And Rosary Beads, while Robert Kinsler champions the new Moby album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "In Concert" DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Albums Due April 24, 2018

How about this news? Pretty cool that so many historic moments surrounding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be available for home viewing next month...
Robert Kinsler

Left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh perform at the
30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2015.

“Watch out for the music. It should come with a health warning:
It can and should make you think the world can be a better place.”
-- Peter Gabriel



Available for the First Time at Retail on Any Format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies Featured Include 53 Live Performances from Iconic Inductees Such as
Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Journey, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ringo Starr, Rush and Yes,
Rare Artist Collaborations and More! 

The DVD (4 Discs; $34.99srp) and Blu-ray (2 Discs; $39.99srp) Sets Will Be Available on April 24, 2018, Currently Available to Pre-Order Today; Also Available On Same Date Are
Five ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Albums ($9.99srp)
Available on iTunes, Amazon and Leading Digital Platforms

Members of Yes perform at the 32nd Annual Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2017.
FAIRFAX, VA (March 13, 2018) – Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony.  As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these singular induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – that have become nearly as iconic as the artists they celebrate.  This April, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the four most recent incredible induction ceremonies with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  IN CONCERT.

Never before available at retail on any format, these four memorable live concert events are filled with the kind of collaborations and jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary.  With egos set aside -- in many cases original band lineups perform together for the first time in years -- inductees and friends take the stage to deliver once-in-a-lifetime performances, often with a truly mind-blowing combination of talent. 

Left to right: Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl
Crow and Carrie Underwood perform at the 29th Annual
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2014.
From the first induction ceremony in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has sought to honor the top names in all genres of rock ’n’ roll,” says Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  “These ceremonies have provided unique once-in-a-lifetime moments as the inductees and presenters come together to celebrate the legacy of these artists and it’s a privilege to produce this important part of music history and to share it with you!”

This ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT, 2014-2017 set – a must-have for every music lover -- features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 53 iconic performances. 

Among the unforgettable highlights on the DVD and Blu-ray sets:

·         Bruce Springsteen joining inductees E Street Band for the deep cut classic “E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
·         Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of  “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
·         The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
·         Cat Stevens performing a spine-tingling version of “Father & Son” that turned the massive Barclay Center quiet as a church.
·         Journey performs three classics: "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Lights" and "Don't Stop Believin’.”
·         Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
·         Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band for the first time in 6 years tearing through their early hits including “Surrender” and “Dream Police.”
·         Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
·         Features complete Hall of Fame Induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

Also on April 24, Time Life will release the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN CONCERT Digital Album Collection.  Comprised of five digital releases respectively spanning the ceremonies from 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 and 2016-7 (each priced at $9.99), they will contain the same groundbreaking live performances from the home entertainment sets, with bonus performances from Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, The Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, Small Faces/Faces, The Stooges, Tom Waits and others.  The digital releases will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital retailers.

About Time Life
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About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. For more information, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625), visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@rock_hall) and Instagram (@rockhall).



Type: DVD (4 Discs)/Blu-ray (2 Discs)
Running Time: 674 mins.
Genre:  Music
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16 x 9)
Audio:  Dolby Digital 5.1/Stereo 2.0

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Moody Blues to release 'Days Of Future Passed Live' on blu-ray, DVD and CD on March 23, 2018

I count The Moody Blues as one of the greatest 1960s-spawned artists still performing today. Along with The Zombies and John Fogerty, they continue to deliver potent and powerful performances well into the 21st century! Now comes word that The Moody Blues have an exciting release coming out next week in connection with the 50th anniversary of their seminal album 'Days Of Future Passed.' Get all the details below...

The Moody Blues' 'Days Of Future Passed Live'
is set to be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on Friday, March 23, 2018



Photo credit: Patricia Seaton
On March 23, 2018, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Days Of Future Passed Live by The Moody Blues on DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD.  Filmed in high definition, this title captures The Moody Blues delivering an incredible performance of Days Of Future Passed live in its entirety with a full orchestra.  This stunning concert includes: “Nights In White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”, “Question”, “Ride My See-Saw”, and many more.
The Moody Blues’ classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album’s 50th Anniversary Tour which included the wonderful show captured here at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto, accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. The Bonus Feature, entitled “Remembering Days Of Future Passed”, delivers brand new interviews with Justin HaywardJohn Lodge and Graeme Edge discussing the making of this classic album.
The Moody Blues -- Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals); John Lodge (bass, vocals); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion)– are joined on stage by Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals); Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, vocals); Alan Hewitt (keyboards, vocals); Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion)and Elliot Davis (musical director, conductor and co-arranger).  The live show also features the voice of Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons on the two spoken word tracks: “Morning Glory” and “Late Lament”.
Days Of Future Passed Live is without doubt the definitive live version of this much-loved album and will be treasured by fans of The Moody Blues for years to come.
Part One – The Moody Blues In Concert (CD Disc 1)
1) I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)   2) The Voice   3) Steppin’ In A Slide Zone   4) Say It With Love   5) Nervous   6) Your Wildest Dreams   7) Isn’t Life Strange   8) I Know You’re Out There Somewhere   9) The Story In Your Eyes
Part Two – Days Of Future Passed Live (CD Disc 2)
10) The Day Begins   11) Morning Glory   12) Dawn (Prelude)   13) Dawn Is A Feeling   14) The Morning (Prelude)   15) Another Morning   16) Lunch Break (Prelude)   17) Peak Hour   18) Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)   19) Evening (Time To Get Away)   20) The Sun Set (Prelude) 
 21) The Sun Set   22) Twilight (Prelude)   23) Twilight Time   24) Late Lament   25) Nights In White Satin   26) The Night (Finale)
27) Question   28) Ride My See-Saw

Kacey Musgraves announces headlining Oh, What A World: Tour With Dates starting In Europe

Here is a media release that landed in my inbox this morning. If you are going to the Stagecoach Festival in Indio next month, make sure to catch Kacey Musgraves. She is a fantastic artist and I enjoyed her set there in 2015.




While headlining C2C: Country to Country Festival at London’s famed O2 Arena on Saturday, broadcasted live by BBC 2 Radio, Kacey Musgraves exclusively announced to a sold-out crowd of more than 14,000 fans that she’ll soon return on a headlining world tour of her own. The Oh, What A World: Tour will kick off in countries across Europe this fall, including The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, with Kacey headlining London’s legendary Wembley Arena on October 27th (see full list of European dates below). Pre-sales for the European leg of the tour will begin this Wednesday, March 14thvia and tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, March 16thwith additional global dates to be announced soon.

Kacey will embark on the Oh, What A World: Tour in support of her highly-anticipated fourth studio album Golden Hour, available March 30th. Ahead of release, Kacey has introduced Golden Hour with singles “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy,” which have been met with critical acclaim from everyone including TIME, Rolling Stone, CMTThe FADER, Consequence of Sound, Vulture, and Paste, with NPR declaring “she’s relaxed into the sound she'd already designed, going deeper beneath its sparkly, vintage-tinted surface and further cultivating her innate commitment to clarity and craft” and Noiseyproclaiming “it's clear that the Texan is still the most talented songwriter in mainstream pop-country.” “Space Cowboy” was highlighted on Spotify’s New Music Friday and was hailed as one of 2018’s best songs so far by Stereogum. Kacey is set to debut more new music from Golden Hour on TODAY March 30 and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 4. These appearances follow Kacey’s performance of “Space Cowboy” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Both “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy” are available instantly upon pre-ordering Golden Hour here (see full track listing below).

Kacey is currently on The Breakers Tour with Little Big Town, and she will play Stagecoach Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018. She will join Harry Styles on his U.S. tour this summer, including 2 nights each at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ The Forum, before kicking off her headlining Oh, What A World: Tour. For full list of dates, visit
Golden Hour Tracklist
1.   Slow Burn
2.   Lonely Weekend
3.   Butterflies
4.   Oh, What a World
5.   Mother
6.   Love Is a Wild Thing
7.   Space Cowboy
8.   Happy & Sad
9.   Velvet Elvis
10. Wonder Woman
11. High Horse
12. Golden Hour
13. Rainbow

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Score Some Soundtracks

A slew of wonderful new soundtracks are out now and worth discovering. I also caught the airing of a new documentary on Queen over the weekend and share thoughts on that special...

Title: Charlotte's Web (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Sherman Brothers, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead
Tell me more: Forty-five years after its release, the 1973 animated film version of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" remains a favorite of children of all ages. A large part of the enduring magic of the film is the soundtrack with its wonderful music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman (The Sherman Brothers' outstanding work includes Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Jungle Book"). Having just been released for the first time on audio CD, Charlotte's Web endures as a joyous set of tuneful and lovingly-delivered songs by the fabled likes of Henry Gibson, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde and Agnes Moorehead. The range of material ranges from funny and light-hearted tunes ("A Veritable Smorgasbord," "End Title") to decidedly more probing material ("There Must Be Something More," "Deep In The Dark/Charlotte's Web"). Particularly stirring is "Charlotte's Farewell (Mother Earth and Father Time)" that continues to resonate as powerfully as ever. A true classic. Information:

Title: 21 Jump Street: Original Television Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Composer Peter Bernstein, 21 Jump Street, Peter Gabriel
Tell me more: The latest installment of Varèse Sarabande Records' ongoing series of soundtracks, 21 Jump Street: Original Television Soundtrack features more than 80 minutes of music from the popular police procedural starring Johnny Depp that originally ran from 1987 to 1991. In addition to the buoyant '80s-styled theme song (sung by Holly Robinson), the wealth of tracks composed by Peter Bernstein captures the dramatic span of groundbreaking music used across the series' 100+ episodes. While synthesizers are typically the most prominent sound heard, the use of acoustic instruments adds flavor and depth to the material. The moody "Holly," rhythmic "Riffing," luxurious "Christmas Day" and catchy blues-meets-synth gem "Date With An Angel" are among the infectious selections that grace the winning title. Fans of "21 Jump Street" are advised to move quickly. Released in late February, only 1,200 copies of the limited edition 2CD set will be sold. Information:

Title: The Commuter  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Composer Roque Banos, Hans Zimmer
Tell me more: Spanish composer Roque Banos' ethereal and stirring score is the perfect fit for the action thriller The Commuter. The 2018 movie (which stars actor Liam Neeson) is enhanced by Banos' compositions, which all work even apart from the film as evidenced by the lure of the soundtrack across its 16-track span. Things begin beautifully with the ethereal "A Commuter's Trip" and ultimately there is a wide range of emotions with Banos finding a perfect mix of quiet incidental music and dramatic symphonic colors (including the edgy "Do Not Stop The Train" and explosive "Who Is Prince?") across 75 fast-moving minutes. Information:

Title: 24 Hours To Live  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Tyler Bates, Hans Zimmer
Tell me more: Tyler Bates' score for 24 Hours To Live further enhances his burgeoning legacy. Already recognized for his top-tier soundtracks for "300," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "John Wick," his latest work creates the proper mix of dramatic tension (just listen to the aptly-titled "You Have 24 Hours" and "Crashing and Killing") and lyrical moodscapes ("Red Mountain," "Sniper" and "Flashback" in particular). Marilyn Manson's version of the gothic-Americana hymn popularized by Johnny Cash  "God's Gonna Cut You Down" — serves as the disc's fitting finale. Information:

Title: Queen Rock The World (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Queen
Tell me more: Last weekend PBS SoCal aired a fascinating documentary titled Queen Rock The World. The footage that comprised the majority of the special was shot during the making of Queen's sixth studio album News of the World as well as on the subsequent North American tour that included 26 dates over six weeks in 1977, but only recently re-discovered and put together into a must-see documentary. With acclaimed host BBC host Bob Harris ("The Old Grey Whistle Test") doing the interviews, the hour-long special offered a number of special moments including studio recording sessions, backstage chats and energetic concert footage. Hopefully this special will be released soon.

Robert Kinsler