Release Day Picks: November 11th New Album Highlights


Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by Hart Valley Drifters, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Band, Sting, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce and The Nth Power. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.

Hart Valley Drifters – Folk Time

The Scoop: Prior to his days in the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia was a folk and bluegrass obsessed guitar and banjo player hanging around the college town of Palo Alto, California. It was during this time that he formed one of his early bands the Heart Valley Drifters with like-minded musicians Robert Hunter, Dave Nelson, Ken Frankel and Norm Van Maastricht. In 1962 the five-piece act headed to the studio of Stanford University radio KZSU to record material for two campus music shows – Folk Time and Flint Hill Special. Now some 54 years later ATO Records is issuing the previously uncirculated recording as Folk Time. The 17-track collection features the collective running through folk and bluegrass standards, including several songs that would pop up throughout Garcia’s career with the Dead, Old & In the Way and his solo projects. Give a listen to “Sitting On Top Of The World,” which was reworked into a psychedelic garage-rock tune on the Dead’s 1967 self-titled debut:.

Label: Round Records/ATO Records

Producer: Marc Allan, Kevin Monty, Brian Miksis, Ted Claire (original)

Number Of Tracks: 17

Running Time: 42:30

Guest Musicians: N/A


  1. Band Introductions
  2. Roving Gambler
  3. Ground Speed
  4. Pig In A Pen
  5. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  6. Flint Hill Special
  7. Nine Pound Hammer
  8. Handsome Molly
  9. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  10. Think of What You’ve Done
  11. Cripple Creek
  12. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
  13. Billy Grimes, The Rover
  14. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)
  15. Run Mountain
  16. Sugar Baby
  17. Sitting On Top Of The World

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The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon

The Scoop: On March 25, The Rolling Stones played a free concert at Ciudad Deportiva in front of a massive audience of over 700,000 inside the stadium, with more than 500,000 people also assembled outside. A substantial portion of the landmark event is out today in a variety of formats including DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+3LP and a special Deluxe Edition as well. The 18-song audio release features many hits such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Miss You,” “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and “Paint It Black” which can be viewed below:

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Director: Paul Dugdale

Number Of Tracks: 18

Guest Musicians: N/A


  1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  2. Tumbling Dice
  3. Out of Control
  4. All Down the Line
  5. Angie
  6. Paint It Black
  7. Honky Tonk Woman
  8. You Got the Silver
  9. Before They Make Me Run (Liv
  10. Midnight Rambler
  11. Miss You
  12. Gimme Shelter
  13. Start Me Up
  14. Sympathy for the Devil
  15. Brown Sugar
  16. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  17. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings

The Scoop: In 1965, Bob Dylan seemingly shocked the world when he “plugged-in” at the Newport Folk Festival for a fiery three-song set that is still discussed and debated some 50+ years later. The following year, Dylan embarked on a world tour that featured the singer-songwriter splitting the nights in two, delivering a solo acoustic set, followed by an electric one with most The Hawks (sans Levon Helm) as his backing band. Audiences where again torn between the dichotomy of the night with crowds often booing and taunting Dylan between tunes, with many feeling Dylan had turned his back on his political story songs for loud brash rock’ n’ roll. For the latest edition of his archive series all 36 shows from that spring 1966 tour have been mined for Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, the majority of which are being released for the first time ever. The release, which is available in a number of different versions including the massive 36-disc box set, was culled from soundboards, CBS Records mobile recordings and audience tapes, and includes the infamous “Judas” show at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Give a listen to “Tell Me, Momma” from Royal Albert Hall:

Label: Columbia Records

Guest Musicians: Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Mickey Jones, Sandy Konikoff

Performance List & Sources:

  • Disc 1 – Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)
  • Disc 2 – Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)
  • Disc 3 – Melbourne, April 20, 1966 (Soundboard / unknown broadcast)
  • Disc 4 – Copenhagen, May 1, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 5 – Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 6 – Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 7 – Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 8 – Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 9 – Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard / audience)
  • Disc 10 – Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 11 – Cardiff, May 11, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 12 – Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 13 – Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 14 – Liverpool, May 14, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 15 – Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 16 – Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 17 – Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
  • Disc 18 – Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 19 – Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
  • Disc 20 – Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording except Soundcheck / Soundboard)
  • Disc 21 – Glasgow, May 19, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 22 – Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 23 – Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 24 – Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 25 – Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 26 – Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 27 – Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)
  • Disc 28 – London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
  • Disc 29 – London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
  • Disc 30 – London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
  • Disc 31 – London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recordings)
  • Disc 32 – White Plains, NY, February 5, 1966 (Audience tape)
  • Disc 33 – Pittsburgh, PA, February 6, 1966 (Audience tape)
  • Disc 34 – Hempstead, NY, February 26, 1966 (Audience tape)
  • Disc 35 – Melbourne, April 19, 1966 (Audience tape)
  • Disc 36 – Stockholm, April 29, 1966 (Audience tape)


The Band – The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Edition

The Scoop: On Thanksgiving in 1976, The Band threw the greatest retirement parties of all-time at Bill Graham’s famed Winterland in San Francisco, the site of their very first public performance back in 1969. That night the concert impresario pulled out all the stops – treating 5,000 lucky fans to a full Thanksgiving dinner, ballroom dancing and most importantly a star-studded, guest-filled send-off concert. Joining Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson that night was a who’s who of their contemporaries and musicians that held a special place in their hearts. The show featured appearances from the obvious (Bob Dylan and Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins) to oddball (Neil Diamond) and lots in between. To honor the 40th anniversary of the what has now been mythologized as one of the greatest concerts of all time, Rhino Records has released four new editions of The Band’s finale featuring remastered audio from the original master tapes including a deluxe edition that features the complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus The Last Waltz film directed by Martin Scorsese on Blue-Ray.

Label: Rhino Records/Warner Bros. Records

Number Of Tracks: 54

Guest Musicians: Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, The Staple Singers, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young


  1. Theme From The Last Waltz (with orchestra)
  2. Up On Cripple Creek
  3. The Shape I’m In
  4. It Makes No Difference
  5. Who Do You Love (with Ronnie Hawkins)
  6. Life Is A Carnival
  7. Such A Night (with Dr. John)
  8. The Weight
  9. Down South In New Orleans (with Bobby Charles)
  10. This Wheel’s On Fire
  11. Mystery Train (with Paul Butterfield)
  12. Caldonia (with Muddy Waters)
  13. Mannish Boy (with Muddy Waters)
  14. Stagefright
  15. Rag Mama Rag
  16. All Our Past Times (with Eric Clapton)
  17. Further On Up The Road (with Eric Clapton)
  18. Ophelia
  19. Helpless (with Neil Young)
  20. Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young)
  21. Coyote (with Joni Mitchell)
  22. Shadows And Light (with Joni Mitchell)
  23. Furry Sings The Blues (with Joni Mitchell)
  24. Acadian Driftwood
  25. Dry Your Eyes (with Neil Diamond)
  26. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
  27. Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby) (with Van Morrison)
  28. Caravan (with Van Morrison)
  29. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  30. The Genetic Method/Chest Fever
  31. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (with Bob Dylan)
  32. Hazel (with Bob Dylan)
  33. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Live We Never Have Met) (with Bob Dylan)
  34. Forever Young (with Bob Dylan)
  35. Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise) (with Bob Dylan)
  36. I Shall Be Released
  37. Jam #1
  38. Jam #2
  39. Don’t Do It
  40. Greensleeves (From Movie Soundtrack)
  41. The Last Waltz Suite

  42. The Well
  43. Evangeline (with Emmylou Harris)
  44. Out Of The Blue
  45. The Weight (with The Staples)
  46. The Last Waltz Refrain
  47. Concert Rehearsal
  48. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
  49. Tura Lura Lura (That’s An Irish Lullaby)
  50. Caravan
  51. Such A Night
  52. Rag Mama Rag
  53. Mad Waltz (Sketch track for “The Well”)
  54. The Last Waltz (Instrumental)
  55. The Last Waltz (Sketch)


Sting – 57th & 9th

The Scoop: After focusing on his lute playing and orchestral rock, today Sting finally unveils a rock album. As per a chat with Rolling Stone, Sting says his 12th solo studio album 57th & 9th “Is a sort of omnibus of everything that I do, but the flagship seems to be this energetic thing. I’m very happy to put up the mast and see how it goes.” The former Police frontman is joined by longtime collaborators drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and guitarist Dominic Miller as well as bassist Diego Navaira and guitarist Jerry Fuentes on the new LP, which was produced by his manager Martin Kierszenbaum. Listen to the album’s first single “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”:

Label: Interscope/Cherrytree

Producer: Martin Kierszenbaum

Number Of Tracks: 10

Running Time: 37:10

Guest Musicians: Vinnie Colaiuta, Dominic Miller, Diego Navaira, Jerry Fuentes


  1. I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
  2. 50,000
  3. Down, Down, Down
  4. One Fine Day
  5. Pretty Young Soldier
  6. Petrol Head
  7. Heading South On The Great North Road
  8. If You Can’t Love Me
  9. Inshallah
  10. The Empty Chair

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Umphrey’s McGee – ZONKEY

The Scoop: Umphrey’s McGee first debuted original conceived mashups at their 2008 Halloween concert. Since then they’ve continued the annual tradition of layering covers and their own tunes together to form seamless multi-song compositions. The six-piece took the mashup concept into the studio and recorded 12 tracks that blend together songs from a wide spectrum of genres and performers. Here’s “Sad Clint Eastwood,” the first Umphrey’s McGee studio track to ever feature bassist Ryan Stasik not just on lead vocals, but any vocals at all, on the mashup of Metallica’s “Sad But True” and Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood”:

Label: Nothing Too Fancy/Hanging Brains Music


Number Of Tracks: 12

Running Time: 65:56

Guest Musicians: Jennifer Hartswick


  1. National Loser Anthem – [“National Anthem” (Radiohead) + “Loser” (Beck) + “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins)]
  2. Life During Exodus – [“Life During Wartime” (Talking Heads) + “Exodus” (Bob Marley) + “City of Tiny Lites” (Frank Zappa) + “25 or 6 to 4” (Chicago)]
  3. Can’t Rock My Dream Face – [“Rock With You” (Michael Jackson) + “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd) + “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)]
  4. Sad Clint Eastwood – [“Sad But True” (Metallica) + “Clint Eastwood” (Gorillaz)]
  5. Electric Avenue To Hell – [“Highway To Hell” (AC/DC) + “Electric Avenue” (Eddy Grant) + “The Triple Wide” (Umphrey’s McGee)]
  6. Ace Of Long Nights – [“Ace of Spades” (Motörhead) + “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” (Ween)]
  7. Sweet Sunglasses – [“Sweet Dreams” (Eurythmics) + “Sunglasses at Night” (Corey Hart) + “Electric Feel” (MGMT)]
  8. Strangletage – [“Stranglehold” (Ted Nugent) + “Sabotage” (Beastie Boys)]
  9. Come As Your Kids – [“Kids” (MGMT) + “Come As You Are” (Nirvana) + “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” (Dead or Alive)]
  10. Frankie Zombie – [“Thunder Kiss ’65” (White Zombie) + “Relax” (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) + “Have a Cigar” (Pink Floyd)]
  11. Bulls On The Bus – [“Bulls On Parade” (Rage Against the Machine) + “Mark On the Bus” (Beastie Boys)]
  12. Bittersweet Haj – [“Hajimemashite” (Umphrey’s McGee) + “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (The Verve)]

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Lettuce – Mt. Crushmore

The Scoop: Funk revivalists Lettuce have today released a seven-song EP titled Mt. Crushmore featuring a mix of new tunes and b-sides from last year’s full-length Crush album. The band worked out arrangements of the songs live before recording them for inclusion on the new EP. Longtime Lettuce family member Alecia Chakour contributed vocals to the first single, “The Love You Left Behind.” Listen to “The Love You Left Behind” off Mt. Crushmore:

Label: Lettuce Records

Number Of Tracks: 7

Running Time: 19:56

Guest Musicians: Alecia Chakour


  1. Mt. Crushmore
  2. 116th St.
  3. ‘Lude, Pt. 5
  4. Elephant Walk
  5. Ransome
  6. The Love You Left Behind
  7. ‘Lude, Pt. 6

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The Nth Power – To Be Free – Live

The Scoop: R&B/soul/funk outfit The Nth Power shows off their current lineup and recent batch of originals on To Be Free – Live. The band discusses such heavy topics as the divisions among us, what went down on 9/11 and the failed institutions of the U.S. government over the course of 10 tracks. For this release, The Nth Power wrote the material over a three-month span this past summer and quickly recorded the songs in front of live audiences in Boston and Brooklyn with the aim of capturing the essence of the group’s energetic live performances. Watch the video for “Take My Soul”:

Label: Harmonized Records

Producer: The Nth Power

Number Of Tracks: 10

Running Time: 74:10

Guest Musicians: N/A


  1. Freedom
  2. Truth
  3. Joy
  4. Right Now
  5. Could It Be
  6. Thirsty
  7. More & More
  8. Home
  9. Take My Soul
  10. Truth (Radio Edit)

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Compiled by Jeffrey Greenblatt, Andy Kahn and Scott Bernstein.