Spotlight Release of the Week: Fans may identify him as the Eagles’ guitarist/vocalist, but Glenn Frey debuts a new solo album this week, titled After Hours.
On the 11-song collection, Frey follows the covers trend – a la Paul McCartney’s latest, Kisses on the Bottom, or Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook – and releases his take on 11 classic love songs.
Among the covers is the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” “The Look of Love” (as made famous by Dusty Springfield) and blues standard “Route 66.”
Appearing on the Today show yesterday (May 7), Frey explained his inspiration for After Hours, which he called a “real challenge.” “I wanted to make this album for my parents, who are still alive and kicking,” Frey said.
Also out this week are two releases from Twisted Sister frontman and consummate talking head/reality TV star Dee Snider, who trades heavy metal for Broadway (again) on his new album, the aptly-titled Dee Does Broadway.
On it, Snider collaborates with theater greats like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth (not to mention Cyndi Lauper) on covers of “Big Spender,” “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)” and more Broadway classics. Snider is no stranger to Broadway, having briefly played the role of club owner Dennis in Rock of Ages.
The Twisted Sister frontman also elaborates on his time in the spotlight and his ’80s metal tenure in Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, the memoir he penned entirely himself, which is also out this week.
It’s a week heavy on cover albums, with Stooges wild man Iggy Pop joining the ranks as well. His Après honors French music legends like Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, as well as covers the Beatles’ “Michelle,” Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin'” and more.
Coming off their recent Rock Hall induction, the Small Faces are releasing a remastered reissue of their 1967 self-titled album (not to be confused with their 1966 self-titled album), which includes hits like “Itchycoo Park” and “Tin Soldier.” This reissue, however, includes 17 bonus tracks, which is more than the album had in the first place.
And finally, one of the legendary blues guitarists who inspired the likes of Hendrix, Clapton and more gets the chance to tell his story. Buddy Guy’s memoir, When I Left Home: My Story, focuses on the guitarist’s move from backwoods Louisiana to Chicago, where he quickly gained momentum in the famous blues scene there.
Those who want to know more about rock’n’roll’s roots and the players who inspired the guitar gods of the 1960s and ’70s may want to take a read.
Plus, the book is in responsible hands (besides Guy’s own), having been co-written by expert music biographer David Ritz, who has penned bios of legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and more.
–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local