Look out for these albums released this week.
Avenged Sevenfold Hail To the King
Avenged Sevenfold’s sixth studio album, Hail to the King, features drummer Arin Ilejay, who came on board with the band in 2011, replacing Mike Portnoy. (Portnoy filled in with the band following the 2009 death of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.) Avenged Sevenfold will begin touring behind Hail to the King this October.
Sly & the Family Stone Higher!
The four-disc collection of the revolutionary group’s innovative music features seventeen previously unreleased tracks, mono mixes, instrumental tracks, demos, live recordings, and a 104-page book. (You can take a sneak peak at its contents here.)
Of course, it also features the timeless grooves of original Family Stone drummer Gregg Errico, as well as Gerry Gibson, Bill Lordan, and Andy Newmark, who describes in detail his famous beat to “In Time.” Full track-by-track player credits are not included, but it’s likely that latter Sly drummers Jim Strassburg and Adam Veaner are also present.
Jeff Lorber Fusion Hacienda
The latest by the fusion keyboard great features Vinnie Colaiuta, Gary Novak, and Dave Weckl on drums. Check out this Youtube clip for more on the release.
Carly Ritter Carly Ritter
Carly Ritter’s self-titled debut album features drummer/producer Joachim Cooder and his multi-instrumentalist wife, Juliette Commagere. “Joachim and Juliette have such a feel for mid-’60s and ’70s music, and they got this amazing sound,” says Carly, whose father is the late actor/comedian John Ritter and whose grandfather was seminal country singer Tex Ritter.