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May242018

Listen now: Will Smith's gearing up for a return to hip hop

Jun Sato/WireImageAfter the recent announcement that rapper-turned-actor Will Smith would be teaming up with Diplo, reggaeton star Nicky Jam and Kosovo singer Era Istref for the official World Cup song, it looks like Big Willy is ready to head back to his first job full time.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Smith shared a video of himself in the studio performing a new hip hop track reportedly called "To the Clique." 

He captioned the video, "Gettin’ back in the studio. Just warmin’ Up."

He then referenced a YouTube link which features behind-the-scenes footage of him making the track, and a longer clip of the song where he raps about his movies, Obama and even marrying Rihanna.

"I was doing a television show, a movie, and an album every year. So I was just churning out that kind of creativity," Smith says in the video, explaining the motivation behind his return to music. 

"What happens is you get to a point where you get empty. I'm excited, I'm re-energized and I'm creating wildly like I used to."

"I got the beast back," Smith adds. 

Will hasn’t released a full studio album since 2005, but did reunite last year with DJ Jazzy Jeff for the track "Get Lit." 

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Thursday
May242018

Watch now: John Mayer releases hilariously low-budget “New Light” video

Carlos SerraoJohn Mayer’s music video for “New Light” is super cheesy...on purpose.

"I needed to make a video for 'New Light' but nobody could agree on a budget," he joked on Twitter. “…So I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos."

The video features John wearing a dirty sweatshirt and pajama pants, running, dancing and posing awkwardly while being digitally inserted into random scenery, including a farm, Times Square, the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, ski slopes and a beach. In one bizarre scene, two John Mayers wave to each other from a safari landscape with a zebra.

John released the song “New Light” earlier this month. It’s his first new music since 2017's album The Search for Everything. 

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Thursday
May242018

Mike Shinoda premieres new "Post Traumatic" song, "Running from My Shadow" 

Credit: Frank Maddocks Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has shared another preview from his forthcoming solo album, Post Traumatic. The latest cut is a track called "Running from My Shadow," which features alternative artist grandson. You can download it now via digital outlets.

In keeping with the visceral style of the previous Post Traumatic videos, "Running from My Shadow" is accompanied by a video showing Shinoda giving an emotional performance of the song, The clip is streaming now on YouTube.

Shinoda wrote and recorded Post Traumatic in the aftermath of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's death last July. The album, which features the single "Crossing a Line," arrives on June 15.

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Thursday
May242018

Megadeth shares remastered "The Skull Beneath the Skin" from "Killing Is My Business" reissue; Mustaine talks Metallica's shelved "No Life 'til Leather" reissue 

Credit: Jeremy SafferMegadeth has shared a remastered recording of the track "The Skull Beneath the Skin," which will be included on the upcoming reissue of the thrash band's 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business...and Business is Good!. You can listen to the track now via Billboard.com.

Dubbed The Final Kill, the Killing Is My Business reissue includes the original album remastered, a host of live tracks and demos, and a new version of Megadeth's controversial cover the 1966 Nancy Sinatra pop hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."

The 18-track collection will be released on June 8.

And speaking of reissues, frontman Dave Mustaine talked to Billboard about the shelved expanded reissue of Metallica's No Life 'til Leather demo, which was recorded during Mustaine's brief tenure in the band. Last year, Mustaine tweeted that the project fell through due to a songwriting credit dispute between him and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

"I don't think that's going to happen," Mustaine tells Billboard of the No Life 'til Leather reissue. "We talked about it a little bit, and there are certain things about the way Lars wants things to go down, and it's just not going to happen. They want to say things happened one way, and it didn't happen that way. I can't go along with that. I can't fabricate stuff."

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Thursday
May242018

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFifty years ago this week, Glen Campbell recorded this classic at Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood. Can you name this #1 song, which Little Big Town performed in his honor at last year's CMA Awards? ANSWER: "Wichita Lineman." 

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Thursday
May242018

Mariah Carey watches fans sing YouTube covers of her songs 

ABC/Randy HolmesThanks to Glamour magazine, some aspiring singers on YouTube had one very special viewer checking out their work.

As part of Glamour’s video series “You Sang My Song,” Mariah Carey watched several YouTube videos of fans covering some of her most famous songs. The singers put their own spins on hits including “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “Heartbreaker” and “We Belong Together.”

An impressed Mariah gave her reactions, and the fans were then surprised with the video of Mariah watching them.

"It's a good feeling as a songwriter to see how many different ways people can interpret these songs," Mariah said.

She also tweeted, "Thank you @glamourmag and all you amazing artists for sharing these beautiful renditions with me!"

The varied interpretations featured two friends doing a stripped down version of “Always Be My Baby,” a young boy belting out “Hero,” and a guy playing “Touch My Body” on the violin.

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Thursday
May242018

Dan Auerbach's dad Chuck announces debut album, "Remember Me"

ABC/Randy HolmesDan Auerbach's father, guitarist and singer Chuck Auerbach, has announced his debut album, titled Remember Me. Produced by the Black Keys frontman, the record will be released on June 15, which, not coincidentally, is the Friday before Father's Day.

The first single from Remember Me is a song called "My Old Man," which is a tribute to Chuck's own father. The track is accompanied by a video featuring old photos of the Auerbach family, which you can watch now on YouTube.

"After getting so much help over the years from my dad I was happy to lend a hand in the making of this record and return the favor," Dan says.

Here's the Remember Me track list:

"Sylvie"
"Chinaman"
"Desperation"
"Long Time to Be Lonely"
"I'm So Sorry"
"If You Left Me"
"My Old Man"
"Bottoms Up"
"Some Fools"

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Thursday
May242018

Listen now: Train rolls up with Cam and Travie McCoy on new single "Call Me Sir" 

Columbia RecordsAs promised, Train has released their new single, "Call Me Sir," which features Grammy-nominated country star Cam and Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy.

On Twitter, Train frontman Pat Monahan writes of the song, "It’s a true story and I love what these 2 bring to the song. Hope everyone will like this one as much as we love performing it."

The song tells the story of a guy who can't get anyone to notice him...until he meets the right woman.  "When I ride by myself/I don't ever get no help/But when I roll up with her/Everybody calls me sir," Pat sings. "No matter how long I stay/They never ever know my name/But when I walk in with her/Everybody calls me sir."

Cam sings from the female perspective: "I ain't goin' nowhere unless he's there with me/'Cause I don't stand in line no more, admissions always free." 

And Travie chimes in, "Every time we hit the streets, it's like a world premiere/She makes me feel like Sia swinging from that chandelier/Went from marginally famous to the top of the A-list."

Train has been performing "Call Me Sir" live during their current tour with Hall & Oates.


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Thursday
May242018

Watch now: Jennifer Lopez releases ultra-extravagant video for "Dinero" with DJ Khaled and Cardi B

Epic RecordsWhen your song is all about money, you need an expensive video to go with it.

Jennifer Lopez has released the ultra-extravagant visual for her new single, “Dinero,” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B.

The black-and-white clip kicks off with J.Lo picking up a diamond-encrusted bowling ball and rolling it down the hallway of a spacious mansion. Other over-the-top scenes include J.Lo barbecuing meat in lacy lingerie, walking a pet ostrich on a leash and playing poker with a group of shirtless men.

DJ Khaled appears in a few scenes to burn stacks of cash, while Cardi B delivers her verse while sharing a bed with J.Lo -- both women are wearing masquerade masks.

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Thursday
May242018

ABC News' Ryan Smith shares the message behind tonight's "20/20" special "The Last Days of Michael Jackson"

Steve Granitz/WireImageTonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.

The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek "Cooley" Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator; and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.

But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.

"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. "The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."

He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing. To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."

Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.

"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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Thursday
May242018

The Zombies set to invade the West Coast in September

Credit: Marya GlurLegendary British Invasion band The Zombies will be invading the U.S. again this September, when they mount a brief West Coast tour. The seven-date trek gets underway on September 7 in San Francisco and is plotted out through a September 18 concert in Seattle.

In addition to San Francisco, the outing includes performances at five other California venues as well as a September 17 show in Portland, Oregon. Among the gigs is a previously announced appearance at the KAABOO Del Mar festival in Del Mar, California.

Prior to the run of U.S. shows, The Zombies will tour their U.K. homeland in June. The band's 2018 itinerary also includes a fall European trek with veteran U.K. hard rockers Uriah Heep that will feature shows in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. Check out the group's complete schedule at TheZombiesMusic.com.

In other news, a limited-edition colored-vinyl version of The Zombies' influential 1968 album Odessey and Oracle will be released this Friday, May 25, exclusively at Newbury Comics stores and at NewburyComics.com. The band mounted a special tour last year in honor the album's 50th anniversary.

Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2018 U.S. tour dates:

9/7 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
9/8 -- Petaluma, CA, Mystic Theatre
9/10 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Troubadour
9/13 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater
9/14 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Del Mar
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre

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Thursday
May242018

Ashley McBryde's heartbreaking quest to find "The Jacket" that belonged to her dad 

Warner Music NashvilleIf you check out Ashley McBryde's debut album, Girl Going Nowhere, the Arkansas native will take you to "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," just like her breakthrough hit says.  But she'll also introduce you to her father, through a very personal track called "The Jacket." 

The autobiographical tune tells the story of the denim coat her dad wore, which he eventually passed on to her. Unfortunately, when Ashley was away recently playing a gig, a thief vandalized her truck and stole her prized possession.

"The jacket was in my truck in East Nashville, and we were in Charlotte," she tells ABC Radio. "We were only gone for 24 hours. I parked right in front of a camera, in a secured parking lot. And somebody busted out the window of my truck and took the jacket."

"It is the most disgusting-looking piece of denim ever," she explains. "It's got a buckskin collar, hand-sewn. No one would ever want that piece of clothing. But somebody did, and they took it."

Though Ashley's fans and the tight-knit music community have tried to track down the irreplaceable jean jacket, it still hasn't turned up. 

"All of Nashville's been looking for it," she goes on.

She laughs, "All the vintage shops have pictures of it, up in there. It's unmistakable, this jacket. If you saw it, you'd be like, 'That's gross. And that's Ashley's jacket.'"  

In September, Ashley launches her first series of shows as a headliner. Tickets for the Girl Going Nowhere Tour go on sale Friday. 

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Thursday
May242018

Weezer trolls fan campaign by covering "Rosanna" by Toto

ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer has released a cover of the song "Rosanna," originally recorded by the Grammy-winning group Toto. While the track may seem like a harmless tribute to a classic rock band, it's actually an elaborate troll on a very specific fan campaign.

For the last year, a Weezer fan has been tweeting at the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo from the account @WeezerAfrica pleading with them to cover Toto's best-known hit, "Africa." The account would tweet things such as "OK but your cover of 'Africa' by Toto would top everything" or "Maybe you would enjoy life more if you would master your cover of 'Africa' by Toto," each time adding the hashtag #WeezerCoverAfrica.

Even Toto member David Paich embraced the idea, posting a link to an article about the campaign on his Facebook. "Hey Rivers Cuomo, I'm just gonna leave this right here..." Paich wrote.

Instead, Weezer has gone for an ironic twist: They've covered the lesser Toto hit "Rosanna." In response, @WeezerAfrica tweeted, "#WeezerCoverAfrica turned into #WeezerCoveringRosanna ???"

You can download the "Rosanna" cover now via digital outlets. 

Meanwhile, Weezer fans are still waiting to see if the band will actually release their new record, The Black Album, this Friday. Earlier this year, Cuomo said that the follow-up to 2017's Pacific Daydream would arrive on May 25, but hasn't announced any more details about the album since.

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Thursday
May242018

Shantay, you stay: Ariana Grande's brother Frankie gets a "drag makeover" tonight on "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Courtesy of VH1 Ariana Grande has guest-starred on RuPaul's Drag Race in the past, but tonight, it's her big brother Frankie's turn on the Emmy-winning show.

"Get ready. It's the makeover challenge, and I'm being made over by Eureka, so Team Eureka!" Frankie tells ABC Radio.

The "makeover challenge" involves the Drag Race contestants giving a "drag makeover" to someone.  On tonight's episode, Frankie is one of several "social media kings" who'll be turned into drag queens, along with Tyler Oakley, Anthony Padilla, Chester See, Raymond Braun and Kingsley

Frankie tells ABC Radio that he was absolutely thrilled with the results.

"It was the best thing I've ever done!" he gushes. "I mean, drag is, like, so unbelievably liberating! Yeah, I loved it."

You can tune in to see if Frankie ends up looking prettier than his sister when RuPaul's Drag Race airs tonight on VH1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Thursday
May242018

Blink-182 performs "Kings of the Weekend" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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Blink-182 performed "Kings of the Weekend" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night to promote their Las Vegas residency of the same name, which starts Saturday.

The veteran pop-punk band -- comprised of bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba -- took to Kimmel's outdoor stage to perform the song off their most recent album, 2016's California

As previously reported, Blink-182 will launch their Las Vegas Kings of the Weekend residency later this week, and the pop-punk trio is currently working on crafting the set list for the shows. On his Twitter, Hoppus shared a list of the songs from which the band is choosing to rehearse.

The nearly 50-song list includes tracks from California, including "Bored to Death" and "She's Out of Her Mind," as well as a number of classics from the band's discography, such as "All the Small Things," "Adam's Song" and "I Miss You."

The residency will stretch all the way into November.

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Thursday
May242018

Will Camila, Dua, Ariana or Shawn have the Song of the Summer? Spotify has predictions

Paul Drinkwater/NBCLast year, the Song of the Summer was "Despacito."  Now, as Memorial Day 2018 is upon us, it's time to consider this year's contenders.  The folks at Spotify have put together a list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance or just whether or not they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.

According to Spotify, the #1 prediction for Song of the Summer is Cardi B's "I Like It," featuring Latin stars J Balvin and Bad Bunny.  But the list also includes "One Kiss," the new collabo from Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris, as well as Anne-Marie's "2002," co-written by Ed Sheeran

Also on the list: "Sangria Wine," from Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry."  Both songs just got big sales boosts from their performances on Sunday's BillboardMusic Awards.

Other tracks on Spotify's list include "Solo," Demi Lovato's new track with Clean Bandit, and "Youth," Shawn Mendes' duet with Khalid.  Also making the list are current chart-toppers like Drake's "Nice for What" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

Here's Spotify's full list and may the best song win:

1. "I Like It" - Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
2. "This Is America" - Childish Gambino
3. "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
4. "OTW" - Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign
5. "Sangria Wine" - Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams
6. "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai
7. "Nice for What" - Drake
8. "Life Changes" - Thomas Rhett
9. "Zombie" - Bad Wolves
10. "No Tears Left To Cry" - Ariana Grande
11. "Playinwitme" - KYLYE ft. Kehlani
12. "Ball For Me" - Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj
13. "2002" - Anne-Marie
14. "Burn the House Down" - AJR
15. "Solo" - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
16. "Youth" - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid

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Thursday
May242018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Scotty McCreery learned "Five More Minutes" has been certified platinum at the song's #1 party Wednesday at CMA headquarters in Nashville.

"Burning House" hitmaker Cam is featured on the new single from pop/rock band Train, titled "Call Me Sir."

Toby KeithJoe NicholsDavid NailJana KramerParmalee and rapper Nelly are set to play Tailgate Fest September 1 on the grounds of the Forum in Los Angeles. 

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Thursday
May242018

Shawn Mendes says his new album would shock the Shawn Mendes of 2017 

Brian ZiffThe songs on Shawn Mendes' new self-titled album, due out on Friday, reveal a new honesty and maturity that even he didn't think he was capable of. In fact, the 19-year-old star says if you had told him last year that he would make an album like this, he wouldn't have believed you.

Asked by Entertainment Weekly, "How would Shawn of four years ago react to the maturity of this album?" he replies. "He wouldn’t have believed it. No way. Shawn last year wouldn’t believe it.  I mean that with all of my heart."

He adds, "You never discover you can say a certain thing again; you just do. These songs are stamps of moments when I discovered what I was capable of."

“Every album is going to become more honest and truthful, but I really wanted to capture this,” Shawn explains. "I don’t know how to describe it, but there’s something about where I am right now in my life, being 19...I feel like I’m going through a huge transition and everything is just crazy and exciting.”

The album's first single, "In My Blood," which is about Shawn's struggles with anxiety, is a good example of his new openness.

"The biggest thing I learned making this album," he explains, "is that if I am not writing 100 percent the truth, I’m cheating myself, and the music just isn’t going to be as good."

Next year, Shawn launches a world tour in support of the album, and he says his new honesty applies to his concerts, too.

"There’s no such thing as a perfect show," he tells EW. "It makes me so excited to go on tour because I know that it can’t be perfect. That’s not what life is."

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Thursday
May242018

ABC News' Ryan Smith shares the message behind tonight's "20/20" special "The Last Days of Michael Jackson"

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesTonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.

The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator, and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.

But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.

"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. 

"The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."

He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing." 

"To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."

Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.

"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.

The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC. 

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Thursday
May242018

Post-Creedence revival: Solo albums by CCR members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty to be reissued next month

Craft RecordingsA pair of long-out-of-print 1972 solo albums by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival members Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty will be reissued on June 22.

The discs, Clifford's solo debut, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, and Fogerty's Excalibur, will be available on 180-gram vinyl and also will be released for the first time as high-res audio downloads and streams.

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was the CCR drummer's first and only solo album. The 11-track collection features eight original tunes, plus covers of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream," The Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."

Other musicians contributing to the project included Creedence bass player Stu Cook on rhythm guitar, famed Stax session bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, future Doobie Brother John McFee on lead guitar and the Tower of Power horn section.

"Making this record was a blast, because it was a superstar line-up," recalls Clifford. "I told everyone that I was open to any ideas they might have. That got everybody involved in the process. The camaraderie was great, there was no pressure and that got the best performances from everyone."

Excalibur was the second of five solo albums that late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty released after exiting the band in 1971. The 10-track collection includes the talents of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and frequent Garcia collaborator, keyboardist Merl Saunders.

Tom's four other albums -- 1972's Tom Fogerty, 1974's Zephyr National and Myopia, and 1981's Deal It Out -- also will be reissued as high-res audio downloads and streams on June 22.

A limited number of vinyl bundles including Excalibur and a signed copy of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford can be pre-ordered at CraftRecordings.com.

Here's the Doug "Cosmo" Clifford track list:

Side One
"Latin Music"
"Regret It (For the Rest of Your Life)"
"Guitars, Drums and Girls"
"I'm a Man"
"She's About a Mover"
"I Just Want to Cry"

Side Two
"Get Your Raise"
"Daydream"
"Take a Train"
"Death Machine"
"Swingin' in a Hammock"

And here's the Excalibur track list:

Side One
"Forty Years"
"Black Jack Jenny"
"Rocky Road Blues"
"Faces, Places, People"
"Get Funky"

Side Two
"Sick and Tired"
"Sign of the Devil"
"Straight and Narrow"
"Next in Line"
"(Hold On) Annie Mae"

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