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PAGE 8 POST-GAZE'FrE, AUGUST 11, 2017 . l by bob morello reviewing the bes;? g the rest NEW RADICALS OngYLVMCA Interocope/UMe Records New Radicals were an Ameri- can alternative band formed by singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander. Their album Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too was released in 1998 by MCA Records and featured the hit single "You Get What You Give." Interscope/UMe has reissued the album on vinyl for the first time. Alexander put together a wide range of collaborators to form the band and record May- be You've Been Brainwashed Too. The band's rock-pop-funk, blue-eyed soul hybrid album was praised by critics and went platinum in America. It was even more popular around the world, cracking the top 10 in the U.K. as well as many other territories. The first single, "You Get What You Give," was a smash hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Before the second single, "Someday We'll Know," was released in 1999, the band had broken up. The balance of tracks on Disc One include "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough," "I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away the Ending," "I Don't Wanna Die Anymore," and "Je- hovah Made This Whole Joint for You." Disc Two contains "In Need of a Miracle," "Gotta Stay High," "Technicolor Love," "Flowers," and "Crying L'Lke a Church on Monday." SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Sony Classical Sony Music has released the original motion picture soundtrack of Spider-Man: Homecoming with music by composer Michael Giacchino. The movie features a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man, par- trayed by Tom Holland. Com- poser Giacchino's credits in- clude some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history. In addition to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Giacchino's projects for 2017 include War for the Planet of the Apes and The Book of Henry. Much like the explosive moves of Spider-Man, much of Gi- acchino's score covers a host of sounds--high energy, a taste of jazz here and there, solid brass spacers, plus some gentle, ro- mantic flavors. The bottom line has Giacchino stepping up to the plate and hitting the score right out of the park with a very entertaining soundtrack that might even leave you with the buzz of the main theme rolling around in yourhead for quite a while after. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Masterworks Broadway Roald Dahl's Original Broad- way Cast Recording of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fea- tures a "melt in your mouth" track that shines with music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. For more than 50 years, Roald Dahl's story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has captured imaginations around the world, and now, for the first time, Broadway audiences are invited to experience Willy Wonka's delightful and semi-dark choco- late world first-hand. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous -- and mysterious -- factory is opening its gates ... to a lucky few. That includes young Char- lie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka's world of pure imagina- tion. Get ready for exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas., moving to the music and lyrics of Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Tracks of note include the beloved singles "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket." DECLAN McKENNA WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CAR Columbia For those unfamiliar with Declan McKenna, allow me to introduce you to the 18-year-old singer/songwriter and socially conscious artist. What Do You Think About the Carp is the young man's debut album for Columbia Records. His 2015 single "Brazil" (included on his debut album) charted number one on Sirius XM Radio's Alt Nation for January 2016 and hung in there for three weeks, also hitting # 16 on the Alterna- tive Songs chart. His current single is titled "Humongous," and is among the 11-song debut collection. McKenna wrote all the songs with the exception of "Listen to Your Friends," which he co-wrote. Also on this debut album: "The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home," "Mind," "Make Me Your Queen," "Isombard," "I Am Everyone Else," "Bethlehem," "Why Do You Feel So Down," "Paracetamol," and "Listen to Your Friends." Those both curi- ous and loyal can catch Declan live at Boston's venue The Sin- clair on Tuesday, August 15~. BILLY OCEAN HERE YOU ARE: THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE Legacy Billy Ocean's Here You Are: The Music of My Life showcases ten new performances along with five of the classic hits that helped make him one of the United Kingdom's top recording artists of the '80s. The ten new recordings are "Here You Are," "A Simple Game," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "No Woman No Cry," "Cry Me a River," "Having a Party," "It Was a Very Good Year," "These Foolish Things," "Judge Not," and "Love Train." Ocean's classic hits included on this disc are "Caribbean Queen," "Suddenly," "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," "When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going," and "There21 Be Sad Songs." The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS .of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani CAPUANO MAKING SENSE? When I think of my U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano, I think Somerville moon bat. He's up there with present Somerville Mayor "Curta- PHONY," as WRKO talk show host Jeff Kuhner calls him. Well, last week, he made good sense. He said the Dem- ocratic Party has to be more centrist, especially on the abortion issue. Can't be only the pro-abortion party. The party .must be open to pro-life Democrats, too. Capuano was at one time pro-life, but like many other liberal Democrats, he evolved ("I am as pro-choice as any- one."). However, for him to take on Howard Dean over exclud- ing pro-life Democrats from running for office is at least one positive step for Capuano. REMEMBERING DICKIE ALBERT Meteorologist Diclde Albert When I think of longtime meteorologist Dickie Albert, who recently passed away at age 73, I think of another weather legend in Boston -- none other than Don Kent from Channel 4 WBZ-TV. Albert joined Chan- nel 5 WCVB back in 1978 and worked with meteorologist Har- vey Leonard for 31 years. Watching the weather with Dickie Albert was great TV. He had such a great personality and he loved people. I met him once at a speaking engage- ment. Outside it was raining pretty badly. When I asked, "what happened?" he looked puzzled. "I watched you last night and you never mentioned about rain." He replied, "I just report the forecast and you can't blame me for the rain." We both laughed. Today's TV meteorologists are boring compared to his style. Weather isn't just weather, but how you report it. Actually, Dickie Albert was only 18 years old at his death since he was born on February 29% BOBBY CAPPUCCI IS BACK! Back some 30 years ago, East Boston's Bobby Cappucci was on the ballot more than Althea Garrison. Always running and always losing. Garrison got lucky once as a state repre- sentative from the Uphams Corner area of Dorchester. The incumbent state rep did a foolish thing. He forgot to turn his nomination papers in on time. Cappucci' got lucky, too. He got elected as the District 1 |lINT ~PINS During this past weekend's Sant'Agrippina Feast procession, all roads got you to St. Agrippina's. Just look at these famous folks hanging around the Society Club pointing in the right direction, every which way but here. School Committeeman, only to see the elected Boston School Committee get abolished a few years later. He went into law enforce- ment, becoming a Boston police officer. He has since retired and hence is back on the bal- lot again. This time for mayor. He is a Reagan Democrat and there aren't that many of them running for office these days. He collected enough signa- tures to make the ballot, which is a victory in and of itself. Another candidate, Joe Wiley from Roxbury, also made the ballot for mayor. He and I are both English High graduates from the Class of '66. THIS COMING DECEMBER ... This coming December the Boston English Class of '66 will hold another reunion. Last year at Doyle's Caf6 in JP, we held our 50th anniversary and decided at our age, we can't wait for our 75th anniversary. So we decided to do an annual reunion until none of us are left. REMEMBERING ANNIE SPEED As a DMH police officer for 28 years, I worked with many other police officers in my department. One of them was Officer Rufus Royal. He and I worked together for most of those years. We had great common sense, which is sadly a rare commodity nowadays. Often, working together on the same shift, we responded together to incidents. We knew how each other thought so well, we were the best team. We~ce been friends for over 35 years. Recently, his morn passed away at 73 years of age. Her name was Annie Speed and one of her claims to fame besides her family was having been the first ever female forklift opera- tor for the Gillette Company. I offer my condolences to Rufus and his entire family. HOWIE CARR RIGHT ON THE MONEY Tom Ellis In one of his most recent col- umns, Howie Carr was right on target on the pages of the Bos- ton Herald. As he opined, "Can we all agree that the only dif- ference between local TV news now and local TV news then is that it used to be 90 percent (the word that rhymes with trap) and now it's 95 percent {the same word as above)." I once watched the TV news all the time but now not so much. All I see are endless telecasts repeating the same news over and over again. Why do advertisers advertise on local TV news telecasts? They're wasting their money if you ask me. I loved Howie reminding me about what got the late Jack Cole fired from Channel 7. After a news story was reported on air, Cole stated, "We l be back with more of this alleged news in a moment." OUCH for Chan- nel 7. Gone for Jack Cole. Hey, besides Dickie Albert, I remember Don Kent, Jack Chase, John Hynes, John Henning, and Tom Ellis, who once had a cameo in the Movie The Candidate starring Robert Redford back in 1972. Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM