Back Home with Eric Clapton

Here’s another album from Eric Clapton that fans will surely appreciate. Back Home, “Clapton's first recording of (mostly) original material since 2001's Reptile, is a combination of solo compositions, covers, and collaborations with writing partner Simon Climie. Backing musicians include John Mayer (guitar), Blind Faith mate Steve Winwood (synthesizer), and longtime associate Billy Preston (keyboards), whose expertise with the Hammond B3 shines brightest on the Vince Gill cowritten "One Day".

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, an event in Great Lakes maritime history immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot in his 1975 ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which appears on several Library CDs, including his own Sundown, and in books from our sheet music collection such as Music of the Great Lakes and The New York Times Great Songs of the 70s. A DVD titled The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is also available, and an article about the 30th anniversary recently appeared in The Detroit News.

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea

Jack Aubrey is arguably the best-drawn and best-known fictional (or otherwise) captain of the British Royal Navy. Listen as Aubrey and shipmate Maturin battle Napoleon, the high seas and British class prejudice in Patrick O'Brian's masterful series. His twenty-one stories will provide enough sailing instruction to qualify you for a royal command.

DeVotchKa - How it Ends

It's hard to describe the music of DeVotchKa. The library has their latest album, How It Ends, classified as "Pop Vocal Music," but a look at the instruments used on the album - glockenspiel, accordian, bouzouki and theremin are just a few - makes it obvious that DeVotchKa is not a typical pop band. You could call their sound atmospheric klezmer-pop or use the band's own description of "Eastern-bloc indie rock," but however you want to describe it, this album is definitely worth a listen.

More from Rod Stewart!

The fourth installment of the Great American Songbook series from Rod Stewart is on order! This album features such artists as Diana Ross, Chaka Kahn, Elton John and more. Get on the hold list today!

Timeless Maintains Number Three Position

Timeless by Martina McBride holds on to the number three position for the second week on the Billboard 200 Chart. That album also stays a second week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Class is Now in Session

Class Is Now In Session

Turn drive time into class time with an audio lecture. The Teaching Company produces quality audio lecture series by professors from leading colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects.

Two of our most popular titles this year are The Story of Human Language and Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self. Robert Greenberg’s Symphony series is a feast for the ear as well as the mind.

Newly Discovered Jazz Recording!

Wish you could experience the magic produced by Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane? Now you can with the newly discovered Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall!

“Every year sees a crop of newly found jazz gems, but rarely are listeners treated to anything as special as this 1957 concert recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, which was accidentally discovered in an unmarked box by a Library of Congress engineer early in 2005. Until now, fans could only dream of hearing these two immortals play together beyond the three studio tracks they left behind. But here they are, hitting their stride at an all-star benefit concert, basking in the chemistry they had developed in Monk's quartet during the preceding weeks at New York's Five Spot.” (

The Play Ground

L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi. The Coronation of Poppea is an opera of beauty, greed, seduction-yes, a woman must use all her resources when usurping a throne! Poppea relates the historical account of a beautiful courtesan who schemes to become empress of Rome during Nero's reign. Sung in Italian with projected English translations. University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Timothy Cheek. November 10-13 at the Power Center. League Ticket Office.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird once played the violin for swing-revival band Squirrel Nut Zippers, but his newest solo album, Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs, has an eclectic sound that leans more toward folk/rock than toward jazz. Bird puts on a great live show, so be sure to catch him when he performs at the Ark on November 9.

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