U.S.A.-U.K. by 7th Heaven (2008)
7th Heaven is a local rock band known for their 30 songs in 30 minute pop/rock medleys, fun and energetic stage presence, and variety of music for all audiences. Their latest CD titled U.S.A.-U.K. includes “Better This Way,” “Gravity,” and the song heard during the Chicago Cubs commercials “This Summers Gonna Last for Ever.” My favorites are what I call the rock ballads: “Gave You My Word” and “Still Be Here.”
If you get a chance to see them live at a local fest this summer, you’ll hear a few of their songs, a 30-minute medley and other classic rock and recent hit songs from Metro Station to Journey and sometimes Neil Diamond. Look for them at the Concert in the Park in Darien on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 — also check out a list of their other local appearances (including one tonight at 6:00 in Downers Grove).
The Jersey Boys [original Broadway cast recording] (2005)
For those of us who remember the Four Seasons, this is a wonderful and delightful trip back to memory lane. The Four Seasons were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990) and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (1999). And if you want to hear the music of Jersey Boys live, check out the musical that’s still downtown at the Bank of America Theatre. Over the weekend, the Tribune rated the new cast.
Still Unforgettable by Natalie Cole (2008)
Eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole continues her exploration of American pop standards in this sequel to her 1991 Grammy LP of the Year Unforgettable: With Love. I found it to be a nice blend of smooth jazz and big band sounds, but I don’t think she needs to do any more duets with her dead father!
Jersey Boys [original Broadway cast recording] (2005)
Music from the Broadway hit takes the listener back to the 1960s and the singing sensations Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. The musical tells the story of working class kids who rose to superstars in the entertainment world. The CD has all the hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” and more. Their story is told, their music celebrated. If you remember the ‘60’s, don’t miss this CD.
To hear the music live, check out Jersey Boys, currently playing at the LaSalle Bank Theatre in Chicago. Visit Broadway in Chicago for a preview of the show, ticket information, and more.