This Week’s Album Releases: eels, ‘Million Dollar Hotel’ Soundtrack, Joe Satriani

Also: South Pacific's Constance, Lois Maffeo & Brendan Canty's The Union Themes and Melissa Ferrick's Freedom.

Daisies of the Galaxy, the eels’ third album, will be in stores
this Tuesday. It was recorded with Grant-Lee Phillips of Grant Lee
Buffalo and Peter Buck of R.E.M.

Also available will be the soundtrack to “The Million Dollar Hotel.”
The album features the two new U2 songs “Stateless” ( HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/U2/Stateless.ram">RealAudio excerpt) and “The First Time,” as well as original songs by the Million Dollar Hotel Band, featuring Bono, Brian Eno and Bill Frisell. And guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani will release his follow-up to Crystal Planet, Engines of Creation.

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March 14 album releases:

Ray Charles, The Very Best of Ray Charles (Rhino) — Collection of standards, spanning the ’50s to the ’80s, from R&B legend’s career.

Chic, The Very Best of Chic (Rhino) — Chart-topping disco-funk band’s greatest. Thirteen-track playlist includes the hits “Le Freak,” from their 1978 album C’est Chic, “Good Times,” from the 1978 record Risque, as well as cuts from Take It Off and the soundtrack for the film “Soup for One,” which were released in the early ’80s.

eels, Daisies of the Galaxy (DreamWorks) — Third album of quirky pop, by Los Angeles group led by E. (born Mark Oliver Everett). Follows up the 1998 record Electro-Shock Blues. Recorded with Grant-Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.). Songs include “Packing Blankets” and “I Like Birds.”

Melissa Ferrick, Freedom (W.A.R.?) — Guitar-playing singer/songwriter releases follow-up to her 1998 album Everything I Need. Another album of heavy folk-rock.

Great Big Sea, Turn (Sire) — Celtic-pop quartet from Newfoundland, Canada, releases third album and follow-up to 1998′s Rant and Roar. Includes “Consequence Free” and “Boston and St. John’s.”

Bill Laswell, Emerald Aether: Shape Shifting/Reconstructions of Irish Music (Shanachie) — Remixes of traditional Irish folk songs by longtime guitarist and producer (Iggy Pop, Motörhead, Afrika Bambaataa). Includes versions of “The Wayfaring Stranger” (Jerry O’Sullivan) and “We Dreamed Our Dreams” (Cathie Ryan).

Little Willie G., Make Up for the Lost Time (HighTone) — Sixties Latino rock band Thee Midniters singer releases album featuring original songs, as well as covers such as Parliament’s “(I Wanna) Testify” and Thee Midniters classic “It’ll Never Be Over for Me.” Produced by Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo.

Lois Maffeo & Brendan Canty, The Union Themes (Kill Rock Stars) — Singer/songwriter Maffeo collaborates with Fugazi drummer for album of charismatic songs. Includes “How I Came To Know” and “You Love Your Wounds.”

Mars Electric, Beautiful Something (Portrait/Columbia) — Birmingham, Ala., group releases debut album of catchy rock tunes. Produced by Greg Archilla (Matchbox 20, Neil Young). Includes songs “Someday” and “Far Away.”

Ian Moore, and all the colors… (Koch) — “Float
Away” and “Johnny Cash’s Electric Bible” are among the 13 blues-rock songs on this album by the Austin, Texas, guitar player. Follows Modernday Folklore, which was released in 1995.

Joe Satriani, Engines of Creation (Epic) — Guitarist releases follow-up to his 1998 album Crystal Planet, with 11 cuts of electronic-flavored instrumental rock. Features songs “Devil’s Slide” and “Borg Sex.”

John Scofield, Bump (Verve) — Guitarist with history of playing with jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Chet Baker delivers album mixing elements of funk, groove and jazz. Follows 1998′s A Go Go, recorded with Medeski Martin & Wood.

South Pacific, Constance (Turnbuckle) — Trio from Toronto follow up their 1999 EP 33 with album of lush instrumentals in a style and atmosphere similar to Slowdive or My
Bloody Valentine. Includes the songs “Analogue 9″ and “Round (forget what you feel).”

Various artists, Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music (Rhino) — Double-CD compilation documenting the history of electronic-dance music. Travels from Kraftwerk and Donna Summer via Afrika Bambaataa and Rhythim Is Rhythim to Underworld and The Prodigy. Includes “Move Any Mountain” by The Shamen and a live version of “What Time Is Love” by The KLF.

Various artists, The Million Dollar Hotel Music From the
Motion Picture
(Interscope) — Sixteen tracks from film
directed by Wim Wenders (“Until the End of the World”). Includes two new U2 songs — “Stateless” and “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” (RealAudio excerpt) — and new solo tracks by Bono.

(This story was altered at 03:30 p.m. EST Monday, March 13, 2000.)