Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."
Bruce Springsteen's new album, High Hopes, would seem to have hodgepodge written all over it. None of the songs are brand new. Eight are originals that didn't make the cut onto various studio albums. Some are longtime staples of Springsteen's live performances. And three are covers, including the title track, written by Tim Scott McConnell of roots-rock band the Havalinas, and originally recorded by the Boss for his 1996 Blood Brothers EP.
What's the greatest soul music label of all time? With all respect to Philadelphia International Records, which places a strong third, the battle royal ultimately comes down to Motown - Berry Gordy's Detroit hit factory that achieved its goal of becoming "The Sound of Young America" - and Stax, the Memphis label that made stars out of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, and many others.