• Nick Lowe: The Old Magic

    Nick Lowe: The Old Magic

    As a member of the seminal pub-rock scene that spawned the punk movement in the mid-70s and saw the rise of his sometime collaborator Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe pretty much dropped from sight in 1990 ...
  • Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions

    Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions

    Recorded in 1966 and ’67, and guided by songwriters Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, the unfinished Smile album is often considered just as innovative as the Beatles’ 1967 game changer Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts ...
  • Carolyn Wonderland: Peace Meal

    Carolyn Wonderland: Peace Meal

    Co-produced with a roaring, richly textured sonic backdrop by Ray Benson, Larry Campbell, and Mike Nesmith, Peace Meal finally captures on disc all the fire, fury, and soulfulness of Texas blues dynamo Carolyn Wonderland’s live ...
  • Ruthie Foster: Let it Burn

    Ruthie Foster: Let it Burn

    Ruthie Foster’s celebrated 2009 LP, The Truth According To Ruthie Foster, was recorded in Memphis; for Let It Burn she migrated south to New Orleans. Working with producer John Chelew and a tight combo of ...
  • Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

    Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

    Multichannel treatments of older rock recordings that truly serve the musical essence of the original are rare. Here’s one that does. The “You” of Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, is Syd ...
  • Marianne Faithfull: Strange Weather

    Marianne Faithfull: Strange Weather

    I recently heard Marianne Faithfull in an intimate venue with great acoustics, and was mesmerized from start to finish. Not only by that one-of-a-kind, sandpaper-and-velvet voice but also by what she put into every song, ...
  • The Smiths: Complete

    The Smiths: Complete

    One step in becoming a great band is believing you’re great, and The Smiths had no problem with that. Before playing a single note together Morrissey and Johnny Marr were convinced their music would have ...
  • The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

    The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

    Although the Louvin Brothers were a successful country act that released more than a dozen LPs, Satan is Real is easily their most well-known record because of its cover: holding a pitchfork, a buck- toothed ...
  • Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    This newly reissued 1978 album is a sexy, snarling, cosmopolitan affair steeped in the decadence of the times—the Stones seldom sounded tougher than on “When the Whip Comes Down” or “Shattered.” But many of the ...
  • Etta James: The Dreamer

    Etta James: The Dreamer

    There’s a dark pall cast over The Dreamer. The album cover depicts her wan face cloaked in a black shroud-like hood. It’s to be Etta James’ last—she’s been diagnosed with dementia and her 50- year ...
  • The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    When not Flatlanding or being a mesmerizing solo artist Jimmie Dale Gilmore has found a compatible home with the Wronglers, an assured old- timey sextet founded by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival financier/banjoist Warren Hellman. With ...
  • Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian first appeared on the music scene as a preternaturally mature thirteen-year-old singing “Society’s Child,” a tale of an inter-racial romance that was swiftly banned on radio stations due to its perceived incendiary content. ...

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