• Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    When Bob Dylan retreated to Woodstock in 1967 and began writing and recording songs with The Band, those oft- bootlegged sessions soon became the stuff of legend. The new material had deep roots and was ...
  • Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill

    At 66, Neil Young is pedal to the metal. This spring he reunited with Crazy Horse on Americana, sending Stephen Foster songs into the Top 10. This fall he published the autobiography Waging Heavy Peace ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Nearly 35 years into a recording career that began with the self-titled Dire Straits album, singer-songwriter-guitarist-produ- cer Knopfler holds as steady on his course as such older baby-boom peers as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and ...
  • Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Sandstrom: Nordic Sounds

    Born in 1942, Swedish composer Sven- David Sandström first came to attention for his complex orchestral works. For 20 years, however, Sandström was a member of the Hägersten Motet Choir, near Stockholm. In that nurturing ...
  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 and 5

    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 and 5

    Yevgeny Sudbin has graced us with thoughtful, sunny readings of the popular Emperor Concerto and the less-often- heard Fourth. He has a pleasant tone, and a transparent, refined approach with more charm and fleetness than ...
  • Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler

    Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler

    Wayne Garcia reviewed Wheeler’s opera The Construction of Boston (Issue 184), noting its remarkable beauty and originality. I’d never heard Wheeler’s music before, but I’m very impressed; his songs are uncluttered, accessible, and witty or ...
  • Over the Rhine: The Long Surrender

    Over the Rhine: The Long Surrender

    The truism that bands lose their creative spark after a few records doesn’t apply to Over the Rhine. In fact, twenty years into OTR’s recording career The Long Surrender actually ups the ante, with Grammy- ...
  • Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    As reissues of obscure recordings continue to rain down upon us, one might wonder if there’s anything left worth rediscovering—but the fact that Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor is only now being re-released in America ...
  • Reference Recordings New Doug MacLeod

    Reference Recordings New Doug MacLeod

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Doug MacLeod is a unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his own life and experiences. This is ‘Genuine Original Acoustic Music’ at its ...
  • Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    For 35 years, this Rhode Island-based band has delivered a tasty gumbo of high-octane jump blues, moving through a series of personnel changes while spawning red-hot blues guitarists (Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl) and staying ...
  • Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Jack White of the White Stripes (and the Raconteurs and Dead Weather) produced this showcase for rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, a 73-year-old singer who once dated Elvis Presley. Jackson—best known for the rockabilly hits “Fujiyama ...

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