• The Black Keys: Brothers

    The Black Keys: Brothers

    The first time I heard The Black Keys they opened for Sleater-Kinney. For a fan of raw and dirty electric blues they were an immediate delight, playing with an urgency that reminded me of early ...
  • Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

    Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

    Early Dylan just sounds better in mono, making this CD box set the holy grail of Dylan audiophilia. The eight reissues— from his 1962 eponymous debut through 1967’s John Wesley Harding—feature the original monaural mixes. ...
  • Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Best known as Wilco’s lead guitarist and an avant-garde improviser, Nels Cline scores a major triumph as composer and arranger with this two-CD musical interpretation of paintings by Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. Producer/poet David ...
  • The Eagles On HD Tracks

    The Eagles On HD Tracks

    For some time now I’ve been hoping that the Eagles catalog would be receiving the white glove, 180gram vinyl treatment. I still own the American originals plus some of the British and Japanese pressings and ...
  • Bartók: The String Quartets

    Bartók: The String Quartets

    There was a time when the Bartók quartets were the toughest challenge a string quartet could face, and when no one played them as well as the Juilliard Quartet. Yet the foursome’s pathbreaking stereo recording ...
  • Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

    Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

    I never loved Zep’s singles (plus they’re overplayed): the Druid strain didn’t interest me, the earlier stuff was better, Plant’s vocal gymnastics got old, and who wants live recordings that amount to greatest hits facsimiles? ...
  • Sainsbury and Wood: Violin Concertos

    Sainsbury and Wood: Violin Concertos

    Romanticism has proved more durable than seemed possible a half-century ago, when the brutal violence and icy pointillism of Pierre Boulez were all the rage and Samuel Barber was considered as passé as ornate Victorian ...
  • John Carter & Bobby Bradford

    John Carter & Bobby Bradford

    This box celebrates one of the best, and most seriously underrated, musical partnerships of the postmodern era. Both John Carter and Bobby Bradford were Texans who relocated to Los Angeles, and both worked early on ...

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