• Hot Rize: When I’m Free

    Hot Rize: When I’m Free

    It starts with a jaunty curlicue riff from “Mr. Banjo” (Pete Wernick) before Tim O’Brien’s plaintive vocal announces “Western Skies,” a tune born of heartbreak and centered on incipient wanderlust and its attendant anxieties. Hot ...
  • David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    This reissued compilation should add to the Bowie buzz that began with 2013’s comeback The Next Day and continued in 2014 when Showtime cablecast David Bowie: Five Years. In 1985, Bowie’s CDs sounded so thin ...
  • The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono, the 14-LP box set of the band’s UK albums, was released on September 9 and completes a journey begun in 2009, the year that the fully remastered Beatles catalog was offered ...
  • Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    This 2-CD 25-song set is a unique retrospective: instead of reissuing previous recordings, roots singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Smither puts a fresh spin on songs from throughout his 50-year career. The sound is clean ...
  • The HP Super LP List

    The HP Super LP List

    BEST OF THE BUNCH: Classical Arnold: English, Scottish, & Cornish Dances Lyrita SRCS-109 Gerhard: The Plague Decca Head 6 Gershwin: Porgy & Bess complete/Maazel Decca SET 609-11¯† Herold/Lanchbery: La Fille Mal Gardée Decca SXL-2313¯ Hi-Fi ...
  • Visiting A Musical El Dorado

    Visiting A Musical El Dorado

    The voice was gruff, impassioned, and avuncular: “When you’re in New York, let’s get together and you can look through my records.” It was Jerry Gladstein, the former publisher of FI magazine and former proprietor ...
  • Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    The daughter of immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi recently moved from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria, for 18 months, an experience that inspired this major label debut. She’s lived in Africa before, and ...

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