• Willie Nelson: Remember Me, Vol.1

    Willie Nelson: Remember Me, Vol.1

    Those Willie Nelson critics who bait the red-headed stranger for coasting too much as a recording artist will regard Remember Me, Vol. 1 as prima facie evidence. Granted, he could use a bit more glide ...
  • Levee Town: Pages of Paperwork

    Levee Town: Pages of Paperwork

    Coming out of a resurgent Kansas City blues scene, Levee Town is a basic, unrelenting quartet with a powerhouse guitarist in Brandon Hudspeth, an inspired harmonica master in Jimmie Meade, and a right-on-the-money rhythm section ...
  • Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Lullabies

    Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Lullabies

    Ever wonder why no one ever sings anymore about the budget delights of Boone’s Farm wine? Especially the strawberry flavored kind? Well the Kentucky Headhunters haven’t forgotten the small pleasures and cheap thrills that make ...
  • Muddy Waters: Folk Singer

    Muddy Waters: Folk Singer

    Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer is no stranger to the reissue circuit. From MoFi in the early 90s to Classic Records’ more recent vinyl release, this is a perennial audiophile favorite. So what could justify another ...
  • Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    The muses are often fickle, and continually wooing them back has perplexed even the most gifted pop musicians. Nonstop touring can stifle creativity, but so can long periods away from the star-maker machinery—and that would ...
  • 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 ...

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