• Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Simon’s jubilant release—his best since Graceland—brims with the joy of music-making and the wit of a wizened poet. But here is the secret other reviews don’t mention: This album is a killer demo disc (demo ...
  • Seven Years of Plenty

    Seven Years of Plenty

    For our most recent buyer’s guide (Issue 257), I focused on releases by Celtic bands from the 1960s and 70s, especially the acoustic, traditional bands. That meant, unfortunately, leaving out all the folk rock bands ...
  • Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Nanci Griffith was once married to singer- songwriter Eric Taylor and likens him to William Faulkner; Joan Baez speaks of him in hushed tones; a bedazzled Lyle Lovett produced some demos for him. Now Peter ...
  • Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be solid advice when it comes to revisiting beloved albums. Artists risk tinkering with their classic songs till they’re unrecognizable, or sticking note-for-note to the originals so ...
  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Gone But Not Forgotten

    They’re the Loch Ness Monsters of the record world, those great “lost” projects—the Beach Boys’ Smile, Prince’s Black Album, Mick Jagger’s blues collaboration with the Red Devils. After years of anticipation, the hype often outweighs ...
  • Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    After 40 years as guitarist for the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Butler steps out with his solo debut, a stripped-down set of 12 songs by spiritually-bent secular artists. There are no vocal harmonies, horns, ...
  • The Move to Make Hi-Res Mainstream

    The Move to Make Hi-Res Mainstream

    The consumer-electronics industry and the record companies see high-resolution digital audio as an opportunity to deliver better sound quality to music listeners, and thus attract a larger audience. Toward that end, Sony, Universal Music Group, ...
  • MQA Now Available on Bluesound

    MQA Now Available on Bluesound

    The following is a press release issued by Bluesound. TORONTO, Canada | June 1, 2016 – Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, announced today that MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music will be ...
  • Phish: Rift

    Phish: Rift

    Toward the end of last year Phish released limited and numbered LPs of some of their early records, including 1993’s Rift, a concept album tracking a man’s dreams about the rift in his relationship—not quite ...

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