• Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger

    Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger

    Now 77, Willie Nelson has been part of America’s cultural consciousness for so long it’s hard to remember that this brilliant, braided, pot-smoking iconoclast spent the beginning of his career penning tunes for others, because ...
  • Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

    Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

    The 1970s was a golden decade for singer/songwriters, and one of the purest voices to bring this repertoire to life was Linda Ronstadt. Known for her inimitable styling, gutsy power, and in later years her ...
  • The Essential Highwaymen

    The Essential Highwaymen

    It’s been twenty-five years since country’s first supergroup, the Highwaymen— Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson—joined forces to record. These four giants shared a deep and complicated friendship through the years as ...
  • The Beatles: 1967-1970

    The Beatles: 1967-1970

    The Beatles disbanded in 1970, leaving a rich cultural and musical legacy that included 19 hit albums in the States. Three years later, Capitol Records released two greatest hits albums: the first sported a red-framed ...
  • Black Dub

    Black Dub

    Black Dub’s self-titled debut album imaginatively combines 60s-style psychedelic guitar riffs with reggae-tinged blues, female soul singing, and gospel music. With Daniel Lanois on guitar, Trixie Whitley on lead vocals and keyboard, Brian Blade on ...
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    The buzz around the debut of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is well-earned. A lot of what makes the quartet special is found on the first track, the hard- charging Solivan original, “Driftin’ Apart.” The ...
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens fans tend to cut their hero a lot of slack. After all, his last full-length album of new material was Illinois—a towering blend of rock structures, classical composition techniques, and poetic lyrics. His ...
  • Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    This richly rewarding four-CD, one- DVD set with 60-page booklet traces Hendrix’s rise from sideman with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, and King Curtis, to rock-guitar god. The tracks, recorded between 1964 and 1970, are ...
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles

    The quest for the best Beatles vinyl has pushed audiophiles into online bidding wars over Parlophone mono albums, original Capitol rainbow-label releases, 1982’s Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab half- speed masters box-set, and Japanese Obi LPs ...
  • Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos

    Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos

    During Steely Dan’s first go-round—the period from Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) to Gaucho (1980)—I remained dubious about the increasingly popular and steadily shrinking band. To me their reluctance to tour symbolized a growing distance ...

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