• 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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? ...
  • Eden Brent: Ain't Got No Troubles

    Eden Brent: Ain't Got No Troubles

    Having been compared to everyone from Bessie Smith to Dinah Washington to Diana Krall, Mississippi blues mama Eden Brent summons them all, and more, on her second album, recorded in New Orleans with some local ...
  • Norah Jones: Featuring

    Norah Jones: Featuring

    The jazz-pop singer Norah Jones is no stranger to collaboration. Even before the world came to know Jones through her 2002 multi-platinum Grammy- winning debut Come Away with Me, she had turned heads the previous ...
  • Eric Clapton: Clapton

    Eric Clapton: Clapton

    In a deeply satisfying work of self- exploration, Eric Clapton dives into some blues, gospel, pop, and southern-flavored rock ’n’ roll past and present; assembles crack bands on each track that include the likes of ...
  • Neil Young: Le Noise

    Neil Young: Le Noise

    Neil Young has long had a talent for writing lyrics that are elusive yet compelling. Although many of the lines in “Tell Me Why” from After the Gold Rush elude me, that doesn’t make it ...
  • Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

    Upon its release in 1975, Blood on the Tracks became the target of critics who disparaged the album’s “shoddiness” (Rolling Stone’s Jon Landau) and dismissed it as possessing little more than a “functional” sound (Greil ...
  • 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 ...

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