• 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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