• 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 ...
  • Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    When Bob Dylan retreated to Woodstock in 1967 and began writing and recording songs with The Band, those oft- bootlegged sessions soon became the stuff of legend. The new material had deep roots and was ...
  • Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill

    Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill

    At 66, Neil Young is pedal to the metal. This spring he reunited with Crazy Horse on Americana, sending Stephen Foster songs into the Top 10. This fall he published the autobiography Waging Heavy Peace ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Nearly 35 years into a recording career that began with the self-titled Dire Straits album, singer-songwriter-guitarist-produ- cer Knopfler holds as steady on his course as such older baby-boom peers as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and ...
  • Over the Rhine: The Long Surrender

    Over the Rhine: The Long Surrender

    The truism that bands lose their creative spark after a few records doesn’t apply to Over the Rhine. In fact, twenty years into OTR’s recording career The Long Surrender actually ups the ante, with Grammy- ...
  • Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    As reissues of obscure recordings continue to rain down upon us, one might wonder if there’s anything left worth rediscovering—but the fact that Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor is only now being re-released in America ...

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