• The Smiths: Complete

    The Smiths: Complete

    One step in becoming a great band is believing you’re great, and The Smiths had no problem with that. Before playing a single note together Morrissey and Johnny Marr were convinced their music would have ...
  • The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

    The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real

    Although the Louvin Brothers were a successful country act that released more than a dozen LPs, Satan is Real is easily their most well-known record because of its cover: holding a pitchfork, a buck- toothed ...
  • Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    Rolling Stones: Some Girl

    This newly reissued 1978 album is a sexy, snarling, cosmopolitan affair steeped in the decadence of the times—the Stones seldom sounded tougher than on “When the Whip Comes Down” or “Shattered.” But many of the ...
  • Etta James: The Dreamer

    Etta James: The Dreamer

    There’s a dark pall cast over The Dreamer. The album cover depicts her wan face cloaked in a black shroud-like hood. It’s to be Etta James’ last—she’s been diagnosed with dementia and her 50- year ...
  • The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    The Wronglers: Heirloom Music

    When not Flatlanding or being a mesmerizing solo artist Jimmie Dale Gilmore has found a compatible home with the Wronglers, an assured old- timey sextet founded by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival financier/banjoist Warren Hellman. With ...
  • Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian: Between the Lines

    Janis Ian first appeared on the music scene as a preternaturally mature thirteen-year-old singing “Society’s Child,” a tale of an inter-racial romance that was swiftly banned on radio stations due to its perceived incendiary content. ...
  • Music for a Time of War

    Music for a Time of War

    Examining this SACD’s program, the shrink-wrap still in place, the connection among the four 20th Century works programmed by Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar seemed apparent. But hearing the music several times through left ...
  • The Spanish Masters

    The Spanish Masters

    For the first release on their own label, the wizards at Zenph Sound Innovations reanimate primitive recordings by three preeminent Spanish composer/pianists. Isaac Albéniz was a child prodigy, a seasoned performer by mid-adolescence. The New ...
  • Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Three superb quartets for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, and the Copland Sextet (adding a violin and viola). Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Queen of Heaven depicts a painting of the Madonna and Child in Western dress; ...
  • Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Trumpeter Dave Douglas, who outpaces most of his contemporaries as a prolific bandleader, project developer, and composer, is now at the vanguard of independent music distribution. While hardly the first prominent jazz figure to form ...
  • Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Celebrating the great pianist Bill Evans last year at New York’s Blue Note nightclub, Chick Corea recruited two former members of the Evans trio—drummer Paul Motian and bassist Eddie Gomez. Those recorded-live performances are now ...

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