Brian Wilson remains the acknowledged mastermind behind the Beach Boys legacy, but history -- and this sprawling new rarity-packed set -- reminds us that he was absent from the day-to-day operations for long periods, appearing only occasionally from the SMiLE period through very…Continue
Added by Reviews on December 23, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments
This would have been the most variedly accessible, hit-worthy album of Gov't Mule's career -- even if they hadn't invited along a raft of famous folks to join them for a second-disc sing-along.
Initially, the idea of an And Friends project from Gov't Mule, quite frankly, sounded…Continue
Added by Reviews on December 6, 2013 at 6:13pm — No Comments
Second acts are difficult; third acts, even more so. But what of a fourth? That's Elton John, who's already been a country-inflected singer-songwriter, Captain Fantastic and a mainstream pop star.
Perhaps the pathway to such thing is through deep self-examination, a return to…Continue
Added by Reviews on November 21, 2013 at 11:03am — No Comments
New might be the ultimate misnomer, so often does Paul McCartney reference his iconic musical past. Yet his long-awaited return to popcraft is not without its fresh intrigues.
The album, for instance, starts with the stomping pop-rock anthem "Save Us," an interesting twist…Continue
Added by Reviews on November 21, 2013 at 10:55am — No Comments
When digging through this massive collection of concerts from across the storied career of Jethro Tull, "Aqualung" provides a series of revelations -- working as a kind of road map for the way the band evolved.
Around the World Live, a four-DVD set from Eagle Rock which chronicles…Continue
Added by Reviews on October 14, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
So much for the long-held notion that Elvis Presley had simply thrown away his own gifts by the 1970s. In fact, these soul-soaked sessions at Memphis' legendary Stax Studios show an artist still deeply committed -- for now, at least.
Added by Reviews on October 10, 2013 at 11:55am — No Comments
"We became a kind of institution," Mick Jagger says here, talking about the Rolling Stones' 1981 tour -- then one of the biggest of its kind. There would be more, many more. And the Stones would go from institution to commodity.
Of course, we know now just how creatively bereft…Continue
Added by Reviews on August 29, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
13 long-awaited and so very hard-fought, begins with a morbid and massive riff, so clean and so spooky -- so free of gimmickry -- that it's utterly transportive: This is what made Black Sabbath such as scary-ass experience in the first place.
"The End of the Beginning" eventually…Continue
Added by Reviews on August 19, 2013 at 5:47pm — No Comments
With Now What?!, Deep Purple doesn't simply return, it sets out to remind you of everything that once made this band a contender for Led Zeppelin's throne in the early 1970s as the biggest heavy-rocking band of them all. The new album finds Ian Gillan and Co. once again masterfully blending…Continue
Added by Reviews on July 2, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments
This is a project the Electric Light Orchestra should have put out at the turn of the 1980s, a lean, tune-focused affair which dials back the "I Am The Walrus"-era Beatles obsessions -- even while retaining all of Jeff Lynne's trademark hooky songcraft.
Of course, two decades later -- following…Continue
Added by Reviews on June 26, 2013 at 5:59pm — No Comments
Though his bandmate Neil Young is more often fetishized for his contributions to Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, this set makes clear Stephen Stills' creative depth -- as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and as a singer.
Featuring 82 tracks from across a 50-year span, with 21 from…Continue
Added by Reviews on June 3, 2013 at 6:57pm — No Comments
Still sizzling with unbound fury, Iggy Pop and the Stooges rejoin their white-knuckle search for meaning, though what they find isn't any prettier 40 years later. Hell, at times, it's just as terrifying.
Surviving will do that. There's a concurrent perspective, sure, but…Continue
Added by Reviews on May 20, 2013 at 6:06pm — No Comments
Richard Thompson amps up the dying-light rage that has always made for his best albums, while smartly avoiding the studio trickery that sometimes muted his gift during the Mitchell Froom years.
The results on Electric, produced by Buddy Miller, make good on the promise of…Continue
Added by Reviews on May 4, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments
No, Black Country Communion wasn't Glenn Hughes' first uber-talented amalgam. For that, you'll have to go back to the early 1970s, and Trapeze -- a band whose music leaps to life in this newly released double live set.
On one level, Live in Wolverhampton: Official Bootleg --…Continue
Added by Reviews on April 17, 2013 at 5:45pm — No Comments
Eric Burdon, of War and the Animals fame, makes his intentions on 'Til Your River Runs Dry clear early on -- with the raucous, witheringly honest "Old Habits Die Hard." Born in troubled times, he goes on to make his share of it, too.
Later, Burdon imagines a presidential…Continue
Added by Reviews on April 5, 2013 at 5:13pm — No Comments
For those who don't know much about Duane Allman beyond the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East and Derek and the Dominoes' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, this ambitious seven-disc, 129-song set is a revelation.
Hurtling along with the same restless, furiously creative…Continue
Jimi Hendrix's legacy has been so brazenly, endlessly plundered, it's fair to approach any so-called "new" material from the late guitarist with a deep distrust. Circumspection this time soon transforms into pure joy.
Exploring a series of roving, post-1968 sessions after the…Continue
The album, issued via 429 Records, traverses across a dizzying soundscape, pausing just long enough to delight and…Continue
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You’ll hear all of that, and more, if you listen closely enough to Lux, Brian Eno’s first solo recording…Continue
Added by Reviews on February 14, 2013 at 6:23pm — No Comments
All you need to know, really, about Irish punk rockers Pogues is right in their name, taken from a Gaelic phrase meaning "kiss my arse." Confounding expectation, they played softly as often as they played loudly, with heart prominently on their sleeve.
This new Very Best of…Continue
Added by Reviews on January 28, 2013 at 7:19pm — No Comments