Review: Andrew Gold, “The Late Show – Live 1978″

Isn't it about time for an Andrew Gold renaissance?  Then again, the late artist's music is still very much a part of today.  Just tune in to TV Land, Hallmark, or Logo TV and you'll hear Cynthia Fee's rendition of Gold's "Thank You for Being a Friend" introducing the exploits of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia on every episode of The Golden Girls.  And when "yacht rock" playlists started popping up, reviving breezy, laid-back 1970s soft rock sounds (many of which emanated out of California),

Ace Collects Good Vibrations On “Here Today! The Songs of Brian Wilson”

2015 has been a banner year for Brian Wilson.  The Beach Boys legend has already released a new album, is currently preparing for a tour with Searching for Sugar Man cult hero Rodriguez, and will next month see the full release in theatres of his biopic Love and Mercy.  Ace Records is joining the celebration with the June 29 U.K. release (July 10 in the U.S.) of Here Today! The Songs of Brian Wilson. One of Ace's first releases in its Songwriters and Producers Series was 2003's Pet Projects:

It’s Your Thing: The Isley Brothers’ RCA and T-Neck Albums and More Collected On 23-CD Box Set

Get ready for a release that will make you want to shout! Today marks the 74th birthday of Ronald Isley, one-third of the original founding trio of The Isley Brothers.  Since bursting onto the scene with 1959's Shout! on the RCA Victor label, Ronald, Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley - plus Ernie and Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper - the R&B legends have notched four Top 10 Pop singles, sixteen Top 40 albums, thirteen Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum albums, and inductions into the Rock and Roll

Endless Highway: The Band’s “Capitol Rarities 1968-1977″ Compiled On New Release

With last year's complete release of Bob Dylan and The Band's The Basement Tapes, and the recent Record Store Day "official bootleg"-style vinyl LPs of music from those seminal sessions, the music of The Band is once again, happily, enjoying a high profile. Fans of The Band might have noticed a new compilation quietly released last week by Capitol Records.  Capitol Rarities 1968-1977 features 33 tracks and over two hours of music from the legendary group of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Garth

Let’s See Action: Pete Townshend Collects Solo Work, Introduces New Songs on “Truancy”

Pete Townshend recently confessed to Rolling Stone, "I just hope that on my deathbed I don't embarrass myself by asking someone, 'Can you pass me my guitar?  And will you run the backing tape of 'Baba O'Riley'?  I just want to do it one more time."  Yet Townshend still finds himself looking to the past even as he embraces the present and future.  While on the road celebrating (for the final time?) the legacy of The Who with creative partner Roger Daltrey, Townshend will issue a new solo

Storytellers: Raven Anthologizes Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Bare

Two American country legends have recently been celebrated by Australia's Raven Records label with new 2-CD, multi-label anthologies - Jerry Jeff Walker ("Mr. Bojangles") and Bobby Bare ("Detroit City"). No Leavin' Texas 1968-82: The Classic Jerry Jeff follows Raven's recent reissue of three of the New York-born troubadour's albums in one package.  This 2-CD anthology collects 39 tracks sourced from 15 albums on five different labels (Atco, Vanguard, Decca, MCA and Elektra) originally

Mister Remember Me: Esoteric Reissues Joan Armatrading’s Debut

Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading first burst onto the scene in 1972 with the Cube Records release of Whatever's for Us.   In the 40+ years since, the Caribbean-born British artist has released eighteen studio albums, scored three U.K. and two U.S. Top 40 singles, and netted three Grammy nominations in an enduring and rich career.  Cherry Red's Esoteric Recordings imprint has just returned to Whatever's for Us for a newly remastered reissue. An early break came for Joan Armatrading when she

Release Round-Up: Week of May 19

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up featuring a number of rock legends! Yes, Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two (Rhino) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) This whopping 14-CD box captures seven complete concerts from Yes circa 1972 - the same tour leading up to the performances preserved on Yessongs.  For those who don't need 14 discs, 2-CD and 3-LP Highlights distillations are also available (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) ! Jeff Beck, Live+ (Rhino) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon

What a Day for a Daydream: The Lovin’ Spoonful Goes Mono From Sundazed

Do you believe in magic?  Well, Sundazed clearly does, as the label is set to offer the first three albums by The Lovin' Spoonful in mono editions on both CD and 180-gram vinyl. New York native John Sebastian fused pop and folk when he joined with Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler as The Lovin' Spoonful.  The band quickly established a knack for "good time music" with its very first album, November 1965's Do You Believe in Magic.   The Kama Sutra album yielded the hit title track (U.S.

Dancing in the Dark: Bruce Springsteen’s Archive Series Revisits 1984, New Jersey

Just a few weeks following the release of their New Year's Eve show from Nassau Coliseum on December 31, 1980, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have confirmed the latest volume in their ongoing live archive series.  Pre-orders are open now for Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984.  The release is a bittersweet one for New Jerseyans; the Byrne Arena (later the Continental Airlines Arena and the Izod Center) opened in July 1981 in East Rutherford's Meadowlands and earlier this year was