Raise Your Hand! Epic Springsteen Concert Comes to Archive Series

Please join us in welcoming the newest contributor to The Second Disc, Randy Fairman! Randy's checking in today with news of the latest addition to Bruce Springsteen's live archive series! Bruce Springsteen is continuing his Archive series at a fast pace, with the latest release coming just over a month after premiere of the last (December 31, 1975 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania).  This time, the concert is another from New Year’s Eve, but five years later and a little up

Come On: The Complete Ric and Ron Singles of New Orleans’ Johnny Adams Are Collected By Ace

Of New Orleans’ many musical greats, few embodied the city’s spirited style of rhythm and blues as well as the late Johnny Adams (1932-1998).  Though he charted just six R&B hits in a career spanning 40 years, New Orleans native Adams had one of the city’s most distinctive and dramatic voices.  Ace has recently released the first-ever complete anthology of Adams’ singles for Ric and Ron Records with I Won’t Cry: The Complete Ric and Ron Singles 1959-1964. Ric and its sister label Ron were

SoulMusic Records Is Caught In Tavares’ “Love Storm”

Between 1974 and 1981, Tavares – brothers Ralph, Arthur (Pooch), Antone (Chubby), Feliciano (Butch) and Perry (Tiny) – recorded ten albums for Capitol Records during which time the group established itself as smooth purveyors of R&B, soul, funk and pop.  Cherry Red’s SoulMusic Records imprint has reissued six of those titles in the past, and the seventh title in the series has just arrived: 1977’s Love Storm. Love Storm, Album No. 5, was produced, like its predecessor Sky High, by Freddie

Dance to the Music! Sly and the Family Stone Vinyl Box Arrives

A little more than a week ago, on March 15, Sly Stone turned 72. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multi-hyphenate artist has survived more than his share of ups and downs. But for a staggering period of nearly 50 years, Sly’s work as composer, singer, producer and musician has continued to take listeners higher with his groundbreaking blend of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, rock, psychedelia, jazz and pop. Epic Records and Legacy Recordings have recently reissued the first five albums from Sly

Wonderful Tonight: Eric Clapton Turns 70, Releases New Late-Period Anthology

On March 30, Eric Clapton turns 70, but the guitar hero isn’t about to rest on his considerable laurels. He’s marking the occasion with a series of concerts including two at New York’s Madison Square Garden and seven at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Reprise Records is also celebrating the artist’s landmark birthday with the April 28 release of Forever Man, a compilation concentrating on his longtime affiliation with the label and its sister Warner Bros. Records which began in 1983. Featuring 51

Love Is Everywhere: Anita Harris’ Trip to “Jumbleland” Is Revisited By Cherry Red Label

Trivia: Which British songbird, in 1965, introduced “London Life,” Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ode to Swingin’ London? Hint: It’s not Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark or Cilla Black! The answer is Anita Harris, an actress and singer who, for a short period, seemed to poised to share the charts with those illustrious names. Harris charted a quartet of hits in the U.K. in 1967-1968, most notably Tom Springfield’s “Just Loving You” (No. 6) and “The Anniversary Waltz” (No. 21). Ultimately, her

Margaret Whiting and George Shearing’s “Lost Jazz Sessions” Found

With her straightforward, emotionally honest and vocally pristine style, it’s no wonder why Margaret Whiting became one of the foremost interpreters of the body of work known today as The Great American Songbook. One of the earliest signings to Johnny Mercer’s fledgling Capitol label, Whiting scored approximately 50 chart hits in the 1940s and 1950s, popularized now-standard songs including “My Funny Valentine,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,”

The Entertainers: Billy Joel, America, Labelle, Earth Wind and Fire Get Surround-Sound Treatment From Audio Fidelity

Audio Fidelity is continuing its well-received series of surround-sound releases on hybrid SACD with a trio of quadraphonic (4.0) titles from 1974 and one classic rock favorite from 1972 in 5.1.  All of these titles feature the surround mix on the high resolution SACD layer with a newly-remastered version of the original stereo mix on both the SACD and standard CD layers. The ’72 classic is America’s Homecoming.  The second album by the trio of Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek,

In Memoriam: Jackie Trent (1940-2015)

When I think of the songs of Jackie Trent, I think of the big sound, the pulsating brass, the bold vibrancy, the irresistible beat, the drive.  With her first husband Tony Hatch, Trent penned some of the most indelible songs of a golden age of pop music – “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love,” “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener,” “Joanna” – and saw her work recorded by many of the era’s most remarkable performers, among them Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Scott

Nothing But The Truth: RPM Uncovers Complete Recordings of Sixties Mod Duo

In keeping with its mission of uncovering some of the best, criminally-unknown pop of the 1960s, RPM has just unveiled Who’s Wrong? Mod Bedlam 1965-1969 from the mod-R&B duo known as The Truth.  Frank Aiello and Steve Jameson issued seven singles between 1965 and 1968 and even notched a minor hit with their recording of The Beatles’ “Girl,” but have gone largely unrecognized in the decades since.  RPM’s compilation rights that wrong, and collects all of the duo’s singles plus a number of