Genesis’ Tony Banks Goes “A Chord Too Far” On Career-Spanning Box Set

It's been a pretty great year for fans of Genesis.  This morning, the news broke of upcoming reissues from Phil Collins.  Earlier this year, reissues arrived from Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, and Steve Hackett released his latest solo album.  (A reissue of the 1986 album by Hackett's band GTR is on the way, and a box set of Hackett's Charisma recordings is due later this year, too.)  All has been fairly quiet on the Peter Gabriel front, but even Gabriel has some vinyl remasters on the

Take a Look at Them Now: Phil Collins Kicks Off Reissue Series with “Face Value” and “Both Sides”

He titled his most recent album Going Back, and now Phil Collins is going back to his classic discography in a far-ranging reissue campaign, appropriately titled "Take a Look At Me Now." The British singer/songwriter/drummer has been relatively quiet since 2002's Testify, his last album of new material. There was a tour with Genesis in 2007 (which coincided with an extensive reissue campaign of its own) and the aforementioned Going Back, 2010's Motown covers album. But Collins has been

Sweet Touch of Love: Raven Collects Three Albums From Allen Toussaint

Of all the great names in the annals of R&B history, there is only one Allen Toussaint.  A pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and all-around renaissance man, the Louisiana native is responsible - in one capacity or another - for some of the most memorable songs and recordings in the modern pop and soul canon: "Working in the Coal Mine," "Southern Nights," "Mother-in-Law," "Lady Marmalade" and "Yes We Can Can" among them.  Though those hits for Lee Dorsey, Glen Campbell, Ernie

Bill Wyman Opens The Vault Doors with “The Solo Box,” “Complete Willie and the Poor Boys” Sets

Earlier this year, erstwhile Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman released Back to Basics, his fifth solo album and first in over two decades.  The time couldn't be better, then, to revisit Wyman's past work apart from his former bandmates.  Edsel has happily obliged with two new multi-disc collections in the Bill Wyman's Recording Archives series showcasing Wyman's own musical melange of blues, soul, pop, and rock-and-roll.  The 4-CD/1-DVD White Lightnin': The Solo Box reissues and expands Wyman's

Pay Attention! On-U-Sound Reissues, Expands The Mothmen’s Debut

The Second Disc welcomes back our roving musical correspondent Ted Frank!  A recent visit to Chicago's Pitchfork Festival inspired Ted to revisit the debut album of short-lived British band The Mothmen, recently reissued and expanded on CD and vinyl!  You'll want to "Pay Attention!" to this alternative gem. Having recently attended the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago's Union Park, it was a reminder of that expansive, mercurial sound that comes when the calendar hits June's solstice!  On June 1

BREAKING! Return To Cypress Avenue: Rhino Remasters, Expands Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” “His Band and the Street Choir”

There's even more coming from Van Morrison! Following up on 2013's multi-disc deluxe edition of the Northern Irish soul man's 1970 classic Moondance and on the heels of Legacy Recordings' announcement earlier this week that the Sony imprint has acquired the majority of Morrison's post-1971 catalogue, Rhino has just announced two new deluxe editions drawn from Morrison's seminal early Warner Bros. discography.  Both 1968's label debut Astral Weeks and 1970's jubilant His Band and the Street

Big Break Boasts Bursting Line-Up With Chaka and Rufus, Gloria Gaynor, Kool and the Gang, More

Big Break Records has been on a big roll with its powerhouse slate of recent releases!  We've already filled you in on the worldwide CD debut of MFSB's Philly soul classic Universal Love; today, we'll take a look at another quartet of releases from the Cherry Red imprint. BBR has returned to the catalogue of Gloria Gaynor with another first-time-on-CD reissue.  I've Got You was Gaynor's third solo album and first for Polydor Records.  Released 39 years ago in August 1976, the album found her

Esoteric Reissues, Expands All Four Albums From Progressive Art-Rockers Audience

If Cherry Red's Esoteric Recordings imprint has anything to say about it, the music of Audience will soon discover a new audience!  Esoteric has recently reissued all four of the British band's studio albums, originally released on the Polydor and Charisma labels between 1969 and 1972. Audience, a.k.a. Howard Werth (acoustic guitar/vocals), Keith Gemmell (flute/tenor sax/clarinet), Trevor Williams (bass) and Tony Connor (drums) formed out of the ashes of the band The Lloyd Alexander Real

The Velvet Underground Gets “Re-Loaded” For 6-Disc Deluxe Box Set

Rhino has a fully loaded slate for this fall...make that a fully Loaded slate.  On October 30, the same date as the recently-announced 20th anniversary edition of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the label will give the deluxe treatment to The Velvet Underground's fourth studio album.  Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition will follow in the footsteps and format of the deluxe sets previously released by UMe for the VU's first three albums The Velvet Underground and Nico, White

BREAKING! Van Morrison Goes To Legacy Recordings, Deluxe Editions and Digital Releases Planned

The music of Van Morrison is returning to CD - and about to make a splash on digital platforms, as well.  Rolling Stone broke the news today that Sony Music's Legacy Recordings has recently acquired the rights to 50 albums, videos and compilations from the venerable Northern Irish troubadour.  The vast majority of Morrison's albums have been out-of-print on CD since the plug was abruptly pulled on a U.K. series of remastered and expanded editions.  Legacy's very welcome campaign kicks off this