Review: Frank Sinatra, “Ultimate Sinatra”

On August 31, 1939, Frank Sinatra stepped into a New York recording studio as vocalist of Harry James' orchestra for a two-song session.  The second song recorded, Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence's "All or Nothing at All," captured a philosophy that the 23-year old "boy singer" would hold closely.  "All or nothing at all/Half a love never appealed to me," he asserted.  "If it's love there is no in-between..."  Indeed, Frank Sinatra's life was one of triumphant highs and shattering lows - no

“Boz Scaggs” Returns In Deluxe 2-CD Edition

After appearing on the first two albums by The Steve Miller Band, singer-songwriter-guitarist William Royce "Boz" Scaggs sensed that it was time to strike out on his own once more.  In 1968, he inked a deal with Atlantic Records to record his second solo album; his first, 1965's Boz, was a Swedish release that to this day hasn't seen a reissue.  So Scaggs and his co-producers Marlin Greene and Jann Wenner (yes, that Jann Wenner) headed down to Muscle Shoals' Alabama's most famous address, 3614

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? Two Julie Andrews Classics Return to CD

By anyone's estimation, Julie Andrews was one of Columbia Records' leading lights by 1962.  Her Tony-nominated performances onstage in My Fair Lady and Camelot had both led to chart-topping, record-breaking original cast recordings on the Columbia label; in fact, it was under the leadership of president Goddard Lieberson that the record label underwrote the original Broadway production cost of My Fair Lady - an investment that, needless to say, paid off many times over!  So it was unsurprising

Review: “Beale Street Saturday Night”

Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee runs approximately 1.8 miles from the Mississippi River to East Street.  Created in 1841 and originally named Beale Avenue, it was immortalized in 1916 by composer, musician and bandleader W.C. Handy in his "Beale Street Blues."  By the middle of the century, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters and more had all played Beale Street, recognized as one of the nation's foremost cradles of the blues.  But by the mid-1960s, the legendary

The Legend of Paul Revere: Now Sounds Reissues, Expands The Raiders’ “Revolution!”

You say you want a Revolution!?  Now Sounds is ready to take you on a ride suitable for midnight or any time with its new Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition of Paul Revere and the Raiders' Revolution!  (CRNOW 53).  Originally released in August 1967, during the Summer of Love, the album blended pop, rock and R&B, West Coast-style, proving just how far the little band from Boise, Idaho had come. Revolution! followed The Spirit of '67, which had actually been released in late 1966.  That LP

Review: Perry Como, “Live on Tour”

"I was a barber.  Since then, I've been a singer.  That's it." So reflected Perry Como on an astounding career in which the onetime haircutter from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania sold more than 100 million records, charted 131 singles in the United States, fourteen No. 1s, and seventeen Gold records - including the very first single to receive that certification, 1958's "Catch a Falling Star."  He hosted more than 1,000 television programs, earned five Emmys, a Grammy, and a Kennedy Center Honor. 

Review: Six By Booker T. and the MG’s

"Soul Dressing," "Jelly Bread," "Red Beans and Rice," "My Sweet Potato," "One Mint Julep," and of course, "Green Onions" and "Mo' Onions" - Edsel has served up a veritable feast with its recent reissues of the complete 1962-1968 recordings of Booker T. and the MG's [sic] originally issued on the Stax label during its affiliation with Atlantic Records.  The new reissues pair two albums per package: Green Onions and Soul Dressing plus bonus tracks on one CD; And Now and In the Christmas Spirit

Review: Todd Rundgren, “Global”

Almost two years ago to the day, Todd Rundgren released his 24th studio album, State.  The prolific singer-songwriter-producer hasn’t been resting on his laurels in the period since State.  He’s maintained a busy touring schedule both solo and with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, and has contributed to numerous studio projects this year including the progressive collaboration Runddans with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen, and Starr’s Postcards from Paradise (on which he co-wrote

Review: Dion, “Recorded Live at the Bitter End August 1971″

Armed with nothing but his guitar and his familiar, reassuring voice, Dion DiMucci took the stage at the Bitter End, in New York’s Greenwich Village, in August 1971.  The rock and roll survivor had successfully made the transition from teenaged doo-wopper to folk-rock troubadour, moving from independent Laurie Records to New York major Columbia and back again to Laurie, briefly reuniting with his old group The Belmonts at ABC, too.  Then, in 1969, Dion made the shift to the West Coast-based

Review: Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy: 40th Anniversary Edition”

On April 22, Glen Campbell will turn 79 years old.  The past years haven’t been easy for the artist; his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s was boldly chronicled in the acclaimed 2014 documentary I’ll Be Me for which he earned an Academy Award nomination.  Though the disease has reportedly robbed Campbell of his ability to communicate verbally, it’s understood that he still finds solace and comfort in the music of his guitar.  It’s a small but important reward for Campbell considering the joy he’s