Portrait of His Love: New Mint Audio Records Label Launches With Unreleased Matt Monro Concert

We’ve written often here in the past about the splendid restoration work of Richard Moore on projects for vocalist Matt Monro and composer Roy Budd, among others. Now, we’re happy to spread the word that Moore has launched a new label. U.K.-based Mint Audio Records has kicked off with three releases (and counting!) from a trio of bona fide music legends: Rosemary Clooney, Jim Reeves, and Matt Monro. All three of these titles premiere never-before-released music, and we’ll be taking an in-depth

The NOT Column: Anne McCue, “Blue Sky Thinkin'”

We'd like to kick off your weekend with some Frank on Friday, as we welcome back Ted to debut what he's deemed The NOT Column...as in, "NOT a reissue, but NOTeworthy nonetheless!"  Today, he looks at the latest release from Australian alt-country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue, who has tapped into a rich vein of blues, jazz and folk to craft Blue Sky Thinkin'.  We have no doubt that the music being created by McCue will one day be reissued and covered by future catalogue

Review: Ron Nagle, “Bad Rice”

Rare is the “cult album” that actually lives up to its mystique. But rare is Ron Nagle’s Bad Rice. This artifact from the Mystery Trend leader and acclaimed ceramic sculptor, originally released on Warner Bros. Records circa 1970, has recently been given new life by Omnivore Recordings in a deluxe 2-CD edition that’s an early candidate for Reissue of the Year. One part David Ackles, one part Randy Newman and the rest pure Nagle, Bad Rice likely wasn’t helped all those decades ago by its

Reviews: Two From Real Gone – John Hall and Ray Kennedy

It’s telling that John Hall’s Wikipedia page identifies him as “John Hall (New York politician).” For despite a career that saw him found Orleans, pen such instantly identifiable pop hits as “Dance with Me” and “Still the One,” and organize the 1979 No Nukes concerts alongside such heavy hitters as Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt, Hall may be best known today as a member of the House of Representatives for New York between 2007 and 2011 and as a longtime environmental activist. Real

Hang On Sloopy! “The Bert Berns Story Volume 3″ Features Van Morrison, Lulu, Drifters

Here comes the night…again! Even if you don’t know the name of Bert Berns, chances are you know the songs he wrote (“Twist and Shout,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang On, Sloopy,” “Piece of My Heart”), produced (“Under the Boardwalk,” “Baby I’m Yours,” “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Here Comes the Night”) and oversaw as head of Bang Records (“Cherry, Cherry,” “Solitary Man” and the rest of Neil Diamond’s earliest recordings). Though Berns died in the final days of 1967 at just 38 years of age, a year hasn’t gone by

Review: Chicago, “XXXIV: Live in ’75”

When they took the stage at Largo, Maryland’s Capital Centre in June, 1975, nostalgia was foremost on the minds of the members of Chicago.  Early in the set preserved by Rhino on Chicago XXXIV: Live in ’75, comments are made from the stage with a great deal of surprise: “[Here’s] another blast from the past!”  “Nostalgia is in nowadays.”  “We would like to be nostalgic.”  Would the Robert Lamm, Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow of 1975 been able to conceive that they’d be playing

Review: Judy Garland, “Swan Songs, First Flights: Her First and Last Recordings”

“Forget your troubles, come on, get happy!” exhorts the song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Ruth Etting, “America’s Sweetheart of Song,” introduced the anthem in 1930 as the finale of Broadway’s short-lived The Nine Fifteen Revue. But as soon as a svelte Judy Garland performed the song against a painted backdrop of white clouds on a pink sky for 1950’s MGM musical Summer Stock, “Get Happy” belonged to no one else. After all, Koehler’s lyrics could have been written for Garland, epitomizing her

Reviews: Two From Omnivore – Ian Matthews, “Stealin’ Home” and TV Eyes, “TV Eyes”

In Part One of our Omnivore round-up, we looked at recent releases from Big Star and Roger Taylor.  Today, we're turning the spotlight on Ian Matthews and the trio of Roger Manning, Jason Falkner and Brian Reitzell, a.k.a. TV Eyes! “This album was very much a conscious attempt at something a little more AOR, without deserting my roots.” So writes Ian (or, as he’s sometimes known on record, Iain) Matthews in his introduction to Omnivore Recordings’ splendid 2014 reissue of his 1978 album

Another Side: Shedding Light On Bob Dylan’s “Shadows”

With this week's release of Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan has unveiled his buzziest album in years.  On track to become Dylan's eighth No. 1 album in the U.K. - with chart success also expected stateside - Shadows in the Night is the album on everybody's lips.  We can't stop talking about it at Second Disc HQ, either.  Joe filed his review on Tuesday, but longtime Dylanphile Ted has "another side" to offer, too!  Please join the discussion and sound off below on the latest work from one of

A Time In Her Life: Ace Reissues Sarah Vaughan’s Soul-Jazz Classic

By 1971, the expansion of the Great American Songbook was well underway. It became clear to many that the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Jimmy Webb, Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Bob Dylan and their contemporaries were more than just a flash in the pan. The most prescient observers could have realized – and some did – that these songs would one day be sung in programs alongside those of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Irving