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

Review: Peggy Lee, “At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings”

When Mad Men returned to television on April 5 for the first of its final seven episodes, viewers saw a different Don Draper - perhaps ready, at last, to realize what he'd become.  To underscore his possible epiphany of disillusionment, the strains of Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" recurred numerous times throughout the episode.  The song's placement underscored just how resonant Lee's music - mysterious, elegant, startling, bluesy, sensual, sly, hip, alternately hot and cool - continues to

Review: Wes Montgomery, “In the Beginning”

Never-before-heard music by Wes Montgomery isn't easy to come by.  Montgomery - an influence to George Benson, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny and every great guitar man in between - didn't enter a recording studio until 25 years of age, didn't record as a leader until another ten years had elapsed, and was dead ten years after that, felled by a heart attack at age 45. His body of work can neatly be divided into three distinct periods at different labels: Riverside (1959-1964), Verve (1964-1966) and

The Ides of March Celebrate 50 Years with “Last Band Standing” Box Set

"Beware the ides of March," goes the famous admonition.  Thankfully, Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Bob Bergland and Mike Borch didn't heed the warning.  Formed in Berwyn, Illinois in 1965 as the Shon-Dels, The Ides of March are still going strong 50 years later with their brassy blend of good-time rock and roll, R&B, pop and soul epitomized on the 1970 hit single "Vehicle."  These rock and roll survivors and local legends around the Chicago scene have recently assembled a definitive box set

In The Air Tonight: Phil Collins Signs with Warner Music, Deluxe Editions Coming Soon

Phil Collins is getting ready to open the vaults. Warner Music Group has just announced its partnership with Collins to make the superstar artist's solo albums available worldwide through WMG.  Though Collins' American fans have long been used to seeing his solo releases on WMG's Atlantic Records label, fans in the U.K. and Ireland were used to seeing the Virgin Records logo on Collins' classic solo records such as Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going and No Jacket Required.  This deal marks

Review: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, “Best of Songs”

In a career spanning almost thirty years on both independent and major labels, Drivin' N' Cryin' has refused to be pigeonholed.  The band, formed by Kevin (or Kevn) Kinney in 1985 has happily leaped from genre to genre, drawing on hard rock, country, pop, punk and other influences.  Between June 2012 and January 2014, the band - now consisting of Kinney, founding member Tim Nielsen, Sadler Vaden and Dave V. Johnson - recorded a series of four EPs from which a tight, all-killer, no-filler

RPM Hitches a Ride with Vanity Fare On New 2-CD Complete Anthology

With "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Early in the Morning," Vanity Fare assured its immortality to AM radio connoisseurs.  The two 1969 hits are still in rotation on oldies radio today, but they're just two of the nearly 50 songs cut by the British band over the ten year period of 1966 to 1976.  Cherry Red's RPM label has recently put those two famous tunes in context with Vanity Fare's I Live for the Sun: Complete Recordings 1966-76.  This 2-CD anthology collects the band's output for the Page One, DJM,

Release Round-Up: Week of May 12

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!  We kick off with a quartet of releases drawing on never-before-released live material! Leonard Cohen, Can't Forget: A Souvenir of The Grand Tour (Columbia/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) Leonard Cohen offers ten selections - including two songs never previously recorded and a pair of covers - from his recent world tour. Andrew Gold, The Late Show - Live 1978 (Omnivore) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) You'll say "thank you for being a

UPDATE 5/11: It’s A Small World: New Details Emerge for The Legacy Collection’s “Disneyland” [NOW WITH TRACK LISTING]

ORIGINAL POST OF APRIL 30 [NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD]:  Just two days ago, we brought you the news about Walt Disney Records' latest entry in its Legacy Collection series: Lady and the Tramp.  Now, we have a little more information and release information about the next entry in the series, this time devoted to the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland! Disneyland, of course, hardly needs an introduction.  Since opening on July 17, 1955, it has become arguably the most famous theme park on the

The Rolling Stones Celebrate 50 Years of “Satisfaction” In July

Sticky Fingers isn't the only Rolling Stones classic celebrating an anniversary this year. On June 6, 1965 in the U.S. and August 20, 1965 in the U.K., listeners had their first opportunity to pick up "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on a 45 RPM record.   To commemorate the golden anniversary of perhaps the most enduring hit single from the greatest rock and roll band of all time, ABKCO is reissuing "Satisfaction" as a remastered 12-inch vinyl single in a replica sleeve on Friday, July