Behind the Mask: Eric Clapton's '80s and '90s Studio Work Included in New Vinyl Box

By Mike Duquette | August 16, 2022 | 4 Comments

A forthcoming vinyl box set will chronicle the highs and lows of Eric Clapton's solo career in the '80s and '90s, from pop-adjacent player to triumphant elder statesman. Rhino's The Complete Reprise Studio Albums Volume 1 will include six of Slowhand's LPs issued between 1983 and 1998 - from Money and Cigarettes to Pilgrim - […]

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Sock It To Me, Baby: Ace Celebrates Bob Crewe on "Whatever You Want"

By Joe Marchese | August 16, 2022 | 1 Comment

    Yesterday, we looked at Ace Records' recent anthology dedicated to West Coast producer Gary Usher. Today, we're heading east... Stanley Robert Crewe of Newark, New Jersey studied architecture and tried his luck as a fashion model before turning full-time to music.  Though the handsome young man was a teen idol-in-the-making, he found his […]

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Let's Go to Heaven In My Car: Ace Collects Productions and Songs of Gary Usher

By Joe Marchese | August 15, 2022 | 3 Comments

Ace's long-running Songwriters and Producers series has recently yielded two stellar entries celebrating two gentlemen equally versed in both crafts: Gary Usher and Bob Crewe.  Part One of our Ace Round-Up today looks at Happy in Hollywood: The Productions of Gary Usher. Gary Usher (1938-1992) would have gone down in pop history as one of […]

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The Weekend Stream: August 13, 2022

By Mike Duquette | August 13, 2022 | 2 Comments

Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover! A lighter week nonetheless has some fun new digital debuts, including bonus-packed reissues from Belinda Carlisle and a sequel to a classic live jazz album. […]

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Burning Love: Elvis Presley's "Elvis On Tour" Gets Super-Sized on New Box Set

By Joe Marchese | August 12, 2022 | 11 Comments

The King once again reigned supreme when Baz Luhrmann's fantastical biopic Elvis hit cinemas this summer and cruised to $138 million (and counting) in domestic grosses.  Luhrmann deftly blended Presley's original vocals with that of star Austin Butler, and in at least in one crucial moment in the film, the actual Elvis took the screen […]

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