Short Takes: Stage and Screen Spotlight on Kritzerland and Stage Door Records

By Joe Marchese | December 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Welcome to today’s Short Takes focusing on recent releases from the worlds of stage and screen! First up, the Kritzerland label has announced another three additions to its reissue library of Ben Bagley’s Revisited series.  Bagley’s original Revisited releases brought together all-star casts to explore the lesser-known side of famous songwriters’ catalogues, and these three […]

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“Perry Como’s Olde English Christmas” Comes to DVD with Petula Clark, Leo Sayer

By Joe Marchese | December 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

It’s been said that there’s no place like home for the holidays…and few artists have conjured up that nostalgic warmth as well as Perry Como.  For nearly five decades, the beloved Italian-American crooner was a fixture on radio, records, film and, naturally, the medium which seemingly suited the genial, gentle vocalist best: television. Starting with […]

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He Fought the Law: Now Sounds Celebrates The Bobby Fuller Four on “Magic Touch”

By Joe Marchese | December 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Bobby Fuller has long been known for two things: recording the immortal “I Fought the Law,” and being found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances.  Finally, thanks to Cherry Red’s Now Sounds imprint, Fuller can be appreciated for his musical gifts.  Now Sounds has recently compiled Magic Touch: The Complete Mustang Singles Collection (WCRNOW57), […]

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Holiday Gift Guide Review: “In The Heights” and “Be More Chill” Original Cast Albums [Vinyl Editions]

By Randy Fairman | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the Broadway fan on your holiday list this year we thought we would take a look at a couple of vinyl cast albums recently released by Ghostlight Records: In The Heights and Be More Chill. Seven years before he rose to superstardom with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda premiered his first musical on Broadway with In […]

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In Memoriam: Nancy Wilson (1937-2018)

By Joe Marchese | December 17, 2018 | 2 Comments

Vocalist, activist, storyteller, actress, host and personality of television and radio.  All were apt descriptions for Nancy Wilson, but the one she preferred most was, simply, “song stylist.”  For when Nancy Wilson, who died at the age of 81 on Thursday, stepped up to a microphone, she inevitably made whatever composition she was singing – […]

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