We're continuing to look at the 60th anniversary releases from legendary R&B powerhouse label Stax Records with a single-CD or LP collection that just might make a perfect stocking stuffer! Stax Country (CR 00009), from Craft Recordings, takes a fresh look at some of the other, non-R&B music emanating from the corridors of Stax's studios on East McLemore Avenue - in particular some "Sweet Country Music." That's the title of the twangy ditty recorded in 1975 by Becki Bluefield which
When it comes to Stax Records' 60th anniversary celebration, why should CDs have all the fun? The vinyl release of The Stax Vinyl 7s Box from Concord and UMC (STX 00252) brings fourteen rare tracks from across the Stax family of labels to seven 45 RPM singles, all emblazoned with the familiar yellow, finger-snapping logo. Compiler Richard Searling's raison d'etre is a simple one, as he sets forth in the liner notes: "I've selected the content based on my experience of featuring these songs in
Dear Beatle People... When the future Sir George Martin first encountered John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he famously wasn't impressed by their music. "They weren't hit material, I didn't think, anyway," he reflected to CBS News. "But they had tremendous charisma, those guys. I fell in love with them, really. They were cheeky and they had this sparkle..." That charisma and most definitely that sparkle shines through on a surprise new release just in time
"All we've got is this moment," INXS frontman Michael Hutchence implores in the band's biggest American hit, "Need You Tonight." But in the case of the band's landmark sixth studio album Kick (1987), nothing could be further from the truth. The album, which sold more than nine million copies around the world and spun off five hit singles, has received no less than four expanded reissues in the last 15 years. In 2002, Atlantic Records and Rhino (who oversee the band's catalogue in North America)
It's not untoward to ask exactly who the intended audience of an Elton John compilation is in 2017. The British piano pop legend has been releasing music for more than 50 years now, and has enjoyed a run of success that began early in the '70s and has yet to entirely let up. And in that time, there have been plenty of collections for fans of all stripes. His very first greatest hits album topped both the U.S. and U.K. charts in 1974 and prompted a sequel only three years later (and a third a
Intervention Records has been looking sharp with deluxe vinyl reissues of some of Joe Jackson's most treasured albums, including I'm the Man, Night and Day, and yes, Look Sharp! Now, the label has returned to the singer-songwriter-piano man's oeuvre with one of his lesser-known, latter-day efforts: Summer in the City: Live in New York. The album was recorded in August 1999 in the intimate environs of Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, and released on Sony Classical. It came as a surprise - and
From its humble beginnings in a Memphis garage sixty years ago to its present-day role as part of the Concord Music Group, Stax Records has persevered through numerous ups and downs to be rightfully recognized as one of the most important labels of the 20th century. After early records concentrated on pop, country, and rockabilly, Stax (so named for founders Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton) found its niche in R&B, launching the careers of soul legends like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam &
Holiday Gift Guide Review: Johnny Mathis, “The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection”
I. Wonderful, Wonderful "A new sound in popular music," heralded the back cover of Johnny Mathis' 1956 debut album. That self-titled release on Columbia Records introduced a voice that's now instantly familiar: expressive, rich, creamy, seductive, and tender, with a clarion, controlled vibrato that set it apart from any other tone in the golden age of American song. As Columbia's George Avakian realized, Mathis' natural instrument was perfect for jazz - capable of navigating the form's
Ever wanted to know what some of your favorite artists are serving at the dinner table? Music biographer Mark Bego has the answers for you with this fun and stylish new cookbook! Weighing in at a generous 258 pages and lavishly decked out with full-color photos to leave you salivating, Eat Like a Rock Star features recipes personally provided to the author for this book by The Supremes' Mary Wilson (who also penned the introduction), The Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, The 5th Dimension's Marilyn
When Sir George Martin died last year, reverberations were felt throughout the music industry and beyond. But the famed producer's work with The Beatles was only part of the story. Now, author and Beatles historian Kenneth Womack has pulled back the curtain to reveal the man behind the music. Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin - The Early Years 1926-1966, as the title indicates, acknowledges the importance of the Fab Four on the producer's life and career. But this
Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone introduced their fast and furious style of bubblegum punk on 1976's Ramones, then followed it up the next year with the even more potent Leave Home. Just months later, the band dropped its third major salvo. With Rocket to Russia, the sound and feel of the band's first two albums was taken to the next level - and now, forty years later, it's often recognized as the finest Ramones set. Happily, Rhino has continued its series of LP-sized, hardcover
Everything about Hotel California, the late-1976 album by Eagles, was larger than life - beginning with the epic title track. Upon its release, its stature grew as mighty as the music within its grooves. It yielded two U.S. No. 1 singles, was certified platinum within a week of release, and sold over 17 million copies in the U.S. alone as of 2013 - a number that grew to over 32 million worldwide, and counting. Over forty years after its initial release, the most famous Eagles album has
Rhino delivers a 3-CD Super Deluxe Edition of The Monkees' 1967 sophomore album with mono and stereo versions of the album and a plethora of alternate takes, never-before-heard rarities, and a recently-discovered live recording! With 91 tracks (55 previously unreleased!), this set greatly expands upon the 2-CD iteration from 2006.
We wouldn't want you to be left out in the cold today for Cyber Monday, so we're proud to present our annual Holiday Gift Guide featuring more than 50 essential selections for the music enthusiast in your life! We've filled the guide with box sets (such as the Bob Dylan title to your right!) as well as archival releases and holiday music favorites that make great stocking stuffers. So just click here to access this year's top picks, reflecting the diversity of music released this year in
Among My Souvenirs: More Treasures from the Crosby Archive follows the 2010 release of So Rare: Treasures from the Crosby Archive. Compiled by historian and archivist Robert S. Bader, this collection spans the period of 1932 to 1977 for a full portrait of the man and his art. Outtakes, live recordings, and radio and television performances all feature on this anthology, including many songs not previously released in any format by Crosby. The word "treasures" is most apt here, as this release
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada The world's premier parodist celebrates his discography with a box set unlike any other: all 14 of his original albums, newly remastered; Medium Rarities, a bonus album of rare and unreleased material; and a 100+ page book of rare photos and memorabilia-all packaged in a replica of Al's signature accordion!
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 8CD/1DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada The latest volume of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series brings his oft-misunderstood "gospel period" into sharp focus through live and studio performances, never-before-heard songs, and much, much more.
Disney's first catalogue release from the Star Wars universe is here - a vinyl box set dedicated to John Williams' original soundtrack to the original 1977 classic. The 3-LP, 180-gram vinyl set features a 48-page hardcover book with essays by Jeff Bond and Jeff Eldridge, and holograms hand-etched by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, including a 3D Death Star on Disc 1. Disc 2 features the Star Wars 40th Anniversary logo etched into the vinyl.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Remix LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (TBD) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Remix Picture Disc: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada (TBD) Fans fell in love with Sgt. Pepper all over again this year with a stunning new stereo remix overseen by Beatle producer George Martin's son Giles. It was, of course, part of a deluxe 50th anniversary box set packed with unreleased session outtakes and video footage that will
Happy Christmas, Beatle people! The Christmas Records, a seven-disc vinyl box set from the Fab Four, features colored 45 RPM recreations of the Beatles' original Christmas fan club flexi-discs (all single-sided except for the last two in 1968 and 1969). The original sleeve artwork has been recreated for each title, and an enclosed 16-page booklet offers recording notes plus reproductions of the newsletters sent with each disc!
Rhino continues its series of deluxe Ramones reissues following Ramones and Leave Home with this 40th anniversary look at Rocket to Russia. This set features 3 CDs, an LP and a photo-filled book within its 12″ x 12″ box packaging. A total of 63 bonus tracks (only two of which have been made available before) will be included in this set. Alongside the original album, original engineer Ed Stasium has created a back-to-basics "tracking mix" of the original album, featuring some alternate takes
3CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 4LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 3CD/Blu-ray/4LP super deluxe: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Rush's fifth studio album, originally released in 1977, is reissued in a multitude of formats, all including a full concert from 1978, a sound effects track, and four covers by prog groups of classics from the album. All this audio material will be available as a 3CD or 4LP set; for the hardcore Rush fans, a super deluxe box
Johnny Mathis' lavish 68-CD box, reflects on the entirety of his 60+-year career at Columbia Records with: 62 original Columbia albums that have been remastered (13 of which are available on CD for the very first time - and many more of which have never appeared on CD in the United States) plus Mathis' newest album; Two previously unreleased albums: the hotly-anticipated I Love My Lady, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of CHIC in 1981; and The Island, helmed by Sergio Mendes
The Vinyl Collection contains, on 12 LPs, every non-holiday Carpenters studio album, from 1969's Ticket to Ride (originally titled Offering, but renamed after their commercial breakthrough for their very first single) to 1989's Lovelines, released six years after the tragic passing of Karen Carpenter. The set also includes The Singles 1969-1973, the hugely successful compilation album which became a 7x platinum smash and No. 1 seller in the United States alone upon its release in 1973. Every
INXS' oft-reissued Kick gets a definitive edition for its 30th anniversary, with 3 CDs rounding up everything from the last box set plus additional, coveted remixes, and a Blu-ray premiering Giles Martin's new Dolby Atmos mix - plus all seven original music videos and a new promo video! A vinyl edition features the original album on two half-speed mastered LPs!