Review: Frank Zappa, "200 Motels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 50th Anniversary Edition"

By Joe Marchese | January 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Frank Zappa called 200 Motels "a surrealistic documentary."  Leonard Maltin described it as a "visual, aural assault disguised as a movie; completely berserk, freeform film...some of it ingenious, some funny, but not enough to maintain [an] entire film."  Roger Ebert compared the surreal musical to the work of experimental composer Harry Partch before observing that […]

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Sit Down and Float: Cherry Red, Strawberry Collect Arrival's "Complete Recordings"

By Joe Marchese | January 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

"They reached out and touched me as no other group has ever done," Dusty Springfield proclaimed in the original liner notes to the debut LP from Liverpool group Arrival.  "They sing with joy, sadness, and wit, and as you listen, they'll reach out and touch you."  Arrival touched U.K. listeners to the tune of two […]

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Total Conditioning: Two Howard Jones Remix Albums Reissued by Cherry Red

By Mike Duquette | January 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Cherry Red continues their ongoing excavation of the Howard Jones catalogue with a new set that collects two remix albums from the mid-'80s: one a special early part of his discography, and one a treasured rarity for Japanese collectors. The label will issue a 2CD set on March 18 featuring the contents of The 12" […]

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Sacred Songs: New Anthology Highights the Solo Side of Daryl Hall

By Joe Marchese | January 24, 2022 | 3 Comments

Daryl Hall would have every reason to rest on his laurels when not writing, recording, or touring with John Oates in the most successful pop-rock duo of all time. But the Pennsylvania native has always pursued other outlets for his outpouring of creativity. He's collaborated with artists from Robert Fripp to Diana Ross, released five […]

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The Weekend Stream: January 22, 2022

By Mike Duquette | January 22, 2022 | 1 Comment

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 quick week brings us a great latter-day Hall & Oates track, a classic Lil Wayne mixtape, unreleased gems from The Art of Noise and […]

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