Euphoric Bells: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Invites Listeners to Another World With New Batch of Reissues

By Sam Stone | May 29, 2020 | 2 Comments

Just last week, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings – the label that tirelessly documents “the people’s music” and houses the catalogues of 20 legendary labels – released the latest batch of vinyl reissues that have been excavated from the vaults and issued on quality vinyl from the original master tapes.  Previous volumes include albums by Lead Belly, […]

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Release Round-Up: Week of May 29

By The Second Disc | May 29, 2020 | 2 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up! Ronnie Milsap, The Best of Ronnie Milsap (Craft Recordings) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) The Best of Ronnie Milsap gathers up 12 of the artist’s biggest hits from his first tenure at RCA, including “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Any Day Now,” and “What a […]

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Rollin’ and Tumblin’: B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s Collaboration Expanded For 20th Anniversary

By Joe Marchese | May 28, 2020 | 5 Comments

Eric Clapton and B.B. King first took the stage together in 1967 – the former a young upstart then serving as one-third of power trio Cream and the latter already a veteran blues master. They didn’t record together until 1997 when King called Clapton to guest on his Deuces Wild album of duets, and the […]

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Review: Jimi Hendrix, “Band of Gypsys [50th Anniversary Edition]”

By Sam Stone | May 27, 2020 | 7 Comments

During his all-too-brief career, Jimi Hendrix navigated an uncharted course, following his muse and his talents wherever they would take him.  So much has been said about his guitar technique, his songwriting, and his lyrics.  But as I lay listening to the 50th anniversary edition of Band of Gypsys, I realized that Hendrix was also a […]

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She Satisfies: Cherry Red Laces Up Shoes’ Elektra Years on Box Set

By Joe Marchese | May 26, 2020 | 1 Comment

For more than 40 years, Shoes has been celebrating the art of pop with its compact, melodic nuggets worthy of The Beatles, The Raspberries, or Big Star. Hailing from the town of Zion, Ill. on the banks of Lake Michigan, Shoes was formed by Gary Klebe and brothers John and Jeff Murphy, three kids united […]

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