In the Meantime: UMe Reconfigures ‘What’s Going On’ Bonuses for 50th Anniversary

By Mike Duquette | January 23, 2021 | 2 Comments

As one of the most striking albums in Motown Records’ deep catalogue and one of the most moving pieces of conscientious Black expression in pop music, What’s Going On has been in the spotlight many times since its release nearly a half-century ago. This week, Universal Music Enterprises seeks to streamline the album’s reissues in the […]

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Heart and Brain: Omnivore Preps Spoken Word Releases from Richard Pryor, Allen Ginsberg

By Joe Marchese | January 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Omnivore Recordings is heating up this winter with a trio of spoken-word releases from two legendary and provocative figures, Richard Pryor and Allen Ginsberg. Richard Pryor (1940-2005) wasn’t just one of the most significant and influential stand-up comedians of all time but also a genuine film superstar, an accomplished writer, an Emmy Award recipient, Kennedy […]

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Release Round-Up: Week of January 22

By The Second Disc | January 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Release Round-Up! The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (BMG) 3CD/2 7-inch Box Set (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) 1CD Edition (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) 1LP Edition (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) 2CD Edition (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) The Kinks’ 1970 classic Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One arrives in a variety of […]

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I Want a Kiss: Stage Door Reissues 1967 Recording of “The Desert Song” Starring Mary Millar and Robert Colman

By Joe Marchese | January 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Late last year, Stage Door Records reissued the London Studio Cast Recording of David Heneker’s musical Jorrocks, originally released on the Saga Records label.  Now, Stage Door is returning to the Saga vaults with another CD premiere, this time of the label’s 1967 recording of the classic operetta The Desert Song. The Desert Song has […]

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Short Takes: Cherry Red Spotlight on Tasmin Archer and Kevin Rowland

By Joe Marchese | January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Today’s Short Takes looks at some nice things we’ve missed over the past few months from Cherry Red! Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Tasmin Archer has only released three full-length studio albums in nearly thirty years, but there’s no doubt that she has practiced “quality over quantity.”  The title of her first LP, 1992’s Great Expectations, might have […]

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