(Re-)Enter Sandman: Metallica Expands “The Black Album” to Epic Proportions, Releases All-Star Charity Tribute Album

By Joe Marchese | June 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album – otherwise known as The Black Album – turns 30 this year, and the band isn’t about to let that milestone go unnoticed.  The Black Album gave the band its first chart-topping album in ten countries, including the U.S. where it spent four weeks atop the Billboard 200.  It also yielded […]

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The Beat of Our Hearts: Bear Family Collects Definitive Survey of “R&B in D.C. 1940-1960” Featuring Early Recordings of Marvin Gaye, Don Covay, Billy Stewart

By Joe Marchese | June 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Washington, D.C. is associated with a great many things…but R&B?  Leave it to German label Bear Family to take the emphasis off politics to uncover a lost chapter of the American capital’s rich story.  R&B in D.C. 1940-1960 is the name of the upcoming LP-size, 16-CD box set comprehensively surveying two decades of regional music […]

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All I Want: Joni Mitchell Releases “Blue 50” EP with Unreleased Tracks, “Archives Vol. 2” Arrives in October

By Joe Marchese | June 21, 2021 | 9 Comments

Fifty years ago tomorrow -June 22, 1971 – Joni Mitchell released Blue.  The singer-songwriter’s fourth studio album, Blue was raw, intense, emotional, beautiful, moving, and hugely influential.  In short, it was the kind of album that only comes along once a generation – if that.  Mitchell recently discussed its legacy with filmmaker-journalist Cameron Crowe for […]

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Get In The Swing: Waxwork Preps Soundtrack to Sparks Documentary “The Sparks Brothers”

By Joe Marchese | June 21, 2021 | 1 Comment

Director Edgar Wright’s new film The Sparks Brothers (in theatres now) rewrites the book on music documentaries.  The film about cult band Sparks – a.k.a. brothers Ron and Russell Mael, long more popular in Europe than in the U.S. – doesn’t have much in the way of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  As for […]

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The Weekend Stream: June 19, 2021

By The Second Disc | June 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

While The Second Disc prides itself on connecting people to reissues and box sets they can keep on their shelves, it’s no secret that listening audiences are also digital – catalogue music lovers, too – and our passion is connecting people to music from the past that they might adore. So we’ve introduced a new […]

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