UPDATE: Jump to It! Rhino Confirms New Release Date for Career-Spanning “Aretha” Box Set

By Joe Marchese | June 23, 2021 | 4 Comments

It was late in 2015 when audiences across the country watched Aretha Franklin take the stage at The Kennedy Center Honors to salute honoree Carole King.  The undisputed Queen of Soul tore into King, Gerry Goffin, and Jerry Wexler’s “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” with blazing intensity and thrilling authenticity.  She had […]

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Can’t Forget You: Cherry Pop Collects Sonia’s SAW Singles on “Everybody Knows: The Singles Box Set”

By Joe Marchese | June 23, 2021 | 1 Comment

Liverpool native Sonia – born Sonia Evans – became the first female artist in the U.K. to spin five hit singles off one album.  The album was 1990’s Everybody Knows, and the singles were “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You” (No. 1), “Can’t Forget You” (No. 17), “Listen to Your Heart” (No. 10), “Counting Every […]

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

By Joe Marchese | June 22, 2021 | 1 Comment

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 | 10 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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