Moment's Notice: John Coltrane's "Blue Train: The Complete Masters" Due in September

By Joe Marchese | August 10, 2022 | 7 Comments

John Coltrane only recorded one album for Blue Note as a leader.  1958's Blue Train, featuring all original compositions plus one standard, would come to be overshadowed by the saxophone great's very next recording: the groundbreaking Giant Steps for Atlantic.  But as a document of Coltrane in his hard bop period, Blue Train remains a […]

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In Memoriam: Lamont Dozier (1941-2022)

By Mike Duquette | August 9, 2022 | 4 Comments

We at The Second Disc are not musicians. Well - I don't want to speak for Joe, but outside of an enthusiastic karaoke night every now and again, I am not a musician. But I obviously think of what it takes to mix brain power and artistic expression so brilliantly in the creation of a […]

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In Memoriam: Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022)

By Joe Marchese | August 8, 2022 | 10 Comments

Olivia, we honestly love you. Sandy, the good girl of Rydell High.  Kira, the Olympian muse who inspires the roller disco paradise, Xanadu.  Livvy, the girl singer who dreams of the big time but must first take to the cosmos.  Olivia Newton-John was all of these and more.  The singer who sweetly asked "Have You […]

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Sha-La-La-La-La-La: Cherry Red, Grapefruit Collect Living Daylights' "Let's Live For Today: The Complete Recordings"

By Joe Marchese | August 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

"Let's Live for Today," a top ten U.S. hit in the Summer of Love, will forever be associated with The Grass Roots.  But not one, but two, U.K.-based groups also staked a claim to the song.  Now, Cherry Red's Grapefruit arm is chronicling the discography of one of those groups, Living Daylights.  The single-CD anthology […]

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The Weekend Stream: August 7, 2022

By Mike Duquette | August 7, 2022 | 2 Comments

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! From new remixes of old favorites and throwback remixes of new hits, to deep dives into '80s alt-rock, mid-century easy listening, '70s live folk and '90s […]

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