The end of the year always finds The Beach Boys gifting their fans with dives into their vast studio and live archives. This year’s offering serves as a companion to the superb 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, and though it’s probably one of the less essential offerings in the ongoing series, it still contains a few moments that make it worthwhile.
Mungo Jerry will forever be known for their wonderful 1970 single, “In The Summertime.” But there was much more to this band than that one hit, as this box set compiles their five albums and non-album singles released in quick succession between 1970 and 1974
Manchester’s Stack Waddy was a raw, raucous rock band that loved the blues and loved to make a racket. Beloved by John Peel, who signed them to his record label, they released two of the roughest records of the early 1970s. This collection rounds up the lot of their recorded works, and feels very much like a link between the era of rock it followed and the one that was yet to come.
Guided By Voices’ appearance on Austin City Limits was supposed to be the band’s big, nationally-broadcast fare-thee-well, shortly before they completed their final tour. Regardless, it’s a fine performance of a band at the top of its game, and there’s not a nostalgic moment to be had; it’s a vital, exciting performance from a band that still has a lot to give.
Though Bonnie Tyler will forever be known for three fantastic pop songs, this two-disc collection focuses not on her hits but on some choice obscurities from the peak of her career, including remixes, rare singles, B-sides, and compilation tracks that equally rival her more well-known material.
In 1985, Matt Bianco frontman Mark Reilly faced a crisis when his creative partners left the band shortly after the release of their debut album. He soldiered on, found a new creative partner, and quickly picked up where he left off, delivering a delightful sophomore album that didn’t lose any momentum from the band’s promising debut.
Taken from the Spaceheads release, A New World In Our Hearts.
Please do enjoy this rebroadcast of our Thanksgiving Day special–an hour and a half of fine, easy-on-the-ears listening.
Happy Thanksgiving! We offer you a little song about family and drama for this tumultuous season.
In the early 1980s, former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips attempted a pop crossover; the final product, Invisible Men, wasn’t very good. Yet this reissue expands that album and presents a second disc of material from the era, and shows that while the final album was an underwhelming effort, the creative well from which it was drawn was anything but inferior.