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.
Taken from the UMe release, Rule The World: The Greatest Hits.
Texas guitarist Eric Johnson’s career was in an odd place in the 1980s; though a superbly talented musician with a Grammy nomination under his belt, he had difficulty finding a proper home for his music. Instead, he focused on his live show, and became a top-notch live act. This concert, recorded in 1988, captures him in his prime, shortly before he scored a surprise commercial hit with his song, “Cliffs Of Dover.”
Taken from the Used Bin Pop Music Group release, Greatest Blips, Vol. 1.
Graham Bonnet’s early 80s metal band Alcatrazz shone brightly, but suffered from a rotating cast of guitarists–who would leave the young band to become very famous shortly thereafter. This three-disc set serves as a greatest hits package for a band that was truly great, and shows the band as one that had great potential.
Taken from the Mom & Pop single, “I Was A Fool.”
Taken from the Chunklet Industries release, Part Time Punks Session.
By 1987, Carly Simon’s career was in a bit of a slump. After a disastrous attempt to make a contemporary pop album, she launched into make a mature, intelligent record that resulted in some of her best writing to date, and was an international success to boot.
Taken from the Rhino release, Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology.
Stax Record celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year, and this compilation takes a look at its lesser-known diversion into country music.