Bad English was an AOR supergroup formed during the downtime of their members’ successive projects. Their self-titled debut album featured one massive hit and a dozen more equally delightful hard rock confections, and remains more than a mere side project.
k.d. lang’s 1992 album Ingénue was her attempt at a pop crossover, and it succeeded beyond all expectations. This twenty-fifth anniversary deluxe edition is skimpy and frustrating, but it doesn’t change the fact that Ingénue is both one of her finest albums of her career and one of the best albums of the 1990s.
In 1969, British jazz pianist Mike Westbrook’s big band orchestra released a two-volume set entitled Marching Song, a deftly covert anti-war conceptual set that is both quite enjoyable and quite poignant in its delivery, and a subtle one at that. This collection compiles both albums plus a third disc of outtakes from the era.
1967 wasn’t a good year for The Beach Boys, and it especially wasn’t good for Brian Wilson’s psyche. But the year did produce one of their greatest albums, the highly underrated Wild Honey. This two-disc collection examines the lesser-explored post-Smile Beach Boys era, even though the biggest selling point of this generous rarities collection deserved to stay unreleased.
In 1996, Screaming Trees released what would be their final album: a superbly produced album that found them shaking off the “grunge” tag. This expanded edition reminds just how good it was, while expanding it with a second disc of period b-sides and compilation tracks.
Gerry Monroe was an unlikely British pop star who came to fame on the variety show Opportunity Knocks in 1970; this collection compiles his complete recorded works in his brief career, and offers a surprising wealth of pop riches.
To celebrate the band Chicago’s entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two recent compilations examine the solo careers of two of their vocalists; one is an interesting examination into a rather obscure back catalog of solo releases, while the other is a long-overdue and welcome compilation of a successful post-Chicago solo career.
Charlie Byrd Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits él Records/Cherry Red I have long had the sneaking suspicion that during the Sixties, Easy Listening artists adapted rock and roll and […]
In 1983, up-and-coming pop group Haircut One Hundred lost their lead singer, Nick Heyward. Instead of disbanding, the group carried on, and Paint And Paint was a noble effort to continue without their distinctive, charismatic frontman.
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry may be on the second or third tier in the annals of British post-punk bands, but that’s not for lack of quality; this handy box set compiles the entirety of their Eighties output, and shows that they were a pretty darn good band that made records that are better than you remember; even their attempts of making music with a more commercial appeal are quality.