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Steely Dan: Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! (UMe)

October 25, 2021

When Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker died in 2017, his partner Donald Fagen decided to keep the name alive. Northeast Corridor is a collection of live performances from the post-Becker band, and it shows how well Steely Dan’s new lineup superbly carries on.

Various Artists: Disco 75 (Robinsongs)

Sure, Disco may have sucked, but did it always? Disco 75 is the first in a compelling new compilation series from Robinsongs that is dedicated to exploring the best of the best for each year of the disco era. This first collection is much more diverse than you might think.

J Mascis: Fed Up And Feeling Strange: Live And In Person 1993-1998 (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis occasionally stepped away from the full band experience for a handful of solo acoustic performances. Fed Up And Feeling Strange captures those moments, offering not only his first-ever solo acoustic performance, but also his 1995 solo album Martin & Me, and a loose but fun show from 1998, shortly before dissolving his band.

Harry Dean Stanton With The Cheap Dates: October 1993 (Omnivore)

October 1993 offers insight into the musical prowess of actor Harry Dean Stanton with his backing band The Cheap Dates. This new collection offers studio cuts and a scorching live set, and shows just how damn fine a musician Stanton happened to be.

Various Artists: Bubblerock Is Here To Stay! (Grapefruit)

Though long forgotten, the British AM radio rock of the early 1970s gave the world some weird and wonderful pop nuggets. A new compilation, Bubblerock Is Here To Stay!, offers 78 nuggets you probably will never hear anywhere else.

Mudhoney: Real Low Vibe: The Complete Reprise Recordings 1992-1998 (Cherry Red)

A brand new box set collects all of the major label recordings of the legendary Seattle underdogs Mudhoney, bringing new light to this era, one often overlooked for its corporate associations. Real Low Vibe shows that the major label didn’t change Mudhoney–if anything, the experience made them a much better band.

Jon Anderson: Song Of Seven (Esoteric Recordings)

In 1980, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson released Song Of Seven, an impressive, interesting take on more contemporary, traditional sounds.

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Outtakes (Brubeck Editions)

To celebrate the century of Dave Brubeck, his family has released Time Outtakes, a collection of recordings from the sessions for Time Out, the 1959 album that helped introduce jazz to the mainstream American listening audience.

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve/UMe)

A long-thought lost live recording of Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin offers up an enjoyable–if not slightly standard–performance by the legendary jazz vocalist.

Reggae Strings: Reggae Strings And Reggae Strings Volume 2 (Doctor Bird)

Reggae label Trojan Records conceived a unique idea: release an album containing the divisive orchestral backing tracks and release them as an Easy Listening records. Thus was born Reggae Strings, a delightful record that stands on its own merits. This new collection offers a second disc that features the original songs, and turning the curiosity into an essential best-of for the first era of the beloved label.