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.
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.”
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.
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.
Stax Record celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year, and this compilation takes a look at its lesser-known diversion into country music.
When it came to their music, Georgia-based rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ always defied expectations; they were a red-hot Southern Rock band who could quickly turn into a damn fine roots-rock group. Their third album, Mystery Road, is arguably their best, and this deluxe edition shows why. It’s a blend of all sorts of styles, and has been expanded with a handful of demos to show that the album was no fluke.
Glasgow’s The Orchids were one of Sarah Records’ flagship bands, and though they initially came to an end at the same time their label folded, they would reunite a decade later, releasing some of their finest work to date. This two-disc collection serves as a wonderful introduction to the band, offering one disc of their best moments, and one disc of choice rarities and unreleased material.
Between 1981 and 1983, country musician Leon Everette had an amazing run of high-charting singles. Yet less than two two years after that amazing run, would soon stop making music entirely. This two-disc collection compiles the entirety of his output from this era, recorded for RCA, and is his first-ever CD release, a welcome collection of an artist who deserved more than obscurity.
Warrior was a brief-lived hard rock band that never really got past the formation stage. Its members would go on to greater things; this collection rounds up their complete studio recordings, instrumental demos, and a rehearsal tape; in these rough recordings, one senses a promising band–one whose members would soon go on to greater things.
Eric Stewart was one of the visionaries behind 10CC, and is notable for his work with Paul McCartney. This satisfying collection examines his solo work, with a handful of late-era 10CC songs to boot.