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Brian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks

Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art (Omnivore Recordings)

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July 8, 2020

In 1992, as Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life once again turned tumultuous, his old friend Van Dyke Parks reached out to him and offered a chance to collaborate. Orange Crate Art, released in 1995 to little fanfare, has now been reissued with a bold and delightful expanded edition, and has stood the test of time.

Sir Lord Baltimore: Complete Recordings 1970-2006 (HNE Recordings)

Brooklyn heavy metal trio Sir Lord Baltimore concocted a unique sound for its era, and became one of the founding fathers of the budding Heavy Metal genre. This three-disc collection rounds up their entire output in one handy collection that makes a case for their importance.

Spirit Tent Of Miracles

Spirit: Tent Of Miracles (Expanded Edition) (Esoteric Recordings)

When it appeared in 1990, California psych-rockers Spirit’s penultimate album Tent Of Miracles couldn’t have seemed more pathetic. Yet this expanded and remastered reissue breathes new life into it, and while the album is far from perfect, it’s much more promising than its original release might have lead you to believe.

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Sockin’ It To You: The Complete Dynovoice/New Voice Recordings (RPM)

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels burned brightly, offering up one of the most definitve soul/rock songs of the Sixties. Yet they only existed for a very brief moment, and RPM Records’ new three-disc set collects the entirety of their output in one fine, superb collection.

Time Chasers

Alice Damon Kinzie & Bill Kinzie: Time Chasers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Burger Records)

The 1994 film Time Chasers earned a reputation as being “so-bad-it’s-good” thanks to its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000. A recent reissue of the film’s soundtrack reveals a jewel of a score hidden in plain sight.

I’d Love To Turn You On: Classical And Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Sixties Counter-Culture (El Records)

I’d Love To Turn You On: Classical And Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counterculture offers a fascinating peek behind the curtain of the artists and musicians that inspired the British underground in the late 1960s.

Seiche

Seiche: Demo Press (Jackpot Records)

Seiche lived and died without anyone knowing their name, and their 1981 demo tape in LP form is now a highly sought-after collectable. This reissue highlights a young trio with plenty of ambition and potential to match.

Scott Walker Jacques Brel

Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel (Ace Records)

American expat Scott Walker found influence in the work of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. This handy collection might not offer anything new to the Scott Walker fan, but with its inclusion of Brel’s original French versions, it makes a fascinating little introduction for both artists.

c90

Various Artists: C90 (Cherry Red)

1990 proved to be a very, very good year for British independent music. C90, Cherry Red’s latest in their C86-inspired compilation series, is a mammoth collection of some of the finest known and forgotten talents of the scene.

Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman: Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites/Words We Can Dance To (Morello Records)

Steve Goodman was a young songwriter who is best known for two classic country/rock standards, but he died before establishing himself as a solo act. These two superb releases from the mid 1970s show him as a fine songwriter and arranger with a knack for superbly recreating the sounds of the past.