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Ryuichi Sakamoto: BTTB (Milan Records)

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June 5, 2019

In 1999, Japanese electronic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto decided to address the coming new millennium with an album that hearkened back to Classical sounds of the early 20th Century, resulting in one of his most sublime albums to date.

Wire Train: In A Chamber: Expanded Edition (Supermegabot)

In 1983, a young San Francisco band named Wire Train released its debut album, one that in recent years has been recognized as a lost classic from America’s burgeoning alternative rock scene. This reissue offers up its first standalone CD release, remastered and featuring a half-dozen bonus tracks–as well as some of the finest music of its era.

Fiat Lux: Hired History Plus (Cherry Red)

English New Wave trio Fiat Lux existed for less than two years, their promising career cut short by label indifference. This two-disc set compiles all of their recordings, serving as an excellent historical document of a young band that deserved a longer life.

Bill Evans: Evans In England (Resonance)

The latest in a series of previously unheard music from jazz pianist Bill Evans, this set offers up a 1969 recording of a fine performance at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s.

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: Ultimate Rave (NPG/Legacy)

At the end of 1999, Prince reemerged, signed to a new record label with his first new album of newly recorded, non-archival material. This three-disc set compiles the original record, a rare fan-club only release, and a DVD of his New Year’s Eve 1999 pay-per-view concert. Though more a stutter-step than the intended comeback, it proved that The Artist was still Prince.

Blossom Dearie: The Adorable Blossom Dearie (El Records)

Vocalist Blossom Dearie possessed one of the most innocent sounding voices in all of jazz and pop. This three disc set examines her early work up to her two “debut” albums, as well as the debut of her vocal harmony combo. It’s a fitting and impressive collection of jazz music, and serves as an excellent starting point for her wide and impressive discography.

Patrick Moraz: Out In The Sun (Esoteric Recordings)

Swiss Progressive pianist Patrick Moraz’s second album was an escape to South America captured in sound, and remains a delightful and sunny listening experience.

Twinkle: Girl In A Million: The Complete Recordings (RPM)

British teen pop singer Twinkle may only be known for one or two songs, but the vagabond spirit who retired at the age of 18 never quite lost the desire to record. This two disc set collects her entire recorded output, and highlights a talent that might have been…

Billy Paul: Me & Mrs. Jones: The Anthology (SoulMusic Records)

Philadelphia Soul man Billy Paul was equally at home singing socially conscious songs and songs about making sweet, sweet love. A new compilation explores both themes in detail, offering up some fine Philly Soul.

Bar-Kays: Bar-Kays: The Definitive Collection

This three-disc set serves as the first comprehensive examination of the influential funk band The Bar-Kays’ twenty year run, offering up some of the finest funk ever made.