When The Cars took a break in 1982. frontman Ric Ocasek holed up in the studio and made his debut solo album, the underrated Beatitude. Thirty-eight years later, a new reissue reintroduces this low-key jewel to the world.
Box Of Chocolates’ sole album Fearful Symmetry has all the depth and sophistication that can be had when pre-fame famous people got together for a stoned weekend and hit the record button.
In the mid 1990s, former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips was asked to record an at-home session for broadcast on NPR. The Living Room Concert documents that performance, and serves as a nice curio of an intimate home performance.
In 1970, American teenager Gerry Beckley recorded a handful of demos in and around London, perhaps hoping to find success. He would do so a year later with his band America. Discovering America captures a young man in the process of finding himself and offers up a fun–albeit brief–look at the soon-to-be soft-rock star’s formative years.
Before Steve Goodman became a revered hit songwriter, he began his career working the folk rock circuit. Live ’69 captures a performance at the University of Illinois in November 1969 and highlights a talented young musician in his formative years.
For what was billed as his final tour, Daniel Johnston tapped indie rockers Built To Spill to accompany him. To honor the talented songwriter’s life, the band has released a collection of songs recorded at rehearsals for their tour.
Shortly before forming their legendary band, brothers Duane & Gregg Allman recorded demos for a second album for the band The 31st Of February. The album went shelved until 1972, when it was released to cash in on the Allman Brothers’ success. No mere cash-in, the record offers an embryotic look at a beloved band’s formation.
The short-lived band Calm offered a transitional phase between the post-hardcore noise band Mohinder and the space rock atmospherics of Duster. The band’s humble discography has just now been reissued, and it offers an interesting snapshot of a now-revered band’s early development.
The mid-1990s Britpop scene produced a lot of great music, and this lovely compilation–compiled by a mover and shaker in the heart of the all–gives a nice glimpse at some of the lesser-known talents worthy of remembrance.
In the early 1980s New York’s Ike Yard released two Factory Records-associated releases, each one radically different from the other, yet both offer delightful sounds of the future as seen from 1982.