This one-off, one-night-only Outlaw Country supergroup was formed to poke fun and sing about the joys of old age, with all-original material provided by Shel Silverstein. It’s a fun collection of songs, and a fantastic last hurrah for the songwriter, who passed away less than a year later.
British pop singer Eden Kane had a very brief run as a chart-topping artist in the pre-British Invasion era, and though soon overshadowed by rock and roll groups, he produced an impressive collection of fantastic pop singles, all handily compiled in this two-disc collection.
Short-lived roots-rock group Fairground Attraction seemed an odd choice for pop stardom, but in 1988, they quickly became chart-topping successes. The success was short-lived, and they imploded not long after. This collection compiles their entire recorded output, and documents the brief existence of a promising young band.
This six-song mini-album offers to the world a collection of unreleased songs recorded by Frederick Michael St. Jude, shortly after the release of his debut album, Here Am I. Though raw, they highlight his potent, powerful, Bowie-like voice.
Though it was a controversial move, Peter Hook & The Light’s decision to set out on tour performing the music of Joy Division was a good one. This live document from 2012 is a scorching tribute to his fallen band.
Kenyan-based Matata was once hailed as “the best band from Africa,” and this two-disc collection highlights an excellent band that did indeed have great promise–and it also serves to show the dangers of compromising one’s art for commercial success.
The Eighties proved to be a fallow period for a lot of classic country musicians, Tammy Wynette included. These two late-period records are exceptions to the rule; one, a fine take on contemporary sounds; the other, a true retro country record that featured an all-star cast.
Teen pop sensation Bobby Darin was a creative risk taker. Conventional wisdom would state that him teaming up with elder songwriter Johnny Mercer and the Billy May orchestra for an album of turn of the century standards was a recipe for disaster for the early rock and roll star. But the gamble paid off, resulting in one of his finest records of his sadly too-short career.
Welsh progressive rockers Blonde On Blonde overcame the loss of their frontman and visionary, releasing two promising but ultimately commercially unsuccessful albums.
Bobby Bare/Skeeter Davis/Liz Anderson/Norma Jean: Tunes For Two/The Game Of Triangles/Your Husband, My Wife (Morello)
This two-disc set compiles two albums of duets and one album of trio recordings pairing Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Norma Jean, and Liz Anderson, and contains some fine performances from the first decade of Bare’s long, storied career.