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The Great Tragedy

Various Artists: The Great Tragedy, No. 2: …And The Show Must Go On (Bear Family)

Bear Family’s second and final installment in their The Great Tragedy compilation examining the doomed Winter Dance Party 1959 offers the other side of the story of that tour, and amazingly shows just how quickly the music industry distanced itself from rock and roll–literally the same day.

Bobby Hatfield

Bobby Hatfield: Stay With Me: The Richard Perry Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)

At the end of 1971, Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield held a recording session with producer Richard Perry in preparation for his second solo album. Stay With Me offers up the fruits of that long-lost and relatively unknown session, and show a masterful singer at work.

The Flys

The Flys: Today Belongs To Me: The Complete Recordings 1977-1980 (Cherry Red)

British first wave punk rockers The Flys had a lot of potential, but odd creative moves stifled the young band. This exhaustive collection highlights a band well deserving of rediscovery.

Peter Green

Peter Green: The End Of The Game (Esoteric Recordings)

The troubled founder of Fleetwood Mac began his solo career with The End Of The Game, a bizarre album unlike any of his previous work and one that still confounds a half a century later.

The Springfields

The Springfields: Singles 1986-1991 (Slumberland Records)

This brief but satisfying collection compiles the entire recorded output of the short-lived Illinois indie-pop band The Springfields, and these songs served as fair warning of the greatness that was soon to come with their next incarnation, Velvet Crush.

Modern English: Mesh & Lace/After The Snow (Blixa Sounds)

British New Wave band Modern English will forever be remembered for their sole hit, the superb “I Melt With You.” But there was more to the band than that hit, and the reissue of the band’s first two albums highlight a band much better than the “one-hit wonder” tag might lead you to believe.

Yma Sumac The Quintessence

Yma Sumac: The Quintessence (él Records)

Peruvian vocalist Yma Sumac was a unique personality that appeared in the 1950s. She released six studio albums during this time, all of which have been compiled in this handy and essential three-disc box set.

Friends Again

Friends Again: In The Beginning/Trapped & Unwrapped

Scottish indie-pop group Friends Again burned brightly in the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of one fantastic, promising debut album before imploding. Two recent releases document their brief existence; one offers a glimpse of the band’s early years, while the other presents their sole album in expanded form. Both highlight a young band that could have been a contender.

Mercury Rev All Is Dream

Mercury Rev: All Is Dream: Expanded Edition (Cherry Red)

Mercury Rev album All Is Dream easily stands as one of the best albums the band has ever made. Cherry Red’s new four-disc collection only proves that point, expanding it with a wealth of unreleased material, b-sides, demos, outtakes, and live recordings.

Tim Peaks

Tim Burgess & Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks: Songs From A Late-Night Diner (Ace Records)

Saint Etienne mastermind Bob Stanley enlists friend Tim Burgess to help curate the latest edition of his fictional setting compilation, Tim Peaks. This diner offers up a more contemporary setting than previous volumes, with a special focus on more melancholic, Factory Records-inspired post punk and indie-pop.