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.
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.
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.
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: 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.