Album Reviews rss

999: 999: The Albums 1987–2007 (Captain Oi!)

999: The Albums 1987–2007 is the second box set to document the official albums released by underrated punk band 999, gathering their reunion albums and a fine Eighties era live set.

Django Reinhardt: Diminishing Blackness: The Compositions Of Django Reinhardt (él Records)

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt helped to innovate and define the role of the guitar as a leading instrument within the jazz world. This three disc set offers up a fine primer to the masterful guitarist’s legacy, while also including tributes and interpretations of his work made posthumously by his contemporaries.

Warrior: Warrior II (HNE Recordings)

This two disc set upgrades a compilation released in 2017 that featured recordings from a brief project for musician Vinnie Vincent, who soon abandoned it to join KISS. This new set offers up higher quality versions of the material on the original compilation, as well as recordings that were long thought to have been lost yet were found after the album release.

Just A Gigolo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Cherry Red)

While in the middle of his Berlin era, David Bowie accepted a lead role in a truly terrible film that was quickly forgotten about. In spite of the film’s flaws, it did offer an entertaining and enjoyable soundtrack, even if it feels something like a missed opportunity considering the movie’s two illustrious stars. This reissue marks its first appearance on CD and first major reissue in 40 years.

Rema-Rema: Fond Reflections (4AD)

Although British band Rema-Rema existed for only a brief moment and were considered a mere curiosity in the grander stories of its band members, this new collection compiles a handful of unreleased material as well as a remastered edition of their sole EP.

Alex Chilton: Reissues

We take a look at four recent archival reissues that highlight the talent and the creative range of the late Alex Chilton.

The Residents: Commercial Album (New Ralph Too/Cherry Red/MVD Audio)

The Residents’ 1980 album was a fantastic conceptual piece poking fun at pop music that was lighthearted and carefree while never failing to be less than 100% serious in its approach. This expanded reissue offers copious evidence of just how serious they consider it in their legacy.

Soul Asylum: While You Were Out/Clam Dip & Other Delights (Omnivore)

Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum’s third album offered a glimpse of promise for the young band, and soon marked their farewell from the independent rock world. This reissue also includes an odds and ends EP that humorously pay tribute to their new record label.

The Residents: Eskimo (New Ralph Too/Cherry Red/MVD)

Experimental agitators and jokers The Residents set aside their humorous nature for their sixth album, buckling down and creating an amazing and unique ambient record that documented life in an Eskimo tribe. It was a creative gambit, but one that succeeded and resulted in a unique and impressive composition.

Steve Jones: Mercy/Fire And Gasoline (Rock Candy Records)

In the late 1980s, former sex pistols guitarist Steve Jones launched a brief solo career, issuing two underrated albums of hard rock and heavy metal, both of which have been remastered and rescued from obscurity.