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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.

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.

Charlie Walker: Close All The Honky-Tonks/Wine, Women, And Walker/Don’t Squeeze My Sharmon/Honky-Tonkin’ With…

Charlie Walker was a hard-working country musician who loved the honky tonk lifestyle, as witnessed by this two CD set of four of his barroom-minded albums.

Tom Brumley & The Buckaroos: Steelin’ The Show (Omnivore Recordings)

Omnivore’s latest excursion into the vast Buck Owens vault features a fantastic look at the work of Tom Brumley, his pedal steel guitarist for the majority of the 1960s.

Third Ear Band: Music From Macbeth (Esoteric)

Director Roman Polanski tapped British progressive collective Third Ear Band to compose the music for Macbeth, his first production after the murder of his wife and friends at the hands of Charles Manson. Through use of improvisation in the blending of old and new musical techniques, they provided the bleak, heavy score the film needed.

The Spinanes: Manos (Merge Records)

The 25th anniversary of one of the best albums of the 1990s is a cause for celebration, and this no-frills reissue does just that.