Swedish actress Ann Margret was a triple threat: a talented singer and actress who exuded natural sexuality. This compilation pairs two of her mid-sixties soundtrack albums, and are delightful listens.
Everett True has some thoughts on the realities about the first wave of British punk, courtesy of the latest Cherry Red box set, Action Time Vision.
Polish jazz-pop vocalist Basia’s third album was a rewarding maturation of the sounds that had brought her international success four years previous, and this expanded edition highlights just how fantastic this album was, even as it served to be her final major solo release.
Unlike former bandmate Peter Hook’s autobiographies, New Order frontman Bernard Sumner’s autobiography is terse, vague, and not particularly revelatory or insightful; it feels like a half-hearted retort to Hook’s book, a year before Substance appeared, creating for a dull read from someone capable of writing a much, much better book.
Peter Hook’s long-awaited final entry into his trilogy about his career is a hefty tome that is at times funny, angry, sad, and frustrating, but Substance is, ultimately, a love letter to the band that, for better or worse, made him the man he is.
This twofer collects country musician Gary Stewart’s 1979 and 1980 offerings, one being a rather standard country record and the other a rewarding collaboration with a legendary country producer and Southern Rock backup band.
Songwriter Bob Young made a name for himself as an ongoing collaborator with British rock band Status Quo. Back In Quo Country released in 1986, is his sole solo album, and is a fine collection of countrified interpretations of his Status Quo work.
We sit down with Curtis McMurtry, to discuss his excellent album The Hornet’s Nest and the issue of authenticity in American music.
Released in 2001, Denton, Texas trio Lift To Experience’s sole album was an amazingly intense concept album that largely went unheard during the band’s brief lifespan. Subsequent years have rightly elevated it to be one of the best records you’ve never heard. This reissue cleans up the mix and offers bonus material, but the focus is still on the amazing ninety minute apocalyptic opus that still sounds like nothing you’ve heard.
For the fifth installment of Ace Records’ fantastic Chartbusters USA, the focus is squarely on Country crossovers, and provides for a satisfying listen.