Steve Goodman was a young songwriter who is best known for two classic country/rock standards, but he died before establishing himself as a solo act. These two superb releases from the mid 1970s show him as a fine songwriter and arranger with a knack for superbly recreating the sounds of the past.
Taken from the Shakey Pictures release, Songs For Judy.
The second album in the first installment in the Cilla Black reissue campaign is a satisfying collection of two of her more modest albums.
In the mid-1970s, Canadian Elementary school teacher Hans Fenge gathered up the students in his school District and recorded them singing contemporary pop songs. Rediscovered and reissued in 2001, this album has since become a cult classic, and has recently been given a well-deserved vinyl reissue.
In the mid-1970s, former Byrds guitarist Chris Hillman recorded a pair of albums for Asylum Records, his first proper solo releases. Though they’ve always been low key in his vast discography of work over the past 50 years, this reissue shows that their obscurity is not for lack of quality material.
Hitchhiker is purportedly an “unreleased Neil Young solo album.” It isn’t really a lost album, though; instead, it’s the document of a quick, one night recording session, where Young played his latest compositions for his friend, David Briggs. It’s a welcomed–albeit way too brief–addition to the Neil Young archives.
Sue Barker was a young, promising Australian soul singer who released her self-titled debut in 1976, and then promptly disappeared. This reissue brings an extremely rare record back from the obscurity, even as it proves a point about how rarity does not equal quality.
On A Monday Night is a recently discovered live performance from the Bill Evans Trio, taken from a late-career show. It’s a superb performance, even though there’s an odd tension in the air.
Writer Joan Didion’s latest work is a collection of notes from two unpublished essays from the 1970s, and contains an insightful, interesting, and compelling look at the South during a time of transition.
Taken from the SoulMusic Records release, Standing Right Here: The Anthology (The Buddha and Epic Years).