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.
1990 proved to be a very, very good year for British independent music. C90, Cherry Red’s latest in their C86-inspired compilation series, is a mammoth collection of some of the finest known and forgotten talents of the scene.
The posies released their major-label debut in 1990 with Dear 23, a slick and earnest record of great promise, yet one that felt oddly empty. This deluxe edition reveals a record that suffered somewhat from sounding too polished, and the rough demos help present the album in a different and perhaps more accurate light.
On the season premiere of Collision Course, the near fatal bus accident involving Gloria Estefan is examined, and reveals a story that could’ve ended in a tragedy.
For such an accomplished and respected saxophonist, Nino Tempo has an amazingly small solo discography. This recent collection compiles the best of his early 1990s releases for Atlantic, and it offers some of the coolest jazz you’ll hear.
In 1990, Andrew Ridgeley, the other half of British pop duo Wham!, released his first–and last–solo album. Critically panned at the time, this reissue takes a second look at one of pop music’s most misaligned releases.
The duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman’s third album was a sophisticated pop album that should have been their entrée to a wider audience. This deluxe reissue of Eroica proves the album has stood the test of time.
Taken from the Rock Candy Records release, Alannah Myles.
For a brief time, Deee-Lite was one of the most original dance bands in the world. World Clique, their debut, was also their masterpiece, a blend of funk, soul, techno, disco, and just plain outer-space retro weirdness. It wasn’t destined to last, and it didn’t; but in 1990, you couldn’t top ’em. This expanded reissue shows why.
Taken from the forthcoming Caroline International reissue, Wilson Phillips (Deluxe Edition).