Tag: Album Reviews

Time Chasers

Alice Damon Kinzie & Bill Kinzie: Time Chasers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Burger Records)

The 1994 film Time Chasers earned a reputation as being “so-bad-it’s-good” thanks to its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000. A recent reissue of the film’s soundtrack reveals a jewel of a score hidden in plain sight.

Seiche

Seiche: Demo Press (Jackpot Records)

Seiche lived and died without anyone knowing their name, and their 1981 demo tape in LP form is now a highly sought-after collectable. This reissue highlights a young trio with plenty of ambition and potential to match.

Scott Walker Jacques Brel

Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel (Ace Records)

American expat Scott Walker found influence in the work of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. This handy collection might not offer anything new to the Scott Walker fan, but with its inclusion of Brel’s original French versions, it makes a fascinating little introduction for both artists.

c90

Various Artists: C90 (Cherry Red)

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.

Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman: Jessie’s Jig & Other Favorites/Words We Can Dance To (Morello Records)

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.

The Great Tragedy

Various Artists: The Great Tragedy, No. 2: …And The Show Must Go On (Bear Family)

Bear Family’s second and final installment in their The Great Tragedy compilation examining the doomed Winter Dance Party 1959 offers the other side of the story of that tour, and amazingly shows just how quickly the music industry distanced itself from rock and roll–literally the same day.

Bobby Hatfield

Bobby Hatfield: Stay With Me: The Richard Perry Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)

At the end of 1971, Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield held a recording session with producer Richard Perry in preparation for his second solo album. Stay With Me offers up the fruits of that long-lost and relatively unknown session, and show a masterful singer at work.

The Flys

The Flys: Today Belongs To Me: The Complete Recordings 1977-1980 (Cherry Red)

British first wave punk rockers The Flys had a lot of potential, but odd creative moves stifled the young band. This exhaustive collection highlights a band well deserving of rediscovery.

Peter Green

Peter Green: The End Of The Game (Esoteric Recordings)

The troubled founder of Fleetwood Mac began his solo career with The End Of The Game, a bizarre album unlike any of his previous work and one that still confounds a half a century later.

The Springfields

The Springfields: Singles 1986-1991 (Slumberland Records)

This brief but satisfying collection compiles the entire recorded output of the short-lived Illinois indie-pop band The Springfields, and these songs served as fair warning of the greatness that was soon to come with their next incarnation, Velvet Crush.