Tag: Album Reviews

Bar-Kays: Bar-Kays: The Definitive Collection

This three-disc set serves as the first comprehensive examination of the influential funk band The Bar-Kays’ twenty year run, offering up some of the finest funk ever made.

Various Artists: Come Join My Orchestra: The British Baroque Pop Sound 1967-73 (Grapefruit)

This excellent three disc set offers up an amazing treasure trove of Baroque pop from the late 60s and early 70s, offering up killer harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements from bands and artists both familiar and obscure.

Uncle Walt’s Band: Uncle Walt’s Band (Omnivore Recordings)

One of the most brilliant and uniquely sounding albums from the fertile underground Texas Music scene of the 1970s gets a well-deserved reintroduction to the world.

999: 999: The Albums 1987–2007 (Captain Oi!)

999: The Albums 1987–2007 is the second box set to document the official albums released by underrated punk band 999, gathering their reunion albums and a fine Eighties era live set.

Django Reinhardt: Diminishing Blackness: The Compositions Of Django Reinhardt (él Records)

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt helped to innovate and define the role of the guitar as a leading instrument within the jazz world. This three disc set offers up a fine primer to the masterful guitarist’s legacy, while also including tributes and interpretations of his work made posthumously by his contemporaries.

Warrior: Warrior II (HNE Recordings)

This two disc set upgrades a compilation released in 2017 that featured recordings from a brief project for musician Vinnie Vincent, who soon abandoned it to join KISS. This new set offers up higher quality versions of the material on the original compilation, as well as recordings that were long thought to have been lost yet were found after the album release.

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.

Rema-Rema: Fond Reflections (4AD)

Although British band Rema-Rema existed for only a brief moment and were considered a mere curiosity in the grander stories of its band members, this new collection compiles a handful of unreleased material as well as a remastered edition of their sole EP.

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.