Tag: Album Reviews
The first of two offerings in the annual Beach Boys copyright extension series, this alternate version of their album Friends is a beautiful and surprisingly essential collection that offers new depth to one of their most underrated albums.
Dan Loves Patti’, the sole album from Chicago musician Chris Holmes’ studio project Yum-Yum, is one of the truly lost gems of the 1990s, and this reissue is a wonderful reintroduction to a band you probably never heard the first time.
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.
Scottish trio Cocteau Twins shocked their fan base in 1993 by leaving their longtime label home at 4AD for major label Fontana. This era has always been considered problematic, as it found the mysterious group suddenly sounding not so mysterious. This four disc box set compiles all of their releases for the label, and offers up an important rethink about the band’s final chapter.
Few greatest hits packages serve a band quite as well as this Dinosaur Jr compilation from 2001. This reissue expands that set with a second disc of fan favorites and choice cuts from their post-reunion releases.
Austin rock trio Fastball’s sophomore release was an unapologetically grown-up album, and to everyone’s surprise the record was an unexpected hit in 1998.
British classical rock phenomenon Sky offered up a unique take on progressive music, and this two disc collection that compiles their complete singles discography shows what made them such a versatile and interesting band.
Tanya Tucker was just barely in her teens when she first appeared, and her early records coupled with a powerful singing voice belied her young age. This collection compiled all of her recorded material for Columbia Records and is still some of the finest country you will ever hear.
Although this four-disc box set that examines this soundtrack scores of Stanley Kubrick is far from complete and nowhere near definitive, it does offer five hours’ worth of fantastic music that shows just how diverse the legendary director’s ear was when it came to his films.
The first foray into the legendarily massive Prince archival vaults is an enjoyable session that finds him alone on piano, playing around in the studio with songs old and new.