Tag: Album Reviews

Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek: Beatitude (Rubellan Remasters)

When The Cars took a break in 1982. frontman Ric Ocasek holed up in the studio and made his debut solo album, the underrated Beatitude. Thirty-eight years later, a new reissue reintroduces this low-key jewel to the world.

Box Of Chocolates

Box Of Chocolates: Fearful Symmetry (Drag City)

Box Of Chocolates’ sole album Fearful Symmetry has all the depth and sophistication that can be had when pre-fame famous people got together for a stoned weekend and hit the record button.

Anthony Phillips: The Living Room Concert (Esoteric Recordings)

In the mid 1990s, former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips was asked to record an at-home session for broadcast on NPR. The Living Room Concert documents that performance, and serves as a nice curio of an intimate home performance.

Gerry Beckley

Gerry Beckley: Discovering America (Morgan Blue Town)

In 1970, American teenager Gerry Beckley recorded a handful of demos in and around London, perhaps hoping to find success. He would do so a year later with his band America. Discovering America captures a young man in the process of finding himself and offers up a fun–albeit brief–look at the soon-to-be soft-rock star’s formative years.

Steve Goodman Live '69

Steve Goodman: Live ’69 (Omnivore)

Before Steve Goodman became a revered hit songwriter, he began his career working the folk rock circuit. Live ’69 captures a performance at the University of Illinois in November 1969 and highlights a talented young musician in his formative years.

Built To Spill Plays

Built To Spill: Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston (Ernest Jenning Record Co)

For what was billed as his final tour, Daniel Johnston tapped indie rockers Built To Spill to accompany him. To honor the talented songwriter’s life, the band has released a collection of songs recorded at rehearsals for their tour.

Duane and Gregg

Duane & Gregg Allman: Duane & Gregg (The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company)

Shortly before forming their legendary band, brothers Duane & Gregg Allman recorded demos for a second album for the band The 31st Of February. The album went shelved until 1972, when it was released to cash in on the Allman Brothers’ success. No mere cash-in, the record offers an embryotic look at a beloved band’s formation.

Calm

Calm: Calm (12″)/Calm (7″)/Moonraker (Numero Group)

The short-lived band Calm offered a transitional phase between the post-hardcore noise band Mohinder and the space rock atmospherics of Duster. The band’s humble discography has just now been reissued, and it offers an interesting snapshot of a now-revered band’s early development.

Martin Green Presents

Martin Green Presents Super Sonics: 40 Junkyard Britpop Greats (RPM)

The mid-1990s Britpop scene produced a lot of great music, and this lovely compilation–compiled by a mover and shaker in the heart of the all–gives a nice glimpse at some of the lesser-known talents worthy of remembrance.

Ike Yard

Ike Yard: Night After Night/Ike Yard (Superior Viaduct)

In the early 1980s New York’s Ike Yard released two Factory Records-associated releases, each one radically different from the other, yet both offer delightful sounds of the future as seen from 1982.