Tag: Capitol Records
The third and final installment of Omnivore Recordings’ documenting of Country singer Buck Owens’ prolific output for Capitol Records finds the singer exploring different sounds in a recording career that was taking second place to television stardom, and would come to a sudden end with the death of his musical partner and best friend. Though this era wasn’t as prominent as the decade before, this collection contains some fine music worthy of rediscovery.
Taken from the Capitol Records release, Traveling On.
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.
Though the usefulness of this recently reissued greatest hits package raises certain questions, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a perfect, bare-bones collection of Sir Paul McCartney’s absolute greatest hits.
Taken from the forthcoming Capitol Records release, Egypt Station.
The end of the year always finds The Beach Boys gifting their fans with dives into their vast studio and live archives. This year’s offering serves as a companion to the superb 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, and though it’s probably one of the less essential offerings in the ongoing series, it still contains a few moments that make it worthwhile.
1967 wasn’t a good year for The Beach Boys, and it especially wasn’t good for Brian Wilson’s psyche. But the year did produce one of their greatest albums, the highly underrated Wild Honey. This two-disc collection examines the lesser-explored post-Smile Beach Boys era, even though the biggest selling point of this generous rarities collection deserved to stay unreleased.
This year’s archival copyright release from The Beach Boys is a collection of two live performances. As live performances go, it’s a perfunctory show, yet these two shows represent something greater: a band at a crossroads, shortly before things worsened for their career.
Becoming The Beach Boys is the first truly exhaustive, in-depth biography of the formative years of America’s Band. It’s an unbiased look into their early years, and does quite a bit of myth-busting.
What would July 4th be without The Beach Boys? In selecting the single for this feature, I initially wanted to highlight the ultimate summertime song, “All Summer Long,” but, surprisingly, it was not initially released as a single in the US, although it was a popular album cut, and was released in various formats… Read More ›