Tag: Cherry Red

Yma Sumac The Quintessence

Yma Sumac: The Quintessence (él Records)

Peruvian vocalist Yma Sumac was a unique personality that appeared in the 1950s. She released six studio albums during this time, all of which have been compiled in this handy and essential three-disc box set.

Friends Again

Friends Again: In The Beginning/Trapped & Unwrapped

Scottish indie-pop group Friends Again burned brightly in the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of one fantastic, promising debut album before imploding. Two recent releases document their brief existence; one offers a glimpse of the band’s early years, while the other presents their sole album in expanded form. Both highlight a young band that could have been a contender.

Mercury Rev All Is Dream

Mercury Rev: All Is Dream: Expanded Edition (Cherry Red)

Mercury Rev album All Is Dream easily stands as one of the best albums the band has ever made. Cherry Red’s new four-disc collection only proves that point, expanding it with a wealth of unreleased material, b-sides, demos, outtakes, and live recordings.

Dinosaur Jr: Hand It Over (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr ended its tenure as a major label band with 1997’s Hand It Over. Though released with little fanfare, this deluxe edition helps shine a light on what is indeed an underrated jewel of an album.

Dinosaur Jr: Without A Sound (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr released their sixth album Without A Sound less than a year after their previous effort, thanks in part to the allure of commercial success, resulting in a good album that feels slightly off. This reissue offers up the chance for a reevaluation, and in so doing one discovers it wasn’t that bad of an album.

Dinosaur Jr: Where You Been (Cherry Red)

The Grunge boom of 1992 reaped dividends for Dinosaur Jr, who met the new sound with aplomb and delivered a fantastic and still well-regarded album. This two-disc reissue offers an exciting and enjoyable dive into the heady years of when Dinosaur Jr roamed the land.

Dinosaur Jr Green Mind

Dinosaur Jr: Green Mind (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr made their major label debut in 1991 with their fourth album, Green Mind. Though somewhat raw and undercooked, this expanded reissue helps to revitalize the album thanks to quality b-sides and a live disc.

Cilla Black: Especially For You: Revisited/Classics & Collectables (SFE)

The latest edition in the ongoing Cilla Black reissue series is a rather strong release, pairing up a fresh new remix of her better-than-you-might-expect 1980 album Especially For You with a brand new collection of late-career singles and rarities.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings (1972-1975) (SoulMusic Records)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes created some of the most sophisticated Soul and R&B of the Seventies, as well as being the launchpad for legendary vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. This three-disc set collects all of their recorded work for Philadelphia International Records, and is a superb and essential collection.

The Emotions: Don’t Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia/ARC Recordings (1976-1981) (SoulMusic Records)

The sisterly trio The Emotions helped to brighten up the musical world in the late 1970s, and this box set contains the lot of their successful chart-topping era, offering up some of the finest music that decade had to offer.