Tag: Cherry Red
Reggae label Trojan Records conceived a unique idea: release an album containing the divisive orchestral backing tracks and release them as an Easy Listening records. Thus was born Reggae Strings, a delightful record that stands on its own merits. This new collection offers a second disc that features the original songs, and turning the curiosity into an essential best-of for the first era of the beloved label.
In 2005, Mercury Rev released its follow-up to the masterpiece All Is Dream. Unfortunately, The Secret Migration largely went ignored. This new deluxe edition offers a fresh and vital reconsideration of an album much better than the indifference at the time might have led you to believe.
The Recoup Song Of The Day for Friday, October 23 is “Below this Sun” by Immaculate Fools, taken from the forthcoming album Stardust And Water.
In 1999, Dexys Midnight Runners frontman Kevin Rowland released My Beauty, his second solo album. Unfortunately, the album was instantly overshadowed by its (un)controversial cover, amongst other problems. Twenty years later, the album finally gets the loving reissue and reevaluation it deserves.
In 1992, British singer/songwriter Tasmin Archer released one of the year’s best albums, Great Expectations. But that album’s superb promise was never realized, as her label dropped the ball on her. Sweet Little Truths offers up her complete recordings for the label, and is easily one of the most essential reissues of 2020.
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.
On September 11th, 2001, Mercury Rev released All Is Dream, an album many consider to be the band’s magnum opus. Late last year, Cherry Red released a superb 4-CD expanded box set documenting the album’s creation and that era of the band. We sat down with the band’s visionary Jonathan Donahue to discuss the creation of the album, the mindset going into the day of its American release, and the album’s legacy.
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.
The Recoup Song Of The Day for Wednesday, August 19th is “Truce” by Jim Bob, taken from the Cherry Red release Pop Up Jim Bob.
Brooklyn heavy metal trio Sir Lord Baltimore concocted a unique sound for its era, and became one of the founding fathers of the budding Heavy Metal genre. This three-disc collection rounds up their entire output in one handy collection that makes a case for their importance.