Journey and Usher on the same collection? This is party music, 2017
As a mobile DJ, I’ve seen a shift in pop music. It used to be that Top 40 fans were satisfied with just that – the music that occupies the Top 40. But, that is no longer the case. Younger music fans are a lot more in tune to music that their parents (and even grandparents) listened to. For proof, check out Now That’s What I Call Tailgate Anthems, one of the most unique collections ever assembled in this series. Continue reading Various Artists – Now that’s What I Call Tailgate Anthems (Sony/UMG) review→
New 3-CD box set grabs at least one track from every Purple album
Deep Purple are often lumped in with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as pioneers of heavy metal. Yet, as a brand-new, 3-disc box set, Fire in the Sky, shows, they’ve not only outlived the two other bands, they’ve also continued to put out amazing music throughout their long career. The band released a great new album, Infinite, earlier in the year and are hitting the road once again. This new set celebrates not only their longevity, but also the high quality throughout their career. Continue reading Deep Purple – A Fire in the Sky (box set) (Rhino)→
A post-Replacements side project that still satisfies
At their peak, the Replacements were everything we loved about rock n’ roll: furious, unpolished, unpredictable, and a hell of a lot of fun. But leader Paul Westerberg knew the fun wouldn’t last forever, and tried to steer the band toward legitimacy. Yet, no one really wanted the class clowns to start wearing suits, and their last couple of studio albums suffered as a result. After the band fizzled out, Westerberg continued to soften his approach for his subsequent solo albums.
Then, in 1993, an unlikely thing happened – ‘Mats bassist Tommy Stinson strapped on a guitar, stepped to the mic, and put a band together called Bash & Pop that recalled some of the greatest moments of his classic, former band. Their debut album, Friday Night is Killing Me, has just been reissued by Omnivore Recordings with an entire disc of rarities. Continue reading Bash & Pop – Friday Night Is Killing Me (Omnivore) review→
One of the greatest scores in movie history, back in analog!
John Williams will forever be linked with the music he composed for the Star Wars’ series of movies. His “Main Title” opened all seven of the films, and continues to give us goosebumps each time we hear it. Yet, he’s done countless other scores (Jaws before, E.T. and Harry Potter after, just to name a few more). Arguably his second most popular composition is “Raiders March,” which later became synonymous with the theme for Indiana Jones. That piece of music was first introduced in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. The expanded soundtrack has just been reissued on vinyl from Concord Music Group. Continue reading Raiders of the Lost Ark – Original Soundtrack Vinyl Release (Concord Music Group)→
Finally, the live album Raspberries’ fans have been waiting for
When Eric Carmen reunited with the Raspberries for a series of shows in 2004-2005, it gave thousands of fans a chance to see the fathers of power pop in concert for the first time in 30 years. A live disc, Live on Sunset Strip, came out in 2007, commemorating the reunion. Yet, that album was missing something. I was lucky to catch another Cleveland concert in 2005, and I can tell you, it was phenomenal. Finally, here comes Pop Art Live, a true document of what the Raspberries were capable of in concert. Continue reading Raspberries – Pop Art Live (Omnivore) review→
Smokin’ lead guitars, gritty vocals – there’s a lot to like here
When Gregg Allman passed away earlier in the year, it may have signaled the end of the Allman Brothers, but thanks to band’s like Florida’s Tucci, their spirit lives on. The four-piece has just released their latest album, Olivia.
The album benefits greatly from the presence of Larry McCray, who lends his fantastic vocals and stinging guitar to the majority of the album. The disc opens with the blues shuffle of “High Roller,” where McCray and Steve Tucci trade off licks. Saxophonist Shawn Murphy steps to the mic for “Olivia,” which features some very nimble slide work from Ira Stanley. “I Don’t Need It” is a fantastic, minor blues, which spotlights some fine, Hammond B3 work from Donnie Richards. Continue reading Tucci – Olivia (Hideaway Music) (review)→
The Australian band Jet rocketed on to the charts in 2003 and reminded us what no-frills rock n’ roll used to sound like. Rhino Records has just issued the band’s debut album, Get Born, in a Deluxe Edition, featuring remastered sound and a second disc of bonus material. Continue reading Jet – Get Born (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)→
The Jukebox Heroes celebrate 4 decades of rock with new 2-disc best of
Look around at the current rock landscape – there’s not many legendary bands left. But, count Foreigner as one of those still standing. The group is celebrating 40 years together with a current tour, and a brand-new collection, 40, their first-ever career spanning retrospective. Continue reading Foreigner – 40 (Atlantic/Rhino)→