Icon Fetch is revisiting some of our favorite albums of 2017
Kim Wilson – Blues & Boogie Vol. 1 (Severn)
Kim Wilson has been doing things for a long time, both as the frontman for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and solo, but he’s just released one of the finest albums of his entire career in Blues & Boogie Vol. 1. The album is a tribute to the blues legends that Wilson cut his teeth on, like Little Walter, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed.
But, what sets this album apart from the numerous “tributes” that have come before, is the sound. Great blues records are rough around the edges, and contain a rawness that was mostly achieved on primitive recording equipment. Not sure how he does it, but Wilson completely captures that dirty vibe. In fact, it’s so authentic, you’ll have a hard time telling these new recordings apart from their originals. Wilson has also sprinkled in several originals that sound right at home with this hallowed material. Continue reading RECAP 2017: Fabulous T-Bird Leader Captures the Classic Blues Sound on Phenomenal Album
Icon Fetch is revisiting some of the best releases of 2017
The Doors – The Singles Collection (Rhino)
What set the Doors apart from many of their contemporaries of the Sixties was that, despite their penchant for recording lengthy pieces, like “Light My Fire” (7 mins), “The End” (12 mins) and “LA Woman” (8 mins), they were also able to have success on AM Radio with their edited, 45 RPM singles. For the first time, those tracks have been assembled in The Singles Collection, a two-disc set covering all their single releases, in their original form, plus a bonus Blu Ray featuring even more music. Continue reading RECAP 2017: The AM Radio Side of the Doors
Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos (Complete) (Omnivore Recordings) review
The most complete look at Big Star founder’s lone solo album
Few artists have sustained such a devoted, cult following as former Big Star member Chris Bell. Almost 40 years after his untimely passing in 1978, his brief output continues to be reexamined. Omnivore Recordings has attempted to create the final word on Bell’s only solo record by issuing an expanded, 2-CD I Am the Cosmos, featuring the original album, alternate mixes, and an additional eight, never-before-heard tracks. Continue reading A Window Seat Into the Genius of Chris Bell
For a brief moment, this Australian band was on top of the world
INXS’s biggest album, Kick, has just received the deluxe anniversary treatment. Titled Kick30, the new, 3-CD, 1-Blu Ray set features the original album in remastered form, plus a treasure trove of demos, dance remixes and live cuts, giving a rare look into the creation process of one of the biggest-selling albums of the 1980’s. Continue reading INXS – Kick30 (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Jukebox (Craft Recordings)
Rock, R&B, Soul and most of the popular music of the last 50 years owes an incredible debt to Gospel. Yet, never before has a collection explored that lineage quite like Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965). This new, three-LP set from Craft Recordings, reminds us just how influential spiritual music was on everything that came after. Continue reading In the Beginning, there was…
Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (180 Gram Vinyl Edition) (Craft Recordings / Concord)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the greatest holiday albums of all-time. Not only did this music propel the original Peanuts TV special, it’s also extremely cool. Think about it – this was many people’s first introduction to jazz. We’ve reviewed the remastered CD (read that one here). This time, let’s talk vinyl – specifically, a brand new audiophile pressing of of the record from Craft Recordings. Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas Goes Audiophile
The Searchers – Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981 (Omnivore Recordings)
Fifteen years after hits like “Needles and Pins” and “Love Potion Number Nine,” the Searchers style of jangly, guitar-based rock was suddenly back in vogue in the late 1970’s, thanks to the popularity of bands like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Cheap Trick. Sire Records jumped at the chance to resurrect their career, signing the band to a two-album deal. Omnivore Recordings has just reissued those two records as Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981.
This is really good stuff.
Continue reading Found! Two gems from the Searchers
Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard (Craft Recordings) review
Here’s Little Richard is one of the greatest albums of all time. Few records, of any genre or era, pack this much energy into the grooves. Craft Recordings is celebrating the 60th anniversary of this monumental release with a deluxe, two-disc set, including a remastered version of the original album, plus numerous demos and alternate versions. Continue reading 60 Years Later This Still Packs a Wallop
The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (Rhino/Sire)
When anyone talks about the Replacements, they usually mention their notorious live shows – equal parts sloppy drunkenness and punk-fueled, reckless abandon. Added to their mystique was the fact that very little actual concert footage had been issued as evidence. Rhino Records remedies this with the release of For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, a two-disc collection, featuring 29 tracks, capturing the ‘Mats at the peak of their powers. Continue reading The Replacements Finally Get a Live Album Worthy of Their Legend
Michael Jackson – Scream (Epic / Legacy Recordings)
Can there be a better Halloween party song than “Thriller”? (it’s certainly NOT “Monster Mash”).
Michael Jackson was definitely a fan of the spooky holiday, even fashioning the groundbreaking video to the song as an homage. So, it makes sense that the Estate of the late singer has assembled a Halloween-themed album, called Scream. But, don’t be fooled – this is actually a fantastic dance record in disguise. Continue reading A Great Dance Record From the King of Pop – Disguised in a Halloween Theme