ALBERT LEE: Highway Man (CD)

We are told ….. Legendary guitarist Albert Lee’s solo album Highwayman is an intimate and heart-wrenching collection of classic acoustic covers. Most know him as the “ultimate virtuoso” (in Eric Clapton’s own words) on an electric guitar…but for Albert Lee’s latest offering, this world-renowned and much-loved country legend swaps his signature Ernie Ball Music Man […]

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John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, John Lee Hooker, Emmylou Harris…. – Newport Folk Festival 1989 (3CD)

The Newport Folk Festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful setting and a favourite of many acts.  This gem saw stunning performances by John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Lee Hooker, BB King all captured & broadcast by KGNU-FM. Disc 1 01 Radio Intro [0:48] 02 […]

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INDIGO GIRLS: News

STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE / allmusic.com Look Long, the title of Indigo Girls’ 15th album, appears to be an imperative to their audience and a creative challenge to themselves — an attempt to look beyond the internal and familiar. Reuniting with producer John Reynolds, who previously produced the duo’s 1999 LP Come On Now Social, Indigo […]

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HARVEY MANDELL: News

THOM DUREK / allmusic.com Who’s Calling is the 16th solo album by guitarist Harvey “Snake” Mandel, and his second for Tompkins Square. He is widely considered one of the most innovative guitarists to emerge from Chicago in the 1960s, alongside icons Charlie Musselwhite, Barry Goldberg, Steve Miller, Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, and Corky Siegel. Along […]

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THE INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND: News

MARK DEMMING / ALLMUSIC.COM Safe at Home, Gram Parsons’ first full-length album (and the only LP he would record with the International Submarine Band), today sounds like a dry run for the country-rock he would later perfect with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers; it’s also a major changeup from the psychedelically shaded pop/rock […]

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THE CURE: News

FRED THOMAS / ALLMUSIC.COM The Cure’s 1989 album Disintegration was the band’s inarguable artistic peak, and surprisingly also their biggest commercial success to date. A rare feat for any group, but especially unexpected when considering how Disintegration abandoned much of the pop excitement the Cure had been working with through the mid-’80s and returned to […]

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THE BEATLES: Revolver super deluxe edition

REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERIEWINE (Allmusic.com) All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn’t just John Lennon and Paul McCartney, either — George Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker “Taxman”; the […]

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PAT METHENY: News

“Pat Metheny’s Unity Band is a wave to his fine album 80/81, which featured the late Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman on saxes. Their roles are merged here on a batch of new Metheny pieces by the versatile Chris Potter, accompanied by regular drummer Antonio Sanchez and gifted bass newcomer Ben Williams.  The themes are typical Metheny: sensuous Latin […]

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LITTLE VILLAGE: Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile (2CD)

An unlikely supergroup, Little Village consisted of guitar wizard Ry Cooder, legendary singer-songwriters Nick Lowe and John Hiatt, and renowned drummer Jim Keltner. Their sole album appeared in February 1992, and this superb live set was taped in Boston, Massachussetts two months later, for simulcast on WBCN-FM. Capturing their instrumental virtuosity and songwriting that encompasses […]

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