Current Album Reviews
Our take on some of the latest material from a variety of artists.
Stan Getz - Moments in Time (Resonance) review
A jazz legend at the top of his game in a never-before heard live performance
This disc is a companion to Getz/Gilberto ’76, and features performances recorded during the same week-long stint at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco - but this time the spotlight is trained on the legendary saxophonist and his fabulous accompanying trio.
Stan Getz / Joäo Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto ’76 (Resonance Records) review
Never-before released live date features the legendary duo in a rare reunion
Stan Getz and Joäo Gilberto single-handedly helped the worldwide spread of bossa nova through their breakout album, 1964’s Getz/Gilberto. Yet, surprisingly the two would rejoin only a handful of times after. Resonance Records recently discovered tapes of the duo during a week-long stand at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco and have released them as Getz/Gilberto ’76.
Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (Deluxe Edition) (Epic/Legacy) review
MJ’s first solo album as an adult is arguably his best
Face it: Michael Jackson was so good for so long, that we took him for granted. The fact that he was able to transition from that cute little eleven-year old that fronted the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan Show, to worldwide popstar, is an occurrence that deserves more accolades. The fortuitous teaming with producer Quincy Jones created lightning in a bottle: Off the Wall still stands as a groundbreaking fusion of R&B and pop, even if it’s consistently overshadowed by its successor, Thriller.
Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi - The Best of Lee Michaels (Manifesto) review
This set proves that Michaels was a lot more than an “one-hit-wonder”
There are dozens of artists from the 1960’s & 70’s who released many high-charting albums, yet are only remembered for a single song, thus earning the title of “one-hit-wonder.” One such artist is Lee Michaels, and a new collection from Manifesto Records proves that there was a lot more to the organist/vocalist than his lone hit, “Do You Know What I Mean,” from 1971.
Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going! (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic) review
Collins' sophomore album shows him developing as a solo artist
When Phil Collins went in to record his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going, things had changed drastically in about 18 months: his debut record, Face Value, was a surprise hit, with the nascent network MTV embracing “In the Air Tonight,” and putting it in heavy rotation. Plus, his band, Genesis, had released their biggest album to date, ABACAB. The original album has been remastered and paired with a bonus disc of live tracks and demos.
Van Wilks - 21st Century Blues (Texas ’51 Records) review
Seriously - a solid album from top to bottom
It says something about the rock genre when one of the best rock albums to come out in 2016 is labeled “blues.” Sure, there are elements of blues here, the same way bands like ZZ Top and Bad Company incorporate them. But, make no mistake, 21st Century Blues ROCKS. Wilks is an Austin guitarist who’s earned accolades for years in his native state, but this is his first new record in a decade.
Phil Collins - Face Value (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic) review
We may have gotten our fill of Phil in the Eighties, but this one deserves another look
Phil Collins was one of the biggest artists of the 1980’s, with his songs dominating the airwaves and MTV. Whether coming from him, his band Genesis, or the numerous acts that he produced (Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Howard Jones, etc), it seems like you couldn’t escape his presence.
Various Artists - Now That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits (Legacy Recordings) review
Your lighter may run out of fuel - the best single disc collection of metal ballads ever assembled.
Let’s travel back in time to the late Eighties / early Nineties - when your hair had to be big and your metal had to be melodic. No matter how bad the boys were or how hard they rocked, they were always obligated to show off their sensitive side, in the form of a power ballad. Legacy collects 18 of the biggest of the short-lived genre in Now That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits.
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