Music Reviews

David Axelrod - Anthology II

Second collection from veteran orchestral fusioneer's recording career

Herbie Hancock - The Herbie Hancock Box

Music of unfeasibly large variety of style

Baby Bird - The Original Lo-Fi

Remastered replicas of original five self-released LPs plus a sixth of previously unavailable...

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3

Back to Bob's roots, and then some

Sells Like Teen Spirit

Grunge kings' best-of is sanitised yet magnificent. Includes previously unreleased track

Kate Rusby - Ten

Folk chanteuse celebrates decade of balladeering

Various Artists - I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders

Revamped covers LP lacks ragged glory

Various Artists - Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century

Four-CD, 83-track box with 36-page booklet tries to summarise soul music

Roy Wood - Wizzard

Everything worthwhile done in the '70s by the British Todd Rundgren

23 Skidoo

Singles and rarities collections from pioneering punk funksters

West World

The all-encompassing world of alt.country

To Helvetia And Back

Huge boxed set of European jazz festival concerts

Utopia - Bootleg Series Vol 2—Ksan 95FM Live 79

Blasting testament to Todd Rundgren's late-'70s stage rebirth

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

Sugarhill Gang - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Reissued curate's eggs of debut albums from key early rappers

Jethro Tull

Remastered CD reissues of Lancastrian rockers

Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Self-selecting career highlights overview

Lee Hazlewood - These Boots Were Made For Walkin'—The Complete MGM Recordings

Two-CD garnering of US maverick producer/songwriter's golden years. Includes rare and unreleased...

The Cowboy Junkies - The Best Of The Cowboy

17-track retrospective proves mildly addictive

Robert Palmer - At His Very Best

Ex-Vinegar Joe fella turned, er, '80s sex symbol celebrates 25 years of lounge lizardry

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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...