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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:36pm

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

When it comes to prog-rock concept albums, there are few that are held in quite the same esteem as Yes’s TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, a 4-song, 2-LP affair – yes, that’s right: it’s one song per side – featuring lyrics based on Jon Anderson’s interpretation of a footnote in the 1946 book AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI, paired with Steve Howe’s musical themes and instrumentation.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:24pm
David Bowie

It’s time for another David Bowie reissue, and it’s one that blew a lot of people’s minds upon its initial release.

EARTHLING, which originally arrived in record stores in 1997, found Bowie moving in an electronica-influenced direction, taking bits and pieces of the drum and bass scene of the day and transforming them into his own take on industrial music. If you think it was a case of an artist riding the coattails of a current trend, then you clearly don’t know the Thin White Duke very well: this was just a case of Bowie being Bowie, to the point where he actually produced it himself, the first time he’d done so for an album in over two decades. (The last instance had been 1974’s DIAMOND DOGS.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:33pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

King Curtis, Percy Sledge…now we’re talkin’!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:07pm
Juliana Hatfield

The definitive alterna-babe of the ‘90s is having a birthday: Juliana Hatfield turns 49 today. We don’t know how she feels about it, but if you’re a member of Generation X, this information should make you feel very, very old.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:02pm
Bella Donna

35 years ago today, Stevie Nicks released her first-ever solo album, kicking off a career which has resulted in 10 top-40 singles and more than a few classic LPs.

Stevie Nicks’s evolution from a member of Fleetwood Mac into a solo artist in her own right was one which came about organically: when you’re part of a band that has three songwriters, it’s hard to keep things fair and spread the wealth while still providing space for all of the material that was being written. As a result, Ms. Nicks took some time during the sessions for TUSK to record demos for a solo project, but that was in ’78, and when TUSK was released in ’79, she was decidedly preoccupied with touring behind that album.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 4:23pm
Earth Wind

Okay, okay, we know “Doing a 140” doesn’t have even remotely the same ring as “Doing a 180,” but what can we tell you? These particular reissues are on 140-gram vinyl rather than 180-gram vinyl, so we felt like it was better to be factual. It’s just the right thing to do, you know? (Also, it’s the legal thing to do, so there’s that as well.)

Oh, and if you’ve looked at the words “Earth, Wind & Fire” and thought, “Ah, I’ve already got a best-of collection,” then reconsider your position at least long enough to keep reading, because you might be surprised at what you’ll learn.

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 2:06pm
This Day In

47 years ago this summer, Neil Young joined forces with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, adding a letter to an already-familiar acronym and, for whatever tension it might’ve brought to the existing trio on occasion, resulted in some of the greatest music of the rock era.

As a result of his membership in Buffalo Springfield, Young and Stills were certainly intimately acquainted, and in a very real sense, it was Stills who was responsible for Young’s introduction into the collaboration. Not just because of the fact that he already knew Young, but also because it was his work on Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s debut album in the studio, most of which he did by himself, that left the band in need of some assistance to reproduce the material live.

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 1:56pm

If you’re a big Air fan – and by the capitalization of the word, hopefully you’ll realize that we mean the French musical duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, as opposed to, say, the stuff you need to breathe – then you probably recall how we released TWENTYYEARS, their first-ever anthology, on June 10. If so, then you’ll probably also recall that when we issued the set digitally, on 2 CDs, and on 2 LPs, we teased about how we had something very special coming out on July 22: a limited-edition, numbered Super Deluxe Edition of the set, one which would feature 2 CDs, 2 LPs, and a bonus CD featuring remixes that Air had done for other artists.