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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:42pm
Happy Anniversary: Brian Wilson, “Love and Mercy”
27 years ago today, Brian Wilson released the first single from his first-ever solo album, and although it utterly failed to make the Billboard Hot 100, it has since gone on to become as much of a signature song for Wilson as anything he ever recorded with the Beach Boys.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0sqdihR5LIwgiwJaJ3UGTH
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:11pm
Harry Chapin, Classic Hits of Harry Chapin

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Harry Chapin, Classic Hits of Harry Chapin: This isn't the first Harry Chapin hits collection, and - let's put all our cards on the table, shall we? - it probably won't be the last. It is, however, a solid compilation, and one that's a bit more streamlined than The Gold Medal Collection while offering decidedly more material than our Hi-Five set. In other words, if you don't have any Chapin in your collection, this is a quick and easy way to fix that situation.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:14pm
Pre-Order – Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead

It takes a seriously momentous concert event for folks to start getting psyched about pre-ordering a copy of the live audio document of a show before it's even taken place, but what other reaction would you expect for Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead? It's the so-called “core four” original members of the band - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - getting back together for a three-night event on July 3, 4, and 5 that's set to be their final live performance together. Better yet, Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) will be joining in the fun, so you know the music is going to be out of this world.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:12pm
Aquarium Drunkard

We begin with the undeniable soul gospel that is T.L. Barrett's "Like A Ship (Without A Sail)", most recently re-released into the world via the labels Numero Group and Light In The Attic, before effortlessly sliding into Johnson & Hawkins' "You Can't Blame Me". Keeping on the Numero Group tip, track three kicks into gear with Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes", via the comprehensive Complete Mythology release from 2010. Switching gears, we head back to the year 1965 via Canadian garage rock pioneers, The Haunted. That's them doing "1 2 5".

Track five poses the question: Have you really heard Dr. John's "Walk On Guilded Splinters" without digging into the Johnny Jenkins cover? Maybe, maybe not. Stevie Wonder grooves on with "Superwoman" before some Brenton Wood sugar. The Paragons then step in for the playlists sole reggae offering - "The Tide Is High" - of course later made famous (to a different fanbase) via the Blondie cover.

https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/2szsOAluWWlXM2Bs1rwFTU
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:44pm
Tina Turner

On May 29, 1984, Tina Turner issued the album that would take her from being unfairly viewed as a has-been by the world at large and gain her the respect and commercial success that she so sorely deserved. It was a collection which featured 10 tracks produced by no less than four different sets of producers, and yet it proved to be exactly what the world at large need to appreciate the awesomeness of Ms. Turner and, perhaps most importantly, to finally remove the silent “Ike and” that so often appeared in front of people’s perceptions of her.

As you may have noticed from the album’s original date, it’s actually been 31 years since Private Dancer first hit record store shelves, which may lead you to ask, “Why are you only just now releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of the album?” To that, we can only respond with…

https://open.spotify.com/album/3LLnMc4NxRmhlvqT6zDeie
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:23pm
Jethro
In case you’ve seen the title of this post and you’ve found yourself pondering a particular possibility, allow us to confirm your theory: yes, we are moving forward with the premise that you can never have too much Jethro Tull…and to further prove it, we’re releasing the 180-gram vinyl edition of Thick as a Brick this week!
https://open.spotify.com/album/1ZxChDw03SUFGUz0RC8A8M
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
Happy Birthday: Ian Paice of Deep Purple
Turning 67 years old today: the only member of Deep Purple to have remained within the band's ranks since the very beginning…and given how many members have passed through Deep Purple over the years, that's a major testament to the man's dedication to the band he helped found way back in 1968.
https://open.spotify.com/user/deeppurplevip/playlist/0E9MVp9g1RnBIbZvpD9K4V
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9:53am
R.I.P. Chris Squire
The phrase “end of an era” is often tossed about regarding the deaths of certain individuals, but there is little question that it’s a valid description when referring to Chris Squire, who died yesterday at the age of 67 due to complications from acute erythroid leukemia, taking with him the accomplishment of having been the only member of Yes to have played on every single album released by the band.
https://open.spotify.com/user/yesofficial/playlist/7iwZl3qCaU36rpCIhJ1ETl