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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:00am
Now Available: Ornette Coleman, Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings
If you're ever playing Word Association with a jazz fan and you say “saxophonist,” don't be surprised if the immediate response is “Ornette Coleman.” Not that there aren't plenty of other jazz men who play the sax, but Coleman is definitely among the most well-respected and…oh, we'll just say it: he's one of the best. As such, we weren't exactly surprised when we - or, more specifically, Rhino Handmade - released Coleman's Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings and promptly watched the limited-edition set go out of print.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:00am
Van Halen

Since the very beginning of Van Halen's career, the only incarnation of the band to have released a live album is the one with Sammy Hagar standing front and center, and while Live: Right Here, Right Now certainly has its fans, it's always been a bit of a bummer that no similar audio document was ever (officially) released with David Lee Roth on vocals. As of today, however, that wrong has officially been righted, thanks to the release of the two-CD / four-LP set, Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:00am
Rhino Factoids: The Sex Pistols Take London

39 years ago today, the Sex Pistols secured a gig that's generally described as a key turning point in their career: playing at the 100 Club in London.

It's not as though the Pistols hadn't played live prior to March 30, 1976, but their gigs were decidedly tumultuous and oftentimes more than a little bit spontaneous. For instance, on February 20, they'd shown up at Buck's College in High Wycombe, England and claimed to be the opening act for Screaming Lord Sutch, even though they weren't actually booked at all. Nonetheless, they took the stage, started playing, and…well, things went rather poorly, let's just say that.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:00am
Happy Birthday: Eric Clapton

Today, God hits the big 7-0. Oh, wait, did we say God? Sorry, we meant Eric Clapton. (That darned photograph...) But for what it's worth, Clapton is a god among guitar players, so you can understand our error.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:00am
Aquarium Drunkard Presents

This week's entry rounds up twenty favorites from Roy Ayers -- Jazz-funk pioneer, vibraphonist and soulman. The set kicks off with the first Ayers track I came in contact with, "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby" culled from the Roy Ayers Ubiquity album, He's Coming from 1972. All propers to Digable Planets for the turn on - the group sampled the cut on their track "Borough Check" off their sophomore album, Blowout Comb (1994). Nineteen tracks later we close out with "2000 Blacks Go To Be Free" found on Ayers collaboration with Fela Kuti, Fela & Roy Ayers. Get to know this legend. Vibes for life.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

I can't stop playing this.

I discovered it on the Spotify playlist "Top 100 Country Tracks," which I follow and have synched to my phone and when I'm burned out on the usual suspects I pull it up and see what's going on in the country world.

And too many of the tracks are me-too.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00am
Rhino Historic Tours

31 years ago today, Metallica brought their heavy metal stylings to England for the first time, delivering to dear old Blighty some rather hard rock.

The gig in question took place at London's famed Marquee Club, with the band Savage also on the bill. How did this pairing come about? Well, we'd guess it had something to do with a young man by the name of Lars Ulrich having discovered the band's song “Let It Loose,” which appeared on a compilation album entitled Scene of the Crime. If you've somehow managed to find yourself a copy of Metallica's famed audition tape for the Whiskey A Go-Go, then you know that the band covered that song, along with “Killing Time” by the band Sweet Savage. (No relation.)

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00am
Happy 25th: Everlast, Forever Everlasting

25 years ago today, the future former frontman for House of Pain - you know, the band that graced us with the unforgettable single “Jump Around” - dropped his debut solo album, an effort which you probably don't remember from its original release because…well, frankly, it wasn't terribly successful.