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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:10pm

This week’s Mono Mondays release comes from the catalog of a top-notch vibraphonist, back when your average musician knew right off the top of his or her head exactly what a vibraphonist was. Kids, if you’re not in the know, you can see a vibraphone by clicking here…and once you’re done taking a gander, be sure to come back here and continue your education by learning a bit about Milt Jackson and his 1957 album, Plenty, Plenty Soul.

The story of Milt Jackson – known to his friends and fans as “Bags” – goes a little something like this: he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie, who hired him for his sextet in 1946, soon found himself working with the likes of Woody Herman, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker, and within half a decade, he, pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Kenny Clarke had founded the group that would come to call itself the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:22pm

2 of the "Greats" are getting vinyl upgrades this week. Read all about it here:

Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace: This may surprise you as much as it surprised us – we first read it on Wikipedia, and it shocked us so much that we made sure to find another source to confirm it – but as of 2013, this 1972 live gospel album was the biggest selling album of Aretha’s entire recording career. (Perhaps needless to say, it is also the biggest selling live gospel album, period.) Recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles with the assistance of Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir, Amazing Grace even managed to spawn a minor hit single via Franklin’s take on Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:25pm

Hey, kids, remember VHS? (Geez, you know you’re old when you’ve outlived jokes about Beta and reached a point where even VHS has become a punchline…)

Once upon a time, way back in 1995, Morrissey released a concert video on VHS entitled Introducing Morrissey, a performance which found the former Smiths frontman delivering a 15-song set consisting of tracks from his then-current album, Vauxhall and I, his previous effort, Your Arsenal, and several numbers which were – or certainly would become – familiar to his fans from his singles and B-sides. For reasons which we probably could find out but aren’t going to take the time to research, this performance has been languishing in our vaults and has never before been made available on DVD, but at long last, before the format becomes completely obsolete, we’re finally getting around to it. You’re welcome, Morrissey fans!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:10pm

Every day, somewhere in the world, sleeping Grateful Dead fans in the middle of a deep sleep suddenly sit upright in bed, screaming in horror. Why? Because they’ve had the same recurring nightmare that strikes all Deadheads at some point: they’ve just bought a live concert recording from their favorite band, and as the sales clerk hands them their purchase, he offers an evil sneer and says, “I hope you enjoy it, because that’s it: there are no more Grateful Dead shows left to be released!”

Oh, we’re only kidding…or at least we think we are, anyway. (If you’ve ever had that dream, you may want to seek professional help.) But even if we’re not, today’s definitely not the day to worry about a lack of Grateful Dead shows, since it’s also the day we’ve just put out Wake Up to Find Out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:48pm

If you're a diehard Led Zeppelin fan, then we have no doubt that you already know about the impending continuation of our deluxe reissue program, with the next two albums in the band's discography – IV and Houses of the Holy – hitting record store shelves on October 28. While you anxiously await their arrival, however, we've created a couple of new playlists on YouTube to keep your attention at least slightly occupied 'til then.

IV:

Black Dog (Live Video): It's not officially labeled as such, but from what we can tell, this seems to be the performance of the song from The Song Remains the Same, taken from one of their Madison Square Garden shows in July 1973, which is revisited later in this playlist.

Rock 'n' Roll (Live at Knebworth 1979): It was a full-fledged event when the band played Knebworth in '79, the first time they’d performed in the UK since '75. Other artists on the bill for the festival included Todd Rundgren and Utopia, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the New Barbarians, featuring Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Ian McLagan.