Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:17pm

Drummers don’t come much more legendary than Billy Cobham, whose work during the late ‘60s, throughout the ‘70s, and into the ‘80s and beyond helped define the concept of jazz fusion. That’s not to say that Cobham has ever limited himself solely to one genre, but that’s certainly the stuff that helped make him into a legend.

Although he first started getting major props when he and John McLaughlin co-founded Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham’s post-Orchestra work is the focus of The Atlantic Years: 1973-1978, an 8-disc collection which serves not just as an instant introduction to Cobham’s solo career but also provides jazz novices with a history lesson of what was going on in the jazz fusion world in the ‘70s. In other words, it’s a great set for a number of reasons, and it sounds great, too.

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:59am

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Love, Forever Changes (2015 Remastered Version): Your personal mileage may vary on which album by the band Love is the best of the bunch, but many an aficionado of their catalog would happily declare that it doesn’t get any better than Forever Changes. It wasn’t their most commercially successful effort (that honor goes to their self-titled debut) and it didn’t provide them with much in the way of hit singles (even though its opening track, “Alone Again Or,” is arguably the band’s best known song), but it’s on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it’s in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2012 it was added to the National Recording Registry. Oh, and did we mention that a newly remastered version is now available for your digital purchasing pleasure? Hand to heart, we’re listening to it even as we type this sentence, and it sounds fantastic.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 11:47am
You know the time-honored cliché about how even if an artist had only released [INSERT ALBUM TITLES HERE] and nothing else, they'd still be seen as a legend? Well, you could probably get into a fist fight with David Bowie fans about which albums they'd include within those brackets, but one thing's for sure: there are precious few artists who can lay claim to releasing as much rock 'n' roll awesomeness within a five-year span as the man known as The Thin White Duke did between 1969 and 1973…and we'd say that even if we hadn't just released a 10-album, 12-CD box set entitled David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973.
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 11:30am
If you don't have kids or aren't around kids for extended periods of time, then you may not be aware that a certain trio of pop culture creatures found their way back onto the small screen this summer, but for those who do fall into the viewer demographic for Nickelodeon's ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, we've got good news for you: Rhino has just released Alvin and the Chipmunks' first album of all-original material in…a chipmunk's age? Is that a thing? Well, even if it isn't, take our word for it: it's been a long freaking time since the last time they released one, which makes We're the Chipmunks a really big deal…although, again, your mileage will vary heavily if you're not in the right demo.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:34pm
31 years ago today, Julian Lennon released his first single in the UK, and while the song would actually end up being his second single in the US, its eventual Stateside release would confirm that the Brits had it right all along: it remains his highest-charting American single to this day.