The stars have looked very different since January 10, and even though it’s been almost two months since David Bowie left the capsule and stepped through the door, as it were, the sensation of loss still remains significant. (For proof, you need look no farther than the speeches given by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman during the BRIT Awards’ tribute to Bowie on February 24. Both of them sounded very much like they were on the verge of tears at various points.) Thankfully, if there’s one way that mourning Bowie fans can consistently find solace, it’s by listening to the music he left behind. Even in those moments where we’re stricken by the awareness that there’s to be no more of it, it generally only takes a moment more to be caught up in the feeling of gratitude that he left us as much of it to enjoy as he did.
Jethro Tull, Living in the Past (1972): This 2-LP compilation may share its title with a single released by the band in 1969, but it covers a wide variety of material from Tull's career up through 1972, and, if you feel that you can trust AllMusic.com, it's “seminal and essential to any Tull collection, and the only compilation by the group that is a must-own.” The song titles may not all ring a bell, but the music is top-notch from start to finish.
Who's ready to have some fun with The Monkees as they celebrate their 50th anniversary? With a tour kicking off in May and the group’s first new album in 20 years, GOOD TIMES!, due June 10th, Monkee-mania will be taking 2016 by storm!
GOOD TIMES! features all three surviving band members – Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featured on one song. To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). GOOD TIMES! will be available on CD and digitally June 10, with a vinyl version coming out on July 1.