Friday, July 8, 2016 - 12:41pm

Before diving into this piece, we wanted to start by making sure that you’ve got your scorecard handy. Yes, we’re aware that you sometimes need one to keep track of the manner in which we release albums on different formats, and the way we’ve been dropping THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO is definitely one of those instances.

Last month, we posted with pride that we’d released THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO, the collection of all of John Coltrane’s work for Atlantic (except for MY FAVORITE THINGS, COLTRANE JAZZ, or COLTRANE'S SOUND, but we’ll explain their omission in a second), on glorious 180-gram vinyl. It was somewhat of a change of pace for us to reissue something on vinyl before reissuing it on CD, which we noted at the time, but we also assured you CD fans that you’d be getting yours on July 8…and just in case you haven’t looked at the calendar yet, that’s today!

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 11:45am

Yes, really.

If it seems like a non-sequitur to have opened this piece about the release of THE MONKEES-THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray with those two words, then you’re clearly not one of the people who pre-ordered this set.

Yes, pre-orderers, it’s been a long time coming, we admit, and we also concede that there have been occasions when a release date was offered, only for us to pull the rug out from under you and say, “Whoops, it’s going to be later than that now, actually.” As music fans ourselves, we know just how much this sort of thing sucks, and we know how the news of these delays has probably caused you to scream, shout, shriek, and almost certainly deliver a number of impolite epithets that were aimed in our general direction. While we’re glad we couldn’t hear them from where you are, we can only say that the delays were necessarily, and we truly believe that you’ll feel that the wait was worth it…if, that is, you can truly accept that the day has finally come and that the set really is out.

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:06am
Whether you’re a guitarist, a wannabe string-slinger, or just a fan of the sounds that emanate from the instrument in question, it’s a fair bet that you’re familiar with a gentleman named Eric Clapton. In addition to his career as a recording artist, Clapton is also the founder of the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a recurring event which brings together guitarists from across the musical spectrum to take the stage and strut their stuff. Although these concerts have become the stuff of legend since the initial festival in 2004, precious few performances from the shows have made their way to CD or any other format in an official fashion.
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:03am

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2:22pm
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Book of Love’s self-titled debut album, which makes it a perfect time to step back and reflect on the cumulative work done by the group over the course of their career. In truth, they’ve only released a total of four studio albums, but in their defense, they broke up in 1994 and spent the better part of the next two decades apart, which is a pretty excuse for not releasing new albums. But the bond between Ted Ottaviano, Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Lauren Roselli Johnson has remained strong over the years, and although it’s a cliché to suggest that it’s now stronger than ever, there’s reason to suspect that it might actually be true.