It’s a little staggering to realize that The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, but just because it’s hard to believe doesn’t mean it isn’t true: they’ve been around since 1966, and although the lineup might have changed a bit over the years, they’ve never stopped making music.
by Will Harris
On November 18 of last year, Jethro Tull fans rejoiced when Rhino released STAND UP: THE ELEVATED EDITION, a highly expanded reissue of the band’s sophomore album. It was a massive piece of work – you can read all about it right here – and that was certainly a very good thing for those who purchased it, but for those who only wanted the new Steven Wilson remixes of the original album tracks, it was a little frustrating, because they weren’t available independently of the set.
The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
If you watched the Grammy Awards last night, then you saw Bruno Mars’ loving tribute to the late, great music legend known as Prince, but now it’s time to get back to listening to the man himself…and in case you hadn’t yet noticed, as of yesterday, you can once again listen to his Warner Bros. catalog via your favorite digital streaming services.