If the name “Steven Wilson” doesn’t mean anything to you, then we can reasonably presume that you’re not a Porcupine Tree fan, since the gentleman in question first earned fame as a result of his work as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of that particular band. More recently, however, Wilson’s greatest claim to fame, at least among classic rock fans, has been his remixing work on seminal albums by such artists as Yes. King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and – as you might well have guessed by the title of this particular post – Jethro Tull.
In the past, Wilson has taken on Tull’s Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, and now he’s done the same for an additional pair of their classic efforts: Aqualung and Benefit. There’s certainly no question that these albums are considered among the best ever released by Tull, but Wilson’s efforts have made them sound better than ever.
If you were listening to the radio during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, you didn’t need to be a Faith No More fan to be familiar with “Epic,” the top-10 single which remains the San Francisco band’s biggest hit, but given that they never had another song come anywhere close to earning the same level of airplay, we’d understand if you never managed to become familiar with anything else by Mike Patton and the gang. But if you fell hard for that track and took the time to explore The Real Thing, the album from which “Epic” originated, then there’s a good chance that you found a few more tracks that tickled your fancy, and if that proved to be the case, then it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if you were quick to pick up a copy of the band’s next album, Angel Dust.
Now that Faith No More has reunited and released a new album – Sol Invictus, which hit stores last month – this seems like the perfect time to go back to those two classic efforts and expand them into two-disc deluxe editions, wouldn’t you say?
Say, kids, have you heard about the new $700, 80-disc Grateful Dead box set? Sure, it’s great, and we wouldn’t dare to suggest that it isn’t worth every penny, but it’s not exactly in the average consumer’s price range. So…can we interest you in a 180-gram vinyl release of The Best of The Grateful Dead: 1967-1977 instead?
If the track listing – which you can find below – looks at all familiar, that’s because it’s the first disc of The Best of The Grateful Dead, which came out on March 31, spread out over the course of four sides. Of course, all of the songs have been remastered, too, which means that these classic tracks all sound better than ever.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Otis Redding, The Complete Studio Albums Collection
Given his status as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, if you’re a regular visitor to Rhino.com, then we’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t have at least an Otis Redding greatest-hits set somewhere within your collection. This is not a bad thing. That said, however, his contributions to the world of music are so substantial that many folks who’ve picked up a best-of by Redding have found themselves so smitten with his work that they’ve taken the next step and purchased one of his studio albums. If you’re at that stage in your membership in the Otis Appreciation Society, then here’s a thought: why not just cut to the chase and pick up The Complete Studio Albums Collection?