Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
In the late ‘80s, college rock darlings didn’t get any more darling than 10,000 Maniacs, who – thanks in no small part to the swirling skirts and soulful vocals of lead singer Natalie Merchant – were all over the CMJ charts and eventually worked their way into the mainstream. We’ve reissued two of the band’s key albums from the Merchant era of the band (that’s a casual way of reminding you that they’re still going strong, just with Mary Ramsey in Natalie’s spot), and although you’ll probably remember them simply from their titles, we’ll throw you a bone and offer a few facts about each of them, just in case.
Rock ‘n’ roll reigned supreme in the ‘70s, and of the bands that made the rounds and regularly tore the roofs off arenas, Bad Company was among the best of the best. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the band never released a live album during their original reign over the charts. Fortunately, a dig through the archives has provided us with the opportunity to remedy that situation. In fact, we’re not only remedying it, we’re delivering two Bad Company concerts in one handy collection, and they’re both from the band’s ‘70s heyday.
LIVE IN CONCERT 1977 & 1979 is a double-CD set featuring over two and a half hours of previously-unreleased live material taken from 24-track tapes in the band’s vault, and it’s absolutely a “what you hear is what you would’ve heard is you were there” situation. Yes, the set is available digitally. No, it’s not available on vinyl yet, but it’s coming...or, rather, they’re coming, as the two concerts are being released individually.
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.
In the Yes discography, Drama stands alone: it’s the only album by the band to feature Trevor Horn as lead vocalist. If you’re a fan of The Buggles, then this is a very good thing indeed. If you’re a fan of Jon Anderson, then it’s understandable that you might be slightly more hesitant to dive into the proceedings. You might be surprised, however, at just how close to Anderson’s voice Horn was able to hew at various points during the album, thanks in no small part to the backing vocals by Steve Howe and Chris Squire. As for the music, having Geoff Downes taking over on keyboards went a long way toward covering the absence of the also-departed Rick Wakeman.
In November of 2014, just in the nick of time, we made the year of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band fans by releasing Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972, a limited edition set which featured the good Captain’s three albums from that period of time, along with a bonus LP featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from that era.
We weren’t kidding about that whole “limited edition” thing, but if you’ve been grumbling because you still really wanted to pick up the albums, then grumble no more, because all three of those albums are now available independently. Of course, you still have to get a copy of the set to obtain the bonus LP, but you can’t win ‘em all, you know?