A Live Set Underscores Paul Young’s Excellence; Plus Springsteen, Dale Boyle, Big Star, MLC

Your guess is as good as mine as to why pop/soul singer Paul Young never became a household name in the U.S. True, he topped the charts one time here, with his 1985 cover of Daryll Hall’s “Every Time You Go Away,” and he broke into the top 20 with the follow-up to that song, […]

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Ian & Sylvia’s ‘Lost Tapes’ Are Found, Plus Commander Cody, Bill Scorzari, Flamin’ Groovies, and Shane Alexander

  By Jeff Burger In the late 60s and early 70s, Ian and Sylvia Tyson were among the brightest lights on the Canadian music scene, not only as performers but as composers of some of the era’s best folksongs. Their marriage and professional partnership fell apart in 1975, but in the current century, they’ve been […]

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A Rare Jewel from Jamaica’s Melodians, Plus Hot Club of Cowtown, Steve Goodman, and the Rails

The rocksteady movement—which emerged in Jamaica after ska and foreshadowed reggae—yielded a great deal of memorable music. Some of the best of it issued from the Melodians, a vocal group whose finest work was produced by the influential Leslie Kong. The last of the trio’s original members died in 2018, and most Americans know the […]

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Vintage Radio Broadcasts Showcase Country Legend Hank Williams; Plus Chris & Adam Carroll, Michaela Anne, Glenna Bell, and Shaun Johnson

I stopped taking the word “complete” seriously after I shelled out big bucks for the 10-CD Complete Hank Williams in 1998, only to discover a flood of material from him that the box didn’t include. First, I encountered the two-disc Health & Happiness Shows, which had been issued five years earlier; then came such albums […]

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