A Final Word from Game Theory, Plus Matt Wilson, David Nail, Eliza Gilkyson, Lisa Mills

  By Jeff Burger Game Theory’s eight original albums, which were reissued with bonus tracks between 2014 and 2017, leave little doubt that this was one of the smartest and most underrated indie-rock groups of the 1980s. If you need additional proof, though, you’ll have it shortly, via an unexpected bonus to the catalog: Across […]

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A Turning Point for Sam Cooke, Plus Michael Doucet, Michel Petrucciani, Chris Maxwell

From a career standpoint, Sam Cooke’s Keen Records period bears comparison to Elvis Presley’s days at Sun. Presley made seminal recordings at the latter label before his new manager, the hard-driving Colonel Tom Parker, signed him up for stardom at the much larger RCA. Similarly, Cooke spent an important transitional period at Keen before another […]

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An Essential Hank Williams Compilation, Plus Mick Kolassa and Letitia VanSant

The latest evidence that 1998’s The Complete Hank Williams is erroneously titled is Pictures from Life’s Other Side, a six-CD, 144-track collection of performances from the country legend’s 1951 radio show on Nashville’s WSM. (These are commonly known as the Mother’s Best recordings, because the Mother’s Best Flour Company sponsored the 15-minute programs.) Much of […]

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Pink Floyd: We Don’t Need No Roger Waters, Plus Seamus Egan and Big Mike & the R & B Kings

If you’re looking for an anthology with enough heft to do double duty as a doorstop, look no further: like Pink Floyd’s The Early Years, its just-released follow-up, The Later Years, fits in a ton of material, including five CDs, six Blu-rays, five DVDs, and two vinyl singles. Also featured are two hardcover books (one containing photos, […]

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