A Box Set Documents Elvis Presley’s Comeback

By Jeff Burger Fifty years ago, on July 31, 1969, Elvis Presley began a concert series in Las Vegas at a critical career juncture. Nine years earlier, following his stint in the army, he had traded the stage for the screen, opting to walk away from live performances and focus on moviemaking. But after acting […]

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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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The Rolling Stones Pull Another One from the Vaults; Plus the Grateful Dead and Procol Harum

The Rolling Stones have been mining their extensive vaults consistently of late, most recently to unearth such gems as an expanded version of Rock & Roll Circus and 50th anniversary editions of Beggars Banquet and Their Satanic Majesties Request. Now comes Bridges to Bremen, which delivers a 1998 concert from Bremen, Germany. The gig took place […]

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