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Bob Dylan: More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

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The challenge of finding something original to say about Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (1975), the mother of all comeback albums, baffles even the most steely-eyed critic. But Sony has made the task easier with More Blood, More Tracks, the unfortunately titled, overpriced, but nonetheless revelatory fourteenth entry in the Bootleg Series. The six-disc Deluxe Edition contains all extant tracks for the album, recorded in 1974 over four September days in New York and two late December days in ...

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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Given the voluminous prior excavations of Jimi Hendrix' vault, the producers of and contributors to the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition deserve some kudos. This 3-CD plus Blu-ray set compares favorably to similarly-conceived archive presentations released coincidental to it, specifically More Blood, More Tracks (Legacy Music, 2018), Vol. 14 of The Bootleg Series of Bob Dylan and the 50th Anniversary editions of The Beatles (Apple, 1968) a/k/a 'The White Album.' Yet even as this ...

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Pink Floyd: Obfusc/ation

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Lavishly designed and annotated packages on the order of Pink Floyd's The Early Years (Sony-Legacy, 2016) would be meaningless if the enclosures didn't so warrant the concepts. But the fact of the matter is content on the high order of Obfusc/ation 1972 demands treatment comparable to a precious books in an extensive library. The set, one of six now available separately after being originally released as part of a set, stands on its own terms as a piece of history ...

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Jimi Hendrix: Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East First Show

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When Jimi Hendrix walked onto the stage of the Fillmore East on 31st December, 1969, with Billy Cox (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums), virtually no-one would have had any idea what to expect, since this was not The Experience people had paid to see, but The Band Of Gypsys, an entirely different group altogether. As Billy Cox remembered: “There was a lot of pressure... because at one point in time you had Jimi Hendrix standing there with two white boys ...

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The Best Of The Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings

Read "The Best Of The Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Portrait of the artist as a young genius. In these immortal recordings, Armstrong blew new life into jazz and changed it forever. Background Many people remember Louis Armstrong only as a popular entertainer, recalling how he wrapped his warm, gravelly voice around such hits as “Hello, Dolly" ...

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Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

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There's a theory a nascent jazzlover could build an estimable collection of the music simply by picking and choosing from the discography of Miles Davis and the various musicians with whom he's collaborated over the years. Likewise, the mercurial alterations of style enacted by the man with the horn reflect the evolution of the music itself, never so vividly captured as this edition of The Bootleg Series. On Vol. 4 At Newport 1955-1975, the ascension of Davis as ...

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Jimi Hendrix: Freedom-Atlanta Pop Festival

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Jimi Hendrix' performance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, NY may be his most iconic single live performance, but as the conclusion of the August 1969 event, it was offered in front of approximately half the 300-400,000audience he faced at the Atlanta Pop Festival roughly a year later. Contained on two-disc sets of compact disc and vinyl LP, Freedom documents the concert in its entirety (except for a grievously out-of-tune “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Play All Night

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Much as the current Allman Brothers lineup had coalesced in 2003, the ensemble that came together in 1989 for the twentieth anniversary box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989) tour had tightened considerably (minus keyboardist /vocalist Johnny Neel) by the time they decided to engage in their first extended run at New York's Beacon Theatre and record themselves for a live album. Play All Night: Live At the Beacon Theatre consists of performances captured on March 10 & 11 in 1992 and ...

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Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels

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The eye-catching metallic tone of the packaging, not to mention the scrupulous annotation in the accompanying booklet, belie the seemingly motley collection of twelve tracks comprising Jim Hendrix's cryptically-titled People Hell and Angels.Nevertheless, this slightly less-than hour of music documents the period in which the iconic musician, in an earnest attempt to progress beyond The Jimi Hendrix Experience, proceeded from the adventurous Electric Ladyland (Reprise, 1968) into more stylistically diverse territory during 1969 and the early part of ...

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Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Berkeley

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Jimi Hendrix ExperienceLive at BerkeleySony-Legacy Music2012Released with virtually no fanfare, the compact disc of The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Berkley is nonetheless one of the most noteworthy of the seemingly innumerable archive titles that have come out since the rock icon's death. Though the graphics and design are virtually identical to a previously issued package, the sound, though apparently not remastered, is less trebly and more full, all the ...

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Wynton Marsalis: All Rise

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Originally released in 2002 as a stand-alone offering, Wynton Marsalis' sacred composition All Rise will enjoy a reprising as part of Legacy Records re-issuing of Marsalis' landmark collection, Swingin' Into The 21st. A devotee of Duke Ellington, Marsalis expands on themes and methods that Ellington himself investigated in his Sacred Concerts of 1965, 1968, and 1973 (RCA, Prestige, RCA, respectively). All Rise was originally commissioned by maestro Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic as the last of ...

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Miles Davis: Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collectors' Edition

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Historic debate over the relevance and merits of trumpeter Miles Davis' seminal jazz-rock fusion masterwork Bitches Brew (Columbia), especially upon this year's 40th anniversary of its original 1970 release, could fill every page of even a paperless internet jazz e-zine (a body of work to which Greg Tate's companion essay adds: “Bitches is a multi-clawed, multi-tentacled, multi-brained creature whose center of gravity never stays preoccupied with one body part for too long"). But one point seems certain: two live performances ...


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