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Strange Days - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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The Doors' Strange Days did not have the cultural or commercial impact of the iconic band's eponymous debut earlier that halcyon year. And that's all the more regrettable because, in purely artistic terms, this second album is superior in (almost) every way. Accordingly, the more streamlined 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of this laboriously-recorded landmark (compared to the lavish package afforded its predecessor) is wholly appropriate because it focuses on the band and its music, above all else.

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Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981

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As Bob Dylan is pictured on the front cover of his latest archive release, Trouble No More, aviator shades glinting in the spotlight with his arms akimbo over the Fender guitar strapped over his shoulder, he doesn't appear all that much different than the wildly combative folk-rocker of the mid-Sixties on which much of his legend is founded. And, at least at a glance or a cursory listen to this archive release, he isn't, contrary to the (mis)impressions of his ...

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Love, Gloom, Cash, Love

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Herbie Nichols' story has been told again and again, but it never seems to stick. An idiosyncratic pianist and one of the handful of important jazz composers, he was born in 1919 and dead from leukemia by age forty-four. His best- known song--"Lady Sings the Blues"--is associated with Billie Holiday and I would wager many listeners assume Billie wrote it. He appears as one of the four musicians profiled in A. B. Spellman's Four Lives in the Bebop Business in ...

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Motel Shot: Expanded Edition

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With the passage of time, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, are unfortunately becoming more and more the unsung heroes of a Seventies rock and roll. The Southern couple not only acknowledged, but built upon roots of blues, folk and country, as well as the soul and r&b influences at the very heart of their style, aided and abetted by a rotating cast of accompanists that, at various points included George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Just prior to the purposefully-conceived Motel Shot, ...

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Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead Motion Picture Soundtrack

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At a glance, there's appears a dearth of rarities on the three compact disc version of the soundtrack to Amir Bar-Lev's documentary of the Grateful Dead Long Strange Trip. But a closer look reveals the approximate playing time of the seven previously unissued tracks is approximately seventy-four minutes in total, practically full-length playing time for a CD. And, not surprisingly, given the expanse of footage in The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead, the range of material is as varied ...

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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Anyone (and everyone?) will be in turns delighted and surprised upon immersion in the Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The dual sensations commence immediately upon slipping the EMI Studios Abbey Road replica tape box, slightly larger than a foot square, from its slipcover adorned with the famous cover photo rendered in 3D, continues with the discovery of the character cutouts the likes of which were enclosed in the album upon its ...

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Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Deluxe Edition

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Close on the heels of Pearl Jam's explosive induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's obviously no coincidence an expanded twenty-fifth anniversary edition appears of the soundtrack to Singles, the (third) film by Cameron Crowe, focused on the ascendant grunge scene of the early 1990s in Seattle. Available in super deluxe format of two LP's and a bonus CD-actually the second of two discs in the expanded form of that medium-the new edition contains the ...

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Betty's Blends Volume Three - Self-Rising Southern Blends (Limited Edition at The Warfield)

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood deserves special kudos for the creative approach they've taken to the latest release in their series of live concert recordings. The limited edition three-LP version of Betty's Blends Vol. 3 Self Rising Southern Blends includes a pair of CD's containing a West Coast concert recorded on a 2015 tour earlier than the main content. Unlike those recordings, selected from shows on a swing through Southern states late that year, these two discs manifest an ...

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Grateful Dead: Cornell '77

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Although an entire book has been published on the phenomenon, Peter Conners' The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall (Cornell UniversityPress, 2017), in his own essay for the booklet in the three-CD package, UCLA archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether offers an excellent summary of the various threads in the story of the Grateful Dead's Cornell '77 appearance, the profundity of which may still escape the comprehension of both fans and non-fans, even if ...


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