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The Harder They Come Collector's Edition

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Jimmy Cliff
The Harder They Come Collector's Edition
Shout! Factory
2019

With the inclusion of six hours of bonus content in addition to its initial release in high-definition, The Harder They Come in its Collector's Edition may be even more enlightening on a cultural level now than it was when originally ...

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Santana Live At US Festival

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Santana
Live At US Festival
Shout! Factory
2019

The Carlos Santana appearing at the US Festival in 1982 is not the same hungry street urchin transformed by the music he made early in his career with the band under his name. Since the galvanizing breakthrough at Woodstock in 1969, the group ...

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters: Black Beehive

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Big Head Todd & The Monsters have maintained a solid and occasionally high profile since their formation in 1986. Regular studio and road work has produced a fairly extensive discography of albums and DVD's as well as authorized concert recordings, including their previous project under the pseudonym Big Head Blues Club, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, ...

The Pogues: The Very Best Of The Pogues

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The hybrid of punk rock and world music is by now expected, and the Pogues are by now the known avatar. But in 1984, when the band's debut album, Red Roses For Me (Stiff), was released, it made no impression. It didn't sell, and it wasn't written about much. Their blend of Celtic folk and English ...

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Los Lobos: Kiko @ 20 (x3)

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In the twenty years since the release of Kiko, Los Lobos has made albums equally brilliant--The Town and The City (Mammoth, 2006) for instance--but it has never made one better. This eighth album from the East Los Angeles band, in fact, stands as a template for all subsequent Los Lobos albums (hear 2011's Tin Can Trust) ...

Los Lobos: Kiko - 20th Anniversary Edition

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Los Lobos

Kiko: 20th Anniversary Edition

Shout! Factory

2012

Looking over the punk-era rise of Los Angeles roots rock, reveals an embarrassment of musical riches. The prototypical outfit was The Blasters, a literate working class rockabilly-tinged barband whose songs (written by Dave Alvin) were knowing, compassionate stories of real American life, and ...

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Los Lobos: Kiko @ 20 (x3)

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With a career now well into its fourth decade, and with a discography heavy on hits and light on misses, there are still sure to be certain recordings that stand out amidst a growing catalog. Yet, when Los Lobos released Kiko (Warner Bros.) in 1992, it had an album that not only stood out--if for no ...

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Richard Thompson: Dream Attic

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Few artists have maintained the unerring consistency of Richard Thompson's near-half century career. After leaving Fairport Convention in 1970--cofounded by the British singer/songwriter/guitarist and bringing electrified energy to music born of the British folk tradition--Thompson's own career grew from those innovations to incorporate an even broader range of stylistic references, all filtered through a particularly dark ...

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Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

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Prolificity ain't all it's cracked up to be. With but a dozen studio releases in three decades, Los Lobos' discography may be small, but combines substance and style. Since the breakthrough How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash, 1984) and massive radio hit--a re-visioning of Richie Valens' classic “La Bamba," from the 1987 bio-pic of the same ...

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer: A Time and a Place

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With two-thirds of progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer having just completed its first tour in over a decade--an intimate theatrical tour featuring keyboardist Keith Emerson and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, billed as an unplugged warm-up for July, 2010, when the full trio will reunite for what is, so far, a single date at London's High ...