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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Live At Woodstock

Read "Live At Woodstock" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

August 3, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the commercial release of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River (Fantasy Records, 1969). Two weeks later the band were taking the stage at the Woodstock Music and Arts festival at 12:30 AM Sunday morning, August 17, 1969 for a fifty-minute set of eleven songs. It was a heady place ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Live At Woodstock

Read "Live At Woodstock" reviewed by Doug Collette

Creedence Clearwater Revival's appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, shortly after midnight on August 16th 1969, wasn't so much a breakthrough as a consolidation of their burgeoning success to that point. The San Francisco Bay Area quartet had already released three albums, the most recent issued earlier that very month in the form of ...

Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings

Read "Coltrane 58: The Prestige Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Some fifty-two years since his death, the shadow of John Coltrane looms large in the minds of many jazz fans and musicians. Over the past few years this has been aided and abetted by the fact that his music continues to be repackaged. In the case of last year's Both Directions at Once, some previously unissued ...

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John Coltrane: Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings

Read "Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sure these 37 tracks, predominantly standards, blues, and ballads have been released before on such earlier, pre-iconoclast recordings as Black Pearls, Soultrane, Bahia, and Setting The Pace, (Prestige, 1958) but never as chronologically curated as they are presented here on Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings.

Certainly an argument can be made that they may ...

The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues

Read "The Holy Trinity of Soul: Three Craft Reissues" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Last fall, Craft Recordings issued a four CD compilation focusing on Isaac Hayes and his recordings for Stax, Volt, and Enterprise. Spanning the years 1962 to 1976, the set cut a wide swathe of Southern soul and managed to put into perspective the importance of Hayes' impressive oeuvre. Now, Craft turns its attention to upscale vinyl ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Way Out West: The Deluxe Edition

Read "Way Out West: The Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It was eventually bound to happen. Surveying the vinyl boom of the last few years, large record companies have decided that there is money to be made from their back catalogs. So instead of licensing their material to companies like Music Matters and Analogue Productions, they have started issuing their own vinyl reissues. Hence the impetus ...

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Sonny Rollins: Way Out West

Read "Way Out West" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In crisp, fly-on-the-wall audiophile quality, Craft Recordings celebrates the 60th anniversary of Sonny Rollins Way Out West with a deluxe packaged 2LP set, featuring four previously unreleased (a sharper toned “There Is No Greater Love" and Take 1 of the title track are fine listens) as well as three alternate takes, new historically rich and contemporaneous ...

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R.E.M.: Automatic For The People - 25th Anniversary Edition

Read "Automatic For The People - 25th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

If the anniversary packages of R.E.M.'s discography, like Automatic For The People, seem to be arriving in quick succession, that's because the band hit an extraordinarily prolific stride around a quarter century ago. Breaking beyond the boundaries of their previously-established and recognizable style with Green (Warner Bros., 1988), the foursome continued into the next decade writing, ...