Album Reviews: Five from Fantastic Voyage

The hits just keep on coming. Fantastic Voyage is a London-based label that specializes in thematically-oriented archival reissue collections. In the last few months, they seem to have significantly stepped […]

Hundred-word Reviews for September, Part 7 of 8

Today features hundred word reviews of archival and reissue releases from American and overseas labels. The Brecker Brothers – The Bottom Line Archive This is the latest from the new […]

Album Review: It’s Jamaica Jump Blues Time!

For American readers and listeners, this new compilation from Fantastic Voyage requires a bit of background; when I first laid eyes on it, I had no clue as to either […]

Album Review: Various Artists — Right Now

I’ve observed before that Fantastic Voyage makes full advantage of the unique copyright/licensing laws as they exist in the UK; in the United States, putting together a package such as […]

November Hundred-word Reviews, Part 3

Once again, it’s time for a run of hundred-word reviews. My inbox has been overflowing of late, and even after removing the material that I deem not worth my time […]

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 1

Some familiar names and some true obscurities are highlighted in this, the first of five sets of five capsule reviews. This week I’ll review 25 albums, arbitrarily limiting myself to […]

Album Review: Sun Ra — A Space Odyssey

As Kris Needs notes in his excellent and detailed liner notes for A Space Odyssey: From Birmingham to the Big Apple – The Quest Begins, Sun Ra was a practitioner […]

Capsule Reviews: January 2013, Part One

Here’s another installment in my occasional series of capsule reviews, this time covering new reissues and compilations. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150 words on each album. […]

Album Review: Various Artists – It’s Saturday Night!

Leave it once again to the people at UK-based Fantastic Voyage to put together an interesting compilation of in-danger-of-being-lost American music. Their latest entry is a 3CD set called It’s […]

Album Review: A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Beginning in the 1990s, a mixtape was a collection of music designed as a background for a rapper. Said rapper would collect his or her favorite beats, and then do […]