reissue Archive

Holiday Music Roundup 2015

Imagene Peise — Atlas Eets Christmas Let’s get a few things out of the way right up front about this holiday-themed release. First there is no Imagene Peise; despite a convoluted backstory, “she” is really The Flaming Lips. But no, that’s not quite accurate, either: This album – a reissue of a 2007 limited edition

Album Mini-review: The City — Now That Everything’s Been Said

File next to: Carole King, Laura Nyro, Brooklyn Bridge Carole King‘s landmark 1971 LP Tapestry is admired even by those who don’t generally go in for that sort of thing. Her second album (1970’s Writer was her debut), Tapestry is a timeless and richly woven effort. Many music fans know that before embarking on a

Album Reviews: Three Reissues from Peter Frampton

In 2015, Omnivore Recordings has reissued three albums from Peter Frampton. They’re each quite different from one another, but since they’ve been put into the market at once, that’s how I’ll review them here. — bk Premonition (1986) Though nearly a decade had passed since releasing the blockbuster live album Frampton Comes Alive, Peter Frampton’s

Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two… L’Amitié (yet again aka Françoise Hardy) By all accounts, the half-originals/half-covers approach was working well for Françoise Hardy. So was the idea of having twelve – not eleven, never thirteen — songs on each album. And the idea of mixing musical exploration with more traditional arrangements had been serving her well.

Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Le Premier Bonheur du Jour (aka Françoise Hardy) A critical and commercial success at home (and modestly so beyond France’s borders), Françoise Hardy‘s debut led quickly to a follow-up album. Released in October 1963 and again featuring only the artist’s face and name on the cover, not unlike a fashion magazine

Album Review: Françoise Hardy Reissue Series (Part 1)

Looking back on the 1960s, it’s easy to understand why certain countries didn’t get whipped up in the era’s rock and pop revolution quite to the extent that we did in the USA and Great Britain. Spain, for example, was still under the fascist dictatorship of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, and would remain so until the

Album Review: Bill Evans — The Complete Fantasy Recordings

Bill Evans was a singular figure in the world of music, and even more so within the context of the jazz idiom. His music could never quite be described as inviting; most all of his piano compositions and recordings have an insular quality. Listening to Evans, a listener might even experience a feeling of unease,

Album Review: Billy Joel — Streetlife Serenade (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)

I never bought Billy Joel‘s rock persona. I simply can’t stand the bulk of his Glass Houses era work; it feels forced and insincere to me. His earlier stints in The Hassles and Atilla notwithstanding, Joel has never been a rocker. He’s a troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a piano man, if you will. And a damn

Album Mini-review: Led Zeppelin — In Through the Out Door

File Next to: Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, Van Halen At the time of its original release, In Through the Out Door was problematic for some longtime Zep fans; it featured more keyboards – synthesizers, even! – than was typical of a Zep LP, and guitarist Jimmy Page‘s involvement seemed muted. That perception was quite accurate:

The Knack: Zooming Back from Oblivion, Part 2

Continued from Part One… Once the backlash set in, though, The Knack‘s record sales figures took a sharp nosedive. …But the Little Girls Understand reached #15 in 1980, but that had more to do with momentum remaining from the popularity of the debut than anything else. The singles from the album charted only briefly. The