reissue Archive

Album Review: The Temptations – Wish it Would Rain

Detroit soul/r&b vocal group The Temptations were early stars on Berry Gordy’s Motown label. The group had its roots in earlier vocal groups The Cavaliers, The Primes, The Siberians and […]

Album Review: Pearl Harbour – Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too

Pearl Harbour (aka Pearl Harbor, aka Pearl E. Gates) has had a fascinating career. And in some ways, everything she did prior – however disparate it was – seems to […]

Album Review: Gary Moore – Back to the Blues

Belfast-born guitarist Gary Moore had a remarkably diverse career. While his musical foundation was the blues – he was greatly influenced by Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green – […]

Album Review: The Happy Dragon Band

Deep in the cracks between the above-ground music business, creative artists who couldn’t (or perhaps simply didn’t want to) land a label deal created some fascinating work. To be sure, […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: Reissues

Today I’ll tell you about five albums from the distant past, newly reissued and deserving of your attention. Steve Cropper – With a Little Help from My Friends Guitarist Steve […]

Album Review: UFO — Lights Out (2024 Expanded Edition)

For rock fans, there’s something bracing and life-giving about ‘70s hard rock. At that point in its evolution (so to speak), hard rock was at the apex of its melodicism, […]

Album Review: Shiva Burlesque – Mercury Blues + Skullduggery

Independent Project Records continues its dazzling campaign of thoughtfully curated compilation/reissue releases with Mercury Blues + Skullduggery, a 21-track set of music from L.A.-based Shiva Burlesque. With a sound vaguely […]

Boxed Set Review: Syd Barrett – The Solo Works of Syd Barrett

The life and music of Syd Barrett have long fascinated music buffs. The founder of Pink Floyd, Barrett was its leader, primary songwriter and public face. But less than a […]

Album Review: Collective Soul – 7even Year Itch

Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul rose to prominence in the early ‘90s with the breakout success of their debut album, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. Against the backdrop of […]

Album Review: The Alligator Records Christmas Collection

By late 1992, the first vinyl era was drawing to a close. At its peak in 1977-78, vinyl LP sales in the U.S. approached 350 million units per year. With […]