Heart on a Sleeve (Remastered)

Tom Russell: Heart on a Sleeve

This 2012 reissue of Russell’s auspicious 1984 solo debut album features remastered sound and six previously unreleased bonus tracks. Songs like the title cut and “One and One” (both duets with Shawn Colvin) sound closer to traditional country than what Russell has since produced, but there’s plenty of evidence here of the vocal talent and…

The Night Tribe

Jimmy LaFave: The Night Tribe

Jimmy LaFave’s rich, effusive vocals command attention and when the Austin, Texas-based singer pairs them with the right material, wonderful music results. That’s what happens on nearly every track on his self-produced latest album. LaFave—whose voice reminds me at times of the great Michael Fracasso’s—brings out every bit of melancholy in Neil Young’s “Journey through the…

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Yes’s Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-two

So-called progressive rock certainly embraced enough excesses, pretentions and soulless excursions to explain why it helped to give birth to punk and new wave. Unlike some of their musical contemporaries, however, Yes were the real deal—a tightly knit outfit with something to say and the talent to say it. And they were never better equipped…

Golden Dawn

The Golden Dawn: Power Plant (DVD & CD)

Back in 1968, when my record collection still fit on one small shelf, it already included Power Plant, the debut album by the Golden Dawn, an obscure psychedelic rock outfit on the equally obscure albeit ambitiously named International Artists label. I’ve come back to the disc countless times since then, not only because its music…