CDs + Vinyl:
Luther Allison – A Legend Never Dies Essential Recordings 1976-1997 7xCD+4xDVD/10xLP+4xDVD (Ruf)
A collection of essential albums Luther recorded after his Motown years commemorating the 20th anniversary of this blues legend’s passing.
Courtney Marie Andrews – On My Page [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (House Arrest)
Courtney Marie Andrews’ predecessor to the highly successful Honest Life (2016) is back in-print on CD and available on vinyl for the first time. For a decade or so Courtney was a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists – from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado – but she never stopped writing her own material. Picking up admirers like Ryan Adams (who called her “a phenomenal songwriter”) along the way, she quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.
Arcturus – Sideshow Symphonies [Reissue/2005] CD+DVD (Season Of Mist)
Originally thought of as a black metal super group, Arcturus is one of the world’s premiere progressive metal bands. Their fourth album, 2005’s Sideshow Symphonies, has been remastered, and paired with the long out-of-print Shipwrecked In Oslo DVD (a professionally recorded live show from September 2005).
Atomic Bitchwax – Force Field CD/LP (Tee Pee)
Featuring the powerhouse rhythm section from legendary space lords Monster Magnet, The Atomic Bitchwax plays balls-to-the-wall rock ‘n’ roll that smashes space rock and proto-metal into a towering celebration of the riff. The New Jersey power trio’s high-energy, scale-based guitar mangling hits astronomical levels on Force Field, with full-stack amps pushing out dangerous levels of blown-out metallic mayhem.
Debbie Boone – You Light Up My Life [Reissue/1977] CD (Real Gone Music)
This seminal soft-rock LP reached #6 on the strength of the title smash, which set a record by claiming the #1 spot for 10 weeks. This remastered 40th anniversary reissue (and CD debut) adds 13 bonus B-sides, Motown singles by The Boone Girls, unissued tracks and more.
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia – Anchovies CD/2xLP (Mello Music)
Anchovies aren’t for everybody. They’re greasy, smelly, salty and oily. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia’s new collaboration album took inspiration from these polarizing fish and created a project that takes a certain palette to enjoy. Class hip-hop meets minimalism.
Luke Bryan – What Makes You Country CD (Capitol Nashville)
Sixth album from the four-time Entertainer of the Year winner and CMA Entertainer of the Year
Carpathian Forest – The F**king Evil Years 3xCD (Season Of Mist)
Between 2003 and 2006, Carpathian Forest released two milestones of black metal – Defending The Throne Of Evil and F**k You All!!! respectively – as well the Skjend Hans Lik rarities compilation in 2004. Long sold-out on CD, these three black gems are collected on this three-CD set.
A Certain Ratio – The Graveyard And The Ballroom [Reissue/1980] CD/2xLP (Mute)
A Certain Ratio – To Each… [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Mute)
A Certain Ratio – Force [Reissue/1986] CD/LP (Mute)
CD and vinyl reissues of the British post-punk band’s first, second and fifth albums. A Certain Ratio was one of the first groups to sign to the legendary Factory Records in Manchester. Whilst many credit New Order and The Happy Mondays as the groups who brought dance music into the sound of Manchester (later Madchester!), it was in fact A Certain Ratio who were there from the beginning. [Limited colored vinyl pressings of To Each… and Force also available.]
Collective Soul – Live CD (Suretone)
First proper live album of the group’s 25-year career. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
Bing Crosby – New Tricks [Reissue/1957] CD (UMe)
Bing Crosby – Above My Souvenirs: More Treasures From The Crosby Archive 2xCD (UMe)
New Tricks is the last original Crosby album issued while Bing was working for Decca Records. This reissue includes 12 bonus tracks. Among My Souvenirs is a collection of 35 previously unissued recordings spanning Bing’s entire career. The set includes outtakes, live recordings, and radio and television performances. Both are part of the ongoing reissue series from the Bing Crosby Archive and UMe.