CDs + Vinyl:
Advent – Pain & Suffering CD/LP (Bridge 9)
Brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore.
Alice Babs & Duke Ellington – Serenade To Sweden [Reissue/1963] CD (Real Gone Music)
Real Gone Music is proud to present what is probably the rarest album in the voluminous Duke Ellington discography, his 1963 date with Swedish singer Alice Babs, Serenade To Sweden. That year, Ellington was hired by the Reprise label as an A&R man, free to sign any artist he wanted and to record them. His first choice was Babs, who, in Ellington’s words, was “the most unique artist I know…She sings opera, she sings lieder, she sings what we call jazz and blues, she sings like an instrument, she even yodels, and she can read any and all of it!”
Lynn Anderson – The Definitive Collection 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
She is one of the Top Ten charting female country singers of all time, the first to win an American Music Award, the first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, and was a regular on TV including everything from The Lawrence Welk Show to The Tonight Show to Starsky & Hutch. The Defiinitive Collection gathers 40 tracks, 38 hits, including her classic Chart and Columbia sides, lovingly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and annotated by Joe Marchese.
Big Wreck – Grace Street CD (Rounder)
Canadian multi-platinum-selling rockers Big Wreck continue to build on the creative momentum of their two previous JUNO Award-nominated releases, Ghosts and Albatross. New album Grace Street contains heavy grooving tracks such as lead-off single “One Good Piece of Me” and “Digging In” along with the atmospheric “A Speedy Recovery” and the epic seven-minute instrumental “Skybunk Marché.” Other tracks feature added touches, such as Miles Davis-style muted trumpet, wine glasses, a sample of a child’s heartbeat and a Leslie speaker guitar solo recorded on a mountainside adjacent to Richardson’s B.C. studio. At the core of Grace Street are live, off-the-floor performances by founding front man Ian Thornley on guitar and keyboards, accompanied by drummer Chuck Keeping and bassist Dave McMillan.
Black Sabbath – The Ultimate Collection 2xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
The 31-track The Ultimate Collection features Black Sabbath classic songs including “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “N.I.B.” and “The Wizard” as well other choice cuts from their discography. [Vinyl edition 180gm.]
Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New release from this hard rock band featuring Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Brother Cane), Robbie Crane (Ratt), and Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth, Alice Cooper).