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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu was the most-anticipated new album in America in 1970. More than 50 years later, it’s one of the most famous albums in rock history with legendary songs, including “Carry On” and “Teach Your Children,” that still resonate today. Rhino will honor the intense creative journey that led to this milestone album with an expansive 4-CD/1-LP collection that includes a pristine version of the original album on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus hours of rare and unreleased studio recordings that provide incredible insight into the making of the record. DÉJÀ VU: 50TH ANNIVERSARY […]

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Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment have just released Bob Dylan – 1970, the first widely available pressing of a three-disc collection of long-sought-after studio recordings. The recordings on Bob Dylan – 1970 were first released in a limited edition on December 4 as part of the Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection copyright extension series (which began in 2012).  The attention surrounding the 1970 performances, notably Dylan’s studio sit-down with George Harrison on May 1, created a demand for a broader release of these historic tracks. Bob Dylan – 1970 includes previously unreleased outtakes from the sessions that […]

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I’ve known Travis Pike for decades. Since he founded Otherworld Cottage Industries in 2013, he’s published my books on The Beatles, The Doors, and now Docs That Rocks, Music That Matters, which he called “the documentary music history book for the 21st century.” Pike is a music business veteran, having logged nearly 60 years in the trenches, a Hollywood multi-hyphenate in complete control of his legacy and catalog of stories in rhyme, movies and books. His Otherworld Cottage Industries has been recording and releasing music albums of his original audience favorites from over a half century ago. I wrote the […]

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One of the most acclaimed and recognizable voices of all time, Merry Clayton released her first album in over 25 years, Beautiful Scars, April 9 on Motown Gospel/Capitol Records. Produced by longtime producer/songwriter/entrepreneur and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lou Adler, the album features new compositions written by Chris Martin and Diane Warren and covers of classic songs by Sam Cooke, Leon Russell and more. Compared to her previous albums, Beautiful Scars is a gospel-influenced project that brings her back to her roots as a church singer in her hometown of New Orleans. While the inspiring music takes center stage, the […]

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Robert Dwayne Womack was an accomplished musician, singer, guitarist, record producer, stage performer, and a songwriter. He was born March 4, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, and died after suffering from diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s in Tarzana, California on June 27, 2014. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the initial release of The Poet, the Bobby Womack album that served to relaunch his career and established him as a renewed force to be reckoned with in the urban music field in the 1980s. That album was followed by The Poet II which further solidified Womack’s position as the industry’s leading exponent of traditional soul. […]

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This week a massive 35-CD collection of the early recordings of British blues-rocker John Mayall titled The First Generation 1965-1974, was released on February 12, 2021, on the Madfish label through Snapper Music. This is the first time a set of this size has been released documenting John Mayall’s early years, and not only does it have all the albums from his much-lauded formative career, but it also contains unreleased tracks aplenty. John Mayall OBE has been indefatigable in his commitment to the blues: virtually every musician who went through his “Bluesbreakers” academy went beyond their wildest imaging. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and […]

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Singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen’s third studio album Songs of Love and Hate produced by Bob Johnston was released by Columbia Records (now Sony Music) on March 19, 1971. Johnston’s sparse production displays Cohen’s voice and guitar guiding his stories augmented by a slew of top notch musicians including Charlie Daniels, Ron Cornelius, Elkin “Bubba” Fowler and vocalists Corlynn Hanney and Susan Mussmano. Paul Buckmaster supplied the string and horn arrangements. The 2007 retail CD reissue includes outtake of “Dress Rehearsal Rag” from his 1968 LP Songs From a Room along with several Cohen fan favorites “Joan of Arc,” “Dress […]

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On April 30, 2021, Marianne Faithfull, with composer and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, will release She Walks in Beauty, one of the most distinctive albums of her long, extraordinary life and career. Recorded around the earliest days of the COVID-19 lockdown — during which the singer herself became infected and almost died of the disease — She Walks in Beauty fulfills Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record a full album of poetry with music, and features musical friends Nick Cave, Brian Eno, cellist Vincent Ségal and producer-engineer Head (PJ Harvey, Thom Yorke). She Walks in Beauty finds Faithfull drawing deep on the works of Shelley, […]

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Since its beginnings in Jamaica in 1959, the story of the pioneering Island Records label has been inextricably linked to the story of its founder, Chris Blackwell. Now, Blackwell has curated a series of compilation LPs, featuring his hand-picked tracks that correspond with his and Island’s legendary history. On February 26, Island Records/UMe released Volume One of The Vinyl Series, a 14-track album covering the years 1962 to 1969. Volumes Two and Three will follow later this year and explore Island’s history in the decades that followed. “When I moved Island Records’ base from Kingston to London in 1962, all […]

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By the time The Band was ready to record their third album, Stage Fright, in 1970, they were riding high from having released back-to-back albums that solidified them as one of the most exciting and revolutionary groups of the late 1960s. Seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere in ‘68, their landmark debut album, Music From Big Pink, drew from the American roots music panoply of country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll to forge a timeless new style that forever changed the course of popular music. When they released their seminal […]

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