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Wednesday, June 26 2002

The Who: The Ultimate Collection

I have deep reservations about recommending any sort of “greatest hits” packaging. Perhaps for old-time country, folk, blues, and early R&B the story

The Temptations: For Lovers Only

Aside from wondering how much money it cost to re-issue an album for the sake of one interesting bonus track several years after the album’

Orbital: Back to Mine

The Back to Mine mix CD series, from DMC Records, lets artists from the electronic genre (like Everything But the Girl, Groove Armada and Morcheeba)

Masters of the Hemisphere: Protest a Dark Anniversary

If being wildly prolific were the sole mark of greatness, Bren Mead and Sean Rawls would be household names as geniuses of pop composition. As

Peter Murphy: Dust

When a former member of Bauhaus, arguably one of the greatest goth bands of all time (certainly the most-cited when it comes to naming a

Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Cheap Trick at Budokan must surely qualify as one of the music industry’s biggest cash cows. It was originally released in 1978, a couple years

Married in America

Documentarian Michael Apted doesn't allow any sequence to run long enough for good manners to disappear and feelings (rather than public rationalizations of feelings) to emerge.


Examines our consumer culture in a way that is less venal and less macho than the usual heist movie.

The Dead Zone

It is easy to assume that Johnny will end up using his powers to make the world a better place, a sort of psychic version of 'Touched by an Angel', minus the sermons.

Tuesday, June 25 2002

Various Artists: More Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs

There are two ways of looking at songs from Broadway musicals: that they’re only as memorable as the show from whence they came, or

Dinah Washington: Ballads

This collection comes from Dinah Washington’s time at Roulette Records, by which time she had already waxed most of her classic material. She signed

Spinning Jennies: Peer Pressure

Talk about your truth in advertising! The press release for the Spinning Jennies’ fourth album, Peer Pressure, states that “their sound is reminiscent of such

Ray, Goodman & Brown: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

In order to understand the odd phenomenon of Ray, Goodman & Brown—uneven R&B hitmakers and passable neo-doo-wop crooners with nothing but their

Kidneythieves: Zerospace

Among the multitudes of sociological and cultural analysis yet to be performed is a breakdown of the sex appeal of goth and industrial subcultures. It’

Mark Farina: Connect

Mark Farina is probably best known for his work under the Mushroom jazz banner. It is, I think, safe to say that without those nights

The Chieftains: The Chieftains 8

In the late 1950s, a trio of Irish brothers living in and around New York’s Greenwich Village threw various band names about. Paddy, Tommy,

Monday, June 24 2002

Various Artists: This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks

Tribute albums are a mixed bag, to put it mildly. For every tribute album that gets it right (If I Were a Carpenter, for example),

Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town

What can I say about Thin Lizzy? I love this band, love them in spite of their many flaws, love them because of their many flaws. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard “The Boys Are Back in Town” on my pink plastic clock radio back in 1976.

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman

The Osbournes’ greed finally goes overboard, and it’s the fans who are forced to suffer, as is always the case. It’s a great

Knodel: Dawn of the Butterfly

Knodel has arrived to rock. It says so in the second line of the opening title track to the trio’s glorious sophomore album, Dawn

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