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Saturday, December 31 1994

Tami Hart: No Light in August

Mr. Lady Records received a tape of 4-track recordings from a young woman in high school named Tami Hart. The story goes like this: Kaia

Hixxy, Force & Styles: This Is Noize

Tere is yet another rave compilation from the folks at Highborn. Actually, it’s not Highborn, it’s hiGHBorn. Gotta be sure to get that

Cliff Hillis: Be Seeing You

A great number of wrong-minded people believe great power pop stopped happening a long time ago. For those of us who know differently, I think

The House of Love: 1986-1988: The Creation Recordings

Before we examine this compilation more closely, I would like to indulge in some personal reminiscing. The House of Love will always have a special

Jessie Mae Hemphill: Feelin’ Good

Listening to Jessie Mae Hemphill is to experience almost completely pure unvarnished blues. Her music is steeped in her natural familiarity with the ancient roots of Mississippi Hill country traditions while she improvised rhythmically and lyrically to contemporize her sound.

Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

Another Jimi Hendrix greatest hits compilation? Wasn’t 1993’s The Ultimate Experience enough? Or even 1998’s Experience Hendrix? Well, yes and no. Part of the

Engelbert Humperdink: The Ultimate Collection

After aurally pleasing my ears listening to this hour plus treasure-trove of greatest hits (and let me tell you, they are all great hits!), I

The Haggard: A Bike City Called Greasy

If Hothead Paisan could be in a band, she would take her cat and chainsaw and jump on stage to join The Haggard. The Haggard

Big Walter Horton & Alfred “Blues King” Harris: Title

This record is so unbelievably good, I felt like I’d won the Big Spin at the lottery. Big Walter Horton played the blues like

Coleman Hawkins feat. Kenny Clarke: Lausanne 1949

In late 1949, jazz titans Coleman Hawkins—who among his many accolades is credited with no less a distinction than virtually inventing the tenor saxophone as

Helium Angel, Early Clue To a New Direction

I get CDs all the time from unsigned bands who have pooled all their resources to put out their own records. Most of the time,

Hooverville: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Two men with two vocals and two instruments recording dry without overdubs. Bluegrass, classic country and hillbilly—a timeless American sound with influences ranging from

Hootie & the Blowfish: Scattered, Smothered and Covered

On Scattered, Smothered and Covered, Hootie & the Blowfish’s new album of cover songs, the band seems to be under the impression that any

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: Beatin’ the Heat

After a recording hiatus of several decades, Dan Hicks eased back into the studio and has emerged with his finest record. He writes songs like

Humble Pie: Natural Born Boogie

Like the blues players he idolized, Steve Marriott may finally be getting his due after he’s no longer here to reap the rewards. Bands

The John Hart Trio: Indivisible

From the magnificent Hep label, a guitar trio session that can take a while to get into, individual from folksy to hard rocky, improvised music and melodic sense that needs and repays concentrated listening.

Hybrasil: Friendly Destroyer

Hybrasil is a hard band to pin down. On the surface, they seem to be just another fun hippie jam band, but they seem to

Haywood: Men Called Him Mister

Listening to Men Called Him Mister by Haywood, brings me back to the early ‘90s, I’m crammed in a sweaty club watching Pavement, or

Hot Stove Jimmy: Theme For a Major Hit

As ska moved from Jamaican soul music to American homogenized banality, bands like Hot Stove Jimmy interceded and saved ska from itself.

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