Willie Nelson’s Bluegrass marks a time to relax, enjoy what we have, and settle in with something nice and easy, and it’s none the worse for knowing what it is.
Carly Simon’s literate, confessional songwriting opened the door for other artists to do the same, including Olivia Rodrigo, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift.
Bruce Springsteen is a master who takes his audiences to the heart and soul of rock and roll as a communal experience on The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts.
Fans will likely love the warmth and charm of The Willie Nelson Family, but the album isn’t quite essential amid such a deep catalog.
With a backstory as exhilarating as the music itself, a Thelonious Monk concert recorded at a California high school in 1968 is a rare treat for jazz fans.
Even at its mammoth length (ten-plus hours) Columbia's 14-disc boxed set is still not an exhaustive account of Bob Dylan's The Rolling Thunder Revue.
Willie Nelson's Ride Me Back Home continues a hot streak of recent records that are every bit as good as anything he's recorded. And, yes, that includes Red-Headed Stranger and Stardust.
Given the overflow of archival Bob Dylan material available, there's value in curating key recordings into a coherent two-disc set.