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Judie Tzuke's 'The Chrysalis Recordings' Highlights Her Early ‘80s Transition to Synthpop

One day, perhaps, the collected works of Judie Tzuke, one of the United Kingdom's most prolific, long-serving, and interesting singer-songwriters, may be seriously reappraised. Until then, dive into The Chrysalis Recordings.

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Joni Mitchell's 'Shine' Is More Timely and Apt Than Ever

Joni Mitchell's 2007 eco-nightmare opus, Shine is more timely and apt than ever, and it's out on vinyl for the first time.

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On Top of the World: An Interview With Martha High

Vocalist Martha High spent three decades with James Brown, and she tells PopMatters about her resurrected solo career as well as her path through the music industry.

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Only After Dark: A Boxed Presentation of Mick Ronson's 1970s

The late David Bowie sideman, Mick Ronson may not have relished the solo spotlight but he still left behind a trove of rock goodies.

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Bill Fay's Second Act Continues With ​'Countless Branches​'

One of Britain's most underrated singer-songwriters is going from strength to strength in his 70s. As ever, Bill Fay focuses on the search for meaning and substance in everyday life.

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Jude Johnstone's Hymns of Heartache

Underrated American treasure Jude Johnstone presents refreshingly spare, uncluttered grownup ballads on her latest, Living Room.

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Reframing Kraftwerk: An Interview with Ian Shirley

For his debut as a producer, journalist and Rare Record Guide editor Ian Shirley has recorded a unique cross-pollination – London's Ebony Steel Band playing the works of German electronic music legends, Kraftwerk.

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Paula Cole's 'Revolution' Is As Fresh and Vibrant As a Debut Album

Revolution is an exceptional piece of work, a timely reminder of how soulful, perceptive and harrowing a writer and singer Paula Cole is and has always been.

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Better Late Than Never: An Interview with Johnny Mathis

In 1981, Johnny Mathis cut an album with the Chic Organization. Columbia Records got cold feet and the project was vaulted for nearly four decades. Mathis talks to PopMatters about the missing piece that's finally been made part of his official discography.

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Carol Hall: The Final Interview

The beloved composer of the smash-hit 1978 Broadway musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, was also a singer/songwriter on one of the decade's most prestigious labels. Her 1972 album Beads and Feathers is arguably an overlooked masterpiece. Prior to her October 2018 passing, she spoke with PopMatters about this less celebrated period of her career.

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Pamela Polland and the Exhumed 'Gas Station'

Forty-six years ago, singer-songwriter Pamela Polland was poised for world domination. She and her then-manager, Diane Sward Rapaport, tell PopMatters about the cancelled 1973 album finally out this month.

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Chapter One of Curtis Mayfield's Solo Career Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

Rhino has remastered Curtis Mayfield's first four albums, a politically conscious, progressive-soul tetralogy that has stood the test not just of time but also changing tastes and fashions, and come out sounding stronger than ever.

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"I'm Loved on All Sides": An Interview with Yola

British singer-songwriter Yola talks to PopMatters about emerging from a lifetime of straitened circumstances and emotional challenges to make 2019's most promising debut, Walk Through Fire.

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The Voice of an Angel: A Tribute to Valerie Carter

The late singer/songwriter Valerie Carter, whose unmistakable voice appeared on hundreds of albums over several decades, is eulogised by her close friend, Kathy Kurasch, in a new, posthumous collection. Kurasch tells us Carter's story.

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Bobbie Gentry's Box of Surprises

Universal's Bobbie Gentry collection was the hit that caught 2018 unawares. PopMatters talks with four Gentry commentators about what the enigmatic singer/songwriter was really like, and asks why she left showbiz behind in 1980.

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Michael Blyth Rides the Musical Rails on the 'Indigo Train'

Music scene veteran Michael Blyth issues his first album with help from band-mates the Wild Braid and it introduces his tremendous, rich, chesty, storyteller's voice.

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Melissa Manchester Looks Back at 1985 and Her Synthpop Experiments

Pop singer Melissa Manchester made some career calculations in order to stay current in the new wave era, as an expanded reissue of her 1985 album, Mathematics, makes clear. She talks to PopMatters about the pluses and minuses of her 1980s experience.

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Louise Goffin: "I'm Paying Homage to Everything I've Ever Loved"

Louise Goffin talks with PopMatters about crafting a timeless pop album with the unexpected support of a patron.

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Chic Were the Zenith of Disco

The first three years of the Chic Organization have been spruced up at Abbey Road and housed in a sleek box.

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Karen Alexander, Star-in-waiting at Asylum Records

Asylum Records was famously home to the finest singer/songwriters of the '70s, including Joni Mitchell and Judee Sill. But, as a Japanese reissue of another woman's work proves, some of its biggest talents went unnoticed. Charles Donovan talks to Karen Alexander.

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Louise Goffin Says Goodbye to Self-Doubt on 'All These Hellos'

Made with musicians from almost every rock era, All These Hellos is Louise Goffin's most ingratiating album yet.

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Terry Callier's Debut Turns 50

Terry Callier's beginnings as a folk interpreter get a stunning birthday present from Craft Recordings' 50th anniversary edition of The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier.

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Lindsey Buckingham Gets Anthologised By Rhino

Coinciding with Lindsey Buckingham's sudden exile from Fleetwood Mac comes this three-disc round-up, Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.

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On the Frontline with Yoko Ono's 'Warzone'

Yoko Ono has re-recorded sociopolitical songs from her past for new album Warzone, in which the questions it asks need to be asked.

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