The second installment in Omnivore's career retrospective of the defining voice of the Bakersfield Sound is, while not as essential as the first, nonetheless a fine collection of hits and misses.
Out of print for years, Screamin' Jay Hawkins early 1990s recordings for the Bizarre label are collected in their entirety, a fact that will appeal to only his most ardent fans.
Rather than once again exploring the all-too-familiar territory of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva's debut novel contextualizes the work's origins and gets inside the mind of its creator.
Where female pop musicians tend to age out of the field, country musicians tend to possess a greater reverence for their predecessors, lionizing their greatness and proclaiming their influence at each and every opportunity.
Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.
Alan Bishop ventures out once more under his Alvarius B. alias, this time bringing along a handful of collaborators and multiple discs worth of material that could well serve as the high-water mark of his career.
Remastered and re-released as Teatro: The Complete Sessions, Willie Nelson's late '90s resurgence is lovingly presented in both sound and vision, providing a holistic experience that is essential for any Nelson fan.