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Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength: The 1974/75 Recordings

Powerful performances and excellent bonus material await the curious Claptonite on Give Me Strength: The 1974/75 Recordings.

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Jimmy Webb: Still Within the Sound of My Voice

This superb collection properly revisits select songs from a wide portfolio, adding respectful guest appearances that accentuate more than not.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Voodoo

Listening to this comp feels more like a college assignment, but the feeling of being properly educated is well worth it.

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Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson: Things Are Getting Better

It's only hindsight that delivers the argument of the test of time, and Things Are Getting Better passes with flying colors.

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Bill Evans Trio: How My Heart Sings!

The year 1962 would be a good year for Bill Evans artistically, and his return to the art started with this album.

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Gov't Mule: Shout!

Southern Rock is alive and well through Gov't Mule. So is jazz ... and jam band music ... and funk ... and ... and...

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Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar!

In this latest reissue, it's two full LP's for the price of one ... both of which are independently brilliant.

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For Ol' Times Sake: An Interview with Norbert Putnam About Elvis

He played bass with Elvis & Ray Charles. Produced everyone from Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett. Norbert Putnam is a living legend, and with the release of the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax, Putnam shares tons of stories with PopMatters, all of them gems.

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Oscar Pettiford: Lost Tapes - Germany 1958/1959

Jazz history texts should be re-written to include the study of this chapter of Jazz Haus' Lost Tapes series.

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Paul Allen and the Underthinkers: Everywhere at Once

Omit your preconceived opinions of Paul Allen the philanthropist, and introduce yourself to Paul Allen, the songwriter and musician, and his powerhouse band, the Underthinkers. They're pretty good at this music stuff.

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George Duke: Dreamweaver

It's good to hear George Duke back in action, and Dreamweaver traverses many styles of jazz he's called home over the years.

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Jutta Hipp: Lost Tapes - The German Recordings 1952-1955

Jazz Haus digs up another gem of rare recordings for their Lost Tapes series. This time it's the music of Jutta Hipp, of which there isn't nearly enough.

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David Markey & Heavy Friends: Volume Infinite

Thick Syrup does it again. Twenty years after the fact, they're releasing something mainstream America won't understand for another 20 years... by design.

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The Patch of Blues Sees the Light of Day: A PopMatters Exclusive

For the first time ever, the sounds of 1967 are revisited with the unearthing of two full Gold Star Studio sessions of a band that had their big chance stolen from them as soon as their ascent began. Their name was the Patch of Blues. They opened for the Doors. Audio archaeologists take heed.

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Cornell Campbell Meets Soothsayers: Nothing Can Stop Us

The lead singer of the Eternals reprises his deep roots forays with help from the new school.

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Lickety Split

Robert Randolph & The Family Band perform triumphantly on a collection of saddeningly inferior songs, leading one to wonder if the three-year span between We Walk This Road and Lickety Split was due to writer's block.

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The Microphones: It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water (vinyl reissue)

To say It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water is a roller-coaster ride would be a half-truth. It's better represented by calling it primal therapy with periods of rest smattered in between.

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Robert Walter’s 20th Congress: Get Thy Bearings

Those who like their funk hot on the one will be hard-pressed to find better than Get Thy Bearings.

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Children of Bodom: Halo of Blood

This will be album number eight for the Finnish metal quintet, and the years of touring and studio seasoning have Children of Bodom flexing their muscles oh so confidently.

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The Lonely Island: The Wack Album

Through comedy, the members of the Lonely Island provide another direct criticism on American subcultures and flaunt their knowledge and reverence of rap and hip hop with The Wack Album.

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John Brown's Body: Kings and Queens

Taking reggae well into the 21st century, Kings and Queens, leaves behind the roots of the genre.

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Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (remastered)

The greatest left-handed-upside-down guitarist of all time gets the royal treatment on the latest reissue of his masterpiece.


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