Reissue

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

A tribute to the transformative powers of my Who’s Next remaster

Originally released on August 14, 1971, the Who’s ‘Who’s Next’ came to life again for me inside the confines of my Unproductivity Mobile Sound Lab.

With Led Zeppelin’s reissues done, time for the ultimate companion-disc playlist

With Led Zeppelin’s reissues done, time for the ultimate companion-disc playlist

Now that all of the Led Zeppelin reissues are in hand, here’s one last playlist featuring true finds from this Jimmy Page-curated series.

Bad Company (Paul Rodgers, Boz Burrell, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke) on balcony of Continental Hyatt House. Hollywood, CA - May 1974; Various Locations; Mark Sullivan 70's Rock Archive  (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)

Bad Company – Bad Company; Straight Shooter (1974-75; 2015 reissues)

Bad Company was better than they were given credit for. And Paul Rodgers, these reissues make clear, ranks among the best rock singers of all time.

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Trilogy: Deluxe Edition (1972, 2015 reissue)

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Trilogy: Deluxe Edition (1972, 2015 reissue)

Here is a review of the 3-CD remastered version of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s classic 1972 release, ‘Trilogy.’ Jakko Jakszyk’s remix does the music justice.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes J.D. Souther, Jose James, Luke Reynolds, Kevin Gilbert, Leslie Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Marc Cary and others.

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.

The Knack – Normal as the Next Guy (2001; 2015 reissue)

The Knack – Normal as the Next Guy (2001; 2015 reissue)

‘Normal as the Next Guy’ should have – once again – been more than enough to hot-wire a comeback for the Knack. So what went wrong this time?

Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin reissues aren’t exploring enough new ground

Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin reissues aren’t exploring enough new ground

The utter lack of undiscovered gems on recent reissues from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin seem to confirm that they chose well the first time.

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann’s free-form soul-jazz experiment ‘Invitation to Openness’ is the sound of someone loosing himself from the bonds of expectation.

Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

A highlight of ‘Ultimate Sinatra,’ everything is in place on Frank Sinatra’s Count Basie collaboration “Best is Yet to Come.” And then it surprises you.