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Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Fronted by the charismatic energy of Timothy Gassen, Marshmallow Overcoat has been keeping the spirit of psychedelic garage rock alive and kicking since 1986.

Roger Waters, long-time Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to oversee remix of 1992′s Amused to Death

Roger Waters, long-time Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to oversee remix of 1992′s Amused to Death

Roger Waters returns to his greatest solo triumph, 1992′s Amused to Death, for new stereo and 5.1 remixes with James Guthrie, the long-time Pink Floyd engineer. The forthcoming reissue, issued via Columbia-Legacy, will also include new content and graphics.

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

This sound, in the dead of night, comes rushing out of my radio — a tornadic gust of horns. Then there follows a devastatingly cool lyric, amid a suave and spacious groove. But who is it? 45 seconds in, I finally peg “Can’t Hide Love” as the new Earth Wind and Fire song; I knew Maurice White’s “yow” anywhere.

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Ooh La La: An Island Harvest (2014)

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Ooh La La: An Island Harvest (2014)

A long-awaited and much-anticipated musical collection has come to fruition in the form of Ooh La La: An Island Harvest from the late Ronnie Lane and his ironically named early-1970s group Slim Chance.

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John was a star on the rise in 1973, having gained critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S. in just a few years.

Gimme Five: Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection (2014)

Gimme Five: Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection (2014)

The What-ing What Project? Never, perhaps, has a figure in rock music been simultaneously so famous and so … anonymous.

Eric Carmen – The Essential Eric Carmen (2014)

Eric Carmen – The Essential Eric Carmen (2014)

There is much to love, of course, about this double-disc 30-song collection of confectionary power-pop goodness. After all, it’s a first-time-ever grouping of both the best of his years with the Raspberries and as a solo artist. But The Essential Eric Carmen goes one step further, collecting Carmen’s first new song in some 18 years. That track, a determinedly hopefulRead More

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973; 2014 reissue)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973; 2014 reissue)

It’s an album that plays with all of the disjointed profundity of a greatest hits project, all of the kitchen-sink self-indulgence of your typical 1970s-era double album, and all of the outsized personality we’ve come to expect from the former Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album (2014)

Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album (2014)

Not yet recognized as the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas had gone some time without a hit by the time she signed with Atlantic’s Cotillion subsidiary in the early 1970s. She’d last charted a pop hit in 1966, and had only gotten to No. 42 with her most recent R&B hit — back in 1968.

Yes’ Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow (1976; 2014 SACD reissue)

Yes’ Jon Anderson – Olias of Sunhillow (1976; 2014 SACD reissue)

Olias of Sunhillow, Jon Anderson’s utterly unique 1976 solo debut, was always meant to be listened to completely — and at very high volumes. With its fantastical storylines (a flaxen hero, the promise of a better day, some seriously weird outer space stuff) and enveloping soundscapes, the former Yes frontman created a rich and rewarding world unto itself.