Tuesday, August 9, 2016


COMING SOON ON VINYL:  Todd Rundgren Live at The Ridgefield (8/26/16)  and Who Can I Be Now? (9/23/16) a David Bowie vinyl box set.

It's hard to go wrong with Todd Rundgren performing live in a small venue. His 1978 live album Back to the Bars grabbed many of its stellar performances from New York's wonderfully small Bottom Line club, now defunct and sorely missed. But the cozy Ridgefield in Connecticut offers the same intimacy. Click here for a video of Todd's "Black Maria" from the Ridgefield show.

The pricey 13-LP box set "Who Can I Be Now" will offer a deep dive into Bowie's fertile 1974 - 1976 time period. The core of the set will be vinyl remasters of Diamond Dogs, David Live, Young Americans, and Station to Station, which will be augmented by many other rarities from the vaults like Live at Nassau Coliseum 1976 and The Gouster, a complete Bowie album from 1974 that was never released.


The Beatles' Revolver, released August 8, 1966,  showed continued growth for the most famous group in the world, following 1965's widely acclaimed Rubber Soul album.  The band actually wanted to record the album at Stax Studios, the mecca of soul music at the time, but the plans fell through. The mind wanders at the thought of how that might have sounded. Nonetheless, Revolver announced the Beatles' arrival as studio innovators and was named the 3rd best album of all time by Rolling Stone in recent years.

Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, released August 10, 1979, was widely hailed as an artistic breakthrough for Jackson. On the strength of the irresistible dance groove of "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," the blockbuster party LP went on to top 20 million in worldwide sales. It also began a transformation for Jackson from young innocent into a self proclaimed "King of Pop," who would ultimately melt from the glare of massive worldwide fame. R.I.P. Michael.

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