Debut albums simply aren't supposed to be as accomplished and beautifully crafted as Kate & Anna McGarrigle's first record, which is as lovely and superbly realized as folk-rock gets.
Times of Our Lives is an album by Judy Collins, released in 1982. It peaked at #190 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. In 1981, prior to the album's release, Collins appeared on the CBS soap Guiding Light, performing two songs from the (then) forthcoming album: "Great Expectations" and "It's Gonna Be One of Those Nights".
Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball reissued April 8 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson), Wrecking Ball won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and was highly praised by critics worldwide. The new three-disc set features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball, which was directed by Bob Lanois and includes interviews and studio footage of Harris and Lanois as well as special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Brian Blade, and others.
It's difficult to write about Emmylou Harris without lapsing into a long train of superlatives – she really does have one of the most beautiful voices of her generation, and her taste in material and skill in using her instrument is nearly faultless. However, as good as Harris is and as consistently strong as her body of work has been, one could make a convincing argument that she's been frequently underrated through much of her career – more than just a lovely woman with a pure, clear voice and a fine ear, she's championed a number of gifted songwriters before they went on to have distinguished careers of their own (from Rodney Crowell to Gillian Welch), matured into a first-rate tunesmith herself, collaborated with a remarkable array of artists, and has never been afraid to take her talents into unexpected directions, from purist bluegrass to the experimental atmospherics of her work with Daniel Lanois.
2011 issue 68-track 5-CD box set comprised of the best selling and critically acclaimed album releases 'Borrowed Heaven', 'Forgiven Not Forgotten', 'Home', 'In Blue' and 'Talk On Corners'; each album is housed in a mini LP-style card picture sleeve with the complete set presented in a sealed card slipcase.
On March 31, Austin-based Flyjack will release its third record, New Day - a love letter to late 60's and early 70's rare groove, soul and deep funk. Painstakingly assembled over 17 months at guitarist Buck McKinney's Rocky Coast Studio, New Day features seven carefully curated underground rare groove classics, and five Flyjack originals. Utilizing an assortment of vintage microphones, preamps, Moog synths, Wurlitzer electric pianos and other 70's gear, coupled with modern recording techniques and sonics, Flyack pays homage to underground funk while embracing new possibilities for the genre.