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Music Review: Fela Kuti – ‘Box Set 3’ (Curated by Brian Eno)


After countless listens, I feel as if I both know Fela Kuti more than I ever knew any other African artist before, and also how little I appreciated the struggles and injustices that take place across the world in other people’s hometowns or communities. It takes a strong light to shine down on some of the darkest days in the shadow. Thank god Fela Kuti burned as bright as he did for our awareness. Read More »

Music Review: Chicago – ‘Chicago Quadio Box (9-Disc Blu-ray Audio)’


For a less musically talented band, being able to reconceive the sounds within the songs physically and rhythmically could have turned this kind of release been a box set of cheap sonic “tricks” designed to fool the listener into thinking the extra money it costs to buy the “enhanced” version of an album was well worth it. For Chicago? It allowed them to see just what was possible with the sound. Read More »

Music Review: Dio – ‘A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993’


For weeks I’ve been listening to the new 'A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993' box set from Rhino Entertainment and regretting time lost. As opposed to the usual “greatest hits” collection approach to a box set with interspersed unreleased alternate takes, 'Decade' is simply the first six albums from Ronnie James Dio’s solo career, remastered and repackaged with some amazing new artwork from longtime Dio cover artist, Marc Sasso. Read More »

Music Review: Faith No More – ‘We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition)’


'We Care A Lot' is Faith No More first deciding to “get their freak on” and dip their toes in that creative water. The record may not stand as a seminal piece of music history, but it certainly does in regard to the history of a band who flipped off the hipsters, squares, and Johnny-come-latelys at every turn. That defiant attitude started in 1985, and it’s good to hear an odd but so enjoyable document given a fresh sonic tune-up. Read More »

Music Reviews: Pentagram – ‘First Daze Here’ & ‘First Daze Here Too’ [2016 Remastered Edition]

Pentagram via Guitar World

Pentagram's resurgence and growing popularity in recent years is rooted in one basic fact: They are one of the pioneers of "American" hard rock/heavy metal. And it all began with these two compilations of their earliest material, recorded between 1972-1976, now newly remastered with full lyrics, band history and some rare mixes. Basically, it is hard rock heaven. Read More »