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Animals in a box and in a book

Eric Burdon and The Animals vintage publicity photo

Finally! A boxed set that soulfully captures the young Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, at his hungry best, a rugged blues shouter as valid and true to the music as anyone at the time. Plus, this Animals Tracks book, although flawed, is fascinating.

Top 20 Releases of 2013

by John M. Borack A bit overdue with this, but here ’tis… 1. The Yum Yums – …play good music These merry popsters from Norway have been serving up hot ‘n’ fresh slabs of bubblegummy punk for more than 20 …

Reviews: The Paley Brothers and John Brodeur

by John M. Borack   The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings Real Gone Music (RGM-0182) Grade: ***** One of the many pop acts that never cashed in on the promise of their “next big thing” status, the Paley Brothers certainly …

Olias of Sunhillow – an SACD masterpiece

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Amid the manifold reissues and remasters meted out to the Yes catalog over the years, a handful of other related odds and ends have cried out for re-evaluation – and will probably continue to do so for a while to …

Out of the Past… Present

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There is, though you probably aren’t aware of the fact, a parallel universe in which Henry Cow are the biggest band on the planet.  It’s a neat place, too; not only because the Cow stalked our own version of the …