Chuck Berry - Live from Blueberry Hill - Chuck Berry, the songwriter and guitarist now known worldwide as the Father of Rock & Roll, came from humble beginnings. After an evening in 1996 spent reminiscing about his storied career with his longtime friend Joe Edwards, owner of St. Louis restaurant and venue Blueberry Hill, Berry fulfilled the dream of music lovers everywhere; he started a live residency that spanned 209 shows at the 340-person capacity club. The club became a modern-day Mecca for rock fans, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the legend perform up close and personal. Live From Blueberry Hill compiles some of Berry's greatest hits from this epic run of shows.
Kurt Vile - (watch my moves) - On his first album in partnership with Verve Records, Kurt Vile pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions - and the result is a vibrant, yet meditative record propelled by laid-back charm and curious spirit. The laid back charm of every Kurt Vile record is what makes him so beloved around the music world.
Midnight Oil - Resist - Midnight Oil return with their thirteenth and possibly final LP. The review byJosh Leeson from the Newcastle Herald sums it up quite well. "Midnight Oil's farewell album Resist delivers everything Oils fans could have hoped for. It's direct and passionate, but the rage has been tempered by a sense of failure. Peter Garrett once sung 'The time has come / To say fair's fair' but on Resist's opening track 'Rising Seas' he bemoans that his generation could have already failed the youth through inaction on climate change." Leeson adds "Resist has certainly whet the appetite for Midnight Oil's farewell tour. They sign off as Australia's greatest political band, who still have something poignant to say. It's now up to the new generation to keep pushing that battering ram forward."
Rush - Moving Pictures (5LP 40th Anniversary Edition) - Celebrating 40 years of Moving Pictures with the 5 LP Deluxe Edition! All vinyl has been cut at half-speed with Direct-to-Metal Mastering for the first-time ever and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl. LP1 features the original album, while the remaining LPs present the complete, unreleased Toronto concert from March 25, 1981. Also included is a booklet with new illustrations by Hugh Syme, plus liner notes by Kim Thayil, Les Claypool, Taylor Hawkins, Bill Kelliher and Neil Sanderson. There's also a much larger Super Deluxe Edition available.
The Mars Volta - Octahedron - The Mars Volta reissue campaign rolls on with the release of their 5th LP, Octahedron. Each of the Mars Volta albums that preceded Octahedron had pushed the envelope further, their music growing larger, more intense, more complex. Each had delivered an implied, unspoken challenge to its makers within milliseconds of its final notes: “top this”. And with each subsequent album, Omar and Cedric had turned their creative dials up one more notch, a further step past “eleven”. With the addition of new drummer Thomas Pridgen, and their ranks swollen by extra guitarists, more percussion and a sax-player, the intensity of The Mars Volta’s sound had increased. Octahedron, however, would follow The Bedlam In Goliath’s brilliant excesses with a sideways step few were expecting, even though the group had telegraphed their intentions to take this new direction for years.