It’s really easy to look at rock music in the early/mid 90’s and see it all as just “Grunge” music and that’s understandable. Rock media, marketing and our desire to label things make it easy for us to take whatever term is given to us and stick with it for the rest of time, but the explosion of rock music in the 90’s, and in particular it’s big 4 bands was much more than just one label.
While it’s impossible to truly replace Freddie Mercury, Queen did something completely different. They found the perfect singer to pay tribute to the voice and influence of Freddie Mercury when they recruited Adam Lambert into the band.
Jimi Hendrix only put out four actual albums during his short 27 years on this planet, but each of them are mind-blowing rock albums and over the past 50 years since his death, a number of worthy “extras” albums have appeared.
The Grateful Dead is a live band, perhaps the greatest of all time, which makes it hard to really understand their studio work. Yes, the songs are there, but in such a vastly different form that it's hard to really know what version of the Dead it is that you are interested in.
Rush produced 19 studio albums and 11 live albums during their 44 years of existence, so it can be hard to find where to start. They were also a band that stylistically changed multiple times over those years and many people are torn between what era of Rush they like the best; 70’s prog rock Rush, 80’s keyboard Rush or even late 80’s/early 90’s guitar rebirth Rush. Regardless of where you fall in your Rush fandom, there’s plenty to like across their catalog.
November normally sees the last few releases leak out before things shut down for the holidays. This year is just a bit different due to how Covid has affected the release calendar already. So, instead of a downturn in releases, it seems like it’s even busier than normal.
September is just around the corner, we’re approaching Record Store Day Drop #2 and it’s still 100 degrees in Texas. Maybe it’s best to just stay inside, spin some records and try to relax with a few new releases.
With Record Store Day drop #1 at the end of August, it’s easy to forget there are some other great titles coming up before the end of the month. Taking a quick spin through the highlights in case you need something new in your life before the 29th.