For several months now, we've been publishing a review by Mike McLatchey every Thursday, our version of #TBT (Throwback Thursday). The albums covered have represented his "Top Tier" most favorite recordings of all time. Starting today, we're moving along to his "Second Tier": albums that are worthy of being remembered, but don't quite fit into the highest echelon. The distinction, he admits, is a fine one. "There's really not much more than an arbitrary difference from the first group in quality, all of these are classics."
by Jon Davis, Published 2015-08-06
Most other days, we present a review of something new, the latest releases by both well-known artists and obscure newcomers, but it's also valuable to pause and look back at some of the great works of the past.
Today starts out with the self-titled album from Gracious, and in future weeks, we'll see everything from Canterbury classics (Caravan, Hatfield and the North, and so on) to German gems (Embryo, Tangerine Dream, and more) to Italian wonders (Museo Rosenbach, PFM, etc.) to a variety of other categories (Crucis, Steve Tibbetts, Magma – you name it). And since this is McLatchey's list, there will be more Steve Roach.
Filed under: Reissues
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more