Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's All About The 70s


So another Tuesday release day is upon us, and as we mention above, today is all about the 70s. The most exciting release today collects all of Emitt Rhodes' studio output from 1969-1973 which had been previously out of print. For naive young-uns like us at Stark, this reissue is a godsend. Never having the wherewithal to procure Rhodes' music besides through crappy downloads and mp3's we weren't exposed to one of the best and overlooked songwriters of the 70s. Rhodes masterfully blends elements of The Beatles, Nick Drake and Van Morrison (Mostly Beatles/McCartney) into a subtle pop mixture. Almost every song on this collection is superb. Of course there are a few clunkers, and there is some inconsistency in the sound, yet the inclusion of Rhodes' self-titled masterpiece, is worth the price of this set alone.  We're really excited to have this collection in our grasp. 

Also released today is, of course, Dead Weather - Jack White's side project with Alison Mosshart of The Kills along with Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and Queens of the Stoneage keyboardist Dean Fertita. It's dark, moody, 70s influenced blues rock - jury is still out on this one, but it sounds pretty solid. 

Neil Young also releases much needed remasters of Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, After The Goldrush, Harvest and Neil Young. Been looking forward to the bumped up sound quality of these. The Stones also remaster A Bigger Bang, Bridges to Babylon, Dirty Work, Steel Wheels, Voodoo Lounge.

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