Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Music Monthly: February 2018 Releases

The floodgates open this month with a wealth of domestic releases, cool imports, and "blast from the past" archive releases that promise to rock your world! February may be a short month, but there's a lot of quality packed into these four release weeks, including new albums from Simple Minds, the James Hunter Six, Neal Morse, John Mayall, Superchunk, and others. Throw in archive releases from Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Chris Hillman, and Muddy Waters and there's a lot of mighty fine music coming our way!

If we wrote about it on the site, there'll be a link to it in the album title; if you want an album, hit the 'Buy!' link to get it from's just that damn easy! Your purchase puts money in the Reverend's pocket that he'll use to buy more music to write about in a never-ending loop of rock 'n' roll ecstasy!

Roger McGuinn's Peace On You
James Hunter Six - Whatever It Takes   BUY!
Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses [deluxe reissue]   BUY!
Roger McGuinn - Peace On You [reissue]   BUY!
Lou Reed - Thinking Of Another Place (import)   BUY!
Roxy Music - Roxy Music [deluxe reissue box]   BUY!
Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds   BUY!
Wishbone Ash - Raw To The Bone [reissue]   BUY!
Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning [reissue]   BUY!
Frank Zappa - The Roxy Performances [box set]   BUY!

Phil Manzanera's Live In Japan

Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers   BUY!
Fu Manchu - Clone of the Universe   BUY!
Chris Hillman - The Asylum Years   BUY!
Phil Manzanera - Live In Japan (import)   BUY!
Various Artists - Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest   BUY!
The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life   BUY!
Muddy Waters - Live at Rockpalast   BUY!

J.D. Wilkes' Fire Dream

The Choir - Artifact: The Unreleased Album   BUY!
Neal Morse - Life & Times   BUY!
Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive   BUY!
J.D. Wilkes - Fire Dream   BUY!

Alice Cooper's The Sound of A

Alice Cooper - The Sound of A EP   BUY!
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
Isaac Hayes - Shaft [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
Janiva Magness - Love Is An Army   BUY!
John Mayall - Three For the Road   BUY!
Grant-Lee Phillips - Widdershins   BUY!


Album of the Month: Roxy Music's self-titled 1973 debut gets a super-duper deluxe box set reissue for the album's 45th anniversary. The set includes three CDs and a DVD and includes a remastered version of the original album (which features the hit single "Virginia Plain") as well as previously-unreleased performances from BBC Sessions and In Concert as well as a 1971 demo tape and other groovy stuff. The DVD includes an unreleased 1972 performance from the Bataclan in Paris, UK TV performances, and a 5.1 mix of the album. The box also includes a 136-page hardcover book with rare photographs and Roxy Music memorabilia. It's pricey ($160+), in keeping with similar releases, but there's plenty hear to like for the hardcore Roxy fan...

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