At 87, B.B. King is one the last surviving (and touring) OG blues masters. If you get the chance to see him live, don’t put it off. If you don’t get the chance, order the Mr. B.B. King box set. It features 10 discs with recordings that go as far back as 1949 and as recent as his last studio album in 2008. 196 tracks in all, many of them rare and unreleased.
This new 5-disc box set from Trojan Records is a complete crash course in Jamaican music. From early ska to Bob Marley’s rebel music to modern day dancehall and everything in between, this set connects it all. It also includes a 50-page booklet featuring detailed commentary on the history of Jamaica and its musical heritage, plus rare photos and memorabilia.
In their heyday, The Smashing Pumpkins were mockingly called The Monkees of the grunge era, the REO Speedwagon of the 90s. And yet their songs are some the era’s most memorable. With Billy Corgan still fronting the band, Oceania is their first new album in 5 years. And you can bet that the critics are going to be a lot nicer now.
Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album was the 1975 follow-up to the band’s Dark Side Of The Moon and it instantly shot to #1 on the charts all over the world. This new Blu-ray video release compiles interviews and archive footage to show the band’s process of recording one of rock’s most enduring albums.
Until now, prolific songwriter, singer, guitarist, & producer Jack White has only toed the edge of the spotlight with his bands White Stripes and The Raconteurs. But with the April 24th release of his first solo project Blunderbuss, Jack is finally stepping fully into the glare. Recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, this record is all his.
Electronic and dance music marshalls the Chemical Brothers bring their tripped-out live show to Blu-ray with the release of Don’t Think, a live concert video from Japan’s Fujirock Festival which they recorded on 20 cameras in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans. If your special occasion requires psychedelic visuals, this is the ticket. The sound is also incredible, recorded in Dolby 7:1 surround and mixed down by Brothers themselves.
The Grateful Dead is and always has been about more than just the music. It was the live experience, the trip; peace and love and some other stuff we can’t remember. But good stuff at any rate. Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection features over 38 hours of live concerts from the 70s through the 90s. If you were there you know (but maybe you forgot, too) and if you were too young, here’s your chance to see and hear their greatest legendary live shows.
If your digital music library is filled with old, outdated digital formats like .WAV or .AIFF files, download the new droplet for free from Apple called Mastered For iTunes that quickly converts all these formats into AAC files, the high resolution format that is quickly becoming the global standard. Your old files might not sound any better, but if you are a musician, take note and try it out on your digital masters. Apple also added a new section to iTunes called “Mastered for iTunes” that promises music the way “the artist and sound engineer intended.” Source
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is always in the studio making something fresh. His latest work is the soundtrack of the blockbuster The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Working with co-producer Atticus Ross, Reznor teamed up with artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for this mega-movie score. 3-Disc box set.
The Box Of Vision archive collects the work of rock-n-roll’s most prolific icons: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and John Lennon and lets you display your music catalog in a tabletop album that also features 2 art books and a unique storage system for the music. All together it makes a great, tangible tribute to your favorite music.