Out with the new and in with the old. For some reason I’ve never totally understood, March always brings a slew of box sets, anthologies, compilations and reissues. Here’s an alphabetical list of my favourites — click on the cover pictures to read the original review:
You can’t spell punk without pun. The title of the Hamilton hardcore hooligans’ disc nods to their balls-out ferocity and everything-on-11 power madness — and to the fact that the half-hour juggernaut compiles tracks from three recent EPs.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016
They couldn’t have been plainer with that title. Or more accurate. Basically, if you can think of a Tom Petty song you heard on the radio, it’s probably here.
For me, Keith Richards has always been the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones. Talk is Cheap goes a long way toward validating my belief — a solid set of bare-knuckle, rough ’n’ ready guitar-rock laced with blues, funk and reggae, it was everything the Stones should have been doing.
Recorded in 1973 at a friend’s home studio, Sky Blue consists of 11 previously unreleased solo recordings and demos that capture tragically troubled Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt in his purest and most intimate form. Light a candle.
Four decades after its arrival, sardonic rock iconoclast Frank Zappa’s legendary double-live album Zappa in New York is back — bigger, badder, bolder and browner than ever, thanks to four full CDs of new material and great packaging. Even the most casual fan will squirm with ecstasy.