Recorded in 1998, before Face to Face released Ignorance Is Bliss and Reactionary, Live nonetheless captures the intensity of this well-loved punk band's core music. Singer Trever Keith leads the crowd through fan favorites like "Disconnected," "I'm Trying," and "AOK," the last of which he introduces as one of his favorites. Keith's gruff, self-affirming lyrics and the highly charged music make this album a must for fans as well as any serious punk collectors. Face to Face is known as a band that cares deeply for its fans, and at one point Keith asks for the lights to be turned on so he can see them.
Not long into the ceaseless promotional parade for Born This Way, Lady Gaga’s second full-length record and easily the most anticipated record of the 2010s, a certain sense of inevitability crept into play. It was inevitable that Born This Way would be an escalation of The Fame, it was inevitable that Gaga would go where others feared to tread, it was inevitable that it would be bigger than any other record thrown down in 2011, both in its scale and success…
CAROL WILLIAMS, from Montclair, New Jersey, was the first female singer to sign a solo recording contract with the legendary disco label Salsoul Records. With Williams vocal audition trumping all other hopefuls, allied with her extensive experience in the industry due to being an integral member of soul groups The Geminis and The Del-Rios, she was the obvious choice for the label who were looking for their equivalent of Gloria Gaynor who was riding high at the time with the success of her disco smash “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Williams soon got to work with legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Montana, Jr. and his incredible Salsoul Orchestra, contributing not only several track selections but also co-writing three of the cuts on her debut offering.
Cut during the period when she was between Chess and Alligator, this 15-song selection, cut in a French studio and live in the Netherlands in 1973, is a potent set that finds Koko Taylor ably backed by the Aces, guitarist Jimmy Rogers, and pianist Willie Mabon. Lots of familiar titles – a live "Wang Dang Doodle," studio remakes of "I'm a Little Mixed Up" and "Twenty-Nine Ways" – and a few numbers that aren't usually associated with Chicago's undisputed blues queen.
Lady Wood is the second studio album by Swedish singer Tove Lo, released on 28 October 2016 by Island Records. Lady Wood consists of two chapters, "Fairy Dust" and "Fire Fade", which collectively describe the "different kinds of rushes in life". Lo considers it to be the first half of a two-piece double album, with the chapters "Light Beam" and "Pitch Black" announced for her upcoming third studio album in 2017. Lo co-wrote all twelve tracks included on the record; she collaborated with guest vocalists Wiz Khalifa and Joe Janiak, and producers including Rickard Göransson, Joel Little, and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The album peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200, becoming her highest-charting album in the country to date…
Allan Taylor is one of England's most-respected singer/songwriters. His songs have been covered by artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Don Williams, Frankie Miller, Fairport Convention, Dick Gaughan, the McCalmans, the Fureys, the Clancy Brothers, and De Dannan. Folk Roots praised him for his "ability to crystallize a mood and evoke an era with the ease of a computer memory access, crafting perfect songs with dramatic changes in the spirit of Brecht, Bikel, and Brel." The Oxford Book of Traditional Verse felt as strongly, writing that Taylor was "one of the most literate and sensitive of contemporary songwriters in terms of words and music and one who is capable of exploring more complex subjects than most of his contemporaries." (…)