v/a ¡CHICAS!: Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974 CD
*** "From 1963 onwards, female ye-yé shook the Spanish society of the period -- a small revolution of customs dressed in a mini-skirt and playing at 45 rpm. Latin, rock & roll, twist, ye-yé, beat, garage, rhythm & blues, soul, etc."
v/a THIS MAY BE MY LAST TIME SINGING: Raw African-American Gospel On 45RPM 1957-1982 3xCD
*** RECOMMENDED "Fiery sanctified soul, heavy Pentecostal jams, drum machine gospel, slow-burning moaners, glorified guitar sermons & righteously ragged a cappela hymns! The music on this compilation was originally released on small label 45s, mostly in the 1960s and '70s. Compilerd by Mike McGonigal."
TORI AMOS Night Of Hunters CD
*** "Tori Amos's debut on Deutsche Grammophon Night of Hunters is a 21st century song-cycle, inspired by classical music from the last 400 years."
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Hysterical CD
*** "Their first new album in more than three years finds the band at their most confident and creative. Chrome-plated licks, sheets of eddying synths & emotive motorik pulsebeats."
GRATEFUL DEAD Europe '72 Vol. 2 2xCD
*** "Recorded at various locations during the band's 22-show '72 tour, the collection captures the Dead in white-hot moments of improvisational revelry. The set includes an epic hour-plus jam that combines 'Dark Star' & 'The Other One'."
JAYHAWKS Mockingbird Time CD
*** "The Jayhawks once again push the envelope in songs and performances of rarefied dynamism and grace. The album's shapes and textures range from string-laden grandeur to widescreen vistas to streamlined 12-string jangle."
ERKIN KORAY Meçhul: Singles & Rarities CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A collection of rare tracks and lesser-heard singles recorded in Turkey between 1970-1977, culled from Koray's personal vinyl collection. One of the foremost global leaders of psychedelic, folk rock, pop and balladry."
OPETH Heritage CD
*** 'The doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death metal charged with transcendent, emotional melodicism on this mind-boggling dense maze of tempo shifts, off-time signatures, percussive experimentation and warped rhythms."
OMAR SOULEYMAN Haflat Gharb 2xLP / CD
*** "An hour of the best moments from Souleyman's Western tours, captured in striking fidelity and intensity. Syrian electrified folkloric dabke, Iraqi choubi and Arabic shaabi!"