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Paul McCartney and Carl Davis, Liverpool Oratorio (Angel/EMI Records)

This enormous work was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to commemorate its 150th year. The oratorio tradition goes back to the 16th Century, and has evolved into a […]

Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, All Heaven Broke Loose (Caroline Records)

Although he will go down in history as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest drummers, Bruford’s new bag is jazz fusion. As the original drummer for Yes, and later a […]

Rickie Lee Jones, Pop Pop (Geffen Records)

Don’t let the title fool you: the new Rickie Lee has shed her old commercial skin and emerged as a smooth jazz balladeer. With a bare minimum of accompaniment, the […]

B.B. King, There Is Always One More Time (MCA Records)

King himself says it’s the best album he’s recorded, and I feel it’s the best album he’s recorded since the days of “The Thrill is Gone,” “Rock Me Baby” and […]

Solomon Burke, Homeland (Bizarre Straight Records)

The best music in 20 years from the Bishop of Soul should grab the hearts and soul of America by storm. It’s got enough soul to tackle a hurricane. Solomon […]

Earl Thomas, Blue Not Blue (Bizarre Straight Records)

Showin’ versatile style with a strong affliction of soul, this is a major surprise coming from a brand new R&B star in the making. Thomas has a natural feeling for […]

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Perspex Island (A&M Records)

Before we start, I must admit that I am in the Cult of Hitchcock, that small but loyal group of (mostly) alternative music fans who have fallen in love with […]

Fats Domino, They Call Me the Fat Man…The Legendary Imperial Recordings (EMI Records)

Any attempt to review Fats Domino’s material in the conventional sense (“Mr. Domino’s failure to address the needs of urban youth, coupled with his advocacy of seeking ‘thrills’ on hills, […]

Albert Collins, The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI Records)

This two-CD collection consists of the three albums Collins recorded in 1969 and 1970 as his career was just beginning to take off: Love Can Be Found Anywhere (Even in […]

John Coltrane, Interstellar Space (GRP-Impulse! Records)

One biographer described Coltrane’s life as resembling the story of “The Red Shoes,” in which a woman buys a pair of red shoes that compel her to dance vigorously and […]