Elvis Costello: National Ransom

Elvis Costello spits out the lyrics of the opening title track like the punk he started out as in 1977. It’s a hard-charging number and his anger is back in the forefront. “Around the time the killing stopp...

John Lennon: Signature Box Set

All eight of John Lennon’s post-Beatle albums—Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971), Some Time In New York City (live, with Yoko Ono 1972), Mind Games (1973), Walls And Bridges (1974), Rock ’N’ Roll (1975), D...

Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union

Elton John deserves a hit. Reportedly, he was irked that his most excellent Captain & The Kid (2006) stiffed after seeing one of his best friends/competitors Rod Stewart sell millions with his tepid and alm...

John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

Lost in all the hoopla about how these songs were recorded is just how good they actually are. Mellencamp went on a wild writing spree and wrote 13 songs in 13 days then, during a break from last summer’s minor...

David Bowie: Station To Station

David Bowie has been strangely mute since 2003’s Reality, so the release of one of his best (from 1976), complete with a previously-unreleased two-disc ‘76 Nassau Coliseum concert, is more than welcome. (There’...

Rory Gallagher: The Beat Club Sessions

Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) was a hard-living, hard-playing Irishman. An electric guitarist steeped in the blues, he first fronted Taste in 1966, the proto-typical power trio. His wild solo ‘70s work-outs rank r...