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Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Deluxe
Universal

Elton John, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ (40th Anniversary Edition) – Album Review

A review of the 40th anniversary edition of Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'

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Johnny Winter, 'True to the Blues'
Legacy

Johnny Winter, ‘True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story’ – Album Review

How do you sum up a recording career spanning more than five decades and over 25 albums? There's obviously no foolproof way to do it, but the folks at Legacy have made it look easy with 'True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story.'

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Capitol Photo Archives

The Beatles, ‘The U.S. Albums’ – Album Review

Depending on your level of Beatlemania, the Beatles' U.S. albums are either a lasting corporate scar on the group's legacy or beloved nostalgic artifacts tailored for a specific marketplace. Capitol Records are hoping it's the latter with its 13-disc box set 'The U.S. Albums.'

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Jo Lopez
Jo Lopez

Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’ – Album Review

'High Hopes' is Bruce Springsteen's most disjointed album, and purposely so. Pulled together from various outtakes, cover songs and re-recordings from the past two decades, Springsteen's 18th album is looser and less structurally sound than anything he's released since becoming a star in the mid '70s. And without something more sturdy to hang his music and lyrics on, 'High Hopes' is somewhat aimless.

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Erika Goldring, Getty Images
Erika Goldring, Getty Images

Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Betty’s S.F. Blends Volume One’ – Album Review

When word got out that the Black Crowes would be reuniting in 2013, fans were unsurprisingly excited by the news. But that meant that singer Chris Robinson would have to put his solo project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, on hold. At least temporarily.

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Boston
Frontiers

Boston, ‘Life, Love & Hope’ – Album Review

Boston's sixth album, 'Life, Love & Hope,' is a rather frustrating, confusing affair.

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Eric Clapton, ‘Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings’ – Album Review

The first part of the '70s was tough for Eric Clapton. In addition to becoming so infatuated with his friend George Harrison's wife that he recorded an entire album about it (Derek and the Dominos' classic 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs'), he was deep into a heroin addiction that would temporarily sideline him.

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The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light / White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ – Album Review

'The Velvet Underground & Nico' may be the preeminent noise band's best and most celebrated album, but their second LP, released in 1968, is their most abrasive. And by turn, it's their most representative -- a staggering work of controlled chaos and meditative fragility.

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Neil Young, ‘Live at the Cellar Door’ – Album Review

Unlike Bob Dylan's similarly themed 'Bootleg Series,' the various volumes in Neil Young's 'Archives' haven't stretched out much. Aside from 2009's massive early-career box set and a couple of later concert documents, the albums in Young's ongoing series mostly have been live shows from the first few years of his solo period.

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Apple Corps Ltd.

The Beatles, ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2′ – Album Review

By the time the Beatles began their three-year relationship with the BBC, they could perform their mix of covers and originals in their sleep. Years of playing for drunken and disinterested audiences had sharpened their stage skills to the point where nothing could faze them -- not even playing the same songs over and over, week after week, for the BBC's various radio programs.

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