A career-spanning box proves there's much more to Bobbie Gentry than the classic "Ode to Billie Joe."; Plus, a Marianne Faithfull anthology, Bob Dylan rehearsal tapes, new music from paisley-underground bands, and a Ynana Rose CD.
Unlike other anthologies of early Dylan, which mostly zero in on shorter, more artistically stable periods, this one spans 1962 to 1966. Also: The Posies are issuing deluxe versions of three of their early recordings, starting with 'Dear 23.'
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley reviews ten new releases including work by Peter Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter, Tuomo & Markus, Imelda May, The Palandins, and Van Morrison.
A new box set doesn't alter my belief that 1979 to 1981 will not be remembered as one of Dylan's most creative, innovative phases. Nevertheless, his passion remains evident throughout, and the anthology includes enough great music to earn a place in any fan's collection.
Bob Dylan's third exploration of the Great American Songbook has resulted in a 30-song collection that's as powerful as it is melancholic. Briefly noted: new releases by Peter Rowan, Steve Krase, and James Talley.