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.
Everything still existing from the legendary "Basement Tapes" sessions by Dyan and The Band, including 138 tracks. The deluxe set includes two hardcover books full of extensive liner notes and rare photographs.