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Big Brother & the Holding Company – “Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills”  This is the fiftieth anniversary of “Cheap Thrills.” The title of this collection was the original title way back in 1968 but was changed by the record company.  This release is not a remaster of the original album, but a deep look at the sessions for the album.  The two discs include thirty tracks from the sessions, twenty-five of which have been unreleased.   There are different takes of most of the songs on the original album.  Some songs never made the cut for the album and some are multiple takes of album cuts.  It is interesting to see how some songs developed and changed during the sessions.  In fact, several may be equal or better than some of the original albums tracks.  This collection is a treasure trove for any Janis Joplin fan.  There are so many of her performances that have never been released before.   Plus there is a lot of in the studio banter that shows just how serious the band took the recording of this classic album. - Ted

Davis Bowie – “Glastonbury 2000”  Finally, this legendary performance gets a release.  This show shouldn’t have been the performance of what it became.  Bowie hadn’t performed in years and the band really didn’t have that much time to rehearse.   But somehow Bowie pulled off one of the best shows of his career.  This greatest hits show is one of the most intense concerts of his long career.  And Bowie has had his share of legendary concerts.   This show truly captures the magic of Bowie live. - Ted

Bryan Ferry – “Bitter-Sweet”  This is the second collection of Roxy Music/Solo Career songs performed in a 1920’s jazz band style.   Unlike the first album, this new album has Mr. Ferry’s vocals on nine of the thirteen cuts.  What first seems a gimmick really works on this album.   The songs he selected lend themselves so well to the treatment.   And while there are several “hot” twenties jazz cuts, the majority of the tracks are tackled in a twenties Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill fashion.   That focus is what makes “Bitter-Sweet” so intriguing and fascinating.  And one can appreciate the strengths of the songs if they succeed in a style that is so alien to the style that they were originally recorded. - Ted