Billy Joel: the whole catalog- If you are watching my youtube rants, you know doubt have already heard that I recently ditched what I thought for years was a fine Billy Joel hits set and decided to just go out and get his whole catalog, which was quite affordable. It was a great idea, as there as SO many killer songs not included on any hits collections.
Motorpsycho: The Tower- Been diving into a lot of the Stick Man Records artists of late, and this new double CD release from the heavy proggers is a winner. Review coming!
Voodoo Circle: Raised on Rock- Sure, it's completely derivative of Whitesnake's 1987 album as well as a bit of classic Rainbow and Deep Purple, but what's not to love about that?
Neil Young: Original Release Series Vol. 1-3- another artist I've always liked but other than a Hits set and a few live albums, never dove much into his catalog. These three box sets house remastered versions of his first 12 album. Packaging is kind of crappy, but the albums sound great and it's cool to finally have some of these classics.
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Anniversary Box Set- very cool set that includes the 2014 remaster of the album, the full early '70s live set at the Hammersmith Odeon (worth the price of admission alone), a DVD with a documentary, b-sides & rarities, covers, and a very nice book.
Crypt Trip: Rootstock-killer power trio from Texas who play a kick ass blend of early '70s heavy rock, stoner, and psych. Imagine a mix of Grand Funk Railroad, The James Gang, and Black Sabbath. Love it!
Weedpecker: III- more awesome stuff from the folks at Stick Man, this band doing the prog/psych/stoner thing with lots of epic compositions and a ultra hip vibe.
Corrosion of Conformity: No Cross No Crown- early album of the year contender, this latest from CoC has been in my CD player quite a bit of late.
Earth Witch: Out of the Shallow- another great new US trio that go full bore into vintage proto-metal, doom, and HEAVY blues rock. Plenty of fuzz, wah-wah, and killer riffs on this one!
Thin Lizzy: Fighting/Jailbreak/Johnny the Fox/Nightlife- reading Martin Popoff's fine trilogy of Lizzy bios and revisiting some of these great albums.
Spock's Beard: Day for Night/Beware of Darkness/V- been on a Spocks/Morse kick lately, and these are just modern prog classics!
Transatlantic: Bridge Across Forever- see above. Classic!
Grand Funk Railroad: On Time- their debut album is a good one! Actually,can't go wrong with any of their early albums.
The James Gang: Yer' Album/Rides Again/Thirds- an early hard rock band that doesn't get mentioned enough these days. Joe Walsh=the man!