Andrew Hultkrans

  • Tim Buckley, 'Tim Buckley: Deluxe Edition' (Rhino Handmade)

    Tim Buckley, 'Tim Buckley: Deluxe Edition' (Rhino Handmade)

    Largely known by younger generations as "Jeff's dad," Tim Buckley was a similarly prodigious, mercurial talent with a multi-octave tenor and heartthrob good looks, who also died young. But on his best records, he was more experimental, blending folk, jazz, and avant-garde sensibilities into a searching, mystical style whose only real analogs are Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Fred Neil's "The Dolphins." This expansion of his gorgeously yearning 1966 folk-rock debut -- decorated by Jack Nitzsche's string arrangements and Van Dyke Parks' keyboards -- includes stereo and mono mixes, acoustic demos, plus loose recordings by Buckley's pre-solo band the Bohemians.

  • Michael Chapman, 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (Light in the Attic)

    This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon) and string arranger (Paul Buckmaster). Boasting a cod-psychedelic cover printed in silver metallic ink, Fully Qualified Survivor displays Chapman's ragged, rambling style, marked by precise flashes of his acoustic guitar. Amid Ronson's solos and Buckmaster's sweeping orchestrations, he sounds like a blasted troubadour back from a long cosmic odyssey.

  • Johnny Cash, 'Bootleg Volume II: From Memphis to Hollywood' (Columbia/Legacy)

    Starting with an ingratiating 1955 radio performance, broadcast the same day that Cash and the Tennessee Two (guitarist Luther Perkins, upright bassist Marshall Grant) recorded their first Sun Records single, Bootleg II follows the untutored country boy from Memphis to Nashville to international fame. Cash fundamentalists can savor 11 haunting Sun demos, while others will marvel at the 13 unreleased or underheard '60s tracks that sweeten his primeval baritone with strings, choirs, and reverb. Like Cash's entire catalog, the range of material is peerlessly broad, arguing that the man was a genre unto himself.

  • Thin Lizzy, 'Jailbreak: Deluxe; Johnny the Fox: Deluxe' (UME)

    This writerly '70s boogie band has garnered a posthumous hipster fan base in recent years, and here their two classic 1976 albums are properly celebrated with two-CD remastered editions, featuring demos, alternate versions, and BBC sessions. Black and, well, Irish, with more Spandex than an American Apparel warehouse, frontman Phil Lynott was a nonpareil figure -- late Arthur Lee meets early Bruce Springsteen, delivering dexterous Allman Brothers guitar harmonies with Kiss-like swagger.

  • The Mixtures, 'Stompin at the Rainbow' (Minky)

    Decades before N.W.A and Daryl Gates -- years, even,before the 1965 Watts Riots -- this interracial dancehall band of African Americans, Chicanos, Caucasians, Asians, and a Native American broached the unlikely notion of a truly integrated Southern California. During a longtime residency at Pomona's Rainbow Gardens, they played sweaty rock'n'roll and R&B, documented here with a rare, raucous live LP, plus six period 45s (including kooky party-starter "Olive Oyl").

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