June 14, 1991 |
Columbia Records' highly recommended Robert Johnson box set last year was a high point in a series of CD reissues that focus attention on the blues roots of rock. Now, Rhino Records' "Rock This Town" pair of albums showcase the country component of rock. The music in the two 18-song packages doesn't go all the way back to Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and other country forefathers of rock, so the CDs are in no way a parallel of the Johnson set.
December 1, 1989
Democracy comes to video this week, as MGM/UA releases the 10 movies selected by critics and the public from a list of 100 MGM classics. Priced at $19.95, the winners are: "Moulin Rouge," John Huston's 1952 filmography of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, which will paint your TV screen with delirious scenes of swirling colors. "Julius Caesar," in which Americans Joseph L.
August 31, 1992 |
When grindcore records popped up a few years ago in the darker reaches of the import-metal bins, the genre was seen as rock 'n' roll pushed to its logical conclusion: 15-second bursts of sound, "songs," that sounded like nothing more than illegible death howls underpinned with throbbing white-noise. Grindcore was more or less the cultural equivalent of that tiny blip of blue light that lingers at the center of the screen after you flick off an old TV.
November 23, 1990 |
Don't misjudge an album by its cover. Because of the Guitar Player magazine logo, the new "Legends of Guitar" series may look like an instructional guide that is of interest only to guitarists. In fact, the series offers an imaginatively designed collection of some of the finest guitar performances of the modern pop era.
April 14, 1991 |
Yasmine Bleeth, Ryan Fenelli on ABC's defunct daytime drama "Ryan's Hope," has joined the cast of that network's "One Life to Live." Bleeth is playing Lee Ann, a young, naive daughter of the manipulative midwife, Du Ann Demerest. Lisa Howard, who plays April Ramirez-Corelli, and Antony Alda, also known as Johnny Corelli, will be departing NBC's daytime series "Days of Our Lives" this month. Official word on their departure is that there isn't any story line left for their characters.
February 13, 1994 |
BIG JOE TURNER "The Big Joe Turner Anthology" Rhino * * * * There's something heartwarming about this finely crafted, three-disc retrospective set that extends beyond the music itself. It's an encouraging sign that rock 'n' roll truly doesn't forget. For much of his life, Turner--variously known as a blues, jazz and R&B singer--appeared destined to remain one of the overlooked greats of rock's pioneer class. The Kansas City, Mo.