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“Released to coincide with what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, the excellent 2016 double-disc anthology Messenger of the Gods: The Singles brings together all of the legendary Queen vocalist’s solo A-side and B-side singles.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

“…it is a tribute to the Grateful Dead as sonic adventurers, pioneering new avenues into space and beyond.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…the album inches away from being a labor of love and into pure nostalgia trip, but even then the album is pleasant enough that it’s hard to complain.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Santana: Santana IV

“There remains a real musical connection and shared joy between these players. They may not sound young, radical, or reckless, but they do come off as if they never stopped playing and discovering together.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Eric Clapton: I Still Do

“…it’s an album about the interplay of old pros who still get a kick playing those same old changes years after they’ve become second nature.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Peter Frampton: Acoustic Classics

“The sound is first-rate, and it all makes you wonder why Frampton has never done a complete ‘unplugged’ album.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Rick Springfield: Rocket Science

“…Rocket Science works so well because Springfield allows this sense of joy to coarse through the record, a palpable energy that helps turn this into one of his best latter-day albums.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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The Who: Live in Hyde Park

“Maybe one of the reasons they sound strong is the fact that Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend don’t run away from their age.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Bruce Springsteen: The Essential

“While the two main discs are for neophytes and casual fans, the third ‘bonus’ disc is for the hardcore — the kind of fans who will argue about the song selection on the previous two discs, and would be more interested in unreleased material than hits.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“If he (Lynne) hasn’t written a knockout single — a high bar for a craftsman of 67 to clear — he’s nevertheless sculpted ten strong songs, each one containing a sturdy melodic foundation and dressed in the handsomest threads of 1978.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“‘Movin’ On,’ ‘Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,’ ‘Honey Child,’ and ‘Gone, Gone, Gone,’ along with a representative portion of album cuts — show how Bad Company offered more than those well-known songs, how they moved with a steady macho assurance that stripped British blues-rock down to the loud, churning basics.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Bon Jovi: Burning Bridges

“Not since Graham Parker snarled about ‘Mercury Poisoning’ has a rocker not bothered with parting niceties to his benefactors, and the venom invigorates Jon Bon Jovi, allowing him to write a nagging melody that immediately hooks under the skin and revealing just what a slog the rest of this fare-thee-well actually is.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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Mark Knopfler: Tracker

“Scaled smaller than 2012’s double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap […]

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AC/DC: Rock or Bust

“If Rock or Bust does indeed wind up as the final AC/DC record — they did indeed weather many setbacks during its creation — it will stand as a suitable career-capper. It may be no different than what came before, but Rock or Bust is by many measures stronger than most latter-day AC/DC albums, serving […]

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“In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale’s ‘After Midnight’ and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was […]

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Bryan Ferry: Avonmore

“On the album art of Avonmore, the record he released when he was a year shy of 70, Bryan Ferry showcases himself as a dashing young man — a portrait of an artist not as a glam trailblazer or distinguished elder statesman, but rather caught in an indeterminate time between the gorgeous heartbreak of Roxy […]

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Neil Young: Storytone

“…Storytone is fairly messy — which is quite an achievement for an album recorded in large part live in front of a full orchestra. Young does indeed croon over those strings, often rhapsodizing about the powers of new love or pleading to save the Earth, although he sometimes gets restless and rolls out a swinging […]

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Billy Joel: The Essential Billy Joel

“…for the most part, this has every one of Joel’s heavy-hitters, and his craftsmanship, both as a songsmith and record maker, has never shone brighter. The biggest fault is that there is a notable drop-off in quality after 1986’s The Bridge (which ends midway through disc two), but even so, this is as good a […]

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“Retrospectively, it’s a surprise that Nicks sat on these songs for years, but that only indicates just how purple a patch she had during Fleetwood Mac’s glory days. It’s a good thing she dug through her back pages and finished these songs, as she’s wound up with one of her strongest albums.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog […]

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Neil Young: A Letter Home

“‘What the hell?!?’ is an appropriate first response to Neil Young’s A Letter Home. Not for its content: Echoing Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait, Young covers 11 songs that mean a lot to him with tender, unfeigned affection. Less straightforward is how they’re presented. Young cut the mostly solo acoustic performances at Jack White’s lo-fi Voice-O-Graph […]

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