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B-Movie - Climate of Fear
Review by Gary Hill
If you like the music of bands like Bauhaus and the Cure you are very likely to enjoy this. This album is set in that same style of music.

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Bachman - Heavy Blues
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always been torn when it comes to the output of Randy Bachman – or at least the major output.

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Michal Bandac & Morning Glory - Monte Carlo Music & Salon Songs
Review by Gary Hill
This double disc set is unusual.

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Bane - The Note
Review by Gary Hill
I am probably one of the more unusual progressive rock fans in that I always liked hardcore - you know that raw, frantic version of punk rock of which the most well known band was probably The Dead Kennedys - well, Suicidal Tendencies, but they were a bit more metal. While that may not seem a very progressive rock thing to admit, it's the truth.
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Bekah Barnett - Rise
Review by Gary Hill
This album really feels like it could have been released in the 1970s. It has a lot in common with the music of artists like Carole King and Joni Mitchell.

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Luca Bash - Keys of Mine
Review by Gary Hill

The vocals on this set have a definite reggae element, but the music for the most part is not set in that style. The music is also not confined to any one style, except the wide ranging pop rock heading.


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John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley - All Wood and Stones II
Review by Gary Hill
This is a set of covers of Rolling Stones songs.

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The Beat Farmers - Heading North 53 N° 8° E
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from the Beat Farmers is fun. Their brand of cow-punk is often funny.

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Beautiful Creatures - Deuce
Review by Greg Olma
Bang Tango never got the credit that they deserved but as they say in business, timing is everything. They came out during the saturation period of glam/hair metal and got lumped in with them.
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Ivan Beecroft - Whatever
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of people these days just listen to a song here and there rather than a whole album. That will benefit this set.

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Beijing - Night
Review by Gary Hill
These guys seem to wander along a number of musical landscapes.

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Lisa Bell - The Italian Project
Review by Gary Hill
What a great album this is. Lisa Bell’s voice is strong and also very versatile.

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Lindsay Bellows - Wake to Dream
Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the real driving element to this set. Each song features multiple layers of singing that showcases so much talent and style.
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Matt Bennett - Charlie Murphy is a Dead Man
Review by Gary Hill
Many times the music or the vocal performance or both are the most crucial parts of a release.

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George Benson - Breezin' (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
I remember hearing the title track to this album on the radio all the time in the 1970s.

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Bill Berends - In My Dreams I Can Fly
Review by Gary Hill
Other than drums, this is a one man show.

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Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61
Review by Gary Hill
The new compilation, as the title suggests, is exhaustive in terms of the music released in the particular time period covered.

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Better than Ezra - Surprise
Review by Gary Hill
This is a special remastered reissue of the first Better than Ezra album.

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Beverly Girl - Feather and Dust
Review by Gary Hill
Fans of 1980s music will like this.

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Bicircular - Black Celebration
Review by Gary Hill

This new disc is a tribute to the Depeche Mode album of the same title. Don't expect a carbon copy of the original, though.


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Big Country - We're Not in Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)
Review by Gary Hill

It's a pretty safe bet that for a lot of people out there Big Country is represented by one song - their big hit "In a Big Country." This new collection shows that the band had more than one trick up their sleeves.


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Big Sexy Noise - Collision Course/Trust the Witch
Review by Gary Hill
This is an interesting double disc set. One third of this band is Lydia Lunch, and anyone who knows anything about her will have an idea of what this is about.

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Charles Billingsley - It's Christmas Time Again
Review by Gary Hill

When looking for new holiday music, this album is a great place to start. The arrangement here are generally traditional (leaning toward jazz mostly, but also classical music).


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Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977
Review by Gary Hill

After Alice Cooper the man and Alice Cooper the band parted ways, the members of the band formed Billion Dollar Babies. They only ever recorded one studio album - Battle Axe.


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Kwame Binea Shakedown - Roots Rock n Universal Love
Review by Gary Hill

This is one great album. Its blend of sounds range from blues and soul and classic to jazz and reggae.


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Josh Birdsong - Simple Geometry
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose the easiest definition of this is alternative rock meets pop music.

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Josh Birdsong - Where the Light Bends
Review by Gary Hill
I came very close to landing this one under progressive rock. It definitely has ties to modern prog, and some songs land fully under that heading.

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Bitter’s Kiss - Bitter’s Kiss
Review by Gary Hill
There is folk and alternative along with shoegaze and more here.

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Biv and the Mnemonics - The Pace
Review by Gary Hill
I struggled with the question of whether this album was progressive rock or not.

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Black 47 - Fire of Freedom
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is a fine combination of many varied musical styles. There is a definite Irish bent that is always present on the album (sometimes in the music, sometimes the vocals, sometimes the lyrics, sometimes all of them).
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Black 47 - Live In New York City
Review by Gary Hill
A document of a live show of this intriguing band, this is a fun album. Black 47 combines Irish sensibilities, instrumentation and lyrical content with jazzy horn sections and punk, rock and reggae musical styles into a very entertaining stew of musical entertainment.
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Black 47 - Last Call
Review by Gary Hill
This is really a bittersweet moment.

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Black 47 - Rise Up
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a collection of Black 47 political songs.

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Black Bluebirds - Like Blood For Music
Review by Gary Hill

This album is unique and a bit hard to pin down. I suppose the easiest reference is to say "Gothic rock," but there is a lot of range and stylistic alteration within that description.


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The Black Clouds - Better Days
Review by Gary Hill
The Black Clouds? I don’t think so. Isn’t this really a long lost Nirvana album?

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Black Note Graffiti - Volume II: Without Nothing I'm You
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of nu-metal in the mix on this album. It has plenty of alternative rock and more, too.

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Black Star Riders - All Hell Breaks Loose
Review by Greg Olma
It was always going to be difficult to separate this release from a Thin Lizzy release.  

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Black State Highway - Black State Highway
Review by Gary Hill
Hailing from Latvia, lead singer Liva Steinberga has a great female hard rock voice.

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Nick Black - Deep Blue
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is great. It's hard to call this purely modern music. In fact, it would be sorely inaccurate.

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Nick Black - Summer + Spring
Review by Gary Hill
This is an intriguing set of music. The majority of it lands in jazzy territory.

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Tiki Black - Out of the Black
Review by Gary Hill
There is a real world music vibe to much of this album.

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Blacklist Union - Til Death Do Us Part
Review by Gary Hill
Gothic rock and things like Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack are heard here.

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Blakeley - Caffeine and Nicotine
Review by Gary Hill

This new single has a real pop edge, but is overall tastefully raw and rough around the edges.


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Blessid Union of Souls - Live at Never on Sunday
Review by Gary Hill
This live album comes with a companion DVD. That DVD includes one extra song.

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Bliss - Chasing the Mad Rabbit
Review by Gary Hill
F eaturing some of the best song writing I have heard in a long time, this is a very strong and entertaining release. There was a solid temptation to include this album in the progressive rock section because many of the cuts have very strong prog leanings, but the influences here are so varied, non-prog seems to fit better.
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Blondie - No Exit
Review by Gary Hill
For fans of the classic Blondie sound, this album is certainly a welcome return. The band seems to have stayed faithful to their old sound, while updating it.
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Blondie - Live
Review by Gary Hill
Upon listening to this disc a question comes to mind. As good as this album is, why is this the first live album this band has released?
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Blood Sweat and Tears - Child Is Father to the Man (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
This new audiophile release is great.

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The Bloody Lovelies - Some Truth and a Little Money
Review by Gary Hill
Does anyone remember Jellyfish? Those who liked that hook-laden, psychedelically-tinged rock band should be equally drawn to this group.
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Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steven Stills - Super Session (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new limited edition, numbered audiophile reissue of a classic old album.

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Joel Madison Blount - Our New Moon
Review by Gary Hill

This disc is full of effective songs. There are a few words that could be used to describe nearly every piece here, including "moody," "atmospheric" and "dreamy."


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The Blow Monkeys - Feels Like a New Morning
Review by Gary Hill
The Blow Monkeys got their start in the 1980s so it’s no surprise that their sound is tied to that era.

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Blue Apollo - Light-Footed Hours
Review by Gary Hill

There is nothing Earth-shattering or decidedly original here. Instead, this is effective modern pop music, cut from much the same cloth as a lot of similar music.


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Blue Apollo - Circles (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill

I also reviewed an EP from this artist in this issue. This is the new single leading up to their next album.


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The Blue Dolphins - Walking in the Sun
Review by Gary Hill
This music is rather timeless.

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The Blue Dolphins - Come On!
Review by Gary Hill
I like this outfit quite a bit. Their music has a real timeless quality.

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Blue Eyed Sun - Tidal Sound
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds on this is cool.

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Blue Öyster Cult - Curse of the Hidden Mirror
Review by Gary Hill
Blue Oyster Cult has always been an unusual band. They have many cuts in their history that are classic hard rocking pieces. I'm talking the kind of songs that really rise heads above the vast majority of music out there
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Blue Öyster Cult - Extraterrestrial Live
Review by Gary Hill
Released in 1982, this album is a very solid chronicle of a BOC live during the height of their career. Combining prog elements with accessible hooks and potent metal, this album definitely qualifies as prog metal.
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Blue Öyster Cult - Heaven Forbid
Review by Gary Hill
Although the cover art leaves a bit to be desired, Heaven Forbid can certainly be looked on as a rebirth for BOC. This album seems to take the best of old BOC and bring up to date, while still staying true to those original concepts.
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Blue Öyster Cult - The Revolution By Night
Review by Gary Hill
Released in October of 1983, Revolution by Night was the 12th album by Blue Oyster Cult. The music on the album is definitely in the hard rock/heavy metal sort of genre, while showing many indications of more progressive leanings, both in writing and arranging.
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Blue Öyster Cult - Workshop of the Telescopes
Review by Gary Hill
This two disc compilation covers the majority of the band`s career, and hits upon many of their styles. From time to time, the music leans to metal, prog-metal, pop and hard rock.

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BluRum13 - Inverted
Review by Gary Hill
This hip hop album is fairly diverse.

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Victoria Blythe - Silver Flyer
Review by Gary Hill
This set should definitely appeal to fans of 1970s soft rock singers.

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Bobgoblin - Love Lost for Blood Lust
Review by Gary Hill
The blend of sounds here is interesting.

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Bodragaz - Bodragaz
Review by Gary Hill
Although the production on this disc is a bit flat at times, it is quite a listenable and entertaining release. The music here has prog leanings, but is more in a classic rock format.
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Bodragaz - Somewhere In Switzerland
Review by Gary Hill
The second album from Colorado`s Bodragaz, this release continues their musical mode focusing on the `70`s classic rock sound. This band is quite accomplished at that sound, and incorporating occasional progish leanings into it.
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Boetz - Call to Arms
Review by Mike Korn
Here is one dinosaur that is not going to extinction quietly. Ernie Boetz is one huge real-life statement of defiance, giving a stiff middle finger to the rock of the new millennium.
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Tommy Bolin - Whirlwind
Review by Gary Hill
Tommy Bolin is best known for his work with Deep Purple, James Gang and the Billy Cobham band.

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Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Greek Theatre
Review by Gary Hill
This new live album finds Joe Bonamassa playing tribute to the three Kings of the blues, Freddie, Albert and the one true king BB.
 

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Bonomo - Phases
Review by Gary Hill
There are definitely roots music elements at play here. This has a lot of John Mayer built into it, too.

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Books on Fate - Myth of Trust (single)
Review by Gary Hill
Books on Fate might sound like the name of a band and the music might sound like it’s created by a band, but that’s not true.

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Pat Boone - R&B Duet Hits
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an intriguing set. We get Pat Boone paired with a lot of different artists for classic R&B tunes.

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Bossiie - Tjovitjo
Review by Gary Hill
I like this EP. It’s hip hop, but it’s also unique.

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The Boston Boys - Keep Me Satisfied
Review by Gary Hill
I really like the sound on this EP. It’s pretty unique.

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Albert Bouchard - Incantation
Review by Jason Hillenburg
You can call Albert Bouchard many things, but predictable isn't one of them.

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Joe Bouchard - The Power of Music
Review by Gary Hill
Joe Bouchard is probably best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult.

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Joe Bouchard - Playin' History
Review by Gary Hill

Joe Bouchard is best known as one of the members of the classic lineup of Blue Oyster Cult. You wouldn't really need to know that if you heard this album.


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The Boy from the Crowd - Revelator (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is pretty cool rocking music.

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The Boy from the Crowd - Where the Bees Come to Die
Review by Gary Hill
Hard rock, punk, electronic music and more merge on this new release.

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Mary Bragg - Lucky Strike
Review by Gary Hill
I suppose "modern roots music" would be a good description of this album. It's based on blues, country, folk and rock styles.

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Chris Braide - Fifty Dollar Planets and Twenty Cent Stars
Review by Gary Hill
The easiest way to describe this would be modern pop music.

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Brain Surgeons - Malpractice
Review by Gary Hill

Brain Surgeons is former BOC member Albert Bouchard`s band. The group utilizes elements of Blue Oyster Cult in new and unusual ways.


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Brain Surgeons - Piece of Work
Review by Gary Hill
This album really seems to show that this band is not content to be working in one particular style. Indeed, the styles on this double disc release range from jazzy barbershop singing to hard rock to ballads to progish material
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Phillip Brandon - Phillip Brandon
Review by Gary Hill
This EP has some classy music.

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Norine Braun - Conventus The Eye of the Heart
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty good set. The mix of sounds is interesting and musically it’s always good.

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J. Briozo - Deep in the Waves
Review by Gary Hill

It's not easy to pin a label on this set. It could almost land under progressive rock, though.


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Broke Royals - The Luxury of Time Pt. III
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of modern and old school is pretty complete here. 

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Broke Royals - The Broke Royals
Review by Gary Hill

Those who like the modern type of pop rock will find plenty to enjoy here. These guys have crafted some catchy and energetic pop songs here.


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Broken Guru - Bent Up Halo
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of this makes me think of Lords of the New Church.

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Eliot Bronson - James
Review by Gary Hill

There seems to be a big movement towards roots music and folk based sounds these days. This album fits in that category.


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Ben Brookes - The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon
Review by Gary Hill

Ben Brookes' style of music seems most closely tied to Cat Stevens, but there is also plenty of reference here to acts like Al Stewart and Donovan. All these songs are well written and performed.


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Gregg Kofi Brown - Rock N Roll and UFOs; The Gregg Kofi Brown Anthology
Review by Gary Hill

This compilation is tasty. Personally, I wish there had been a bit more range from song to song, but everything here is effective.


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Peter Brown - Warm
Review by Bruce Stringer
A CD landed on my doorstep from Malaysia a short while ago which took my interest and inevitably ended up doing it's revolutions in my CD player on and off over a few weeks.

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Jack Bruce - Silver Rails
Review by Gary Hill
When you are Jack Bruce, it’s a safe bet you can get your pick of musicians who want to play with you.

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Peter Bruntnell - Retrospective
Review by Gary Hill
This is a pretty good album made up of some very good songs with a few great ones.

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Peter Bruntnell - Nos Da Comrade
Review by Gary Hill
I would consider this to be a timeless album. It's not the kind of thing that's tied to a particular musical style or era.

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Buckstein - Country Side
Review by Gary Hill
This EP lands in rocking country territory. Even so, there is a good amount of range here.

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Mary Bue - Holy Bones
Review by Gary Hill
I dig the great rock vibe of this album.

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Erica Buettner - True Love and Water
Review by Gary Hill
Delicate and artistic, this is a hard album to categorize.

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Bullyheart - Antigravity
Review by Gary Hill
The one central factor that runs through this, is the female voice.

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Bunny Clogs - Whales Can’t Whistle
Review by Gary Hill
A lot of times music that’s intended for kids doesn’t work well for adults.

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Eric Burdon - My Secret Life
Review by Josh Turner
This artist is best known for the hit House of the Rising Sun. During the song's golden era, he was the lead singer for The Animals.
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Solomon Burke - Live at Montreux 2006
Review by Gary Hill
Gospel, soul, blues, jazz, and R&B are all combined here.

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The Butterfield Blues Band - East West (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This 1960s release is getting the audiophile treatment and what an album this is.

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Paul Butterfield - Live in New York 1970 (new vinyl edition)
Review by Gary Hill
The sound quality on this album is great, particularly considering that live recordings in 1970 could be spotty.

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