October 5th, 2011
This month we’re featuring the recent album by Indiana University alum Booker T. Jones, as well as three new reissues from the Stax Remasters series including albums by the Dramatics, Shirley Brown, and Rufus Thomas (the latter backed by Booker T & the MGs). To get in the October spirit we’ve selected the hip hop release Goblin by Tyler the Creator, as well as Le Freak, the forthcoming Nile Rodgers autobiography. Three new Bear Family compilations are covered—Big Joe Turner Rocks and Little Richard Rocks from the ongoing series, plus recordings of the vocal group The Prisonaires. Other compilations include Candi Staton: Evidence, The Complete Fame Records Masters, early recordings of the duo Layton & Johnstone: Me and the Man in the Moon, and the hip hop anthology Underground Overstood. New R&B releases include Ledisi’s Pieces of Me, Keke Wyatt’s Unbelievable!, and Rahsaan Patterson’s Bleuphoria. Wrapping up this issue is Jamie xx’s remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album, We’re New Here, and Bob Marley and the Wailers’ final concert Live Forever: September 23, 1980 : Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History