In a move that is both marketing-savvy and consumer-friendly, Sony Legacy has broken out thematic single-disc anthologies from its recent Grammy Award-winning deluxe boxed sets devoted to jazz immortals Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.
James Taylor's first studio effort since 1997's Grammy Award-lauded Hourglass shows him deftly darting from the acoustic-pop sound that's rendered him one of our generation's top artists to gentle jazz interludes.
Filter can be mighty proud of the 12 songs that constitute The Amalgamut. There is plenty for hard-rockers and punks to dig into: the angry, ranting "Columind"; the tortured dialogue of "My Long Walk to Jail"...
Arriving just weeks prior to Lucky Dog/ Sony Nashville's star-studded tribute to Cash (Kindred Spirits, featuring Dylan and Springsteen), Dressed in Black seems certain to be overlooked, as it sports a lineup of such little-known but respected artists as Rosie Flores and Bruce Robison.