X emerged as a key act in L.A.'s vibrant punk scene of the late '70s. Unlike some others, though, X created intelligently written tales that have barely aged a day. With these reissues of the band's first three albums, fans can re-discover rockin' classics like "Sex and Dying in High Society," "The Once Over Twice," and early MTV smash "The Hungry Wolf."
Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it apart from other, similar projects by tapping the talents of several musicians who were actually around when these classics were penned.
The rerelease of Operation: Livecrime offers proof that Rÿche'n'rollers can't get enough of the 1988 concept album that broke Queensrÿche into the mainstream with a crack so thunderous that the disc remains the yardstick by which the act's music is measured.
Best-known for his 1997 ballad "For You," Kenny Lattimore breaks out of the ballad box and weighs in with what he describes as "fun, straight-up R&B" on his third album—and first for new label home Arista.