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Volume II, Issue 42
April 12 - April 19, 1999  
 
Music
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A Versatile Voice [2]
Remembering the great singer Joe Williams.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Lesson Life [3]
Death penalty opponents promote healing with the Journey of Hope concert.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Album Reviews
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Blood and Memories [6]
The reissues of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's studio work document the growth of Vaughan's seven-year professional recording career from bar blues cover band to a fully realized songwriter.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
What Is This? [7]
Pinning down the Meat Puppets on the occasion of Rykodisc's reissues of the band's SST catalog.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Last Soul Company [8]
A new box set puts 30 years of Malaco Records into perspective.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Reissues and Box Sets [9]
The Disco Box, Dusty Springfield, Bad Company, Deep Purple, and more.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Artist Profiles
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Gettin' Jazzed [4]
Maybe you haven't heard about Medeski, Martin and Wood. But you probably will.
— Dave McElfresh, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
A California Country Girl [5]
Gilliam Welch defies the critics to play thoroughly modern old-fashioned music.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

W e recently lost one of our nation's great treasures, blues and jazz vocalist Joe Williams. Known to many as the grandfather on TV's "The Cosby Show," Williams contributed greatly to the musical history of our country while performing with the likes of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and many more. Also on the jazz tip, we've got a profile of Medeski, Martin and Wood.

It's a time for re-releases and retrospection in the music world. This week we take a look at a new "Best of" release from blues great Stevie Ray Vaughn. Four of his studio albums have also been re-released with bonus tracks and new liner notes. Next up is a look back at the catalog of the Meatpuppets upon the re-release of their catalog on SST Records. Malaco Records brought southern soul to the nation and is celebrating the release of a six CD box set that covers the label's 30 year history. Plus, quick looks at several more retrospective releases from Austin Chronicle.


Mini Reviews
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Rhythm and Views [10]

  • Martin's Folly
  • Fireballs of Freedom
  • Oranj Symphonette

Turn Up That Noise! [11]
  • Gil Scott-Heron
  • Pachora
  • Dave Douglas

Now What? [12]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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