Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Live Album Lives

Of all the retrospectives we've ever done, one of the hardest to schedule out was the Concert Classics retro from November 2008. There were just so many worthy albums to consider, and so many different ways of approaching the whole thing. I mean, a number of the greatest acts ever to walk the stage (I'm thinking especially of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin) never put out a live album that lived up to the exhilaration of seeing them in concert. And some of the best live albums in rock history were released by bands whose studio work (and success) never quite matched up to the sheer power they were capable of delivering on stage.

In the latter camp falls one of the last albums to be trimmed off of our Nov. '08 schedule, one that arguably should have made the cut -- UFO's 1978 classic Strangers In The Night. I'm not out to settle the argument here... but I did finally finish the review.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Gloria Estefan

After five and a half years, we recently put our monthly artist retrospectives on hiatus. But the desire to cover multiple albums by a single artist never went away, and so we're now pleased to launch a new twist on an old idea. Our new occasional "Artist Spotlight" feature will offer our writers the platform to cover three to five albums at a time by the artist of their choice, with the reviews running sequentially. First up is Mark Millan, with four reviews this week of the artist he playfully refers to as his "Miami vice" -- the one and only Gloria Estefan. Join us!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday

Look out world -- The Daily Vault is a teenager.

Yes, it was 13 years ago today, on January 13, 1997, that DV Founder Christopher Thelen switched the virtual lights on and started cranking out a daily stream of reviews that has yet to cease. Chris' inaugural review of ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones' solo disc Fire And Gasoline set the tone and form for 13 years of in-depth examinations of music that delves into the history of the artists and the album, placing the music firmly in context.

We could go on, but we'd really rather not, because when you get down to it, it's always been about the same thing -- the music. And so, let's get back to it.