by Will Harris
On November 18 of last year, Jethro Tull fans rejoiced when Rhino released STAND UP: THE ELEVATED EDITION, a highly expanded reissue of the band’s sophomore album. It was a massive piece of work – you can read all about it right here – and that was certainly a very good thing for those who purchased it, but for those who only wanted the new Steven Wilson remixes of the original album tracks, it was a little frustrating, because they weren’t available independently of the set.
The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
If you watched the Grammy Awards last night, then you saw Bruno Mars’ loving tribute to the late, great music legend known as Prince, but now it’s time to get back to listening to the man himself…and in case you hadn’t yet noticed, as of yesterday, you can once again listen to his Warner Bros. catalog via your favorite digital streaming services.
Kris Kristofferson is a man of many talents. He found himself within the pages of Sports Illustrated in 1958 for his athletic prowess at Pomona College, and his academics were strong enough to subsequently earn him a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. After that, he spent time as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, and upon leaving the military he embarked on a career as a songwriter, which ultimately transitioned into a career as a singer-songwriter.