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Music by the book

Music | New albums achieve different things for Robertson and Springsteen
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

In 2016, the “autobiography soundtrack” gathered momentum as a medium by which record companies repackage and sell old rock ’n’ roll to aging audiences that still prefer buying to streaming.

Stripped-down versions of the box sets, these single-disc offerings mix greatest hits with previously unreleased cuts and attempt to represent in music the lives that accompanying autobiographies depict in prose.

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New Christmas Albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/16/16, 11:00 am

Upon a Winter’s Night

Cara Dillon

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Blues with a wink

Music | Jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison inspired fellow artists
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/16/16, 11:00 am

“We’d like to bring out at this time one of the great musical heroes of this century. …”

The date was Nov. 30, 1989, the venue New York’s Beacon Theatre, and the speaker Van Morrison, who was taping a performance that would soon be released as The Concert. The “great musical hero” who strolled out was Mose Allison.

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