(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )
The Moody Blues: A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Deluxe Edition (Threshold/Polydor). The hits generated more momentum on this album’s old non-deluxe single-disc version, which excised the mushy non-hits that are now included.
New York Dolls: The Best of New York Dolls: 20th Century Masters, the Millennium Collection (Mercury). The one to own if you’re going to own more than New York Dolls but less than New York Dolls and In Too Much Too Soon.
NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars: Saved! (NorthernBlues). Ace demos for an as-yet-unrecorded album of gospel standards and some that might be.
A Perfect Circle: Thirteenth Step (Virgin America). The cover sticker proclaims the presence of ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha; the booklet reveals the absence of Iha at the time of the recording.
Poco: Running Horse (Drifter’s Church). Surprisingly little in the way of horsefeathers for an album that had me thinking “Jayhawks” until my wife said “Eagles.”