This piece was originally published August 27th, 2012.
It’s been a really good year for album releases by music legends.
There have been great albums turned out by the usually reliable: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Americana, Patti Smith, Bhangra, Air, La Voyage Dans la Lune, Paul McCartney, Kisses On The Bottom, Tom Jones, Spirit In The Room, and Public Image Ltd.,This Is PIL.
The Beach Boys delivered a surprisingly wonderful (and I have to admit, completely unexpected) album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released not only among the year’s best albums, they are two of my faves of this year, plus they will also rank alongside these artists discographies finest.
The first album is Dr. John’s Locked Down, reviewed previously here, and the second, the subject of this Mystery Box— the newest album by Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, astutely entitled Rebirth.