Shadow Classics archive
Read An Incendiary, Influential Funk Genius Gets Her Due
March 14, 2007 – Betty Davis' work presages that of strong hip-hop women from Erykah Badu to Foxy Brown.
Read Michael Nesmith: Overcoming The Monkees
March 7, 2007 – The Serious Monkee had songwriting chops and an unusual sound: a glossy mix of country and rock.
Read The Shining Moment Before a Spectacular Downfall
February 28, 2007 – The Chamber Strings' Month of Sundays is wistful wounded-boy pop of the highest order.
Read A Lively Dispatch from 'The Latin Motown'
February 21, 2007 – Salsa bandleader Ray Barretto was wildly prolific, but Barretto Power is incandescent.
Read Brainy Jazz Meets Gut-Level Expression
February 14, 2007 – George Benson's spry It's Uptown is more adventurous than the smooth jazz he'd make later.
Read The Last Coherent Statement of a Genius
February 7, 2007 – Sly Stone's Fresh represents the singer and icon at his most intimate.
Read A Guitar-Rock Great Gets Reissued and Revisited
January 31, 2007 – Former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd recently reworked his terrific 1987 solo album.
Read The Tokens: A One-Hit Wonder Goes Pop
January 24, 2007 – The Tokens spent much of the '60s trying to move away from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
Read James Booker: Making the Insipid Sublime
January 17, 2007 – A demonic showman, he could morph the most inane tune into shocking music in a manner of minutes.
Read A Long Career on the Brink of Fame
January 10, 2007 – An Irish-born singer with a husky voice, Katell Keineg remains virtually unknown.
Read The British Invasion Meets the Everlys' Elegance
January 3, 2007 – The Everly Brothers didn't stop making great records when the British Invasion struck.
Read The 'Overlooked 11' of 2006
December 20, 2006 – Tom Moon looks at this year's under-appreciated gems: the Shadow Classics of the future.
Read Abject Bitterness Meets Intoxicating Beauty
December 13, 2006 – On Workbook, Bob Mould shakes off hurtful accusations and lingering bad feelings.
Read Infectious, Philly-Style Soul, by Way of Jamaica
December 6, 2006 – Jackie Mittoo's Wishbone offers a beguiling and visionary blend of reggae, soul and pop.
Read Christian Pop Gets Metaphysical — and Tuneful
November 29, 2006 – Before she became known as a purveyor of arty pop, Sam Phillips made excellent Christian music.