We're getting close to the halfway point in the winter season, which doesn't make the skies any brighter or the temperature any higher, but does at least give us the encouragement of knowing that spring is just a little bit closer. It helps that this particular February brings with it a small but highly listen-worthy list of new live and studio releases and box set collections to shake us out of the winter blues.
New from the road
Steve Miller Band - Live at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, April 18th 1968
Here's a good taste of classic rock history, recorded a couple of months before the then barely one year old Steve Miller Band released their first studio album.
CD available 2/4/14
The Allman Brothers Band
If you prefer your Allmans live, these CDs and DVD should be on your list. Although they're not packaged together as a set, having all three gives us good snapshots of the band at three different points in their career.
Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992 CD
Boston Commons 8-17-71 CD
Live at Great Woods (2011) DVD
(all available 2/18/14)
Heart - Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum
After releasing Fanatic in 2012, Heart took it on the road, along with some of their longtime set list staples. The 14 tracks were recorded during a performance in Ontario.
CD, MP3, DVD, Blu-ray available 2/25/14
New from the studio
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions
Paul Rodgers pays tribute to the R&B and soul artists whose music influenced him to pursue a career in music. The album was recorded at Memphis Royal Studio, where many of those artists recorded. This is Rodgers' fifth solo studio album.
CD, MP3, LP available 2/4/14
Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky
Stepping out from under the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers banner, keyboardist Benmont Tench releases his first solo album, on which he adds lead vocals to the credits. Petty and Ringo Starr are among the artists who collaborated. All of the songs were written by Tench
CD available 2/18/14
Various artists - Muscle Shoals soundtrack
The soundtrack from the 2013 documentary about the legendary Alabama recording studio includes contributions from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Traffic, Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon, among others.
CD, LP, DVD, Blu-ray, DV 2/25/14