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February 2014 classic rock releases

These will, these will rock you

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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

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Keyhole

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

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Savoy Label Group

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 TenchYou 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

Box Set Boogie

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Legacy

True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story
4 CD set available 2/25/14

Rainbow - The Rainbow Singles Box Set 1975-1986
19 CD set and MP3 version available 2/11/14

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head To His Heart To His Hands
3 CD/ 1 DVD set available 2/4/14

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