Rhino Records has released a collection of Richard Pryor's classic standup material on a two-disc set called The Anthology (1968-1992). The set includes 26 bits taken from Pryor's seven Warner Brothers albums and the Pryor archives. Included are "Super Nigger," "Black & White Life Styles," "Wino Dealing With Dracula," "Cocaine," "Freebase," and more.
Trey Gunn Band
(First World Records)
Since re-engaging the experimental rock machine of the now four-decades-old King Crimson in the mid-'90s, leader-guitarist Robert Fripp has released a barrage of discs under the KC monicker, and encouraged his accompanists to do the same. Since the band now runs its own label, Discipline Global Mobile, there has been no shortage of King Crimson live and experimental studio material over the past five years.
Now, the band has released a document of its 1996 return tour as a "double trio" that includes Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Bruford on percussion, Tony Levin on bass and Trey Gunn on guitar.
Vroom Vroom is a two-disc set that finds the band conquering mainly '90s material on the first disc, Vrooom Vrooom Live in Mexico City, and the material of early '80s era Crimson on the second disc, On Broadway Live in New York City.
The discs also include extensive liner notes and photos from the tour, and an explanation of the rise and fall of the band's incarnation as an experimental "double trio."
The Trey Gunn Band is one of many Crimson spin-offs. As Gunn has set the guitar tone for Crimson with his unique eight-string touch guitar over the past decade, so his solo outings, which spotlight his instrumental guitar prowess, resonate with a jammy, rhythmic Crimson feel. Live Encounter captures nine tracks recorded by the band during its September 2000 and February 2001 tours.
Gunn takes a slightly more melodic approach to his material than Crimson's often abusively avant rock attacks, which makes his live disc a slightly more enjoyable listen.
Jane Siberry first achieved prominence in Canada for her ethereal folk-stylings in the early '80s. Eventually, after landing a minor hit with "Mimi on the Beach," she signed to Warner Brothers in the U.S., which never quite knew what to do with her ever-adventurous mix of folk, airy pop and eventually dance and jazz — all supporting her quirky lyrical humor and soaring, sometimes whispering delivery.
Siberry achieved her closest brush with fame for the moving song "Calling All Angels," which appeared in the 1991 Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World. After leaving Warner to start her own Sheeba label in 1996, Siberry began to collaborate with an increasing array of artists all around the world for a variety of projects, following a fiercely independent muse and contributing to soundtracks, various artists collections, and to albums by Joe Jackson and Ghostland.
City explores the wealth and diversity of Siberry's collaborative work, including two of her songs for Wim Wenders, the aforementioned "Calling All Angels," and "Slow Tango," from his movie Faraway So Close. It also includes her collaboration with Graeme Revell, "It Can't Rain All the Time" for The Crow soundtrack, and "All the Pretty Little Ponies" from the movie Barney's Great Adventure. With such a wide range of collaborators, City is an eclectic, but quietly melodic collection of songscapes all welded together by Siberry's angelic, airy vocal stylings.