James Chance / James Chance & The Contortions

Buy

1979

No Wave

The Contortions are considered to be one of the most important and influential groups of the New York no wave scene, which spawned the crazed postmodern persona of James Chance alongside Lydia Lunch, Mars, and DNA, among others. James Chance was a sort of avant lounge lizard personality cult who led numerous projects throughout the '80s, yet he never quite topped the warped distillation of punk, funk, and free jazz presented here, making Buy a pivotal recording of the New York post-punk era.

- Dean McFarlane

Steeleye Span

The Lark in the Morning: The Early Years

September 16, 2003

British Folk-Rock

A generous two-disc rendering of the folk-rock legends' first three records, Hark! the Village Wait, Please to See the King, and Ten Man Mop are featured in their entirety, and in their original sequence, making this an absolute necessity for fans, and a perfect entry point for the uninitiated.

- James Monger