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KamerTunesBlog Year In Review 2015

2015 has been a tumultuous year for me. As suggested in the Wait Until The Summer’s Gone and Long Time Gone posts that bookended my six month break from writing about music…and connecting with my readers, other bloggers and fellow music lovers…a combination of good, bad & time-consuming life events kept me focused on other things for nearly half the year. Whereas in the past I’ve revisited the complete catalogs of ten or more artists, this year I only managed to cover two (Toto and Supergrass), but I also wrote about my Not-So-Guilty Pleasures, my Favorite Debut Albums, my First Five Concerts and my appreciation for the non-stop hook-fest that is Survivor’s “High On You.” Although I was “off the grid” for much of 2015 I still managed to accumulate lots of CDs & LPs (I am an obsessive music collector just like you, after all), and somehow I found the time to listen to each new acquisition at least a couple of times. As I looked through the list of albums I got this year, I expected to vaguely remember most of them but was pleasantly surprised at how many wonderful discoveries I made, in addition to all the excellent new releases by artists I already love. What could have been a down year for me, musically-speaking, turned out to be another winner, with just as many memorable albums as the last few years.

Below you’ll find two lists. The first one highlights the albums that were released in 2015 (and some from 2014 that I didn’t get to last year) which made the biggest impression on me, while the second list covers the reissues, live albums, compilations, box sets & other older releases that I spent the most time with. Just like last year, I didn’t have time to include links to audio clips but everything on these lists is worth seeking out, whether it’s via YouTube, a streaming service or a “give it a shot without hearing it first” CD or LP purchase (which is often my preferred method of musical research).

Thanks to everyone who stopped by in 2015 and shared your stories, opinions, suggestions and support. I hope you & your loved ones are enjoying the holiday season. Wishing you a happy, healthy & musically adventurous New Year.

Albums Released In 2015, and 2014 Releases I Finally Heard This Year (in alphabetical order)
The Autumn Defense – Fifth
Marshall Crenshaw – #392: The EP Collection
The Dear Hunter – Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Steve Earle – Terraplane
Echolyn – I Heard You Listening
Fish On Friday – Godspeed
David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
Steve Hackett – Wolflight
Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
Don Henley – Cass County
Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Joe Jackson – Fast Forward
Dave Kerzner – New World
Knifeworld – The Unravelling
Mark Knopfler – Tracker
Matt Pond PA – The State Of Gold
Allison Moorer – Down To Believing
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
Ben Ottewell – Rattlebag
Joseph Pagano – Graveyard Of Dreams
Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
Sanguine Hum – Now We Have Light
Schnauser – Protein For Everyone
Smallpools – Lovetap!
Spock’s Beard – The Oblivion Particle
Squeeze – Cradle To The Grave
The Tangent – A Spark In The Aether
Toto – XIV
Umphrey’s McGee – The London Session
Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
The Winery Dogs – Hot Streak
The Zombies – Still Got That Hunger

Newly Acquired Reissues, Live Albums, Compilations & Box Sets (And Artists I Finally Checked Out) In 2015 (in alphabetical order)
Anathema – Fine Days: 1999-2004
Bad Company – Bad Company + Straight Shooter (Deluxe Editions)
The Beach Boys – Beach Boys’ Party Uncovered And Unplugged
Ry Cooder – Soundtracks
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974
The Czars – Best Of The Czars
Del Amitri – Into The Mirror – Del Amitri Live In Concert
Kevin Gilbert – Toy Matinee Acoustic + Thud (20th Anniversary Edition)
Hitchcock, Robyn – Uncorrected Personality Traits
The Isley Brothers – The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters
The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy – Draining The Glass: 1982-86
King Crimson – Thrak Box
Led Zeppelin – Super Deluxe Box Sets of last four albums
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe
Wes Montgomery – Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides
The Moody Blues – The Magnificent Moodies (Deluxe Edition)
John Power – The Complete Studio Recordings 2002-2015
Pugwash – A Rose In The Garden Of Weeds
Eddi Reader – The Blanco y Negro Years
Saxon – The Complete Albums 1979-1988
Shoes – 35 Years – The Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012
Jane Siberry – Love Is Everything – The Jane Siberry Anthology
Frank Sinatra – Portrait Of Sinatra – Columbia Classics
Super Furry Animals – Songbook – The Singles Volume One
Tangerine Dream – The Virgin Years 1974-1978 + The Virgin Years 1977-1983
20/20 – 20/20 + Look Out!
Wilco – Alpha Mike Foxtrot – Rare Tracks 1994-2014
XTC – Drums And Wires (Blu-ray edition)
Yes – Relayer (Blu-ray edition)
Neil Young – Bluenote Café

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20 comments on “KamerTunesBlog Year In Review 2015

  1. deKE
    December 21, 2015

    Great to have you back Rich! Quite a comprehensive list as well and very diverse! I’m sure HMO will rejoice when he notices the Saxon collection! Ha! Considering you a had a ton of stuff on your plate in regards to family and moving commitments you still took in a lot of tunes!
    Well done….
    All the best to U and your family this holiday season…

    Derek

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    • Thanks, Derek. Best wishes to you & your loved ones as well.

      Until this year I didn’t own any Saxon, so that box set was a welcome addition to my collection. Not everything is great but certainly the first 4-5 albums are excellent. As for the rest of my lists, I’m thrilled that I was able to take in so much new music, while also letting lot of my old favorites keep me company during some of the more stressful times. Believe it or not, everything on the lists probably adds up to about 20-25% of the music I acquired in 2015. Yep, I have a problem. Haha.

      Best…
      Rich

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  2. stephen1001
    December 21, 2015

    Merry Christmas Rich, I hope 2016 is much less tumultuous for you – though I hope it still contains such wonderful music investments!

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    • Thanks, Geoff. What would we do without music, through good times & bad times. Hmm, why am I thinking about Led Zeppelin now? Haha. Once my wife & I buy a new house and I have my media room set up, I’m thinking about doing a series on the Zeppelin super-deluxe box sets. Never thought I would write about my all-time favorite band but this seems like a good excuse to do so.

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your loved ones. Looking forward to lots of fun conversations in 2016.

      Cheers!
      Rich

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  3. keepsmealive
    December 21, 2015

    Wow! Those are impressive lists! Especially given everything else you had going on (as you noted). Well done Rich!

    I am especially keen to get my mitts on that Wilco boxed set. But man, there’s a ton of stuff in there I’ve never heard of, and that makes me happy. More new-to-me musics to check out!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Rich!

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    • Thanks, Aaron. Isn’t it amazing how many new albums are released every year, and how many of them are excellent? I’m constantly adding to my must-check-out list based on all the posts in our wonderful blogging community, and I hope you eventually hear some of the albums included in my lists. If only we could listen to music 24/7.

      Happy Holidays & New Year to you & your loved ones.

      Best wishes,
      Rich

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      • keepsmealive
        December 22, 2015

        New-to-me musics makes me so happy. In fact, you might even say it Keeps Me Alive! 😉

        Have a great holiday!

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      • Hey, that could be a good name for a blog. Hehe. Wishing you lots of new-to-me music. Merry & Happy…
        Rich

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  4. J.
    December 22, 2015

    That’s an impressive and varied list there, Rich. Loads of goods in both the new and reissued stuffs!

    Happy Holidays … and all the best for the New Year!

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  5. John Sturm
    December 22, 2015

    Lots of things in your lists that I nodded my head in agreement to! Welcome back Rich, here’s to a more settled 2016!

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    • Thanks, John. I hope you’ve had a great year with lots of music discoveries & re-discoveries. Glad we had some albums in common. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Let’s continue the always enjoyable conversations in 2016.

      Best wishes,
      Rich

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  6. 80smetalman
    December 22, 2015

    Some good albums here, merry Christmas Rich!

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  7. DanicaPiche
    December 24, 2015

    Hi Rich! As always, excellent lists. The new Decemberists’ album caught my attention right away. I didn’t know that Mark Knopfler also had a new release. I’m waiting to listen to the new Iron Maiden release…I’m half-tempted to wait until the tour and hopefully see live performances first.

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    • Phillip Helbig
      December 24, 2015

      Why see live performances first? If anything, I think that it is better to know the songs well before hearing them live. Also, at least one song—one of the best ones (though they are all good)—they will probably never play live.

      The new Maiden album is definitely good. Very good.

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      • DanicaPiche
        December 25, 2015

        Hi Phillip, I thought it would be an interesting perspective and one I’ve never experienced before.
        I’m glad to know that the new Maiden album is very good. That seems to be the general consensus.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        December 28, 2015

        Indeed. And I can’t think of any band which has maintained such high quality over such a long period. We are talking 35 years or so now.

        I’m looking forward to Rich revisiting his Maiden collection.

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      • Happy New Year, Danica and Phillip. I hope 2016 has gotten off to a great start for both of you. I like Danica’s plan to see Maiden on the current tour before listening to the new album. There have only been a handful of times when I saw an artist without knowing their latest record but each time it made me appreciate the album even more when I finally heard it. In the case of Maiden, it’s a great record but it’s not like they’re breaking any new ground.

        Phillip, I promise to eventually revisit & write about the Maiden catalog but I need to get settled in my new hometown first. They’re pretty high on my list of priorities once I get back to my regular blogging activities.

        Best…
        Rich

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