Once owned on compact disc (ripped if I remember correctly), I was rather pleased when Epitaph Records released a transparent orange vinyl version of the Dropkick Murphy’s second album (and in my option BEST), The Gang’s All Here. 500 copies of this color were released in 2010, some 11 years after the original release, and upon quick digging, there appears to be a red vinyl version limited to 600 pressings. Though they fall under the pop-punk umbrella, the Dropkick Murphy’s were a refreshing, big-band take at the pop-punk soundscape during the late 1990’s, and The Gang’s All Here stuck out like a much-needed and bloody sore thumb. More nostalgia than casual spinning these days, this record still sparks joy. (Yes, we’ve been Marie’d…)
The Budos strike again with another collection of afrobeat heavy-hitters on their 2010 Junior offering, The Budos Band III. Little has changed between TBB, TBB II, and this album, but that’s perfectly fine. Why mess with a good and proven technique? If it ain’t broken… ya know?! Budos III, like the rest of their short library, comes highly recommended.