Reviews of albums that matter

 

What We Do

The Sonic Collective’s intention is to share and listen in depth to an album of significant importance (to be deemed by the selector) on a monthly basis.

Selections shall fit the following criteria:

  • Work is at least 5 years old (based on original release date)
  • Can be of any genre
  • Has to be an original album (no greatest hits, soundtracks or compilations; can be a soundtrack if it’s entirely original material, composed and compiled for this purpose - eg. Saturday Night Fever)


 

This Month's Pick

  • Blink-182: The Mark, Tom and Travis Show Scott Gregory, September 2018 Hello everyone I’m Scott G and welcome to The Sonic Collective’s pick for September 2018. As you know, we’re in the middle of a round of live albums. We’ve had some New Wave with the Talking Heads, some Southern Bluesy Rock with the Alman Brothers and some acoustic Blues from across the pond from …more

  • Eric Clapton – Unplugged Alain DuPuis, July 2018 This month’s pick is Eric Clapton’s album Unplugged. Recorded in front of a live audience in the winter of 1992 in England, Unplugged represented a stripped down version of Clapton’s music. Bluesy and soulful, the album went on to receive nine Grammy award nominations, ultimately winning six, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and …more

  • The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East Scott Coates, July 2018 I’ve known of the Allman Brothers my entire life but until recently had never listened to one of their albums. A few years ago while searching ‘best live albums’ online, their At Fillmore East album was listed; I was intrigued but didn’t listen to it. Fast-forward a couple years and I came back …more

  • Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense Live Album Selection By Darren Scott, June 2018 This month we decided to resurrect our round of live albums that proved to be a very popular–at least with our group anyway–genre of albums. Besides, what is better than live music to show just how great a band is? Though I had originally intended to pick a more obscure album, I …more

  • Ashley McIsaac: Hi™ How Are You Today? Scott Gregory This is Scott G from the Sonic collective with our May 2018 pick. Hi, how are you today? No, really. That’s the pick. Hi How Are You Today by Ashley McIsaac. Canada seems to have a couple musical hot spots, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and every 5 or so years there seems to be a massive eruption …more

  • Alice Cooper: Love it to Death Alain DuPuis In the late 1960s, Alice Cooper had failed to find any commercial success, despite having released 2 albums under Frank Zappa’s record label. Their sound was just too psychedelic, low-fi, and weird for most people. But that all changed in November of 1970, when with the help of Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, the band released the song, …more

  • The Black Crowes: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion Scott Coates Hard to Handle was the hit song of the moment and I was spinning it as a young DJ at Lloyd’s Recreation, a rollerskating rink and Calgary landmark that sadly recently closed. I was 17 and didn’t realize the ‘hit’ was a cover. A few other tracks on The Black Crowes first album, Shake …more

  • Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston Darren Scott I was near Recordland in Calgary on a very cold–like -25C cold–day so I had to go in. I was just looking around at albums when I heard the Recordland staff play Time Tough by Toots & the Maytals. I was completely overwhelmed by the song as it was freaking perfect. It was a freezing day …more



 

The Reviews

  • Please read and listen to Alain DuPuis’s pick for Eric Clapton: Unplugged  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4.5 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 3 Influenced my tastes: 3 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 3 Influenced my tastes: 2 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: …more

  • Please read and listen to Scott Coates’s pick for The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 4 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 2 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 4 …more

  • Please read and listen to Darren Scott’s pick for Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 4.5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: (3 album  / 5 Movie) Influenced my tastes: …more

  • Please read and listen to Scott Gregory’s pick for Ashley McIsaac: Hi™ How Are You Today?  before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 2 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 1 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 3 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 5 Alain DuPuis: Overall …more

  • Please read and listen to Alain DuPuis’ pick for Alice Cooper: Love it to Death before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 3.5 Influenced my tastes: 4 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: 3.5 Influenced my tastes: 3 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 3.5 Influenced my tastes: 4 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: …more

  • Please read Scott Coates’s pick for The Black Crowes: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 4.5 (.5 deducted for that poor Calgary concert) Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 4.5 Would I recommend?: 4.5 …more

  • Please read Darren Scott’s pick for Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 3 Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 3 Would I recommend?: 3 Influenced my tastes: 1 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 4 Would I recommend?: 4 Influenced my tastes: 5 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 3.5 Would I recommend?: …more

  • Please read Scott Gregory’s pick for Prince: Purple Rain before reading and listening to our reviews below. Quick Summary:  Our Individual Review Scores Scott Gregory: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Alain DuPuis: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Scott Coates: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?:5 Influenced my tastes: 5 Darren Scott: Overall opinion: 5 Would I recommend?: 5 Influenced my tastes: 5



 

Stuff We Like

  • Rubber Soul number 1

    My good friend Ian Pullen @VonPuhlen sent along this great list of the best albums year by year as compiled by art36 Reddit User. I’m a little surprised that The Beatles took the top 5 positions ’65-’69 but otherwise I feel this list is closer to my tastes than any I’ve seen before. What do you think? Here are the first 10 years. Read the rest here: The …more

  • If you’re like me, you look back fondly on the days when TV channels like Much Music and  MTV actually played music and wonder what the hell happened. Where’d the music go? Why are there Oompa Loompas from Jersey on my TV set instead of Headbanger’s Ball? And what the f*** is a “Snooki”? Look no further than this satirical video to provide you with …more

  • Being a long-time Alan Cross fan I(Daren) followed him to his newest podcast a few years ago with Michael Hainsworth called Geeks & Beats. It is such a great mix or tech, music, and well… nerd stuff. Both guys are great and I like the relaxed vibe and subjects they cover. I shared this with fellow SC member Scott Coates and he became a big …more

  • Click image to see the full interactive music graphic(via Concert Hotels).

  • Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour. We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States. It was awesome: Nataly crowd surfed for the first time ever, we sold just under $100,000 in tickets, and we got to rock out with people we love for a full month. We sold 1129 tickets in San Francisco at the Fillmore. I’ll remember that night for the rest …more

  • In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop’s commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who’s shepherded the careers of everyone from Jay Z to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — hadn’t returned to that Greenwich Village double-occupancy room in three decades. But for …more



 
 

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