Overseen by producer T Bone Burnett, Lost on the River features a recently discovered stash of unfinished Bob Dylan lyrics from the 1967 Basement Tapes era at Big Pink in upstate New York. Dylan’s publisher offered them to Burnett, who assembled Elvis Costello, The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford to compose and play music to Dylan’s words. Sessions were held in a professional recording studio, and the roots-based songs vary, depending on where the lead vocalist takes the material.
The first-ever single-disc anthology of Queen drummer Roger Taylor's solo material, 2014's Best brings together tracks off all five of his studio albums. The collection follows-up the more exhaustive 2013 box-set, The Lot, and features cuts from 1981's Fun in Space, 1984's Strange Frontier, 1994's Happiness?, 1998's Electric Fire, and 2013's Fun on Earth. While primarily known for his commanding drum presence with Queen, Taylor is also a strong rock singer and talented songwriter, responsible for penning such Queen hits as "Radio Ga Ga," "Breakthru," "These Are the Days of Our Lives," and others. Vocally, Taylor has a throatier, more gravelly presence on the microphone than Queen's highly resonant, operatic frontman Freddie Mercury. In that sense, he often brings to mind the sound of such similarly inclined contemporaries as the Who's Roger Daltrey, Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the cuts here sound like they could easily have ended up on a Queen album, and tracks like "Let’s Get Crazy," "Man on Fire," and "Strange Frontier" showcase the same synth-driven, pop/rock approach Queen was championing in the '80s.