KEVIN GILBERT – THUD: 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
(ROCK): The late Kevin Gilbert left behind a wealth of great compositions and records by his band Giraffe, and with Sheryl Crow. This Best of 2015 entry was Gilbert’s first solo album from 1995, and has been lovingly restored. The 3-disc, 34-track set reminds listeners of the genius of Gilbert. In particular, the 18 previously unreleased demos and alternative takes are a must have. Check out “Goodness Gracious (Demo)” and “Shadow Self (Bill’s Board Mix),” if you don’t believe me. Thud is available on Gilbert’s website, kevingilbert.com.