And the Highly Prestigious Marsy Award goes too…
Best Album Re-reissue:
Tom Petty | Wildflowers & All The Rest
In 1994, Tom Petty had recorded enough material to make Wildflowers a two disc album, but pressure from the record label forced him to cut it down to one. One of the projects Tom was working on before he passed in 2017 was restoring Wildflowers to that two disc version. The project was completed by his family and Mike Campbell this year. The results are wonderful.
There are a few different versions of this re-release, all designed to best suit your wallet. I found the four disc version gave you the best bang for your buck.
Best Song Laced With Cursing:
The Dirty Knobs | Fuck That Guy
Speaking of Mike Campbell, his side project The Dirty Knobs released their debut album this year. The album is pretty good overall, but Fuck That Guy is the standout track. I love everything about it.
Revival of the Year
Current River | Cut The Covid
Current River was revived late last year on the blog site Thunder Bay Arena Rock. Material that was thought to be unimportant was freed from the shackles of self-deprecation and placed into proper context by fans. Experience the full Cut The Covid playlist here. Here’s hoping for some new material in 2021!
Best Packaging of a CD
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Live In Maui
It isn’t perfect. Leaving the manual flapping in the breeze when it is all open is a major downer. But I love how the combo CD/DVD set folds out and is held together by a magnet. Plus, the CDs are secured in classic plastic instead of cardboard sleeves.
Theme Song of the Year
TeeBone – LeBrain Train
The LeBrain Train needed a theme song in a bad way. The weekly 2-3hr chat about music needed a better warm up than Mike saying, “Hello” or “Welcome”. Major props to TeeBone who went from a caricature accurately drawn on a paper plate to a full live person in a few episodes. The theme song he wrote gets hummed around here a lot!
BuriedOnMars.com Collaborator of The Year
Sarca Sim – Caught Me Gaming
Writing about Led Zeppelin with Sarca Sim this year has been the most valuable highlight for BuriedOnMars.com. The journey to go through every Led Zeppelin studio album in tandem with the luxury blog Caught Me Gaming was as entertaining as it was educational.
Work has already begun for the return of the popular series this February. It will be an extended look into… a Canadian rock band. The series will include their studio albums, live albums, and video releases. it is estimated the journey will take us well into the spring before it is completed! Let me know in the comments if you need any more hints!
So get caught up with the Led Zeppelin before series two begins! You’ll want to start with Sarca Sim’s Zeppelin memories right here.