Listening To

If you listened to Frank Zappa during the 1980s, chances are you heard the booming voice of Ike Willis. His first solo album, Should’a Gone Before I Left, was released in 1987. I picked up a cassette copy back in the day and loved Willis’ blending of rock, pop, reggae and humor. Excellent guitar work […]

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I came across this clip of Johnny Winter and band, including guitarist Floyd Radford, playing a gig for German TV’s Beat Club in 1974, and absolutely tearing it up. The footage kicks off with Radford unleashing a fiery blues/rock solo on what appears to be a Gibson ES-335 followed by Winter’s nasty licks on his […]

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The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles A’s and B’s 1972-77 is a two-CD collection of glam-rock gems: “Telegram Sam,” “Cadilac,” Baby Strange,” “Metal Guru,” “Thunderwing,” “Children Of The Revolution” – the list goes on and on. T. Rex leader Marc Bolan‘s facility for turning three chords and a handful of “Heys!,” “Yeahs!” and “Whoos!” into […]

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I write about people, and as long as they don’t go out of style I guess my music won’t go out of style. – James Talley, 1978 I remember reading about James Talley‘s Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got A Lot Of Love back in high school. By those who […]

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band‘s Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 is simply one of the greatest (if not greatest) live albums ever. The energy is unbelievable, the pacing perfect. What I like most is that this album is far from a greatest-hits collection, and songs such as “The E Street Shuffle” are so transformed […]

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Nektar – Down To Earth

by TW on February 2, 2010

For many progressive rock fans, the German band Nektar hit their grand slam with the 1973 concept album Remember The Future – essentially one song spread across two album sides. The band’s 1974 follow-up, Down To Earth, takes a wacked-out circus as its theme; Nektar tighten the song structures and create another prog-rock classic. The […]

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Roy Buchanan was an enormously skilled guitarist who made his name primarily as a blues musician. The Prophet, however, reveals Buchanan as capable of playing across a wide range of styles, with gut-wrenching intensity and emotion. The sessions for Buchanan’s first album took place in late 1969. Charlie Daniels (yes, the “Devil Went Down To […]

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Steve Gaines – One In The Sun

by TW on December 15, 2009

One In The Sun is Steve Gaines’ lone solo album, released nearly 15 years after the tracks were first recorded. Gaines’ own time in the sun was cut tragically short by the plane crash that took his life, his sister Cassie’s and Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmate Ronnie Van Zant’s. The personal tragedy was compounded by the […]

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Knight Area – Realm Of Shadows

by TW on November 12, 2009

Knight Area are a five-piece progressive rock band hailing from Holland. Realm Of Shadows is the band’s latest release and one of my favorite music finds of the year. Musically, Knight Area remind me of Spock’s Beard, Genesis and Marillion, with a strong emphasis on melody. Though Knight Area sometimes veer toward progressive metal, it’s […]

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John Mayer – Continuum

by TW on November 6, 2009

John Mayer’s Continuum really opened my ears. I came across this record by accident – not that I didn’t know Mayer, it just seemed I always had somebody else to listen to. Continuum is a special album. I love its moods – snaking along through blues, soul, R&B and pop. Tunes such as “Dreaming With […]

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