Listening To

Mörglbl – Jazz For The Deaf

by TW on November 2, 2009

Mörglbl are a three-piece progressive rock outfit from France whose strange name could be construed as an onomatopoeia for the band’s sound. Jazz For The Deaf is an absolutely killer collection of instrumentals fronted by guitar-god-in-waiting Christophe Godin. Remember the name. What’s Mörglbl like? It’s progressive rock with a heavy guitar edge but always with […]

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Saga – “The Human Condition”

by TW on June 18, 2009

How does a band carry on after losing its voice? How could AC/DC continue after the death of Bon Scott? How could Van Halen rock on without David Lee Roth? Journey without Steve Perry? Queen retain their crown without Freddie Mercury? Styx sans Dennis DeYoung? Like so many outfits before whose singer departed for reasons […]

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Anthony Phillips is well known for his stint as guitarist for Genesis, until he left the band after 1970’s Trespass due to bouts of stage fright. Steve Hackett was chosen as replacement, and the band carried on, evolving into one of progressive rock’s greatest outfits. While Genesis were recording such influential albums as Nursery Cryme, […]

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Guitarist Frank Marino’s Mahogany Rush got two long-overdue reissues with BGO Records’ release and remasters of Mahogany Rush IV and World Anthem. This two-CD set doesn’t get much better – Marino and band mates bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jim Ayoub all share musical space in these weighty mixes. Marino was in his early 20s […]

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Strange – “Souvenir Album”

by TW on May 20, 2009

Shadoks Music has rescued yet another obscure recording for our enjoyment – Souvenir Album by Strange. The disc features eight songs proper and four segments of other tunes recorded from 1974 to 1978, and more than anything highlights the songwriting abilities of David Chamberlain, the band’s multi-instrumentalist and singer. Even in their hometown of Olympia, […]

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I blame myself. For more than a decade, I ignored Van Morrison’s The Healing Game, always tuning in instead to other albums such as No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Veedon Fleece, Beautiful Vision and Back On Top. Let’s face it, Morrison is prolific, and keeping up with his catalog can be challenging. But challenges […]

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The Flatlanders’ first album, More A Legend Than A Band, is an essential record for anyone interested in great songwriting, as the LP features the dynamic Texas trio of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. Early Gilmore classics including “Dallas” and “Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown” are balanced by Hancock’s “You’ve […]

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Guitarist Robin Trower made a seamless jump from Procol Harum in the early 1970s to a solo career, exciting new audiences with his Jimi Hendrix-tinged sound and stylings. Trower turned up the reverb and unleashed walls of brooding, powerful sound from his Fender Stratocaster. Though it would be his sophomore release, Bridge Of Sighs, that […]

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Chicago – Chicago II

by TW on March 30, 2009

I can’t think of another rock band whose first two releases were double albums. Talk about ambitious! Chicago were that band, and their sophomore effort, Chicago II, is my favorite from the Windy City outfit. The opening “Movin’ In” features a fantastic horn arrangement and is one of many Chicago tunes that should have been […]

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“Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars/Oak tree you’re in my way.” — From Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell” There’s a tangible eeriness that pervades Skynyrd’s Street Survivors that goes beyond the infamous “band in flames” cover. The album that gave Ronnie Van Zant back his “bullets” also served as his swan song. It’s a document of […]

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