Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

May 27, 2015

Neal Schon takes us inside the unique guitar sound from Journey’s “I’ll Be Alright Without You,” released on May 27, 1986 as part of ‘Raised on Radio.’

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

May 28, 2015

Bill Wyman’s “What & How & If & When & Why” doesn’t sound anything like is his earlier laid-back rootsy fare – to say nothing of the Rolling Stones.

Nick Hempton, “Change For A Dollar [Catch and Release #8]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Change For A Dollar [Catch and Release #8]” (2015): One Track Mind

June 1, 2015

Here’s a review of the last song from Nick Hempton’s ‘Catch and Release’ series. “Change For A Dollar” features his base quartet plus tenorman Jerry Weldon.

Scott Amendola, with Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn – Fade To Orange (2015)

Scott Amendola, with Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn – Fade To Orange (2015)

May 31, 2015

Scott Amendola was right, his opus orchestra piece just couldn’t be a special, one-night-only performance. Fortunately, it won’t be now.

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

May 23, 2015

Working in mysterious ways with his Zooid quintet, Henry Threadgill offers another installment of ingenuity on ‘In For a Penny, In For a Pound.’

Jethro Tull’s Mick Abrahams – Revived! (2015)

Jethro Tull’s Mick Abrahams – Revived! (2015)

June 1, 2015

Founding Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams is back after a health scare with an endlessly diverse album featuring many of his famous friends.

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

May 25, 2015

‘Holy Diver, released on May 25, 1983, found Ronnie James Dio setting a new course after work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

May 30, 2015

‘Jimmy Choos,’ the lead track off the first album of original Rickie Lee Jones material in 10 years, sounds both familiar and different.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

April 24, 2015

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

Rick Danko, “Tired of Waiting” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Tired of Waiting” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

May 21, 2015

As with much of 1977’s ‘Rick Danko,’ “Tired of Waiting” feels loose and personable, but an added bit of funk gives it no small amount of grit.

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” [Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” [Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

May 29, 2015

“Love of the Loved” failed to secure a recording contract for the Beatles with Decca. But Brian Epstein didn’t give up the hope that it could still hit.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

January 27, 2015

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Yes, “Survival” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “Survival” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

May 26, 2015

Yes knows a thing of two about survival. As such, it seems only fitting that the last song on their debut is so titled.

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

May 19, 2015

Nestled between “Takin’ It Back” and the smash hit “Hold the Line” on Toto’s 1978 debut, the steady and fun “Rockmaker” is too often overlooked.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Close as You Get found Gary Moore at the top of his blues game

Close as You Get found Gary Moore at the top of his blues game

May 23, 2015

‘Close as You Get,’ released this week in May 2007, was your standard-issue Gary Moore blues record. Meaning, it was very, very good.

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

May 30, 2015

‘Jimmy Choos,’ the lead track off the first album of original Rickie Lee Jones material in 10 years, sounds both familiar and different.

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

May 29, 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos and Richard Thompson, and Lyle Lovett are a few of the artists who can help get you ready for summer.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

May 30, 2015

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

May 9, 2015

Selecting the best-ever rock ‘n’ roll rain song is no easy task. So, we put them all in one heavyweight tournament to see which was best.

The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Bob Mersereau (2015): Books

The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Bob Mersereau (2015): Books

May 10, 2015

Touching base on everything and anything, Bob Mersereau’s ‘The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll’ affirms how multi-faceted the country is.

All or Nothing at All showcases Frank Sinatra’s life through his music

All or Nothing at All showcases Frank Sinatra’s life through his music

May 16, 2015

The previously unheard 11-song set list from Frank Sinatra’s 1971 retirement party provides the perfect foundation for HBO’s exhaustive new biopic.

Free-form Monkees humor once drove Hollywood legend to curse: ‘I hate these f–ing kids’

Free-form Monkees humor once drove Hollywood legend to curse: ‘I hate these f–ing kids’

May 24, 2015

The Monkees TV show was designed toward improvisation. But not every guest star meshed with the Monkees’ gonzo approach.

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

May 29, 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos and Richard Thompson, and Lyle Lovett are a few of the artists who can help get you ready for summer.

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

May 15, 2015

B.B. King opened 2008’s ‘One Kind Favor’ with a welp: “I’m not going anytime soon, but when the day comes, don’t forget me.” No chance of that.