Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

June 24, 2017

It didn’t help that a different singer was featured on each single from the Alan Parsons Project’s smash album, which arrived in June 1982.

Bobby Kimball, former Toto frontman: Something Else! Interview

Bobby Kimball, former Toto frontman: Something Else! Interview

May 22, 2017

Ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball joins Preston Frazier to discuss his powerful new solo album ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.’

Toxic: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (2017)

Toxic: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (2017)

June 21, 2017

”This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People’ is a set of performances that succeed because the Toxic musicians place all trust on instinct and the instincts of others.

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

June 16, 2017

The international element is strong on ‘Spirit’ like a lot of jazz albums these days but Zem Audu is long beyond that concept of throwing together different ingredients and has mastered making his stew simmer with sophistication.

Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson + Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)

Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson + Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)

June 9, 2017

‘Hesitantly Pleasant’ is a ridiculously endearing album which takes the listener on a corkscrew journey through mindsets, concepts and ideologies.

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

June 24, 2017

It didn’t help that a different singer was featured on each single from the Alan Parsons Project’s smash album, which arrived in June 1982.

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

June 24, 2017

It didn’t help that a different singer was featured on each single from the Alan Parsons Project’s smash album, which arrived in June 1982.

Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea (2017)

Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea (2017)

May 31, 2017

Frankly, not a lot of music has excited me through the first half of this year. That is, until Alestorm’s ‘No Grave But the Sea’ arrived.

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

June 14, 2017

‘On Broadway’ offers mostly curiosities for admirers and collectors of the brilliant ’60s and ’70s songs composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

May 5, 2017

With Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’s ‘Tajmo,’ you have two folk/blues legends, two generations – and one marvelous meeting.

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

May 5, 2017

With Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’s ‘Tajmo,’ you have two folk/blues legends, two generations – and one marvelous meeting.

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

On Broadway: The Songs of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (2016)

June 14, 2017

‘On Broadway’ offers mostly curiosities for admirers and collectors of the brilliant ’60s and ’70s songs composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (2017)

May 5, 2017

With Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’s ‘Tajmo,’ you have two folk/blues legends, two generations – and one marvelous meeting.

Yes, “Hold On” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Hold On” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

June 13, 2017

An unlikely yet enduring deep cut, “Hold On” finds Yes at the height of its stadium-rock power.

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, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

June 23, 2017

A vintage poster and some cut-up tapes: these two elements play key roles in the Beatles’ “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “Mushanga” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Mushanga” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

June 20, 2017

“Mushanga” isn’t merely a great Toto song; it’s a veritable drum clinic from the late Jeff Porcaro.

(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.”

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

June 24, 2017

Chicago’s Terry Kath delivers a raw, emotional performance not unlike John Lennon’s brilliant but bleak ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.

Living Colour, “Come On” from Shade (2017): One Track Mind

Living Colour, “Come On” from Shade (2017): One Track Mind

June 22, 2017

If Living Colour’s “Come On” is representative of the whole project, ‘Shade’ is going to be well worth the wait.

Bruce Springsteen Bassist Garry Tallent, April 22, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Bruce Springsteen Bassist Garry Tallent, April 22, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

June 5, 2017

Garry Tallent assured us that this “was not going to be any four-hour concert.” He laughed, “I only know one person crazy enough for that!”

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

February 24, 2017

It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

April 19, 2017

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

March 21, 2017

An EP release has an interesting aesthetic all its own, as shown by key releases from R.E.M., Let’s Active, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles and others.

The Beatles and ‘Sgt. Pepper’: A Fans’ Perspective, by Bruce Spizer (2017): Books

The Beatles and ‘Sgt. Pepper’: A Fans’ Perspective, by Bruce Spizer (2017): Books

June 14, 2017

Why is the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ so significant? Bruce Spizer tackles this complicated issue by talking to every-day people.

Grateful Dead’s ‘Long Strange Trip’ Film Reminds Me Why I’ll Always Be a Deadhead

Grateful Dead’s ‘Long Strange Trip’ Film Reminds Me Why I’ll Always Be a Deadhead

June 6, 2017

Although it neglects key events, Amazon Prime’s new Grateful Dead documentary made Mike Tiano a Deadhead – again.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

April 25, 2017

“Perdido” was supposed to be a live showcase for Charlie Parker. Then Ella Fitzgerald – who would have been 100 today – stepped up to the mic.

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

October 29, 2016

Let’s stalk through the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard and dig up some of the scariest music on this side of the mortal curtain from Joy Division and others.