Archive for May 7th, 2013

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “Your Imagination” (1982)

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “Your Imagination” (1982)

This is the nexus point, for me, when Hall and Oates finally reached everything they had been grasping for in trying to blend their core R&B vibe with the too-cool nihilism of new wave.

‘There is no Van Halen without Roth': David Lee Roth on the road back to his old band

‘There is no Van Halen without Roth': David Lee Roth on the road back to his old band

David Lee Roth explores the things that ripped Van Halen apart, and the shared camaraderie that reunited them — asserting that the group was never the same without him. “There is no Van Halen,” he says, “without Roth.”

Randall Bramblett – The Bright Spots (2013)

It would be easy enough to tag this as Southern rock, or as blues, or even — at times — as gospel, were Randall Bramblett’s The Bright Spots not so consistently all of those things, and something more.

‘I’m better than Ringo; Paul McCartney told me!': Bev Bevan’s first meeting with the Beatles

‘I’m better than Ringo; Paul McCartney told me!': Bev Bevan’s first meeting with the Beatles

Bev Bevan, later a founding member of the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, says a chance meeting with the Beatles years earlier provided a huge ego boost when Paul McCartney praised his drumming.

One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins and the Second Helping, “Let Me In” / “Hard Times” (1968)

One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins and the Second Helping, “Let Me In” / “Hard Times” (1968)

Never in a million years would anyone guess the lead singer of this gritty and gutsy single is Kenny Loggins. Sounding like a remarkable cross-pollination of the Standells, the Pretty Things and the Shadows of Knight

‘People put the two things together': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his one-legged flute stance

‘People put the two things together': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his one-legged flute stance

Who isn’t familiar with the iconic image of Jethro Tull’s frontman standing on one leg, playing the flute? Ian Anderson shares the unusual beginnings of that signature move.

Noah Preminger – Haymaker (2013)

The sharp, agreeable Haymaker will be Noah Preminger’s first album since the last one Before The Rain (2011) catapulted the tenor saxophone master to the front ranks of today’s current crop of young lions.