Archive for July 13th, 2013

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

“We became a kind of institution,” Mick Jagger says here, talking about the Rolling Stones’ 1981 tour — then one of the biggest of its kind. There would be more, many more. And the Stones would go from institution to commodity.

Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion: ‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore’

Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion: ‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore’

Todd Rundgren’s made a career out of left turns, up to and including his new electronica-focused State project. Still, with the proliferation of classic-rock radio formats, there is still the odd disappointed patron.

Steve Hunter, with Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Tony Levin and others – Manhattan Blues Project (2013)

Best known for work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Steve Hunter has fashioned an album that transcends its own title. You come in expecting a set of gut-bucket, soul-lifting grooves, but you get that and so much more.

Mort Weiss – A Giant Step Out And Back (2013)

Mort Weiss – A Giant Step Out And Back (2013)

The statement on the front CD cover announces what this music is about: “A Free Jazz Recording By The Undisputed Master Of The Jazz Clarinet.”

‘I was almost as big as them’: Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

‘I was almost as big as them’: Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

Through Van Halen was coming off its first-ever No. 1 single when Sammy Hagar joined in 1985, he said their union was as equals. Together, he says, they reached undreamt of heights.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Missouri Uncompromised” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Missouri Uncompromised” (1976)

So many years removed from this album’s release, and I am still stunned at tracks such as this. Metheny has a theme but the presentation is one long guitar solo.

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