Archive for August 3rd, 2013

Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax (2013)

So much for the long-held notion that Elvis Presley had simply thrown away his own gifts by the 1970s. In fact, these soul-soaked sessions at Memphis’ legendary Stax Studios show an artist still deeply committed

‘It’s really not on my agenda’: Busy Sammy Hagar still dealing with questions about Van Halen reunion

‘It’s really not on my agenda’: Busy Sammy Hagar still dealing with questions about Van Halen reunion

After a short break, Sammy Hagar’s Four Decades of Rock concert series gets underway again later this month — touching on most every era of his career. Except Chickenfoot.

Exclusive stream: Tommy Bolin, “Spanish Lover [Instrumental]” from Whirlwind (2013)

Exclusive stream: Tommy Bolin, “Spanish Lover [Instrumental]” from Whirlwind (2013)

Tommy Bolin’s instrumental version of “Spanish Lover” is a highlight of the forthcoming Purple Pyramid release Whirlwind, which features rare and previously unreleased tracks

‘We were hungry, the whole band was hungry’: How Gregg Allman almost sold away his signature tune ‘Melissa’

‘We were hungry, the whole band was hungry’: How Gregg Allman almost sold away his signature tune ‘Melissa’

Gregg Allman remembers the first tune he ever wrote, at 17 — and the struggle for songwriting credit that engulfed “Melissa” before it was ever part of the Allman Brothers’ 1972 classic Eat a Peach.

The New Gary Burton Quartet – Guided Tour (2013)

Having turned seventy this year with an ample legacy stretching more than fifty years, Gary Burton could be excused if he kicked back and coasted by this time. No dice.

‘How did we pull this off?’: Toto rediscovers lasting bond – and lots of humor – on a smash world tour

‘How did we pull this off?’: Toto rediscovers lasting bond – and lots of humor – on a smash world tour

As Toto completed its European tour in advance of a rare U.S. jaunt, certain setlist favorites began to emerge — along with an air-tight camaraderie that could only come from sharing the stage for so long.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Omaha Celebration” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Omaha Celebration” (1976)

Last week I said that Unquity Road came the closest to what we think of as a traditional jazz tune. With “Omaha Celebration,” we might as well conclude that this particular trio is just not going to approach “normal.”

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