Archive for November 2nd, 2013

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (2013)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (2013)

In the popular imagination, the 1960s festival scene in America went directly from Monterey Pop in 1967 to Woodstock in 1969 — but there was a too-often overlooked stop in between, and Jimi Hendrix was there, too.

Forgotten series: Edward Bear – The Edward Bear Collection (1991)

Named after a beloved storybook character who is better known as Winnie the Pooh, Edward Bear was actually a full-fledged band, not a single person as a lot of people assumed

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

I’ll confess up front I’m a huge Thompson family fan. Sure it’s easy to love Richard Thompson; he’s one of the best guitarists to emerge from England since, well, ever.

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

By the time Eric Clapton gathered a working band in support 1983’s Money and Cigarettes (home to the Top 10 U.S. hit “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart”), the guitarist was clean and sober.

One Track Mind: Jonus Preston, “Heaven to Hell” (2013)

New York-based singer-songwriter Jonus Preston combines the stark fragility of Jeff Buckley with the anthemic qualities of Coldplay on a song that utterly captures the disorienting rush of falling in love.

‘I swept the floors’: Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

‘I swept the floors’: Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

You know Steve Cropper from his legendary work with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor — and, of course, with Booker T. and the MGs. His beginnings with the Stax Record label, however, were decidedly less glamorous.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Aprilwind” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Aprilwind” (1978)

After all of these years (and all of these listening sessions) it’s hard not to think of “Aprilwind” as being merely the introduction to “April Joy.”

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