Archive for November 28th, 2013

‘They sounded entirely different’: Personal touch is what made Stax Records special

‘They sounded entirely different’: Personal touch is what made Stax Records special

For Stax Records executive Al Bell, the label’s focus on personalized arrangements was what made its stable of stars into timeless figures. Unlike some of their competitors, he says no two of their records sounded exactly alike.

Fleetwood Mac Without Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green or Stevie Nicks: Gimme Five

Fleetwood Mac Without Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green or Stevie Nicks: Gimme Five

Most Fleetwood Mac fans argue for either the rootsy Peter Green era or the platinum-kissed Buckingham-Nicks pop period. But what about the rest?

On Second Thought: Bert Sommer – The Road To Travel (1968)

I did not discover the late Bert Sommer until 2008, which is a damn shame because he was a fantastic New York-based songwriter much in the same league as Tim Buckley

‘Open to all types of music’: For Jimi Hendrix, an often-overlooked connection with the Beatles

Jimi Hendrix’s passion for the work of Bob Dylan has been well documented, most notably within his fiery rendition of “All Along the Watertower.” Less talked about is how much he loved the Beatles.

CFCF – Outside (2013)

Over the past four years, Canadian Mike Silver has operated under the name CFCF, more often than not creating a remarkable blend of innovative electronic music. That began with his surprising debut Continent

Project THEM – Project THEM (2013)

A crack organization of musicians assembles with Project THEM, the self-titled release from a sextet featuring some of the biggest names in jazz.

The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm once summed up the place that “King Harvest” occupies: “It was like: There, that’s the Band.”

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