Archive for December 21st, 2013

The case for Hall and Oates as album artists: ‘We’re very much more than our hits’

The case for Hall and Oates as album artists: ‘We’re very much more than our hits’

When HBO called recently inquiring about usage rights for the Hall and Oates deep cut “Alone Too Long” from their 1975 self-titled release, it came as little surprise. John Oates says they always considered themselves album artists.

Tower of Power – Hipper than Hip: Live in 1974 (2013)

Tower of Power – Hipper than Hip: Live in 1974 (2013)

Recorded live at the peak of their considerable powers in May 1974, Hipper than Hip finds Tower of Power — powered along by frontman Lenny Williams — setting a Long Island radio-station soundstage ablaze.

Brendan Benson – You Were Right (2013)

Brendan Benson should have become a famous star like his colleague and friend Jack White a long time ago.

‘He’s actually a musician’: Neal Schon on Journey’s relationship with producer Kevin Shirley

Producer Kevin Shirley has worked with every Journey lead singer going back to Steve Perry, and there’s a reason for that: “He’s very, very musical,” says band co-founder Neal Schon.

Forgotten series: Patrick Samson Set, I Rebelli, others – Stasera Shake 3 (2009)

Forgotten series: Patrick Samson Set, I Rebelli, others – Stasera Shake 3 (2009)

This quite-fun Italian 1960s beat/pop collection from Boss A Tone Records, spanning the years 1967-75, is the kind of thing you want to play in your car or at your next party.

John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 Box Set (2013)

John Mellencamp may be known for changing his name an astonishing three times, but he is respected for two other qualities: his status as the Bruce Springsteen of the Midwest, and his refusal to compromise his sound to fit the latest trends.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John Scofield, Dave Holland, Spyro Gyra

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John Scofield, Dave Holland, Spyro Gyra

When I sized up the best fusion jazz discs of 2013 at mid-year, I came up with ten I really liked a lot.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “The Epic” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “The Epic” (1979)

From the shades of Weather Report in its opening tumble of descending chords to the inspired solo passages to the explosive ending, “The Epic” brings to mind (in retrospect) some of Pat Metheny’s through-composed material such as The Way Up.

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