Archive for February 15th, 2014

The Small Faces – Here Come the Nice: The Immediate Years (2014)

The Small Faces – Here Come the Nice: The Immediate Years (2014)

After years of sub-par compilations, best of collections and generally below-standard packaging and repackaging of their recorded output, those mod dignitaries the Small Faces have finally received a respectful and proper tribute

‘Honestly, I have no plans to do anything’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley won’t perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

‘Honestly, I have no plans to do anything’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley won’t perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

At first, it looked as if there would be a reunion of the original quartet when Kiss is belatedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year. Then, maybe not. Now, it seems more like: Definitely not. In fact, Paul Stanley is saying he has no plans to perform at all.

Matt Schofield – Far As I Can See (2014)

It would have been easy enough for Matt Schofield, the most heralded blues guitarist to come out of England in recent memory, to leave at slow burns and nifty shuffles. But Far As I Can See displays broader ambitions — and from the first.

Something Else! sneak peek: Tommy Malone, “You May Laugh” from Poor Boy (2014)

Tommy Malone might forever be known as a founder and frontman for the widely admired subdudes, but as he reminded us last year with his first solo effort in ages, Natural Born Days,

Raspberries – Fresh Raspberries (1972): On Second Thought

Raspberries – Fresh Raspberries (1972): On Second Thought

Established 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, Raspberries were on a mission to consolidate pure pop perceptions with a hard rock bent. Artistically and commercially, the goal was achieved.

‘As long as it was a great song’: Journey vet previews second album with the Sky

Robert Fleischman played a critical role in the history of Journey, even if he ultimately gave up the job of frontman to Steve Perry for 1978’s Infinity. Over the course of the previous fall, he co-wrote three key tracks for that album — including “Anytime” and “Wheel in the Sky”

Wanja Slavin – For Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus Eaters (2014)

Very Sad begins with a melancholy moment, as Wanja Slavin unfurls these lengthy, enveloping lines on the alto over a stark figure from pianist Rainer Bohm.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “80/81 ” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “80/81 ” (1980)

Even though Bright Size Life contains a lot of elements of traditional jazz, it wasn’t until Metheny brought saxophones to the mix that it felt as though his version of the tradition was being presented.

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