Archive for March, 2014

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Ooh La La: An Island Harvest (2014)

Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance – Ooh La La: An Island Harvest (2014)

A long-awaited and much-anticipated musical collection has come to fruition in the form of Ooh La La: An Island Harvest from the late Ronnie Lane and his ironically named early-1970s group Slim Chance.

On Second Thought: Ram Jam – Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram (1978)

An overnight sensation, Ram Jam scored a nationwide Top 20 hit single in the summer of 1977 with a storming cover of Lead Belly’s “Black Betty.”

Jamie Saft and Joe Morris – Plymouth (2014)

Out of the box thinkers Jamie Saft and Joe Morris combined forces last year for an update on the guttural, jam-rock aesthetic popular around the turn of the 70s.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

The story is that Bruce wrote “All The Way Home” for his friend Southside Johnny, who released it on his Better Days album in 1991. Many years later, a Springsteen version shows up on Devils & Dust.

Omar Hakim – We Are One (2014)

It’s not just that the do-anything Omar Hakim rarely puts out his own albums. That’s perhaps understandable, considering his over-stuffed career as a sideman alongside the likes of Sting, Weather Report, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Miles Davis and Daft Punk. What was strange was how little, well, drumming there seemed to be on his solo efforts.

Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ’em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

Gimme Five: Hits uncharacteristic of the bands that made ’em (KISS, Queen, The Pointer Sisters, The Hollies, Bread)

They’re objects of music chart intrigue: those left field hits, songs that aren’t really typical of the bands who recorded them and become hits, anyway.

‘It just proved to be so unwieldy’: Greg Lake on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s budget-busting 1977 orchestral tour

‘It just proved to be so unwieldy’: Greg Lake on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s budget-busting 1977 orchestral tour

Greg Lake can pinpoint the exact moment when he understood that Emerson Lake and Palmer’s outsized decision to tour 1977’s Works with a full orchestra was going to bankrupt the band.

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Darkling Down”) ||| ONWARD (“Three Picture Deal”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “…And the winner for best bass clarinet solo on a reggae or ska song goes to Roger Rosenberg!” There’s no such award but if polka albums can get Grammys, why not this category? Roger Rosenberg is a world class baritone sax player (if youRead More

Eric Clapton favorites from Cream, Derek and the Dominos + his solo career: Gimme Five

Eric Clapton favorites from Cream, Derek and the Dominos + his solo career: Gimme Five

Five favorites from Eric Clapton’s career as a solo artist, and member of Cream and Derek and the Dominos.

Forgotten series: The A’dam Sykles – Out of the Circle Game (2009)

Forgotten series: The A’dam Sykles – Out of the Circle Game (2009)

There’s a definite Byrds and Love influence happening with Rome, Italy’s A’dam Sykles and Out of the Circle Game. They have their influences down pat, yet boast a contemporary approach.

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