Archive for March 8th, 2014

Deep Cuts: The Faces’ ‘As Long As You Tell Him,’ ‘You’re So Rude,’ ‘Devotion,’ others

Deep Cuts: The Faces’ ‘As Long As You Tell Him,’ ‘You’re So Rude,’ ‘Devotion,’ others

The legendary Faces group was comprised of the remnants of the Jeff Beck Group and the Small Faces, becoming one of the premier bands of the 1970s. Drunken shenanigans and fiery stage performances by Ian McLagan, Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane and Rod Stewart would come to epitomize the decadent and manic rock of the early decade.

‘It was hard to keep myself focused’: Tom Scholz wondered if he’d ever finish Boston’s Life Love and Hope

‘It was hard to keep myself focused’: Tom Scholz wondered if he’d ever finish Boston’s Life Love and Hope

Boston’s new Life Love and Hope project had a lengthy gestation period, even by this famously slow-moving band’s standards. It didn’t help either that, over the years, Boston has become a one-man operation run by Tom Scholz.

One Track Mind: Richard Barone, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (2014)

Richard Barone, the ex-Bongos leader, imbues this Velvet Underground gem with a newfound sense of sad reverie. Whereas the nihilistic Nico, on the original 1967 version, stood apart from the conviviality, a distant observer, Barone finds the nostalgia, the very real need for attachment in the Lou Reed lyric.

‘I don’t think we’d be around’: The behind-the-scenes figure who helped shape Hall and Oates’ career

‘I don’t think we’d be around’: The behind-the-scenes figure who helped shape Hall and Oates’ career

Hall and Oates enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year with their credentials in order. A series of huge 1980s-era hits have, in fact, made them part of the culture. But it wasn’t always that way.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

There are many reasons to look wistfully back at this ensemble, thinking of how great it would have been to see them perform live. That list is tops out with “Open.”

One Track Mind: Glass Hammer, “Crowbone” from Ode to Echo (2014)

One Track Mind: Glass Hammer, “Crowbone” from Ode to Echo (2014)

Glass Hammer returns never sounding so much like itself, even as the band boldly expands its vocabulary — musically and quite literally. “Crowbone,” for instance, includes an invigorating guest turn by violinist David Ragsdale of Kansas fame

On Second Thought: AC/DC – High Voltage (1976)

On Second Thought: AC/DC – High Voltage (1976)

Composed of material clipped from AC/DC’s first two albums, TNT and High Voltage — which were only distributed in the band’s home base of Australia — this collection, also called “High Voltage” signaled their introduction to a worldwide audience.

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