Archive for August 25th, 2015

Paul Simon’s Graceland stirred outsized praise, and some criticisms too

Paul Simon’s Graceland stirred outsized praise, and some criticisms too

To paraphrase Paul Simon, these are songs of miracle and wonder. Decades after its August 25, 1986 release, however, ‘Graceland’ still sparks controversy.

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975): Deep Cuts

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975): Deep Cuts

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run,’ released on Aug. 25, 1975, is dotted with career-making, warhorse tracks. But what of its lesser-heard songs?

Joe Magnarelli – Three On Two (2015)

Joe Magnarelli – Three On Two (2015)

The way trumpet ace Joe Magnarelli’s band members interact each other so well makes ‘Three On Two’ a gratifying way to experience mainstream jazz.

Paul McCartney’s overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

Paul McCartney’s overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

Paul McCartney has been on a creative tear of late. But first he had to dispense with the overproduced dud ‘Press to Play,’ released on Aug. 25, 1986.

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