Articles by: Charlie Ricci

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin'” (1971)

The problem with Blood, Sweat and Tears was that many rock fans didn’t consider them to be a real rock band. Their guitarist, Steve Katz, never reeled off the flaming, red hot, twelve-minute, guitar jams

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Even though “No Milk Today” (#35, Hot 100 in 1967) was released in the USA by Herman’s Hermits as the B-side to “There’s a Kind of Hush” (#4, Hot 100) it was the better song of the two

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969)

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68” (1969)

Back when the famous, classic, horn-rock band was known as Chicago Transit Authority, they released a top-notch single called “Questions 67 and 68,” off of a 1969 eponymously titled debut album. It didn’t do much on the charts

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Released in 2008 from the Eagles’ double-album set Long Road Out of Eden, “Busy Being Fabulous” is a song that shows Don Henley to be in typical high quality form.

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” is one of the longer song titles in rock ‘n roll and one of the more oddball releases from R.E.M. (probably only superseded by “Leave” from New Adventures In Hi-Fi).

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “I Can Hear Music” (1969)

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “I Can Hear Music” (1969)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlH3bZt9ooU&w=500&h=305] Released as a single in 1969 from 20/20, the Beach Boys’ last album for Capitol Records, “I Can Hear Music” is possibly their greatest single of the post-Pet Sounds era — and, unusually, it’s not an original.

On Second Thought: Jackson Browne – Hold Out (1980)

On Second Thought: Jackson Browne – Hold Out (1980)

During the 1970s, Jackson Browne had staked out a great reputation for himself as one of the elite poets of rock. His often introspective (some would say self-absorbed) songwriting propelled him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Shows I’ll Never Forget: J.D. Souther, July 22, 2012

The XPoNential Music Festival, Camden, N.J.: John David Souther has always been a much-loved songwriter who, despite the fact he doesn’t have an extensive catalog of his own recorded music, had a lot of success

Stevie Wonder – Where I’m Coming From (1971): On Second Thought

Where I’m Coming From is the big turning point in Stevie Wonder’s career. Released in 1971, shortly before his 21st birthday and around the time his original Motown contract expired, it was the first album under Wonder’s new deal

Shows I'll Never Forget: Rick Wakeman, June 21, 2006

At The Keswick Theater, Glenside, Pennsylvania: I admit I was quite skeptical when the opportunity arrived to see Rick Wakeman’s 2006 Grand Piano Tour. I was expecting dinosaur rock ‘n’ roll from a dinosaur musician

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