Articles by: Charlie Ricci

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

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

[youtube] 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

Shows I'll Never Forget: The Richie Furay Band, August 30, 2009

At the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, Pennsylvania: Richie Furay took the stage with his current band who, not coincidentally, are all parishioners of the church he leads in Broomfield, Colorado.

Books: Street Player: My Chicago Story, by Danny Seraphine (2010)

Danny Seraphine served as the drummer for Chicago from 1967 to 1990. He may not be one of the more famous drummers in rock ‘n roll history but he is definitely on the list of the most respected skin beaters of the classic rock era.

Yes – The Yes Album (1971): On Second Thought

Because I was a huge fan of progressive rock back in the 1970s, I believed I was among music’s most enlightened devotees. My love of prog grew from being a fan of Yes, the sub-genre’s most popular and successful band.

On Second Thought: Hall and Oates – Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

Hall and Oates have always been an enigma. To this day, they remain an immensely talented duo capable of some of the greatest white R&B vocal harmonies ever put down on vinyl.

Forgotten series: Jay Geils – Toe Tappin' Jazz (2009)

The ugly lawsuit between John “J” Geils and four members of the remaining group that bears his name had us thinking about happier times, specifically a standout jazz recording that Geils issued a few years ago.