Articles by: Charlie Ricci

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.

Life, by Keith Richards (2010): Books

I’ve never been a big fan of the Rolling Stones. I like them but don’t love them. My favorite Stones songs are “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Mother’s Little Helper.”

On Second Thought: Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade (1974)

Billy Joel’s second Columbia album, and third overall, is among his least-remembered records. It was inevitable that Streetlife Serenade, the followup to Piano Man, wouldn’t have the same impact