Articles by: Kit O'Toole

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Monkees, November 16, 2012

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Monkees, November 16, 2012

At the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois: Many so-called nostalgia acts figure all the crowd wants is to hear the big hits. However, longtime fans were richly rewarded on November 16, 2012, when The Monkees hit the stage

The Beatles, “There’s a Place” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “There’s a Place” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

“There’s a Place” signals the change the Beatles brought to popular music, fusing rock and pop with complicated harmonies and deeper lyrics.

The Beatles, “For You Blue” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

Unlike many bands, the Beatles’ B-sides were often just as good, if not better, than the A-side single. Case in point: “For You Blue,” the B-side to the hit single “The Long and Winding Road.”

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

Danny Green – A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

When jazz pianist Danny Green released his 2009 debut album With You in Mind, he effectively demonstrated his unique blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian sounds.

The Beatles, “Oh! Darling” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Oh! Darling” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The stereotype stands to this day: John Lennon wrote the rockers, Paul McCartney the love songs. But the Abbey Road track “Oh! Darling” challenged this notion by having McCartney write and sing the blues.

Movies: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

1967 marked a crucial transitional period for the Beatles; they recorded the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; performed “All You Need Is Love” on the Our World broadcast

The Beatles, “I’ll Get You” from Past Masters (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I’ll Get You” from Past Masters (1963): Deep Beatles

While not as well known as other tracks, “I’ll Get You” stands as a superior example of the Beatles’ early material.

The Beatles, “Mr. Moonlight” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Mr. Moonlight” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I stand before you to defend the reputation of the Beatles’ 1964 cover of “Mr. Moonlight.”

Paul Simon – Live in New York City (2012)

If you buy only one music DVD this year, Paul Simon’s Live in New York City should be at the top of the list. On June 6, 2011, Simon treated fans in New York City’s Webster Hall to selections from his vast catalog and his last album, So Beautiful or So What.

Michael Jackson – BAD 25 (2012)

It’s hard to believe 25 years have passed since Michael Jackson released Bad, the much-anticipated followup to his megahit Thriller. While it didn’t match Thriller’s record-setting sales, it sold 30 to 45 million copies worldwide and spawned five No. 1 singles.

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