Articles by: Kit O'Toole

The Beatles, “Eight Days A Week” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Eight Days A Week” from Beatles For Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The year was 1985; the scene, Mr. Tantillo’s eighth-grade chorus class. On Fridays, students were allowed to bring in their own music so we could “experience” diverse tastes.

Joe Jackson – The Duke (2012)

Joe Jackson – The Duke (2012)

Joe Jackson tries to radically reinterpret many of Duke Ellington’s best-known works. Some remakes emit sparks, but all too few.

Randy Crawford and Joe Sample – Live With Steve Gadd (2012)

Sometimes an artist’s lack of success in America remains a puzzle. No better example exists than Randy Crawford, the rare R&B vocalist who can handle jazz with equal aplomb.

Paul Simon – Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition (2012)

In 1984, Paul Simon faced a creative crossroads. His last album, 1983’s Hearts and Bones, was a commercial disappointment, although it received some favorable reviews

Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio – Across The Imaginary Divide (2012)

Sometimes music is about hearing two masters of their craft jam together, amazing listeners with their sheer artistry. That summarizes Across The Imaginary Divide

On Second Thought: Paul and Linda McCartney – Ram (1971; 2012 reissue)

Four words can best sum up Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album Ram: “Heart of the Country.”

Take 6 – One (2012)

It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since gospel/jazz sextet Take 6 released their self-titled debut album. Since then they have established themselves as the premier acapella group

Phil Collins – But Seriously … (1989; 2012 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

When Phil Collins released his final 1980s album, But Seriously…, it was billed as his most socially conscious work.

Peter Gabriel – Live Blood (2012)

Since appearing onstage dressed in a flower costume while with Genesis, Peter Gabriel continues to take fans on musical and visual twists and turns.

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi!: This Tupac Shakur hologram is freaking me out

The stage darkens, and a hush falls over the crowd. Suddenly a figure rises from the stage floor, a shirtless man with sagging jeans, bathed in an eerie white light.

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