Articles by: Mark Saleski

Yes’ lacquered Big Generator dashed my high hopes after breakthrough with 90125

Yes’ lacquered Big Generator dashed my high hopes after breakthrough with 90125

‘Big Generator’ arrived amid much anticipation on Sept. 17, 1987, some four years after Yes’ reinvention with ‘90125.’ What went wrong?

The Rolling Stones shook their dinosaur label with passion, conviction on A Bigger Bang

The Rolling Stones shook their dinosaur label with passion, conviction on A Bigger Bang

The Rolling Stones’ ‘A Bigger Bang,’ released on Sept. 6, 2005, offered stylistically varied songs executed with (it’s about time!) a minimalist lineup.

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975): Deep Cuts

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975): Deep Cuts

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run,’ released on Aug. 25, 1975, is dotted with career-making, warhorse tracks. But what of its lesser-heard songs?

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Greendale,’ released on August 19, 2003, explored murder, art and intrigue in a mythical coastal California town.

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

When the Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music,’ released on Aug. 3, 1979, came wiggling out of my speakers, it was obvious I was onto something different.

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

A look at five key tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising,’ released in July 2002. Some are well-known, some less so, some weirdly controversial.

Controversy over Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music seems rather quaint today

Controversy over Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music seems rather quaint today

Over the years since Lou Reed released ‘Metal Machine Music’ in July 1975, many others have followed him into noise, distortion and atonality.

Captain Beefheart, “Pachuco Cadaver” from Trout Mask Replica (1969): One Track Mind

Captain Beefheart, “Pachuco Cadaver” from Trout Mask Replica (1969): One Track Mind

“Pachuco Cadaver,” which arrived this week in 1969 as part of Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica,’ is some pretty bizarre stuff. But I love it.

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (1984): Deep Cuts

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (1984): Deep Cuts

Released this week in 1984, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ spun off a series of ubiquitous hits. We decided to dig a little deeper.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

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