Classic Rock

Grand Funk – Shinin’ On (1974; 2017 Hybrid SACD Remaster)

Grand Funk – Shinin’ On (1974; 2017 Hybrid SACD Remaster)

Vast amounts of delay, flanging and compression marred the original Grand Funk vinyl edition. A new remaster aims to remediate things.

Heart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2016)

Heart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2016)

Heart’s ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ shows a jubilant band obviously thrilled at the prospect of performing in such a storied venue.

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth discusses his time in the Doobie Brothers, as well as earlier work as a former member of the platinum-selling Vertical Horizon.

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

Bruce Springsteen has always been dogged by rumors of versions of albums that differed markedly from what became the commercial release.

Dan Ropek, author of Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic’s Chris Wood: Something Else! Interview

Dan Ropek, author of Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic’s Chris Wood: Something Else! Interview

Steve Elliott caught up with Dan Ropek, author of ‘Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic’s Chris Wood,’ to discuss this often-overlooked figure in rock.

Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic’s Chris Wood, by Dan Ropek (2016): Books

Tragic Magic: The Life of Traffic’s Chris Wood, by Dan Ropek (2016): Books

Who would’ve thought, at this late date, that we’d ever see a book focused on Chris Wood, the spirit of Traffic?

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, “Boomtown Blues” from The Distance (1982): One Track Mind

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, “Boomtown Blues” from The Distance (1982): One Track Mind

Bob Seger’s ‘The Distance’ has a musical power which exceeds the lyrical heft of the far-more-popular ‘Night Moves,’ as heard on stand-out cuts like “Boomtown Blues.”

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago guitarist Terry Kath’s solo on “25 or 6 to 4” has always been one of my most memorable musical moments. Here’s why.

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

Free’s critically underrated ‘Heartbreaker’ was a direct foreshadowing of the success to come for Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

Mott the Hoople – The Hoople (1974): Shadows in Stereo

Mott the Hoople – The Hoople (1974): Shadows in Stereo

The hard-to-accept fact is simply that although Mott the Hoople had a number of good albums, they never really had any great ones.