Gimme Five

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White, who died today, was the mastermind behind Earth Wind and Fire’s focused, soul-lifting horns, sunburst harmonies and a thrilling propensity for shaken-up textures and rhythms.

Los Lobos, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes + others: Preston Frazier’s Five Recommended Stocking Stuffer CDs

Los Lobos, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes + others: Preston Frazier’s Five Recommended Stocking Stuffer CDs

A pair of musicians with Yes affiliations are among Preston Frazier’s recommendations for Best of 2015 gift ideas.

Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995): Gimme Five

Released in November 1995, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ traced the distance between the American Dream and the American Reality.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ released on Oct. 15, 1973, was meant to be a passionate homage. Instead, it’s unfairly overlooked as a career retrenchment.

Scary Songs from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, TV on the Radio + others: Gimme Five

Scary Songs from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, TV on the Radio + others: Gimme Five

We often contemplate the spirit world in October. Songs by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, TV on the Radio and others provide the soundtrack.

John Lennon remembered by Alan White, Joey Molland + Tony Levin: Gimme Five

John Lennon remembered by Alan White, Joey Molland + Tony Levin: Gimme Five

Turns out, John Lennon – who would have been 75 today – was just as mercurially intriguing to his sidemen as he was to everyone else.

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Sometimes it’s best to give thanks. And sometimes it helps to have songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others to remind us.

Songs about Phone Numbers by Tommy Tutone, the B-52’s, Steely Dan + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Phone Numbers by Tommy Tutone, the B-52’s, Steely Dan + others: Gimme Five

Remembering those times when Steely Dan, Tommy Tutone, the B-52’s and others dialed up some phone number-focused rock songs.

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.