On Second Thought

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Alan Parsons Project’s sci-fi rock triumph I Robot still asks prescient questions

Alan Parsons Project’s sci-fi rock triumph I Robot still asks prescient questions

Alan Parsons Project’s prophetic ‘I Robot,’ issued this month in 1977, focused on the uneasy relationship between human and machine.

Chicago’s two musical eras were bridged by the sweet, complex ‘Just You ‘N Me’

Chicago’s two musical eras were bridged by the sweet, complex ‘Just You ‘N Me’

Released this week in 1973, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N Me” combined their now-familiar easy-listening vibe with cool earlier-period improvisational asides.

Jethro Tull Road Stories: Call this one, ‘Menstrual in the Gallery’

Jethro Tull Road Stories: Call this one, ‘Menstrual in the Gallery’

On stage, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has been hit with a variety of items: a baseball, a rose, a splash of urine. This, however, may have been the worst.

Best moment on Jimmy Page’s solo debut didn’t involve Robert Plant

Best moment on Jimmy Page’s solo debut didn’t involve Robert Plant

When Jimmy Page’s ‘Outrider’ arrived on June 19, 1988, the focus went to a one-song Robert Plant reunion. The LP’s highpoint, however, was found elsewhere.

Dire Straits’ typically overlooked Communique is an understated gem

Dire Straits’ typically overlooked Communique is an understated gem

Dire Straits’ ‘Communique,’ released on June 15, 1979, caught my ear much later – but it only confirmed Mark Knopfler’s genius.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ gritty Mojo was more than just the blues

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ gritty Mojo was more than just the blues

Released on June 15, 2010, Tom Petty’s ‘Mojo’ built off a rootsy foundation, extending their reign as the most sophisticated garage band in America.

The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

‘Candy-O,’ released on June 13, 1979, wasn’t quite as immediate or artfully cool as the Cars’ celebrated debut. Here’s why we love it, anyway.

Zoom is likely the best Electric Light Orchestra album you’ve never heard

Zoom is likely the best Electric Light Orchestra album you’ve never heard

The lean, tune-focused ‘Zoom,’ released on June 12, 2001, was the album the Electric Light Orchestra should have put out at the turn of the 1980s.

Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny – Song X (1986): On Second Thought

Ornette Coleman and Pat Metheny – Song X (1986): On Second Thought

Here is a reflection on free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and his wonderful 1985 encounter with Pat Metheny, ‘Song X.”