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The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies (1981): On Second Thought

The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies (1981): On Second Thought

Mainly consisting of lesser-regarded tracks from 1973-79, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sucking in the Seventies’ serves as a rather interesting memento.

Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out at Night (1972): On Second Thought

Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out at Night (1972): On Second Thought

‘They Only Come Out at Night’ finds the Edgar Winter Group mining family-friendly pop possibilities while keeping their raw-edged integrity intact.

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

In the beginning, Donovan was often dismissed as a minor-league Bob Dylan. But he proved critics wrong with ‘Sunshine Superman.’

The Move – Shazam (1970): On Second Thought

The Move – Shazam (1970): On Second Thought

Released just before Jeff Lynne arrived, ‘Shazam’ found the Move dropping their pop-art instincts in preference of a more experimental slant.

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss’ ‘Rock and Roll Over’ appeared only months after ‘Destroyer.’ History shows, however, that the best rock music thrives on spontaneity.

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released 30 years ago this week, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

Material Issue – Telecommando Americano (1997): On Second Thought

Material Issue – Telecommando Americano (1997): On Second Thought

Material Issue’s ‘Telecommando Americano’ was completed early in 1996, but wasn’t released until after Jim Ellison took his life – making for a rather bittersweet affair.

Patti Smith Group – Easter (1978): On Second Thought

Patti Smith Group – Easter (1978): On Second Thought

I was completely unaware of Patti Smith’s story when she hit it big with “Because the Night.”

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

‘Spitting Feathers’ feels like part of a journey for Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but not one which is complete.

America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

The early ’70s may not have been a very good time for the country America – witness the Vietnam War and Watergate – but it was a very good time for the musical act America.

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