Rock Music

Chicago – Chicago II (1970; 2017 Steven Wilson Remix)

Chicago – Chicago II (1970; 2017 Steven Wilson Remix)

Listening to Steven Wilson’s new remix of the historically muddy ‘Chicago II’ is like hearing it for the first time all over again.

Wilko Johnson – I Keep It To Myself: The Best of Wilko Johnson (2017)

Wilko Johnson – I Keep It To Myself: The Best of Wilko Johnson (2017)

This generous two-disc set is packed with recently recorded Wilko Johnson goodies, including re-workings of several Dr Feelgood favorites.

Chicago, “All Is Well” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “All Is Well” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

You can’t help but smile after hearing Chicago’s “All Is Well.” And you can’t help but feel you’re listening to sheer perfection.

‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’: Inside Douglas Harr’s Great New Book

‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’: Inside Douglas Harr’s Great New Book

I wrote ‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’ as homage to rock music of the ‘70s — in concert and on film.

Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene (1987): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene (1987): On Second Thought

Preston Frazier returns to his favorite album by Warren Zevon, who would have been 70 on Jan. 24, 2017.

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

The Jon Anderson-penned “Circus of Heaven” continues a trend of inconsistency which plagued Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “A Hit By Varese” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“A Hit By Varese” leads off Chicago’s fifth album, one many of my colleagues and I feel is flawless. It is, as they used to say, “all killer, no filler.”

David Bowie – No Plan EP (2017)

David Bowie – No Plan EP (2017)

There is a sense of David Bowie’s essence here – not the characters he created but Bowie as the song master.

Chicago, “A Song For Richard and His Friends” from At Carnegie Hall (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “A Song For Richard and His Friends” from At Carnegie Hall (1971): Saturdays in the Park

‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall,’ a sprawling four-record set, was ripe for abuse from so-called leading critics of the time.

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.