Rock Music

Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (1991)

Filled with outtakes, rarities and in-studio goof-offs, this is more revealing, even, than the sprawling 50-something track “Biograph” set. And, in fact, loaded with more songs.

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)

As I continue digesting downloaded snippets from the soon-to-be-released Bob Dylan record Modern Times (which was “leaked” by Sony on Friday), I got to digging through the old stuff. Thought I’d pass along the occasional thought until Dylan’s first CD in five years is officially distributed on Aug. 29 …

Peter Gabriel – Us (1992)

by Nick DeRiso “Us” was a cool blending of Peter Gabriel‘s 1986 hit “So” and “Passion,” his 1989 soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.” But even though that is certainly welcome, “Us” was no step backward. Save for “Fourteen Black Paintings” — the only song here that touches on Gabriel’s penchant for the political — “Us” findsRead More

Rhino's DiY series; Husker Du – Zen Arcade; and Rollins Band – The End of the Silence

by Nick DeRiso A pair of early 1990s Rhino compilations, all punky guts and art-rock pretention – without being pretentious – showed how the Do It Yourself aesthetic was given great depth by the almighty hook. Taken together, they’re a nice overview of the British punk explosion and the last days of the UK power-pop days. There’s some overlap, tooRead More

Forgotten series: Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett

Several years ago, Capitol Records released a terrific 3-CD box set called “Crazy Diamond,” by Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Included are “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett” — Syd’s only solo albums after getting the boot from Floyd. Also featured is a third disc of unreleased material and rarities, called “Opel.” For fans of the group’s early, more whimsical side,Read More

The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (2005)

An event has occurred that hasn’t happened in eight years…the Rolling Stones released a new record. It was also an event that hadn’t happened in over 25 years: the Stones actually released a good record.

Half Notes: The Beatles, "Why Don't We Do It In the Road?" (1968)

by Nick DeRiso Almost certainly written by Paul McCartney in an attempt to mirror some of the heavier, more intellectually raw pieces that John Lennon had begun to craft. Lennon was not outwardly impressed — famously sniffing that it was “the best song Paul ever wrote” — but there are some who think “Why Don’t We Do It?” actually pushedRead More

Fleetwood Mac – Say You Will (2003)

by Nick DeRiso They were the Chanteuse, the Wild Hair (in more ways than one) and the Songstress. And now Fleetwood Mac has had a hit album in every decade since the 1970s.

Steely Dan – Everything Must Go (2003)

by S. Victor Aaron After pulling off what could pass as one of the most improbable comebacks in rock history, Steely Dan re-emerges a mere three years later with another serious effort, Everything Must Go. SD modified its approach to this album somewhat to set it apart from the prior, Grammy-winning Two Against Nature, by going back to analog recordingRead More

Forgotten series: Pink Floyd – Division Bell (1994)

by Nick DeRiso Perhaps the only album from after the so-called Classic Period (“Dark Side”-to-“Animals,” some would also include “The Wall”) that must be checked out by any prospective Pink Floyd fan — if only because it helps encapsulate the Rest of the Story, outside of Roger Waters’ monolithic influence.

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