The rootsy realism of Hall and Oates’ ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ released on Nov. 3, 1973, is a source of inspiration for John Oates, too.
With ‘Problemas,’ Grupo Fantasma continues to seamlessly blend Latin, funk and rock in a manner which is distinctively their own.
The heavily praised ‘Raising Sand,’ released on Oct. 23, 2007, doesn’t sound like either Robert Plant or Alison Krauss – and that’s a good thing.
The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.
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.
With ‘Break Up the Concrete,’ released Oct. 7, 2008, the Pretenders found their old edge – but not with a return to hard-driving punk styles.
Robbie Robertson found another deeply resonant setting for his unique brand of storytelling with ‘Storyville,’ released on Sept. 30, 1991.
Jon Bream’s “many voices” approach on ‘Dylan Disc by Disc’ is a great way to explore Bob Dylan’s varied career from all angles.
Released on Sept. 15, 1971, ‘Cahoots’ has always felt like a breakup album. Still, there were notable moments when the Band recaptured the magic.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Greendale,’ released on August 19, 2003, explored murder, art and intrigue in a mythical coastal California town.