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The Band, “Up on Cripple Creek” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Up on Cripple Creek” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

That the Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” was difficult to capture on tape runs counter to everything you hear on this galloping moment of sheer joy.

The Byrds, Moby Grape, Zombies, Buckinghams – 60s Collector Classics Volume Two (1985)

The Byrds, Moby Grape, Zombies, Buckinghams – 60s Collector Classics Volume Two (1985)

Released back in the day when vinyl was still king, although compact discs were rapidly gaining ground and would soon seize the throne

One Track Mind: HSAS [Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith] – “Going Down” (2013)

One Track Mind: HSAS [Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith] – “Going Down” (2013)

The initial reaction, and it’s perfectly reasonable, might be that we hardly need another version of this blooze-rocking Sammy Hagar concert staple. Journey’s Neal Schon provides a new wrinkle

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (2013)

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (2013)

When Justin Timberlake returned earlier this year with The 20/20 Experience, one of music’s greatest showmen displayed his unflustered allure and delivered 70-plus minutes of “supper club experience complete with plenty of bubbly.”

Books: Elvis Music FAQ, by Mike Eder (2013)

Books: Elvis Music FAQ, by Mike Eder (2013)

It goes without saying Elvis Presley changed the world — which is why, six decades on, his presence and influence remain as visible as the sun in the sky.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian, “Mars” (1999)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian, “Mars” (1999)

I came to this particular record not from Coltrane or from Wilco, but from Anthony Braxton.

Paul McCartney – New (2013): Something Else! sneak peek

Paul McCartney – New (2013): Something Else! sneak peek

‘New’ might be the ultimate misnomer, so often does Paul McCartney reference his iconic musical past.

Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan – Travel Guide (2013)

The guitarist and longtime ECM fixture Ralph Towner has always flourished in sub-group settings, whether it’s Trios/Solo with fellow members of Oregon, a duet with the vibraphone legend Gary Burton (Slide Show),

Almost Hits: The Power Station – She Can Rock It (1996)

Almost Hits: The Power Station – She Can Rock It (1996)

I recently spent a few hours perusing the autobiography of former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor and came upon a short paragraph on the Power Station’s second album, Living In Fear.

Robert Wyatt – ’68 (2013)

Just as Stephen Stills’ 1968 demos Just Roll Tape offers a tantalizing, after-the-fact glimpse of an enormous rock talent mapping a course that would soon seal his legacy, so does the rehabilitated acetates Robert Wyatt cut that same year

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