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The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

‘Freedom Highway Complete’ makes viscerally clear that the Staple Singers, though they’d moved far afield of gospel, could still rattle the back pews.

Ali Bey – My Finest Hour (2015)

Ali Bey – My Finest Hour (2015)

A funky, groovy midnight run of a record, Ali Bey’s satisfying ‘My Finest Hour’ features an abundance of grooves.

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

The Jackson Browne-produced “Mohammed’s Radio” helped introduce Warren Zevon — with a key assist from Lindsey Buckingam and Stevie Nicks.

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

UK-born New Yorker Chris J. Connolly has figured out on debut album ‘Flying Lessons’ that keeping it simple makes it great.

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Released 40 years ago, ‘Blood on the Tracks’ signalled that Bob Dylan was ready to re-engage in his career. It was also something more personal.

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

“Beryl” reminds us of why Mark Knopfler became famous in the first place — even as it seems to retrace the steps that led him away from that fame.

Journey began unlikely shift to pop stardom with the arrival of Steve Perry: ‘I welcomed it’

Journey began unlikely shift to pop stardom with the arrival of Steve Perry: ‘I welcomed it’

‘Infinity,’ released on January 20, 1978, saw Journey add Steve Perry. As ‘Feeling That Way/Anytime’ showed, they’d never be the same again.

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

If Bob Dylan’s new song is any indication, ‘Shadows in the Night’ could end up surprising more than a few naysayers. It’s certainly changed my mind.

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman’s new album, while certainly couched in the world of jazz, is also irrepressibly personal and boldly imperfect.