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Before Bitches Brew: Five really great early fusion albums

Before Bitches Brew: Five really great early fusion albums

Some twenty-five years ago when compact discs began to overtake vinyl as the music media of choice, I joined one of those mail-order record clubs as a way to quickly build up a foundation for my fledgling CD collection.

WTF?! Wednesday: Krzysztof Penderecki, “Polymorphia” (1961)

WTF?! Wednesday: Krzysztof Penderecki, “Polymorphia” (1961)

The name Krzysztof Penderecki indeed belongs to the film score hall of fame. His uber-creepy “Polymorphia” has been used in The Exorcist, The Shining, and more recently, 1993′s Fearless.

The Friday Morning Listen: Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (1963)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (1963)

I’ve got no new thoughts to add to this week’s mass of Pete Seeger tributes. His long and inspirational life has been covered extensively from many angles.

‘He would just tear it up’: Robbie Robertson wanted Otis Redding to cover a key Bob Dylan song

‘He would just tear it up’: Robbie Robertson wanted Otis Redding to cover a key Bob Dylan song

Bob Dylan, at Robbie Robertson’s urging, handed one of his most famous songs off to Otis Redding in the hopes that he would do his own Stax-ified version of it. Things didn’t quite work out that way, however.

‘They didn’t understand’: Roger McGuinn says jazz, not psychedelia, sparked Byrds experiments

‘They didn’t understand’: Roger McGuinn says jazz, not psychedelia, sparked Byrds experiments

Roger McGuinn doesn’t have a problem with people calling the early Byrds efforts “folk rock.” Just don’t label later experiments like “Eight Miles High” as “psychedelic.” There’s more to them than that.

Forgotten series: Warren Zevon’s Lyme and Cybelle, “Follow Me” (1966)

Forgotten series: Warren Zevon’s Lyme and Cybelle, “Follow Me” (1966)

A male female duo, Lyme and Cybelle consisted of Warren Zevon and Violet Santangelo respectively. Based in Los Angeles, California, the twosome got off to a roaring start with their excellent debut single

‘Everything else was sort of insignificant’: After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his

‘Everything else was sort of insignificant’: After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his

There had been, to be sure, other versions of “Try a Little Tenderness,” beginning with the Ray Noble Orchestra in 1932. Aretha Franklin had an early-1960s hit with it, too. But none is quite so revered as Otis Redding’s take.

‘It just felt weird’: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on his brief stint in Jethro Tull

‘It just felt weird’: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on his brief stint in Jethro Tull

Tony Iommi remembers the moment when he had to decide between his then-new group Black Sabbath and taking over as guitarist in Jethro Tull.

Something Else! Throwdown: Led Zeppelin vs. the Beatles

Something Else! Throwdown: Led Zeppelin vs. the Beatles

When the New Year rolls around, it’s customary for reporters, columnists, reviewers and critics of all sorts to summarize the year that was by coming up with their annual Top Ten lists.

‘I’m in touch every day’: Julian Lennon helped his mother through a tough year

‘I’m in touch every day’: Julian Lennon helped his mother through a tough year

Most people are quick to compare Julian Lennon to his father, in particular when it come to his facial features. The younger Lennon says they’re missing something