Post Tagged with: "1970s"

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Eight years after Ramsey Lewis gave him his first big break, Maurice White returned the favor to Lewis by lending his talents to an album that put Lewis back in the public spotlight.

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White (1941-2016): Five Great Earth Wind and Fire Moments

Maurice White, who died today, was the mastermind behind Earth Wind and Fire’s focused, soul-lifting horns, sunburst harmonies and a thrilling propensity for shaken-up textures and rhythms.

Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can (1970): On Second Thought

Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can (1970): On Second Thought

When I think of the genius of the late, great Allen Toussaint, I think of the masterpiece he made with Lee Dorsey in 1970.

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1973, 2015 Audio Fidelity reissue)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1973, 2015 Audio Fidelity reissue)

John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra were busy creating new conventions, and ‘Birds of Fire’ set the bar high even as the band itself soon afterwards disintegrated. The Audio Fidelity version of their finest album makes their innovations a little more manifest.

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Trilogy: Deluxe Edition (1972, 2015 reissue)

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Trilogy: Deluxe Edition (1972, 2015 reissue)

Here is a review of the 3-CD remastered version of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s classic 1972 release, ‘Trilogy.’ Jakko Jakszyk’s remix does the music justice.

Sea Level, “That’s Your Secret” (1977): One Track Mind

Sea Level, “That’s Your Secret” (1977): One Track Mind

Southern fusion rock masters Sea Level gives a hat tip to wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes on their 1977 song “The Your Secret.”

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)

Here is a review of an expanded reissue of the 1974 recording ‘Trio And Duet,’ exploring two sides of avant-garde great Anthony Braxton.

The Soft Machine, “Hazard Profile” from Switzerland 1974 (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

The smokin’ “Hazard Profile” will be included on a previously unreleased 1974 Montreux performance by Soft Machine with Allan Holdsworth.

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Enough gushing about guitars, saxes and drums. Here are Steely Dan’s five best miscellaneous performances, as selected by our panel.