Post Tagged with: "1970s"

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (1973)

There is a contingent of “fans” out there who label this song the “mistake” of The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. Since I think of the record as one of rock’s perfect albums, I must disagree.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Monkey In Your Soul" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The last track on Pretzel Logic might be my least favorite one of that album, with that over the top fuzzy bass line. To some it makes the song nice ‘n’ fonky but I find it a distraction; I wanna hear Dias and Baxter’s guitars over that noise.

A 1970s' artifact?: Records you simply couldn't hide from

by Mark Saleski Back in the 1970s, there were a handful of records you just couldn’t get away from. They were everywhere: on the radio, in your car’s 8-track player, on your best friend’s stereo.

Have A Cigar!: Celebrating Pink Floyd's massive new reissue project

Psych-rockers Pink Floyd and EMI are launching an exhaustive re-release campaign, beginning today. You could say that tickled us … pink.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Kitty's Back" (1973)

Now here we have the E Street Band with David Sancious and Vinny Lopez imparting more than a little bit of their jazzier sides. The jazz feel comes partly from Lopez’ loose-but-tight work at the kit and from Sancious’ wicked organ solo.

One Track Mind: Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" (2011)

Credit Uriah Heep as the co-inventors of hard rock, along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t craft a crunchy little hit single, too.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Charlie Freak" (1974)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The art of narration in a song, I would suppose, is one that’s hard to nail down so tight, because when it’s done so well, you remember it.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Queen

Freddie Mercury, talking about his band Queen, once compared them to the sweeping Hollywood auteur Cecil B. DeMille, and he wasn’t that far off. The group, which also included guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, was a heady mixture of heavy metal, prog, power pop, disco and show-tune bombast

Gimme Five: Tony Levin on "Big Time," "Thrak," "Late in the Evening," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind feature, we had the reins over to Tony Levin, bassist with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973)

Much of Springsteen’s early work was populated with large casts of characters and places, skillfully woven into the narrative. Heck, sometimes the people and places were the narrative.