Post Tagged with: "Classic Rock"

Chicago, “A Hit By Varèse” from Chicago V (1972): Deep Cuts

Chicago, “A Hit By Varèse” from Chicago V (1972): Deep Cuts

Fewer bands in rock have been more unjustly maligned than Chicago. Now, I’m no fan of the David Foster years, but being responsible for some of the shlockiest pop of that era doesn’t diminish the more innovative and ambitious output of the seventies, especially those first five albums.

Donald Fagen – Kamakiriad (1993)

*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** NICK DERISO: I was a huge Steely Dan fan, so I once bought even the individual releases, pining for those lost moments of the 1970s. Meaning: I was ready to love Fagen’s second solo album. Bought it out of the box, hoping for “Aja” with a ’90s spin. What I got was the sameRead More

One Track Mind: Nazz, "Open My Eyes" (1968)

by S. Victor Aaron Back in July, we talked aboutTodd Rundgren’s latest band, The New Cars. Then, we noted that the reconstituted and reconfigurated Cars threw out a few bones during their tour for the “Todd Is God” contingent in the crowd. One of these golden oldies is the brilliant, power-pop “Open My Eyes,” and in that article I, uh,Read More

One Track Mind: Lindsey Buckingham, "Not Too Late" (2006)

While just about everyone else who critiques music have already trotted out their “Best of 2006” lists, I’m still going through many of these releases for the first time (I might work faster if I got paid better). One of last year’s servings that I finally gave a listen to was a rare one by a key member of oneRead More

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

We all know that Stevie Wonder is a great singer, but former Doobie Brothers star Michael McDonald simply outdoes him here.

The Who – Endless Wire (2006)

In the brilliant, circular overture of synthesizer and riff that opens 2006’s “Endless Wire” we find a triumph for what’s left of the Who. “Fragment,” as a tune, is everything this band should have been doing instead of slowly but surely turning itself into a too-old streetwalker with its faded party hat on crooked. It’s simultaneously familiar, yet utterly newRead More

One Track Mind: Little Feat, "Spanish Moon (Live)" (2000)

by Pico So I was listening to this tune off of Hotcakes and Outtakes the other day on the Pico ‘Pod and ohmygawd it hit me: this blog has never respresented for Little Feat before! After all, we did promise to deliver musical musings in the realm of blues, rock and baby-boomer rock with a nod toward our Louisiana homeland,Read More

Deep Cuts: The Rolling Stones, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (1970)

by S. Victor Aaron The critics all declare Exile On Main Street to be The Rolling Stones’ magnum opus. Yeah, it’s a great album alright but for my money, I’ll take the one right before it, Sticky Fingers, anyday. From the sass of “Brown Sugar” to the gentle country of “Wild Horses” the record is mostly a merry celebration ofRead More

Bob Dylan and The Band – Before The Flood (1974)

Public Broadcasting always delves into its musical archives, come pledge-drive time, and this week was no different. The local station presented an edited version of “The Concert for Bangaladesh,” the early 1970s proto-benefit show organized by Beatle buddy and future Wilbury bandmate George Harrison – and it was a special moment for Bob Dylan fans. Not just because this wouldRead More

Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes (1975)

Recorded during Dylan’s songwriting rehab, after the 1966 motorcycle wreck, and not released until a decade later. These classic home recordings — done with The Band in the legendary old house known as Big Pink — showed even Bob Dylan throwaways were table scraps worth fighting over.

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