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.
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Los Lobos, Patrick Moraz, Geoff Downes + others: Preston Frazier’s Five Recommended Stocking Stuffer CDs
A pair of musicians with Yes affiliations are among Preston Frazier’s recommendations for Best of 2015 gift ideas.
Released in November 1995, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ traced the distance between the American Dream and the American Reality.
When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.
The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ released on Oct. 15, 1973, was meant to be a passionate homage. Instead, it’s unfairly overlooked as a career retrenchment.
We often contemplate the spirit world in October. Songs by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alice Cooper, TV on the Radio and others provide the soundtrack.
Turns out, John Lennon – who would have been 75 today – was just as mercurially intriguing to his sidemen as he was to everyone else.
Sometimes it’s best to give thanks. And sometimes it helps to have songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others to remind us.
Remembering those times when Steely Dan, Tommy Tutone, the B-52’s and others dialed up some phone number-focused rock songs.
‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.