Free of big concepts and the heavy legend of the Who’s songbook, Pete Townshend shows he hasn’t lost his writer’s spark, or his angry voice.
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The Cash Box Kings’ ‘Holding Court’ isn’t music that builds off the post-war blues tradition. It advances that sound, reconstituted, into a new age.
‘Brothers,’ released on May 18, 2010, stands as the Black Keys’ best-ever attempt at hybridizing black music into modern rock.
‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.
Paul McCartney’s synthy solo effort ‘McCartney II,’ released on May 16, 1980, didn’t pass for innovation back then – and it doesn’t today, either.
B.B. King opened 2008’s ‘One Kind Favor’ with a welp: “I’m not going anytime soon, but when the day comes, don’t forget me.” No chance of that.
‘Chicago 17,’ released on May 14, 1984, was a multi-million-selling smash. And Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin aren’t about to apologize for it.
In this moment, the Band’s Richard Manuel sounds whole again, entirely present, a world away from the fading figure depicted in ‘The Last Waltz.’
Released on May 13, 1985, Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ likely surprises return visitors with its depth of intellect and emotion.
These are the same horizons where Jeff Beck once roamed with the Yardbirds, amped up for a new generation.