We’re celebrating the late George Harrison’s birthday by revisiting some signature moments with collaborators from his earliest days of post-Beatles music making.
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The title is a misnomer, of course. Bob Dylan has been releasing lost treasures for so long now — his Bootleg Series, which dates back to 1991, is up to Volume 10 — that you can find official versions with ease these days.
Neneh Cherry and Jeremy Spencer, the co-founding Fleetwood Mac slide guitarist, offer albums that push hard at the edges of their own recorded legacies — while Joe Louis Walker, who’s finally getting his just rewards, settles into a well-deserved familiarity on his newest album.
He rose to fame playing a flame-kissed fusion of blues rock alongside Rick Derringer, scoring huge turn-of-the-1970s hits on the pop charts. But Johnny Winter, as this 56-track, four-CD Legacy set makes utterly clear, couldn’t wait to get back to the blues.
Featuring additional recordings from the same sessions that produced Bend in the Road, Jeremy Spencer’s newest effort dives deeper into that 2012 project’s sense of varied experimentation. As such, it continues a remarkable comeback for a performer who seemed to only have two gears as a founding member of Fleetwood Mac — Elmore James or Buddy Holly.
Turns out, John Lennon was just as mercurially intriguing to those who shared studio time with the late Beatles star as he was to those who simply purchased the music.
A First Nations-inspired cadence heralds the start of a remarkable collaborative moment, a poignant tribute to a lost friend, and a striking new career path for Robbie Robertson. “Fallen Angel,” the opening track from his long-awaited eponymous solo debut, sounds at once like an archetypical Robertson song and like nothing he’d ever done before.
The heartbreakingly underrated Benmont Tench steps out for a rare turn in the spotlight, offering a comfy set with plenty of throwback charm. Jimbo Mathus, meanwhile, dives deep into his own troubled soul. There are surprises aplenty from the sizzling Birmingham, Alabama-based soulsters St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and a much-needed chance for reevaluation of an often-forgotten early-1980s classicRead More
Close your eyes, and there’s no way you picture this guy singing these songs. The guy with the glasses, the suit, the flushed cheeks.
The songs, after a long time away, just started floating to the surface for Benmont Tench. He’d been a member of Tom Petty’s staggeringly underrated band the Heartbreakers forever, had even had a Nashville writing gig for a time.