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Jeff Beck: Live +

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Jeff Beck Live+ is a collection of fourteen tracks recorded in concert during August of 2014 with a pair of new originals from recent studio sessions. It effectively whets the appetite for the new studio record reportedly in the works for some months now even as it stands as a fitting companion piece to the DVD Live in Tokyo (Eagle Vision, 2014). Beck's is a perfectly pragmatic approach to to reinvent the panoply of styles he's traversed since ...


One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (paperback edition)

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (paperback edition) Alan Paul 496 Pages ISBN: #9781250040503 St. Martin's Press 2015 Though Alan Paul may not have intended it as such, his truncated addition to the paperback edition of One Way Out acts as an implicit explanation of why the Allman Brothers' final (sic) performance in October of 2014 was more of an anti-climax rather than a triumphant close to their ...


John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Live in 1967

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Because his career didn't directly ascend to a higher profile subsequent to his tenures in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, guitarist Peter Green's membership in the group doesn't receive as much prominence as that of, Eric Clapton who became an icon of contemporary or Mick Taylor, who joined the Rolling Stones for arguably the greatest albums of their career. This despite the fact Green formed Fleetwood Mac with bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood when he left Mayall's auspices in 1967 ...


The Allman Brothers Band: Live - Beacon Theatre New York City 10-28-14

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The most stirring moments of the Allman Brothers Band's concert recording from New York City's Beacon Theatre on October 28, 2014 occur near the end of its nearly four-hour performance--not surprisingly, within a rendition of the group's signature instrumental, “Mountain Jam"--that are as emphatic as they are mellifluous. The patient but rabid audience offers instant recognition of the instrumental introduction to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken," after which the intonation in Gregg Allman's voice, as he begins to sing, triggers ...


Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care

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Less is more had to rule the sessions for Boz Scaggs' A Fool to Care. The core quartet of accompanists includes the producer drummer Steve Jordan, who's worked with the likes of Neil Young and Keith Richards, and while, like Memphis (429 Records, 2013), this album was recorded in a musical bastion of America-Nashville Tennessee-the album's twelve tracks proceed with a pithy economy right from the start, with “Rich Woman" and the title track, each of which seem to be ...


The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River

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Suspect as its concept appears, at least at first, The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River is another entry in the remarkable creative canon of Bob Dylan. And though the man himself does not perform here, he was nevertheless (in)directly involved: he had to give permission for the usage of a clutch of his lyrics from 1967 uncovered during exhumation of material for his 'Bootleg Series' of archive titles. And if the presence of T-Bone Burnett gives ...


Glyn Johns: Sound Man - A Life Recording Hits

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Sound Man Glyn Johns 336 Pages ISBN: 0399163875 Blue Rider Press 2015 The only thing wrong with famed producer/engineer Glyn Johns' Sound Man is that there's not enough of it. The famed producer/engineer maintains such a breezy tone throughout his memoirs (perhaps as overcompensation for a very dogmatic reputation), so the fifty year span he covers seems like but a fortnight and it almost reads like he's just scratching the surface.


J Geils Band: House Party Live in Germany

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J. Geils Band House Party: Live in Germany Eagle Vision 2015 It's arguable the original lineup of the J. Geils Band remained in its prime all the way from their splendid eponymous debut album through a series of almost equally potent but ever so slightly varied successors in the Seventies into the widespread popularity that ensued with the commercial breakthrough of “Centerfold" in the eighties. House Party Live in Germany exemplifies how and why as ...


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