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BOOK REVIEWS

Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

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Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as “Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe Edition is the most distinctive entry in Rory Gallagher's discography. Two collections of studio and concert tracks highlight the detective mystery theme running through Gallagher's later original material, all of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders July 5 1973, Lion's Share

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A cursory review of Garcia Live Volume Six reveals much that's familiar about such titles including personnel (keyboardist/vocalist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt) and material ("I Second That Emotion," “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"). But a closer perusal uncovers elements that make July 5, 1973 Lion's Share a distinctive entry in the solo discography of guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Jerry Garcia. Rare choices of song, such as “She's Got Charisma," suggest an expansive approach to ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Matt Schofield at Nectar's

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Matt Schofield Nectar's Burlington, Vermont July 5, 2016 In a generous two-set performance that lasted til the midnight hour at Nectar's in Burlington, Matt Schofield made a case for himself as one of the finest bluesmen of his generation. Gary Clark Jr. and Derek Trucks may be more versatile, but the simplicity and passion Schofield brings to his music reminds of no one so much as the archetypal guitar hero himself, Eric Clapton.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Dillon: Functioning Broke

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As idiosyncratic as Mike Dillon's work has been with Critters Buggin' and Garage a Trois, it's well-nigh impossible not to fall under the spell of the music he creates all by himself on Functioning Broke. A deep dream-like quality emanates from his musicianship, most resonant in the warm glow of vibes that open “Half Right" and continues virtually unabated for the course of this unfortunately abbreviated (thirty-five minutes plus), right down to the similarly insinuating sounds of Indian percussion on ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eggs Over Easy: Good 'n' Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story

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Because the pub-rock moment of the Seventies was essentially relegated to the British Isles and had no corollary in America, it remains a one-line footnote in the chronicles of contemporary rock. Yet as with so many (self-)limited niches of style, its proponents are as fervently devoted as its practitioners like Ducks Deluxe, Brinsley Schwarz and Dr. Feelgood. Yet history as documented on this 2CD package, will show it was, in fact, United States natives Eggs Over Easy who (re)ignited devotion ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Will Bernard: Out & About

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As if more proof was necessary Out & About confirms guitarist Will Bernard is as skilled a bandleader as he is an instrumentalist. And both roles require an artful approach as this album makes clear: it's one thing to find talented musicians--as Bernard most certainly does here--it's quite another to elicit that talent in such a way it complements the talent (and personality) of each of the other musicians involved. In this context then Out & About is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Foghat: Under the Influence

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At this point in its history, Foghat's family tree may be approaching the density of the very band from which they originally emerged, Savoy Brown. Although bassist/vocalist Craig MacGregor is a second generation Foghatter, drummer Roger Earl is the only original member of the group still in the lineup that recorded Under the Influence, but as the liner notes state, the spirit of the departed vocalist/guitarist/composer Lonesome Dave Peverett and lead and slide guitarist Rod Price permeates their 'new ' ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Neil Young & The Promise of The Real: Earth

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Ninety-plus minutes of performances recorded live on tour in 2015, then interspersed with sounds of the planet natural (birds and thunder) and manufactured (car traffic and trains), Neil Young's double-CD Earth documents his social concerns and the synergy he's developed with his most recent accompanists, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real. A song selection spanning the rock icon's career, plus one unreleased number (an ode to the weed movement “Seed Justice" was originally and cryptically titled “I Won't ...


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