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The Allman Brothers Band: Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971

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Sacrilegious as it may sound, the Allman Brothers' performance on Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971 is superior to At Fillmore East (Capricorn, 1971), heretofore regarded as the definitive document of this seminal southern rock band's on-stage expertise. After prior bootlegging in a variety of forms, the recording of the former has been mixed from the master tapes under the supervision of Bill Levenson, the overseer of the Dreams box (Polydor, 1989), and as such is the ...

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall Peter Conners 232 Pages ISBN: #150170432X Cornell University Press 2017 If it strains the credulity of even the most devout Deadhead that a whole book has been devoted to a single show of this iconic band, it may be even more startling that Peter Conners validates the concept with the combination of his skewed sense of ...

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Roots In The Green Mountains

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The vibrant music community of Burlington, Vermont is a veritable fountainhead of the gestation of new and varied forms of this greatest of all the arts. The earthy elegance of Vorcza is one thing, the visceral impact of The Seth Yacovone Band something else altogether. And the roots-based work of Bardela and Kyle Chadburn is distinct unto itself: their original efforts build upon a traditionalism far removed from the eccentricities of Phish and their offspring such as Twiddle is. Nurturing ...

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture 288 Pages ISBN: #1419724460 Harry N. Abrams 2017 A coffee table book for a generation, this near seven-pound tome entitles 50 Years of Rolling Stone is as philosophically weighty as its subtitle would imply. Or so Jann Wenner would have us believe in his introduction and essentially he's right. Yet he hedges on the fact that, while Rolling Stone Magazine ...

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Stanton Moore: With You In Mind

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The title of Stanton Moore's homage to Allen Toussaint suggests the affection at the heart of this project. With You In Mind symbolizes the achievements of the latter NOLA icon as ongoing inspiration for generations of musicians to come and not just those with their roots in New Orleans like this great drummer and bandleader with top billing here. Beginning with the celebratory called “Here Come The Girls," Moore's quasi-martial beat underscores the rhythm inherent in Cyril Neville's ...

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Green Mountain Jazz

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In observation, analysis and overall discussion of Burlington Vermont's vibrant music scene, the jazz demographic is all too often overlooked. But the vibrant undercurrent of the genre in the Queen City is like that which bubbles under in our culture at large, always present, usually noticeable with careful perusal but otherwise hard to highlight outside its devoted fans (or the annual ten days of the Discover Jazz Festival), without concerted focus. Bassist/composer Robinson Morse and saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy are two ...

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Bob Dylan: Triplicate

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If Bob Dylan's Triplicate, the thirty-eighth studio album of his fifty-year plus career, proves anything, it's that he's very serious about his exploration of the Great American Songbook. Not only is this his third straight studio recording devoted to such material, he deigned to be interviewed close to the March 31 2017 release of the recordings (spending more than a little time on the subject) and, on the current leg of his touring schedule, devotes at least a handful of ...

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio At Red Square

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The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio Red Square Burlington, VT July 16, 2017 On this warm, breezy summer evening outside Burlington Vermont's Red Square, The Seth Yacovone Blues Trio's first of three sets was sufficiently moving and diverse to satisfy like a concert complete unto itself. Yet the threesome's performance manifest passion and solidarity most directly through the inclusion of two numbers lying outside the strict definition of the blues. Seth Yacovone simultaneously ...

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Country Joe McDonald: 50

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Unlike so many a romanticized recognition of the past in this year that marks half a decade since the so-called 'Summer of Love," Country Joe McDonald's 50 is a celebration of the passage of time. And this is a crucial distinction the former leader of The Fish articulates on this album in all manner of ways.This baker's dozen tracks opens in somewhat startling fashion, a spare acoustic guitar finger-picked above which McDonald's voice, equally drenched in echo, reedily ...


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