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Jack Tempchin: One More Song

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Jack Tempchin's name may not elicit immediate recognition, but chances are his songs will. He contributed to the composition of “Peaceful Easy Feeling" on the Eagles' eponymous debut album in 1972 and also helped write “Already Gone" from On the Border (Elektra, 1974). As a member of the Funky Kings in 1976 (along with another estimable composer, Jules Shear), he wrote and recorded “Slow Dancing," made a bonafide hit by Johnny Rivers the very next year/ Yet that was just ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamontis exactly that kind of book. Formally and informally ensconced in the San Francisco scene for decades, he brings his knowing perceptions to bear ...

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Seth Walker: Gotta Get Back

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With Gotta Get Back, Seth Walker aligns himself with arguably the most authentic of Americana artists, the Wood Brothers. Both siblings contribute to this, the ninth album of the Southern-born and raised songwriter/musician, while the 'adopted' member of their brethren, Jano Rix, produced the record, adding not only his own multi-instrumental and vocal skills, but setting a casual tone that helped in no small part to conjure the inviting ambiance of this album. As such, this alliance is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

TAUK: Sir Nebula

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Fans of King Crimson or Return to Forever are as likely as those of Umphrey's McGee to dote on TAUK whose third studio album, Sir Nebula, interweaves hard rock, funk and spacey synths of all textures. Not anything groundbreaking to be sure, it's nevertheless a heady mix and it doesn't take long for the album to assault the mind and body: “Horizon" begins with gentle clean electric guitar strums before zooming with no little precision into a cosmic air quite ...

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Joey Alexander: Countdown

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Like most such facile categorizing, 'child prodigy' usually ends up being a dead end rather than a means to explore the subject at hand. In the case of Joey Alexander, it's a disservice precisely because it's so restrictive: if he proves anything on his second album, it is that he will not be confined. Quite the contrary, the thirteen year-old pianist and composer challenges himself on multiple fronts on Countdown. He not only chooses to play with other ...

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The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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In casual talk and conversation now some half a century since the explosion of their popularity, the Beatles can seem a quaint phenomenon from the Sixties. But such a notion disappears when their music is playing as is the case with The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl. A companion piece to Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, the Ron Howard film devoted to their years on the road, this audio title is a modified and expanded ...

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Garcia Live Volume Seven: Sophie's, Palo Alto, November 8, 1976

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The openness and vulnerability within Jerry Garcia's singing voice is an often-overlooked virtue among all the others for which he's distinguished, including his ever-so-precise (acoustic and electric) guitar playing as well as his songwriting collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter. Nevertheless, those vocal qualities also resonate in the best of his solo work and Garcia Live Volume Seven is a prime example. A palpable sense of comfort radiates from this show, recorded at Sophie's in Palo Alto in November ...

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The Traveling Wilburys Collection

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It's very safe to say there's never been a band like the Traveling Wilburys and equally fair to state no such band has been regarded as they have, either at the time of their inception or with the benefit of hindsight as afforded by the comprehensive package that is The Traveling Wilburys Collection. Yet even this composite of audio and video can't fully detail the nuances of the Wilburys' interpersonal dynamics or the perception of them by the ...


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