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Tom Petty: An American Treasure

Read "An American Treasure" reviewed by Doug Collette

In a direct, no nonsense gesture the subject of this anthology would no doubt appreciate, the earliest inclusions on the 4-CD anthology An American Treasure illustrate how Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers forged their own style of songwriting and playing from Bob Dylan, the Byrds and the Rolling Stones. “Surrender," “Listen To Her Heart," and" You're Gonna Get It" and, in one of the rare appearances in this set of a trademark tune in readily recognizable form, “Breakdown" also clarify ...

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Jimi Hendrix: Otis Redding - The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival

Read "Otis Redding - The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A short time after purchasing my first long-playing vinyl album with my own money, one Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends (A&M, 1969), I purchased my first and second live recordings, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (A&M, 1970) and Otis Redding -The Jimi Hendrix Experience--Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Reprise, 1970). I bought all of these records at Osco Drug Store in the University Mall in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was summer and fall ...

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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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Neil Young: Le Noise

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On Le Noise, Neil Young collaborates with famed producer Daniel Lanois (Peter Gabriel, {Bob Dylan, U2) and it's a fascinating experiment to be sure. Yet, to whatever extent this pair of like-minded Canadians are successful,they have outwitted themselves in an all too-obvious attempt (as with the play on words of the title) to present the artist as a lone voice trying to communicate amidst the noisy interference of contemporary culture. Given Young's credibility, they overstate the obvious. Even ...

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Mojo

Read "Mojo" reviewed by Doug Collette

Given the earthy currents of electric blues coursing through this Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album, right from the start of the wailing harp on “Jefferson Jericho Blues," Mojo is an appropriate title indeed. It should be no surprise the group hearkens to the late, great Muddy Waters, because anyone who's heard them live understands that this band knows its roots. But it is mildly shocking, at least, to hear an album totally bereft of the craftsman-like pop ...

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Frank Sinatra: New York

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Frank Sinatra Sinatra: New York Reprise 2009

The true icons of American music, and there are only a few, include Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. Their art changed the way we listen to music, and probably more important, their personal style made a deep impression on American culture. Of Armstrong, Dylan and Sinatra, it is without a doubt Sinatra, “Ol' Blue Eyes," who continues to be the epitome of style. ...

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The Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)

Read "The Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Neil Young's Archives project has been subject to so many delays, and rumors arising out of those delays, that its eventual release—as a 10-disc box set as well as in other formats—is almost an anticlimax. The project is, however, the work of a master singer, guitarist and songwriter who has studiously refused to look back or repeat himself during the course of his recording career. So let's instead say its eventual release is a delayed, or perhaps prolonged climax.


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