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The Who: Live At The Fillmore East 1968

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For long-time fans of the the Who acquainted with the less-than-stellar audio quality of bootlegs that have circulated over the years, this two-CD (and three-vinyl LP )fiftieth-anniversary set Live at the Fillmore East 1968 will no doubt be a revelation. Those more casual followers who may only know of the iconic British group as of their ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

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Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
Ryan H. Walsh
368 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0735221345
Penguin Press
2018

Before thoroughly delving into Ryan H. Walsh's Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, a reader can thumb randomly through its three-hundred fifty-some pages and find nary a reference to ...

Brad Mehldau: After Bach

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The exacting rigor in pianist Brad Mehldau's playing made it inevitable he would one day issue a record devoted to a great classical composer. Yet, true to the open-ended implications of its title, After Bach is not merely a recitation of the master's work (not that it really could be, given Mehldau's penchant for improvisation). In ...

Miles Davis: Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6

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It's a measure of Miles Davis' great respect for John Coltrane that the well-established jazz icon would ask the jazz icon in-the-making to do one more tour (of Europe) as the final component of latter's second stint in a quartet led by the man with the horn. The closure had begun with Coltrane's prior resignation, as ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic

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Few if any contemporary pop or rock artists have maintained a career as long and varied as Iain (nee Ian), Matthews, so his eclectic discography deserves the robust informational and graphical archiving of Omnivore Recording. Moving from his early days as a member of Fairport Convention, the man formed Southern Comfort and moved into more conventional ...

Matthews Southern Comfort: Like A Radio

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It's been nearly half a century since the initial Matthews Southern Comfort album, and Like A Radio is the first in nearly a decade, a bonafide testament to the timeless quality of its namesake's best work (not mention how it predated today's Americana). Since his days in Fairport Convention, continuing into solo work that carried him ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2018

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Logan Magness
Memphis On My Mind
Wolf River Records
2018

The core four musicians ...

Stephen Inglis: Cut The Dead Some Slack

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Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Inglis' take on the Grateful Dead, Cut The Dead Some Slack, constitutes a logical extension of that iconic band's idiosyncratic approach to making music. A more succinct approach than a two-CD set might've heightened the impact of this project, but regardless, the wide range of material this man chose highlights just how inspiring are ...

Jimmie Vaughan: Live at C-Boy's

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Over the course of eight selections and a total running time of approximately thirty-six minutes, the Jimmie Vaughan Trio make Live at C-Boy's short and sweet, and deliciously so. The band enhances the simplicity of the three piece format with takes on tunes as well-known as Bruce Channel's “Hey Baby"and the blues-soul staple “Saint James Infirmary," ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience

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Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience
FilmRise
2018

Michelle Kath Sinclair's The Terry Kath Experience is a combination of history and homage to the her late father, the guitarist and one of the founding members of Chicago. The film proceeds with a streamlined logic, not to mention an abiding sense of love ...