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

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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, ...

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 ...

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Ben van Gelder: Reprise

Read "Reprise" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Marked by an attentive copacetic style, Ben van Gelder's sophomore release Reprise is a continuation of good music witnessed in his 2011 debut Frame of Reference . The alto saxophonist's release on Pirouet Records moves forward with an introspective and airy vibe brought via quintet of peers that's gelled into a tight unit over two years ...

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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 ...

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Mojo

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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 ...

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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 ...

Neil Young: Fork in the Road

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It's been almost forty five years since Neil Young's first solo tour began one of the most remarkable careers in modern music. From a Woodstock-era folk-rock icon and introspective songwriter, to inimitable electric guitarist and godfather of grunge, few artists can match Young's substantial body of work for energy and quality. His live shows, whether with ...

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Lindsey Buckingham: Gift Of Screws

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On his sixth solo album, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham continues his string of releases featuring slick, crisp, sophisticated wry lyrics. Unlike his last studio effort, the acoustic-based Under the Skin (Reprise 2006), Gift Of Screws features incendiary electric guitar layered over minor chords with many of the signature grooves that Buckingham (and Fleetwood Mac) built his ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra - Vegas

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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra--Vegas
Reprise Records
2006

Downbeat magazine's listing of this recording as among the best of 2007 reminds us that not the least of the phenomenal one's talents was his towering strength as a “jazz singer": Sinatra, in fact, was a classy hat trick, a spectacular three-act opera, three ...

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Donald Fagen: The Nightfly Trilogy

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Donald Fagen

The Nightfly Trilogy

Reprise Records

2007



There are those who bemoan the apparent lack of sophistication in contemporary pop music, although there are plenty of examples proving that it's not all about 'dumbing down' for the masses. Steely Dan--the rock group that emerged in the 1970s ...