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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

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Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eagles: Legacy

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Sometimes a gift box is just a gift box and that's certainly true of Eagles' Legacy. Not to disparage its ample resources, this is not quite the definitive history of these commercial kingpins of the Seventies. But then, there's never been one, at least in any format similar to this: Selected Works (Elektra, 2000) comes close, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

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A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Chicago VI Decades Live Available April 6

Chicago VI Decades Live Available April 6

Chicago's Current U.S. Tour Includes Its First Las Vegas Residency At The Venetian, As Well As Shows Featuring A Performance of Chicago II In Its Entirety Chicago has been a concert force for more than 50 years, thrilling its legion of fans with performances that never disappoint. This spring, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money

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The late Ronnie Montrose was a guitar hero for our times if there ever was one. An uncommon combination of skills in which he fused as much finesse as power enabled him to assume him a wide-ranging series of sideman gigs and solo projects, the dual results of which were, unfortunately, inextricably intertwined: he was impossible ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eagles: Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition

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Anyone inclined to cast aspersion on the integrity of the Eagles might well avail themselves of the 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition of Hotel California and go straight to the concert content on the second of the two CD's.

Roughly forty-five minutes in duration, the ten tracks recorded live at the Los Angeles Forum in ...

The Doors' 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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In his usual evenhanded, deceptively passionate prose for The Doors' 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, David Fricke neatly encapsulates the combined personal and universal significance of the record. Released in January of 1967, the quartet's debut album, produced by Paul Rothchild, predates other monumental titles of the year--the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper (Parlophone), Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow (RCA, ...

Bad Company: Live 1977 & 1979

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Formed from the fragments of Free and Mott the Hoople, Bad Company took a careerist approach to their efforts together from the very start. Much publicity surrounded the announcement of their alliance including the fact the quartet's debut album was the first release from Led Zeppelin's custom label Swan Song. Add to that a timeline beginning ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dave's Picks Volume 15 & Dick's Picks Volume 5

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It's been said before but it's worth saying again: if the coincidental Grateful Dead archive releases on Real Gone Music and Rhino Records are meant to complement each or not, they end up doing so. Significant changes in the band's personnel took place in the fifteen months between the April 22, 1978 show captured on Dave's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974

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Its multi-foldout package of three CD's, DVD (or Blu-Ray) and a one-hundred eighty-eight page booklet as smartly designed as it is handsome, CSNY 1974 represents a painstaking labor of love on the part of Graham Nash, who supervised the project over a protracted period of time, in collaboration with co-producer Joel Bernstein and engineer Stanley Tajima ...