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Rolling Stones: On Air

Read "On Air" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Rolling Stones have a well-established history of archive releases, collectively titled 'From the Vault,' with which the band has done yeoman's work to document the later years of their history. On Air is not one of those titles, but in its Deluxe Edition, nevertheless constitutes an extensive examination of the original quintet's meticulous and spirited ...

Slade: Slade Alive!

Read "Slade Alive!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In 1972, when Slade Alive! was released, I didn't know my ass from a hole in the ground about music, but I did know that anytime “In Like a Shot From My Gun" and “Darling Be Home Soon" played on KAAY's ("the Mighty 1090") late Friday night Beeker Street, hosted by Clyde Clifford, it ground my ...


The Rolling Stones: Blue And Lonesome

Read "Blue And Lonesome" reviewed by Doug Collette

Originally begun as an impromptu respite from the recording of new original material, the Rolling Stones' Blue and Lonesome quickly turned into a rediscovery of the group's blues roots. And along the way toward completing the three days of sessions, the iconic rockers rediscovered themselves as a band with as much purpose and passion.


The Rolling Stones: Blue And Lonesome

Read "Blue And Lonesome" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

We should be clear of one thing: were it not for the British Invasion, the United States would likely not have been introduced to its own folk music as early as she was. Gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country, and rock and roll all, at least partly, depended on breaking into the lucrative lily-white ...


The Rolling Stones: Blue And Lonesome

Read "Blue And Lonesome" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Among those jazz fans who take a nip of rock & roll from time to time, there may be a secret wish that groups like The Rolling Stones would head for their overdue retirement. That the seventy-three year old Sir Michael Philip “Mick" Jagger and his septuagenarian bandmates have nothing left to prove, is long established. ...


The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome

Read "The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It was the love for blues and R&B music that bonded two teenage music aficionados Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and this music was the building blocks on which they based their work of art--the band The Rolling Stones. 50 years ago when the Rolling Stones' songwriting partnership between these two began gaining its momentum and ...


Jack Bruce: Things We Like

Read "Jack Bruce: Things We Like" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

Jack Bruce remains one of the most enduring and fascinating figures of late 20th century popular music. By the age of eleven, he had already written his own string quartet, before eventually attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, from which he left at the age of seventeen having become disenchanted with his tutors and also ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East

Read "The Allman Brothers Band:  At Fillmore East" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Blues is atomic music in the respect that as a part of American Popular Music it is an indivisible element, one that cannot be deconstructed. The Blues is a part of every genre of popular music: Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and Rap. How did the blues insinuate itself into every popular form of American ...


Derek & The Dominos: Live at the Fillmore

Read "Derek & The Dominos: Live at the Fillmore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Eric Clapton and Miles Davis have in common their involvement with several “super groups" that changed the way we heard music at the same time illuminated accompanying musicians who would go on and make names of their own. The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, The Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and, finally, Derek and ...

John Mayall: The Turning Point

Read "The Turning Point" reviewed by Mike Neely

John Mayall's position in the British Blues world of the 1960's was akin to Art Blakey's position in the North American jazz scene. Both were gifted discoverers and developers of talent in addition to being notable musicians. At various times, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John McVie, and Jack Bruce were members of Mayall's ever changing band. ...