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Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)

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Grateful Dead, the second album of concert recordings released by the iconic band for Warner Brothers Records, resides squarely in the sweet spot between the expansive likes of its corollary, Live Dead (Warner Bros., 1969) and the economical studio recordings this group issued in between, Workingman's Dead (Warner Bros., 1970) and American Beauty (Warner Bros., 1970). ...

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The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics

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The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics Jim Morrison 584 Pages ISBN: # 978-0063028975 Harper Collins 2021 As Jim Morrison's career evolved over its egregiously abbreviated lifespan, the lead vocalist for the Doors became as ambivalent about his image as the image itself turned ambiguous. ...

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Article: Film Review

The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach DVD/CD

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Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach UME/Mercury Studios/Rolling Stones Records 2021 Rolling Stones concerts have been synonymous with spectacle since the Seventies, but never more so than in recent years, especially in the case of their free concerts as documented on A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. ...

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Gary Vogenson: Shot of Hope

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If the title of Gary Vogenson's Shot of Hope was not so pertinent to the post-quarantine world, he might well have named it Don't Misunderstand Me Too Quickly. At a quick glance, song choices such as the traditional “The Cuckoo" and Dan Penn and Chip Moman's soul/R&B standard “Do Right Woman" seem predictable. But, juxtaposed as ...

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J. Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter: Aufbruch

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The first recorded collaboration between J. Peter Schwalm and Markus Reuter, Aufbruch, is one of those very rare and unusual albums that unobtrusively, almost surreptitiously, wends its way into the subconscious. It compels repeated and often frequent replays, not so much to comprehend the arcane sounds, but to simply become immersed in the moods and textures ...

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Wilburt Lee Reliford and Nic Clark: No Ill Wind Blown Here

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For a musical instrument so small, the range in sound(s) from a harmonica is nothing less than remarkable. The airy tones of Toots Thielemans and Howard Levy sound nothing like the earthy warbles that of Little Walter and James Cotton, while sinuous lines from the late Norton Buffalo, long-time member of the Steve Miller Band. hardly ...

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The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues

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The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues Victor Wooten 368 Pages ISBN: 978-0593081662 Vintage Books 2021 When he is on stage with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten radiates such an earnest persona, it's easy to forgive him for the flash and flamboyance he displays in his ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Aesthetic Apex

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It would be difficult to find a musician more loyal to his muse than Wadada Leo Smith. From projects with his Golden Quartet/Quintet such as America's National Parks (TUM Records, 2016) to the more expansive ensemble effort Najwa (TUM Records, 2017), then on to the stringent focus of Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM Records, ...

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New Memphis Colorways and Utopia: Way Outside the Box

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Rendering cliches moot is no small achievement. Yet if these two records prove anything, it is that it's possible to accomplish this daunting task in a variety of ways. In the case of Paul Taylor, aka New Memphis Colorways, his truth lies in the restoration of the fundamental notion a single individual can indeed sound like ...

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The Band: Stage Fright 50th Anniversary Edition 2CD

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In order to more fully appreciate the 50th anniversary edition of the Band's third studio album, Stage Fright (Capitol, 1970), it is best to resist the temptation to go off on tangents regarding the revisionism visited upon the release. The supervision administered by the group's guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson may be as questionable as that visited upon ...


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