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In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma and flamboyant stage shows made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s. Unlike many pop stars, John was able to sustain his popularity, charting a Top 40 single every single year from 1970 to 1996. During that time, he had temporary slumps in creativity and sales, as he fell out of favor with critics, had fights with his lyricist Bernie Taupin, and battled various addictions and public scandals

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Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

Read "Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

The wait is over. The much anticipated Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex has been released by BMG after a number of vicissitudes, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, which took the album's producer Hal Willner, on April 7, 2020, one day after his 64th birthday. Angelheaded Hipster was his swan song. ...

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Marc Urselli: tra Bolan e Willner, tradizione e innovazione

Read "Marc Urselli: tra Bolan e Willner, tradizione e innovazione" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

L'attesa è finita. Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex è stato pubblicato dalla BMG dopo una lunga serie di vicissitudini, ultima delle quali la pandemia di Covid-19, che si è portata via il produttore dell'album Hal Willner, il 7 aprile 2020, un giorno dopo il suo 64esimo compleanno. Angelheaded Hipster è ...

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Artisti Vari; Hal Willner: Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Read "Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il maledetto killer invisibile, che tutto il mondo sta combattendo, si è portato via uno dei produttori più importanti della storia della musica moderna: il geniale, imprevedibile, incontenibile Hal Willner se ne è volato in cielo ai primi di aprile di questo anno terribile. Ha lasciato il pianeta mentre stava assestando gli ultimi colpi d'anca a ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition

Read "The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It may just be coincidence, but there seems to have existed a phenomenon in classic rock recording where prominent artists begin a creative evolution on a single LP release, chronologically following it up with a definitive artistic statement as a double album set, creating a sort of lopsided diptych of certain brilliance. Notable examples include:

Meet Tom Kohn

Read "Meet Tom Kohn" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Like many of our Jazz Super Fans, Tom Kohn's passion for music started when he was a teen, with a job in a record store and a penchant for acquiring albums that would impress even the most dedicated adult collectors. He grew up into a music business day job but, after suffering a life-changing event, he ...

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Elton John at The NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Read "Elton John at The NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Elton John NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Uniondale, NY November 16, 2019 Reg Dwight, Captain Fantastic, Rocketman, Elton John--they all put it on the line on a cool Saturday evening in mid-November at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The Farewell ...

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Elton John at the FedEx Forum

Read "Elton John at the FedEx Forum" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Elton John FedEx Forum Farewell Yellow Brick Road Memphis, TN October 30, 2019 The New York Times movie critic A. O. Scott made what seems an antithetical remark regarding Elton John when reviewing Dexter Fletcher's stylized biopic Rocket Man (New Republic Pictures, 2019): “But the point of “Rocketman" ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 22018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Various Venues, Montréal, Canada June 29-July 3, 2018 Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...


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