Styx here live in blues legend Willie Dixon‘s recording studio at 2120 Michigan Avenue, the site of the original Chess Records, back in 2004 laying down a soul-infused reading of Tommy Shaw‘s working class musical manifesto “Blue Collar Man”. The song and the Styx album on which it originally appeared, Pieces of Eight , mark […]
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“Saturday in the park, I think it was the 4th of July…”- Chicago “V” 45th anniversary In the Studio with composer Robert Lamm.
“Who are these guys?” was still the admiring rhetorical question floating about the music world when Chicago II came out only a year after the other “Chicago Seven” had stunned the rock world in 1969 with the most popular double album debut in history, Chicago Transit Authority . Like the first, Chicago II was so […]
If you have a surround sound multi-channel set up for movies and music, seek out the first Chicago double album Chicago Transit Authority from eclectic reissue label Rhino, in four channel quadraphonic sound on DVD-Audio. It is ear-grabbing full tilt “back to the future”. Chicago is the second-highest selling American band in history, second only […]
Happy birthday to a real rock prince of a guy, Robert Lamm of Chicago ( 13th ).
Released March 1974, another full tank double album which hit #1 sales ( third top seller in a row ) for Chicago, containg hit songs “I’ve Been Searching So Long”, “Call on Me”, and “Wishing You Were Here”, sung by Terry Kath and a performance which serves as his epitaph.-Redbeard
Styx “Grand Illusion” interview with Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, plus co-founder & former member Dennis DeYoung
Lindsey Buckingham made breathless headlines earlier this year by being fired from Fleetwood Mac, but us longtime watchers of that never-ending soap opera know well that for over a forty year period now, Buckingham’s role has resembled Al Pacino’s mafia Don Corleone character in Godfather 3 exclaiming, “Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in!” Buckingham has put the free time to great use by collecting the best of his solo albums into Solo Anthology- The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.
Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay in a given day, week, or month. But I’ll bet you a rib dinner at […]
Before he died in March 2013 Phil Ramone collaborated with a plethora of music superstars, including RAY CHARLES, BOB DYLAN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, QUINCY JONES, FRANK SINATRA, STEVIE WONDER, BURT BACHARACH, BONO, MADONNA, and PAUL SIMON, among many others. More recently, he produced TONY BENNETT‘s “Duets II” set from 2011, when he also reunited […]