“Saturday in the park, I think it was the 4th of July…”- Chicago “V” 45th anniversary In the Studio with composer Robert Lamm.
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“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
If the Grand Illusion finally “broke” this erstwhile blue collar Chicago-based band, then August 1978’s Pieces of Eight cemented Styx as an arena-filling headliner forty years ago because of rock anthems “Renegade”, “Blue Collar Man”,”Great White Hope”,”Sing for the Day”, and the thematic American Dream which they explored repeatedly,”Pieces of Eight“. Alpha dogs Tommy Shaw and […]
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash‘s five decade musical journey has been thoughtfully curated by Nash himself as a two cd set Over the Years . In the thirty tracks, many previously unreleased personal demos, are “Marrakesh Express”,”Our House”,”Teach Your Children”,”Just a Song Before I Go”, and “Wasted on the Way” with Crosby, […]
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 […]
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty year old “Tuna Fish” is! Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO are In the Studio with Redbeard.
Ask any of Robert Cray‘s biggest fans ( who include Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, and Jimmie Vaughan ) and they all agree that Cray is the total package: movie star handsome, soulful voice, reserved demeanor, with a stinging guitar style that is much more “Steve Cropper” than “Stevie Ray“. But it is Robert […]