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R.E.M.-These Days- Utrecht Holland 9-14-87

One of the most bootlegged bands in the world, R.E.M.  packaged the September 1987 Utrecht Holland full concert as a bonus disc on the  Document    anniversary deluxe edition, the predecessor for Green   a year later. Listen loudly to prepare for R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills returning here In the Studio […]

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Santana- Abraxas

In the Studio episode #24 on December 5, 1988 was with my guests Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, and Michael Shrive of the original Santana band for the remarkable story of only their second album, the monumental American essential effoert “Abraxas”.

John Mellencamp- Uh Huh 35th Anniversary

” I think Uh Huh  is me finally figuring out what it is that I do,” John Mellencamp sums up his first fully realized album here on its thirty-fifth anniversary. “Took me a long time, didn’t it? Like, five albums or something,” he chuckles. When John Mellencamp’s third major label album yelded three Top Twenty […]

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Beatles- White Album 50th Anniversary pt2- Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney joins me In the Studio here in part two of the 50th anniversary of theBeatles’ White Album to explore the songs “Birthday”, Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”, Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son”, one of three versions of “Revolution”, the campy pally band arrangement on “Honey Pie”, Lennon’s “Cry Baby Cry”, and the real inspiration behind the song which figured into the notorious Charles Manson multiple murder case,”Helter Skelter”.

R.E.M.- Turn You Inside Out- 1989

R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry just slams the snot out of the drums on this 1989 performance of Green‘s “Turn You Inside Out“, appearing on the band’s TourFilm   the following year. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills join me here In the Studio for the thirtieth anniversary of the Green  album the week of […]

Tom Waits- Blue Valentine 40th Anniversary

In 1978 my pick for album of the year was Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town,which no doubt topped many such lists that year.Second by a gnat’s eyelash on my list,however,was Blue Valentine by Tom Waits,an album which I can cherish easily for another thirty years…(more)