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Steely Dan- Aja 40th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

“When you’re out on the stage performing, you’re in ‘show business’ ,” the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, “and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in ‘show business’ . We wanted to be musicians and play music.” Fagen asserts that, by the time of Steely Dan’s Aja release in Fall […]

Steely Dan- Pretzel Logic 1991

Though technically not appearing as Steely Dan on the 1991 return to the stage of Donald Fagen, the New York Rock’n’Soul Revue   did include former Steely Dan background singer Michael McDonald, who sings the bridge part along with Fagen on this note perfect live version of “Pretzel Logic”, the title song to the third […]

Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of “Only the Good Die Young“, no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel’s The Stranger  was recorded. You can find it on the excellent My […]

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Billy Joel- The Stranger 40th Anniversary

OK, pop quiz: who is runner-up to Elvis Presley as the top album seller singer in America? It’s Billy Joel, the unofficial mayor of New York City who, unlike Bill De Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, is not term limited but holds that distinction for life! Superstar musicians in that rarefied league ( and many more […]

Talking Heads ’77- 40th Anniversary- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

In 2002, their first year of eligibility, the Talking Heads were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No wonder: the following year many of the same music industry people would  place no less than four Talking Heads albums onto Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time list. A casual perusal […]

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Yes-Close to the Edge 45th anniversary- Jon Anderson, Steve Howe ,Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford

Many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom seriously  by 1972, the peak year for this “progressive “ rock movement which had matured  with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially. It was the result of a combination of new technology ( the Mellotron , which crudely emulated choral and orchestral sounds ) […]

Billy Joel “New York State of Mind” UConn 12-76

This timeless 1976 performance of soon-to-be classic “New York State of Mind” serves as proof positive that, even before his 1977 blockbuster “The Stranger” brought him to mass popularity, Billy Joel was a terrific live entertainer with a superb band.