Entries by Red Beard

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“What’s That Sound?” The Complete Albums of Buffalo Springfield- Free!

For the 50th anniversary of what turned out to be Buffalo Springfield‘s final concert in 1968, Rhino Entertainment has remastered and collected the three original stereo studio albums Buffalo Springfield,  Buffalo Springfield Again,  and Last Time Around  with mono mixes of the first two into a five cd box set, What’s That Sound? . Any “rock and roll woman” […]

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Kinks- One for the Road- Sir Ray Davies

“When we’re on stage is the only time when it’s not serious,” muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band’s lead singer and masterful songwriter. “There’s so much recording nowadays that’s got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording live ) took some of the pressure off of it, because the guys in […]

Tommy Shaw- Girls With Guns- Dallas Ft. Worth 11-84

When Tommy Shaw, just recently estranged then from arena-fillers Styx, brought his Girls With Guns  solo band to a Ft. Worth nightclub in an otherwise empty strip mall on a chilly Sunday November night in 1984, what I expected to see and hear, and what was actually offered up, were two completely different things, providing […]

Talking Heads- Take Me to the River- NYC Central Park 8-80

I have long suffered from chronic foot in mouth disease. You know, that person with unbridled enthusiasm in social situations who just does not know quite what to say, so invariably says the wrong thing. Case in point: the first time that I met legendary songwriter/ guitarist the late Teenie Hodges was at a Talking […]

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Jethro Tull- 50th Anniversary pt 2- Ian Anderson

The first decade of Jethro Tull‘s half century which we explored here last week, occupying that musical territory only big enough for itself, where ancient-sounding heath-covered acoustic numbers combined with sprawling progressive rock, fitting neatly with the debut This Was  to Heavy Horses   ten years later. Jethro Tull  and its singer/ songwriter/ flautist Ian […]

Peter Frampton- Black Hole Sun- Austin 10-18-11

Way way back to even the eponymous Humble Pie  album in 1969 when barely out of his teens, I thought that Peter Frampton‘s lyrical, almost jazzy lead guitar figures set him apart from so many of his less imaginative peers, and it has been a pleasure to watch him refine his chops even while exploring new […]

Simon and Garfunkel- Bookends 50th Anniversary- Art Garfunkel

At least indirectly, we have the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  in 1967 as inspiration for the Simon and Garfunkel masterpiece Bookends  the following year, according to long tall tenor Art Garfunkel here In the Studio. Certainly not in songs or sounds per se, but Art explains that Sgt Pepper…  established the album […]