In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Pat Benatar-In the Heat of the Night 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago this week a remarkable story quietly began to unfold with the unheralded release of In the Heat of the Night, Pat Benatar‘s debut. Few people today realize that she was the top-selling female rock artist of the ’80s, and fewer still know Benatar’s real story of how she did it....
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Gary Wright-The Dream Weaver

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby (noise reduction ); Robert Moog (the synthesizer ). But as Beatles producer George...
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J Geils Band- Bloodshot-Nightmares- Peter Wolf

With the 40th anniversary of Nightmares… album by the J Geils Band, it is only fitting that we throw down a house party of sound comprised of  their back-to-back two most popular studio albums of the ’70s. Music writers loved this Boston-based jump blues band for several reasons, not least of which was...
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Blind Faith 45th Anniversary- Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood

Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding  the brief  Blind Faith  on it’s 45th anniversary. Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe it was the fact that the...
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Supertramp-Crime of the Century pt 1-Roger Hodgson

A lot of the popular music we revisit from our youth, while nostalgic, has the dated charm and limitations of an old black and white snapshot taken by a Brownie Instamatic camera . A smaller percentage of classic rock albums have aged surprisingly well, reflecting musical styles and lyrical themes that we still...
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Peter Frampton-Best

Everybody knows that young Englishman Peter Frampton revolutionized the recording industry in early 1976 with his live double set  Frampton Comes Alive. But where did those now-iconic songs like “Show Me the Way”, “Lines on My Face”, “Baby I Love Your Way”, “All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side)”, and “Do...
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Judas Priest-Best Of with Rob Halford

All of the members of Judas Priest grew up in or around the northern industrial English city of Birmingham amidst coal mines,steel factories,iron ore smelters,and the mountainous piles of waste ,or"slag", an inevitable by-product from such heavy industry(the most notorious "slag heap"in rock is the album cover photo on The Who's...
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Outlaws-Best Of-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band from Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those parts  was graded on a mighty steep curve. Such was the case for the Outlaws from...
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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes-Best-October 1991

In advance of the release of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes‘ 1991 album Better Days, Southside Johnny Lyon visited my Dallas radio show to discuss his tenth (!) album as well as the Jukes’ 1976 debut containing the Bruce Springsteen chestnut “The Fever”; 1977′s  I Don’t Want to Go Home; the essential...
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Cult-Love-Electric-Sonic Temple-Billy Duffy 9-’87

By the time The Cult‘s  Sonic Temple  came out twenty-five years ago, I would have bet my last dollar that this British hard-rocking four piece led by trippy full-throated singer Ian Astbury and ripping guitarist Billy Duffy was going to be hugely popular into the next decade. After all, The Cult had just...
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