In The Studio: Medium Rare

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

Badfinger- Straight Up 45th Anniversary- Joey Molland, the late Mike Gibbins

If the Big Star story warrants box sets and a documentary film, then the saga of Badfinger surely deserves a full-blown mini-series. Maybe the appearance of Badfinger's hit "Baby Blue"from the brilliant December 1971 "Straight Up" album in the finale of the hit cable series "Breaking Bad" generated enough buzz to...
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Jackson Browne- The Pretender 40th Anniversary

The critical rave reviews for Browne's fourth effort, 1976's The Pretender, were still coming in for the acclaimed Southern California singer/ songwriter when Jackson found himself to be a new first-time dad, a suddenly single parent, and a widower from the suicide of his first wife......
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Eddie Money- Can’t Hold Back 30th Anniversary

Eddie Money's sojourn with his most popular album Can't Hold Back took him from the top of the charts thirty years ago with "Take Me Home Tonight" back to the hospital where his drug overdose six years earlier had paralyzed his leg. "The first time I heard 'Take Me Home Tonight' on...
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Joe Cocker with Leon Russell- Mad Dogs & Englishmen

We are saddened at the death of Leon Russell, 74, over the weekend in his sleep in Nashville. Leon Russell shaped American music for a full half century. Here is a rare Leon Russell interview with the late Joe Cocker who also died back in 2014....
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Band, The-The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

Interview includes detailed in-depth profiles of Band-mates Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Levon Helm ( the last three sadly all deceased); how the discussions which eventually led to the legendary Last Waltz concert and subsequent Martin Scorsese-directed film never included Robertson threatening to leave the band, as has been misreported for...
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Ted Nugent- Free for All 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago, Ted Nugent's Free for All overamped its way to #24 on the Billboard album chart, becoming his second consecutive multi-million seller. And barely a year later, Nugent would take Cat Scratch Fever's instant success and transform it through the remainder of 1977 into the top-grossing rock concert act that...
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Dire Straits- Making Movies- Mark Knopfler

Dire Straits' October 1980 third release Making Movies is Mark Knopfler's unabashedly "Big Apple" album through the eyes of an Englishman in New York who had grown up an ocean away on Hemingway, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan. Making Movies contains cinematic epic-length songs" Tunnel of Love","Romeo and Juliet", and "Skateaway", reminiscent...
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Julian Lennon- Help Yourself 25th Anniversary

...prior to Help Yourself. A peculiar and confounding thing happened with the reception to that fourth album and its brilliant eco-ballad "Saltwater". The song went to #6 in the UK and straight to #1 in Australia, but failed to even chart in America. This often inexplicable disparity drives record companies and recording artists...
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Al Stewart- Year of the Cat 40th Anniversary

The fortieth anniversary of Al Stewart's phenomenal Year of the Cat...but with the title song " Year of the Cat" and “On the Border” in 1976, followed by “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio” two years later, Al Stewart became an unlikely mainstream hitmaker about as far removed from his humble mid-‘60s...
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