In The Studio: Medium Rare


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

Alan Parsons Project- Tales of Mystery & Imagination 40th Anniversary

In 1976 when Tales of Mystery and Imagination was released, even working behind the scenes as a recording engineer with such world-changers as the Beatles and progressive rock titans Pink Floyd could actually land you a recording contract yourself. ” Basically he signed a blank tape,” Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records...
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Badfinger- Straight Up: Best Of

Next to the Beatles, which band was the biggest seller on Apple Records? It was Badfinger, the same British quartet which backed George Harrison during the Concert for Bangla Desh multi-disc album and movie. If the Big Star story earned cult fans and now a documentary film, then the saga of Badfinger surely...
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Van Halen- Fair Warning 35th Anniversary- Eddie & Alex Van Halen

The upside/ downside comparison of Van Halen‘s April 1981 album Fair Warning can probably explain why it is easily the band’s most overlooked effort in the original David Lee Roth era. Pro: Fair Warning is the most Eddie Van Halen-dominated album until the mega-hit 1984. Con: as‘s Stephen Thomas Erlewine nails it,”Fair...
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Chicago V- VI- VII- Robert Lamm- Hall of Fame

The first two albums by the Windy City septet Chicago totaled no less than eight vinyl sides of high-horsepower rock  music supercharged by brass, blowing like eight cylinders in a muscle car, all the while yielding half a dozen Top 20 hit singles. Chicago’s  third consecutive double album had that same “everything but...
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Chicago II- Robert Lamm- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

“Who are these guys?” was still the admiring rhetorical question floating about the music world when Chicago II came out only a year after the other “Chicago Seven” had stunned the rock world in 1969 with the most popular double album debut in history, Chicago Transit Authority . Like the first, Chicago II ...
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Chicago Transit Authority- Robert Lamm- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame PT 2

If you have a surround sound multi-channel set up for movies and music,  seek out the first Chicago double album Chicago Transit Authority  from eclectic reissue label Rhino, in four channel quadraphonic sound on DVD-Audio. It is ear-grabbing full tilt “back to the future”. Chicago is the second-highest selling American band in history,...
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Chicago Transit Authority- Hall of Fame- Robert Lamm pt 1

Chicago Transit Authority  was both the name of the band as well as the 1969 eponymous first album.These seven guys in the original band Chicago Transit Authority were so good, in so very many ways, that they blew away all of the conventional wisdom about what a rock band could be, so uncommonly...
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Boz Scaggs- Silk Degrees 40th Anniversary

More accurately this Boz Scaggs interview falls under “Ultra Rare”, as the Dallas Texas native, long residing in the San Francisco Bay area, has led one of the more private lives in contemporary music. Part one  details his journey out of Texas as a sideman with Dallas schoolmate  Steve Miller in Chicago, then...
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James Taylor- Early Best

“Won’t you look down upon me Jesus, you gotta help me make a stand, Just gotta see me through another day My body’s aching and my time is at hand, I won’t make it any other way…“-J.T. For me, James Taylor‘s music was the soundtrack of my life, the music that ushered me...
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