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Bob Seger- Live Bullet 40th Anniversary

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band‘s Live Bullet in Spring 1976 may be the only six million-seller in history which failed to make the Top Thirty in sales when initially released. It would not be until Seger’s breakthrough studio effort Night Moves in October that year, his tenth studio album by then,...
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The Cars- Moving in Stereo Best Of- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

The Cars‘ zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave. The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric...
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Doors- L.A. Woman 45th Anniversary- the late Ray Manzarek

 In this classic rock interview with Doors co-founder/ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, we find that the dream of the 1967 Summer of Love, embodied by The Doors’ “Light My Fire“, had by 1971 run headlong into the reality of Richard Nixon’s America. Lead singer Jim Morrison had been arrested and eventually charged with lewdness...
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Jethro Tull- Aqualung 45th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson‘s house is haunted. Or at least the Jethro Tull leader has good reason to believe that it’s haunted. Sitting in the dining room of the very old but modern-updated “Bucks” home in the English countryside for this interview for the  anniversary of 1971’s Aqualung album, we shared in  common the fact...
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Steve Miller- Complete Greatest Hits- Rock Hall of Fame

During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 35 years ago,it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles,thoughtfully sequenced seamlessly,that I and my FM radio deejay brethren used to play entire sides of it(back when albums had sides) on the radio,uninterrupted...(more)...
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Steve Miller- Fly Like an Eagle 40th Anniversary- Rock Hall of Fame

During our interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller reminded me that when Fly Like an Eagle came out in 1976, it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles, thoughtfully  and seamlessly sequenced, that my FM radio deejay cohorts and I used to play entire sides of it...
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Cheap Trick- Hall of Fame pt 2- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick‘s live 1979 album At Budokan which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which will now travel through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there is no way to imagine what such a fluke...
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