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Todd Rundgren-Something Anything anniversary

(cont)…Even before the February 1972 release of Rundgren’s third solo album “Something/Anything” , Todd was being hailed by some rock critics as a wunderkind , that rare combination of left-brain creative and right-brain analytical talents …(more)

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Grand Funk Railroad- Best pt 1- Mark Farner, Don Brewer

Ironic then that this “underground radio” raw , gritty , electrified three-man army would six years later be labeled a Top 40 singles band. Grand Funk sold out New York City’s massive Shea Stadium in 48 hours – ten times faster than The Beatles …(more)

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The Doors- Who Do You Love- 1970

In Summer 1970 the double disc set Absolutely Live was the first in-concert release by The Doors.  At the time the Los Angeles-based band of (l to r) guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek,  drummer John Densmore, and singer Jim Morrison were easily one of the most successful American bands, with a string of five Top […]

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Alice Cooper- Love It to Death-Killer

Detroit’s blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it  turned out to be a four decade odyssey for Alice Cooper. Only in rock’n’roll can a preacher’s son named Vincent Furnier dress up in […]

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Van Morrison- Warner Bros Years

Whoever first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to hyperbole, as music writer Jason Ankeny found out on AllMusic.com,”…perhaps […]

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Traffic- John Barleycorn Must Die-Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Contrary to what their publicists would have you believe, bands rarely break up over”musical differences”. Of course the band members must share enough musical common ground to establish and sustain a creative dialogue, but equally importantly it is  crucial that the personalities in a band such as England’s Traffic must complement one another, not unlike […]