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Kinks-Sleepwalker 40th Anniversary-Sir Ray Davies

...a trifecta of revitalized rock beginning with 1977's Sleepwalker & 1978's Misfits. Recently knighted Sir Ray Davies joins me...

Traffic-Low Spark of High Heeled Boys-Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic's most popular album, November 1971's Low Spark of High Heeled Boys , fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive…

Peter Gabriel- So

(cont)...It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness,up close and personally,individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence ,through the modern phenomenon of celebrity,by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week's classic rock interview : 25 years ago,ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking "Shock the Monkey" video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S.,over 5 million sold;4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities...(more)
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Steve Miller- Complete Greatest Hits

During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 40 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)

Doobie Brothers-Takin' It to the Streets-Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons. Michael McDonald

Since their humble bar-band beginnings in San Jose CA forty-five years ago, the Doobie Brothers have had no less than 25 members, a mind-boggling fact that nearly always signals intransigence by a control freak leader or two. With the Doobie…
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Alice Cooper- Love It to Death-Killer

Giving the Los Angeles Fire Marshall fits, the band of gypsies led by Alice Cooper known as the Hollywood Vampires really didn't need that pyro performance near the end of the 58th Grammy Awards telecast, because the frontline of Alice Cooper,…
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Heart- Dreamboat Annie Anniversary- Ann & Nancy Wilson

If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about "indie credibility"?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart's 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested...(more)
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Peter Frampton "Comes Alive" 40th Anniversary

Peter Frampton's double concert album Frampton Comes Alive  released in January 1976 was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn't a household name. I remember clearly…

Robin Trower-Bridge of Sighs 40th Anniversary

Happy birthday Robin Trower, still rockin' the blues while grinning broadly! Apparently Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs album released forty Aprils past is held in high esteem by more than just me. If you really were paying attention prior to…
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Supertramp- Crime of the Century- Roger Hodgson

With  the stunning 1974 release  Crime of the Century , London's Supertramp suddenly exhibited a consistency of band sound eschewing the ubiquitous electric guitar and the obligatory synthesizer of most progressive rock bands in favor of grand…