Though Rolling Stone magazine ranked Disraeli Gears at #114 album of all time, and the late Ginger Baker as one of rock’s three greatest drummers along with The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, the key numbers for Cream’s quicksilver career are startlingly single digits: years together- 3 ; albums released- 4; number […]
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One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding the brief Blind Faith , a #1-seller in both their native UK as well as America. Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe […]
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash In the Studio for the 50th anniversary of their debut!
After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of […]
In the Studio thirty years ago: Grand Funk “Closer to Home” 3-13-89 with Mark Farner and Don Brewer.
Cheap Trick 40th anniversary of “Live at Budokan” US release, with Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander.
If you check out the reviews of Cheap Trick’s first five albums, you will be seeing stars. On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick receives AllMusic.com‘s highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding sophomore effort In Color in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars. Then […]
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