If you have not listened to the Guess Who‘s January 1970 classic American Woman since two presidential impeachments ago, I predict you will be amazed at how strong the songs were, such as “No Sugar Tonight“; how environmentally aware lyricist/ gifted singer Burton Cummings was on “New Mother Nature” and “Hand Me Down World”; and […]
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“It took me twelve years to make that album Live Bullet ,” Bob Seger solemnly emphasizes to me in this classic rock interview from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in April 1976. This may be the only six million-seller in history which failed to make the Top Thirty in sales when initially released.
Bachman Turner Overdrive “Four Wheel Drive” 45th anniversary In the Studio with Randy Bachman
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In January 1967 when John Densmore’s snare drum cracked like a rifle shot before Ray Manzarek’s nimble fingers made their intricate run of baroque-sounding notes on that reedy Farfisa organ, all on the introduction to jazz/flamenco guitarist Robbie Krieger’s composition “Light My Fire”, it clearly and boldly announced a unique approach to rock and roll that really has no peer. And all of that before Jim Morrison stepped up to the microphone to introduce one of the greatest voices and hedonistic personalities in rock history. Not unlike Creedence Clearwater Revival from the same period, no other American bands put out more albums in less time which were more influential in the last 50+ years. And like CCR, no one ever sounded like The Doors ever since. Here is Doors co-founder the late Ray Manzarek with me In the Studio to mark The Doors anniversary. -Redbeard
“Hotel California” by The Eagles… impressive combination of cinematic vision, songcraft, and high tech production seemed to be coming from a place in the near future to which the rest of rock would have to catch up…Joe Walsh, Don Henley, & the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey are my guests In the Studio for “Hotel CA” 45th anniversary.
“Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” was the Moody Blues’ seventh album in a string of commercially and critically popular efforts including “Days of Future Passed” , “On the Threshold of a Dream” , and “A Question of Balance” . Singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/ bass player John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge take the occasion of the golden anniversary of “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” to share here In the Studio insights into some of the Moody Blues’ best of those early years.
ZZ Top “El Loco” fortieth anniversary interview with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, & Frank Beard “In the Studio”.
If I told you that over forty years ago one of America’s top music acts released a concept album that identified growing cracks in the foundation of our society and presciently predicted everything we find today, who would you guess it was? Bob Dylan? Neil Young? Crosby Stills and Nash? I doubt that Styx would come to mind to many, but that is precisely what “Paradise Theater” was, part lament, part warning. Current members Tommy Shaw, JY, & Lawrence Gowan all weigh in as does ex-member Dennis DeYoung on “Paradise Theater” ‘s fortieth anniversary.
If you really want to have fun with a self-proclaimed Deadhead, first have him/ her set down their phone and then ask them to name the Grateful Dead’s highest-charting Billboard album up to the band’s 1987 best-seller, “In the Dark” . You’ll get a lot “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” guesses, and after that I’d have picked “Terrapin Station”. The correct answer turns out to be the tasty mid-decade effort by the Grateful Dead, “Blues for Allah”. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, & Phil Lesh are In the Studio.