Hard-charging San Francisco juggernaut Journey unveiled a defining album for the decade with “Escape” in July 1981, containing “Don’t Stop Believin’ “,”Stone in Love”, “Who’s Crying Now”,”Open Arms”, and “Mother, Father”. For the fortieth anniversary of this timeless effort, the Journey songwriting triumvirate of Steve Perry, founding guitarist Neal Schon, and new recruit then Jonathan Cain all recall their daring “Escape”.
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Eric Clapton‘s mid-Eighties trifecta of studio albums, starting in 1985 with Behind the Sun followed by August, peaked in Fall 1989 with Journeyman. Thirty years on it has aged remarkably well, a combination of strong songs, superb players to support him, and a sympathetic yet discerning producer the likes of which we had […]
With their 1978 fourth album, Infinity, some rock writers even today attempt to reduce the remarkable transformation by the San Francisco band Journey as ” veteran but commercially-struggling group hires world-class singer, which anybody would recognize; shortens song arrangements; and instantly becomes the biggest band in America”. “Wrong,” says Journey lead guitarist/songwriter/co-founder Neal Schon .”Wrong!”
When you are as talented, top-heavy with songwriters, and as hard working as Journey was from 1978 to 1983, a lot can happen in five years. You see, it was only five years time after their fourth album, Infinity, broke the band until the deepest part of Winter, February 1983, when the San Francisco-based American […]
Believed by Pete Townshend to have been destroyed by his explicit orders as recently as in his 2012 autobiography Who I Am , the Tommy deluxe and super deluxe editions contain The Who performing Tommy in concert at London’s Wembley Arena in July 1969. Here is “Amazing Journey” .- Redbeard
It is the forty-fifth anniversary of Boz Scaggs “Silk Degrees” , one of the albums which musically defined America’s bicentennial year in much the same way as “Frampton Comes Alive”, “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Year of the Cat”. More accurately this Boz Scaggs interview falls under “Ultra Rare”, as the Dallas Texas native, long residing in the San Francisco Bay wine country, has led one of the more private lives in contemporary music.
REO Speedwagon believed in their long game, and their long-suffering record label gave them TEN trips to the plate until the band touched all the bases in November 1980 with Hi Infidelity . Lead singer Kevin Cronin and band keyboard player co-founder Neal Doughty tell the worst-to-first ten year overnight sensation story In the Studio.
For the 35th anniversary of INXS’ breakthrough album “Listen Like Thieves” in 1985 ( Billboard sales peak at #11), the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there, in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood, the mercurial snakehipped Michael Hutchence;
The Band’s sublime third effort, “Stage Fright” , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Against the Wind” was one of their seven Top 10 multi-platinum albums in a row.