Entries by Red Beard


Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary- Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman

So very many impressions immediately come to mind, and conflicting emotions of great joy, admiration, as well as terrible dread compete, when referencing the Rolling Stones‘ November 1969 masterpiece Let It Bleed .  And that goes double for the Stones themselves who made the landmark recording, including poker-faced original bass player Bill Wyman and then […]

Eric Clapton- Journeyman 30th Anniversary 11-18

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.   Confident by then in newly-found sobriety, supported by a veteran producer and a superb band, Eric Clapton chose arguably his strongest songs in decades to interpret including his “Bad […]

Bryan Adams- Reckless 35th Anniversary

It became like a greatest hits album unto itself thirty-five years ago: no less than six songs from Bryan Adams‘ fourth album, Reckless,  went Top 10 in America and made him an international star before the age of twenty-five. Bryan tells the stories behind “One Night Love Affair”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”,”Kids Wanna Rock”, “It’s Only […]


The Police- Regatta de Blanc 40th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers

“Love can mend your life, but love can break your heart…”- “Message in a Bottle”, 1979 (Sting) “Outlandos d’Amour  has a certain grotesque, naïve charm about it,” Sting offers in this interview about the second album by The Police, “but Regatta de Blanc   is infinitely a better record.” Both the critics and the rock audience agreed, […]