After scoring a worldwide #1 seller with “Seventh Sojourn” in 1972, then spending the next two years mounting the largest concert tour in history at the time, the Moody Blues baffled everyone by taking practically the rest of the Seventies off as a collective. To fill in the missing piece of the puzzle, as well as mark the fortieth anniversary of their #1 selling album “Long Distance Voyager”, Moody Blues lifers Justin Hayward and John Lodge are my guests here In the Studio.
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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 Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson, and Bun E. Carlos wrote and recorded the masterpiece “Heaven Tonight” in May 1978, yet again scoring a critics’ perfect five star rating. So in hindsight it would appear that recording the Rockford IL quartet’s set while performing the strongest material from these three killer studio albums, in front of an adoring audience in one of the world’s premiere venues, would be as obvious as a sumo wrestler in your shower stall.
Listening now to the epic title song to “Tarkus , the second studio album in June1971 which followed quickly after their stunning 1970 debut, with Greg Lake’s voice delicately yet nimbly bounding along to Keith Emerson’s piano runs, it’s clear that Emerson Lake and Palmer were much less “Be Bop a Lula” in their melodic grandeur and much more “Andrew Lloyd Weber”. Here In the Studio is the story in their own words of progressive rock’s first supergroup.
In the Studio we never featured a more influential, important, essential album than Santana ‘s second effort, “Abraxas” released in October 1970. Simply stated, this is the Magna Carta of World Music. Carlos Santana and Gregg Rolie are joined by drummer Michael Shrieve In the Studio.
Already America’s most popular hard rock band prior to its release, “1984” propelled the Pasadena quartet of innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock’s elite. This is the interview with all, including the late Eddie Van Halen In the Studio.
It is bittersweet to share with you the World Premiere radio broadcast of INXS “X” which I was so fortunate to get to produce and host in September 1990 with guests lead singer/lyricist Michael Hutchence and keyboardist/ composer Andrew Farriss.
Grand Funk Railroad “Closer to Home” interview with Mark Farner and Don Brewer In the Studio.
It always seemed that the Van Halen 1980 third album, “Women and Children First” , suffered from “middle child syndrome”. David Lee Roth, bass player/ harmony singer Michael Anthony, drummer Alex Van Halen, and fretmeister Eddie Van Halen remind us of a time four decades ago when Van Halen was establishing itself as America’s premiere hard rock band with songs “And the Cradle Will Rock” and “Everybody Wants Some!”.
Rock Hall Snubs: Judas Priest
The Doors Absolutely Live performing “Who Do You Love”