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.
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The early 1996 solo project release “Victor” by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was a highly personal rock Rorschach test for the gestalt guitarist, primal scream therapy with a beat. Alex Lifeson lies down on the couch here In the Studio on the album’s twenty-fifth anniversary..
Grand Funk Railroad “Closer to Home” interview with Mark Farner and Don Brewer In the Studio.
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By the time of its late February 1975 release, Led Zeppelin’s sixth album, “Physical Graffiti” , signaled a fundamental change in the popular music and media equation that began with Led Zeppelin ” IV”. Jimmy Page joins me for the story In the Studio.
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Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood for the brief Blind Faith story In the Studio.
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 […]
Cheap Trick live “At Budokan” has just been added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Hear the story In the Studio from Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen.
Here’s John Fogerty and his terrific band performing live at rehearsal in Burbank in 1997, reprising two Screamin’ Jay Hawkins songs which Fogerty’s Creedence Clearwater Revival covered on their debut,”Susie Q/ I Put a Spell on You”.