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Lynyrd Skynyrd- Pronounced 50th- the late Gary Rossington, Ed King, Leon Wilkeson

Over the fifty years the perception seems to have become that Lynyrd Skynyrd had a date with destiny, an almost Shakespearean drama of dreams, aspirations, triumph, and tragedy to which all of us were immediately and keenly aware from the moment of “Pronounced” ‘s release. The late Gary Rossington dismissed that assumption as no more true than imagining Will Shakespeare did not toil, struggle, and starve in relative obscurity in his time.

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R.E.M.- Murmur- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

R.E.M. “Murmur” quietly emerged April 12, 1983 and has never left my essential music list, along with its follow-up “Reckoning”. Michael Stipe & Peter Buck are here In the Studio for “Murmur” 40th anniversary. Songs include “Radio Free Europe”,”South Central Rain”,”Can’t Get There from Here”,”Driver 8″,  and an ultra-rare live acoustic performance of “Maps and Legends” from McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

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David Bowie- Let’s Dance

“Let’s Dance”  was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983, and if David could have moonwalked like Michael Jackson, Bowie probably would have won. it was no surprise that multi-media maven David Bowie, who seemed tailor-made then for the dawn of the MTV era in America when “Let’s Dance”  was released, would later be among the first to embrace computer-generated gaming and virtual reality, which David discussed at length here, reprised on the album’s fortieth anniversary.

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Cry of Love- Peace Pipe- August 1993

With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and  their debut album Brother thirty years ago sounding like  Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this Carolina band? Great guys too in Cry of Love , including the trueheart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up  idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and […]

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Mick Jagger- Wandering Spirit 30th anniversary

Mick Jagger joins me from the In the Studio archive on the thirtieth anniversary of his third (and easily best) solo effort,”Wandering Spirit”. Jagger is in fine voice throughout and surrounded by crack studio musicians who bring their “A” game because, well hey, it’s Mick bleedin’ Jagger, okay?

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Kinks- To the Bone pt 2- Ray Davies

Ray Davies of the seminal London band The Kinks, with the conclusion of my interview in conjunction with their live & unplugged “best of” collection, “To the Bone”.

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Paul Rodgers- Burning Love- unreleased demo 2-93

Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even  Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of one. Here’s an exclusive performance of “Burning Love”.