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Cheap Trick- Best pt1- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

If you check out the reviews of Cheap Trick's first five albums, you will be seeing stars. 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 …

The Police- Outlandos d'Amour- Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

"Outlandos d'Amour   has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it," Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,"but Regatta de Blanc   was infinitely a much better record." He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was…

Jackson Browne- Running On Empty

Jackson Browne In the studio with Redbeard for "Running on Empty"
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Rush- A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson

The first thing that quickly becomes obvious when diving into the expanded 1978 live bonus concert  spread out across two discs which now bolsters the deluxe edition of the original fifth studio album A Farewell to Kings   by Rush  is just…
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Queen- News of the World 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Neal Preston

As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen's place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977's News of the World,  I stumbled upon another website's contention that "In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen's reign…
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Steely Dan- Aja 40th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

"When you're out on the stage performing, you're in 'show business' ," the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, "and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in 'show business' . We wanted to be musicians and play…

Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of "Only the Good Die Young", no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel's The…

Meat Loaf- Best

As we prepare for the fortieth anniversary of the first heaping helping of Meat Loaf here In the Studio next month,  Bat Out of Hell, we still want to wish the big guy a happy birthday this week ( Wed 30th ). Here is a rare colorful conversation…

Billy Joel-Get It Right the First Time-Nassau LI 12-77

For some reason this song never became memorable to me when the original studio recording was released in Fall 1977 on Billy Joel's The Stranger  album. Yet when I remastered the live version from the oft-bootlegged December 1977 concert at…

Outlaws-Hurry Sundown 40th-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band forming in Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those…