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Jethro Tull- Crest of a Knave- Ian Anderson

Beginning in 1979 and continuing all the way until 1987 with Crest of a Knave,  Jethro Tull's fate and fortunes would be quite unlike their first decade of success when the  unique amalgam of blues rock, Scottish Highlands folk, and hard rock, led by Ian Anderson and exemplified by Aqualung  and the worldwide #1-seller Thick As a Brick,  packed arenas.

Boston- To Be a Man- Worcester 8-87

It had been such a "long time", almost seven years, since the band Boston had recorded and toured that when Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and Company returned to the concert stage headlining the 1987 Texxas Jam in front of 70,000 in the Dallas Cotton…

R.E.M.- Reckoning 35th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

R.E.M. "Murmur" quietly emerged thirty-five years ago and never left my essential music list.

The Cult- Sonic Temple- Billy Duffy

The Cult had just completed a trifecta of  terrific albums in just four years, 1985's US breakthrough "Love"   containing "She Sells Sanctuary" and "(Here Comes the) Rain"; the Rick Rubin-produced harder "Electric" in 1987 with "Love Removal Machine","Wildflower", and "Lil Devil"; and their best seller "Sonic Temple" two years later.

R.E.M.-These Days- Utrecht Holland 9-14-87

One of the most bootlegged bands in the world, R.E.M.  packaged the September 1987 Utrecht Holland full concert as a bonus disc on the  Document    anniversary deluxe edition, the predecessor for Green   a year later. Listen loudly to prepare…

U2- Love Rescue Me- 1987

Maybe one of the reasons why U2's Rattle and Hum  film and soundtrack album did not receive quite the same critical worship that their preceding album The Joshua Tree  had is because all five U2 studio efforts to date had been conceived with…

Robert Cray- Smoking Gun- Dallas 1987

Another stellar live performance, no overdubs,  by the Robert Cray Band at Dallas club Redux in July 1987, "Smoking Gun" and the album Strong Persuader   resulted in Cray being heralded by no less than legendary Dallas native Steve Miller…

Neil Young and Crazy Horse- Inca Queen 11-86- San Francisco

There is a very good reason why no one in the sold-out Cow Palace audience in November 1986 clapped in recognition to the first beginning notes of "Inca Queen" performed by hometown heroes Neil Young and Crazy Horse: it had not been released…

Pink Floyd- A Momentary Lapse of Reason- David Gilmour, Nick Mason

In the first half of the Eighties, Pink Floyd was M.I.A. for five long years,  conspicuous in their absence for instance at the largest one day gathering of rock royalty, Live Aid, in July 1985. It was not until the end of that year that Roger Waters' official departure from Pink Floyd was revealed to the other band members, and this bowling ball revelation left the group with the musical equivalent of the dreaded 7-10 split. 

Robert Cray- More Than I Can Stand- 1987 Dallas

Here is proof that the Robert Cray Band has been an impeccable live outfit nightly for decades, performing "More Than I Can Stand (It's Over)" at Dallas' Club Redux in 1987. -Redbeard  [jwplayer config="Audio Player" file="http://its-live.s3.amazonaws.com/LIVE-robert-cray-more-than-i-can-stand.mp3"…