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Category Archives: Music

Todd Rundgren

At the BBC 1972-1982
 
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Todd Rundgren gets the BBC archival treatment, and the results are fantastic. This three-disc, single-DVD set of radio and TV performances is a perfect showcase for the dichotomy that is Todd – pop star and prog-guitar god. It’s a must-have for any fan. Rundgren’s pop history is (more…)

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Jim Ed Brown

In Style Again
 
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Jim Ed Brown was one third of the vocal trio The Browns with sisters Bonnie and Maxine, a popular act whose ’59 hit recording of “The Three Bells,” topped both country and pop charts. A Grand Ole Opry member, Brown launched a highly successful solo (more…)

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Tom Wheeler

The Fender Archives
 
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No, this is not quite an entrée into the Vatican’s secret library, the hush-hush files of the KGB, or the locked vaults of the Pentagon. But for vintage guitar and amp fans, it’s about as good. This licensed giftbook is part history, part scrapbook, all treasure (more…)

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Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers

Love Whip Blues
 
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Some retro acts are more concerned with image and outfits than music. This record is a bit theatrical but with enough substance to give it staying power. A charming, versatile singer, Erin Harpe’s guitar playing is an on-time reminder of how effective and essential the guitar (more…)

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Bruce Pavitt

Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988
 
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Before Sub Pop the label there was Sub Pop the music ’zine and later the column in Seattle weekly The Rocket. This expansive anthology compiled by Sub Pop founder Pavitt is a fantastic and fascinating time capsule of the highly influential pre-internet organs that gave voice (more…)

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James Carothers

Honky Tonk Land
 
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It’s no surprise that Tennessee native James Carothers kicks off his debut album with an original titled “New Country Singers,” a witty jab at today’s current crop of drink/party/pickup truck chart-topping lightweights. Suffice it to say he approaches drinking songs with a more authentic perspective. Younger (more…)

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Eric Clapton

Planes, Trains, and Eric
Not Done Yet
 
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  This new DVD featuring the highlights of Clapton’s tour through the Mid and Far East in ’14 offers some great music. But more importantly, it gives a glimpse into facets of the legendary guitarist’s life. His talk of retirement is the headliner, with his love of Japan (more…)

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Buffalo Stack

Buffalo Stack
 
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Buffalo Stack is an easy band to like. The ensemble’s debut record is a mix of various styles, including rock, soul, country, and blues. Saying that, though, gives the music short shrift because in some ways it almost seems indefinable. While the band is a cohesive unit (more…)

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Yes

Songs From Tsongas: 35th Anniversary Concert
 
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While Yes is still a working band, it’s mostly in name only. This three-CD set, taken from a 2004 Massachusetts concert, shows the classic mid-’70s lineup featuring guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, singer Jon Anderson, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, and drummer Alan White. Compared to today’s meek-sounding (more…)

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Jean-Luc Katchoura with Michele Hyk-Farlow

Tal Farlow: A Life in Jazz Guitar
A Bebop Guitar Masterpiece
 
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Maybe it’s sour grapes, but it sometimes seems jazz guitarists – in comparison with pianists and horn players – never get the recognition they’re due among the music’s diehard cognoscenti. On the other hand, few guitarists of any stripe receive the kind of tribute accorded to (more…)

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