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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Replacements – Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?

 

Shakespeare would have labeled them a tragicomedy. Rock and roll called them business as usual. The Replacements were a quintessential rock and roll band – a lot of attitude, a lot of talent, and doomed to an early death. They also exuded their fair share of drama, (more…)

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Tony Trischka – Double Banjo

 

Tony Trischka’s 35-year career has seen him play with Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, and David Grisman. He’s also Bela Fleck’s banjo teacher. And though he started as a bluegrass picker in the style of Earl Scruggs, Trischka grew past bluegrass into newgrass, (more…)

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The Monkees – More of the Monkees

 

Dovetailing off our yearly rant when the nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame are announced, a fellow writer and I segued into our ritual of listing the glaring omissions who should be in the Hall and the questionable inductees who shouldn’t. When the (more…)

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Moby Grape – Grape Jam/Wow

 

When Columbia/Legacy released the single-disc Listen My Friends! The Best Of Moby Grape, the label made the mistake of dubbing a career overview a “best of” – when nearly everything the band did that can be termed best or essential was on its self-titled 1967 debut. (more…)

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5th Dimension – Stoned Soul Picnic/The Age of Aquarius Live

 

In 1967, the 5th Dimension (Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson) was launched into the Top 10 with “Up, Up And Away,” by then-unknown songwriter Jimmy Webb. The Summer Of Love may have been approaching, but this was neither rock (more…)

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Donald Fagen – Nightfly Trilogy

 

For music lovers and techno geeks, this seven-disc set by the Steely Dan front man is a match made in heaven. It includes CDs of all three Fagen solo albums, The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, and Morph The Cat, as well as a trio of MVI discs. They play (more…)

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Mark Newton – Hillbilly Hemingway

 

At first listen, you’d call Mark Newton’s music bluegrass, but it’s not just bluegrass. Sure, the affects are slathered on, but the drums give away the game – this is really honkytonk roots rock/pop masquerading as traditional bluegrass. Is that a bad thing? No, but it (more…)

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June 2008

 

FEATURES STEVE WINWOOD Voice of a Guitar Great One of rock’s greatest keyboard players, he also possesses one of the great singing voices in the genre. But when even longtime fans see him play guitar, they’re invariably amazed. By Dan Forte AMP-O-RAMA The 1968 Marshall JMP50 “plexi” Earlier Marshalls were indeed hallowed for their tone, […]

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