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reviewed Great Gonzos - The Best of Ted Nugent. June 03, 2011
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Great Gonzos - The Best of Ted Nugent
How can you possibly describe the hard rock circus of Ted Nugent to a world that literally thinks Lady Gaga's "meat dress" is the last word in carnivorous excess. Well, when I saw him back …
reviewed Bridge Over Troubled Water 40th Anniv.... June 03, 2011
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simon and garfunkel bridge over troubled water 40th anniversary
Normally, I am not a fan of landmark "anniversary" reissues since most suffer badly from the desperation of artists and record companies seeking one last profit squeeze from their old catalog. …
reviewed Elton John and Leon Russell: The Union. June 03, 2011
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Elton John and Leon Russell: The Union
During one of the final episodes of AMC's spectacular (though regrettably short-lived) legend-on-legend music interrogatory - Spectacle with Elvis Costello - Elton John spoke passionately of his life-long …
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game
Baseball is unique among professional sports simply because infinity is built into the rules - not only teasing us with the remote possibility of endlessness but suspending time for those who play, and …
reviewed John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy .... October 06, 2010
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John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
It's amazing the vitriol that gets tossed around when someone has the gall to question the singular "artistry" of Yoko Ono. If you are at all intellectually honest, her presence on some …
reviewed randy newman. October 05, 2010
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randy newman
From the opening chords of Sail Away in which Randy Newman translates the deplorable and tragic conditions of the Atlantic Slave Trade into a Travelogue worthy of Arthur Frommer, it was perfectly clear …
reviewed Harvest Moon. September 28, 2010
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Harvest Moon
Over the years Neil Young and I have maintained a very cordial but arms length relationship. As the unofficial poet laureate of my hometown in upstate New York, it was impossible to go anywhere without …
reviewed Santana: Guitar Heaven The Greatest G.... September 21, 2010
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Santana: Guitar Heaven The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
Anyone who would question Carlos Santana's reputation as one of the world's most accomplished and admired sonic architects is clearly delirious. Mr. Santana's talent is both prodigious and …
reviewed Robert Plant: Band Of Joy. September 15, 2010
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Robert Plant: Band Of Joy
With so many "legacy" performers clogging the AARP superhighway, I suspect that as of this writing there are apparently three roads to mature rock success.      First, you …
reviewed Harps and Angels -- Randy Newman. September 04, 2010
Harps & Angels
Whatever you may think of Randy Newman, any artist who can link Clarence Thomas with the sudden downgrade in Pluto's planetary status and somehow have it make sense deserves more than a cursory listen. …
reviewed Everyone Says I Love You. September 03, 2010
Everyone Says I Love You
 It has been some time since I have paid attention to Woody Allen, so running into his 1996 musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You on cable left me wondering what else I may have been missing from …
reviewed The In-Car Turntable: An Appreciation. September 02, 2010
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The In-Car Turntable: An Appreciation
And we thought distracted driving only meant texting and web browsing. In a foreshadowing of the abject stupidity that almost brought down the entire US auto industry, the "foward …
reviewed Frank Sinatra: Songs For Swingin' Lovers. August 31, 2010
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Frank Sinatra: Songs For Swingin' Lovers
What can anyone possibly add to the Sinatra conversation? For most men, living one of his lives would have been sufficient. But for "The Chairman," the Greatest Entertainer of the 20th Century, …
reviewed Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's. August 31, 2010
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Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's
Say what you will about the many incarnations of Diana Ross - Motown Chanteuse, Auteur, Mannequin, Jacko Muse or (Nora) Desmond Diva - it is almost impossible to deny her enduring influence on popular …
reviewed T-Bone Burnett: The Criminal Under My.... August 31, 2010
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T-Bone Burnett: The Criminal Under My Own Hat
Having been casually aware of T. Bone Burnett's work through his film scoring and frequent collaborations with Elvis Costello, "Criminal" was an easy used record store grab - a four dollar …
reviewed Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harr.... August 31, 2010
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Goerge Harrison
For a man whose personal philosophy was really an open-ended journey into higher consciousness, it is sadly ironic that so many of the reviews for this excellent career-spanning collection are so remarkably …
reviewed Real Live!: Frank Marino and Mahogany.... August 31, 2010
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Real Live!: Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush
To my recollection, Frank Marino had an extremely steep hill to climb - with my introduction to his work being in the form of a LIVE recording (which I generally equate to having pins stuck in my eye) …
reviewed Christmas In the Heart. August 31, 2010
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Christmas In the Heart
I have lived with Christmas In The Heart for a few months with my opinion pinballing between inspired, strange, jarring or, just plain boring. No matter, as a Christmas album CITH succeeds admirably simply …
reviewed Pretenders: Live In London. August 31, 2010
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Pretenders: Live In London
It's 1980, and hammocked between the waning days of Disco, the growing artifice of Punk and a pre-natal MTV lurking just over the horizon, the music world seemed to be wresting through a significant …
reviewed Kill to Get Crimson. August 27, 2010
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Kill to Get Crimson
Within the very narrow corridors of the iTunes obsessed (music as disposable content) recording industry, Mark Knopfler's Kill To Get Crimson is a welcome reminder of a not too distant past when complete …
reviewed Zoolander. August 27, 2010
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Zoolander
With preening self-importance and pouty narcissism already baked into the industry's DNA - torturing couture fashion almost certainly lacks good sportsmanship. Fashion has always been a satirists …
reviewed The Kinks: Low Budget. August 27, 2010
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The Kinks: Low Budget
If you were knocked unconscious at a 1978 Kinks show and found yourself suddenly waking up in the time of Rip Van Obama, the sound of Low Budget in heavy rotation would not seem out of place in the least. …
reviewed Essential Artie Shaw. August 27, 2010
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Essential Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw has been playing in the background of my life for almost 48 years and until very recently, I never bothered to tune-in thinking the Big Band Impresarios (Goodman, Shaw, Miller) that ruled from …
reviewed Up Your Alley: Joan Jett and the Blac.... August 27, 2010
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Up Your Alley: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
I'm sure that in any serious discussion of rock-chick luminaries there would be the inevitable nods to the incendiary booze-blues of Janis Joplin, the subtle explosiveness of Grace Slick or the swirling …
reviewed Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back. August 27, 2010
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Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back
WARNING: May cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Scratch Your Back may affect you!      If Peter Gabriel were a lesser talent, I would have …
reviewed The Last DJ: Tom Petty and the Heartb.... August 27, 2010
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The Last DJ: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty has always been among the most interesting (and refreshing) artists working in popular music. Who else would put out a concept album to decry the extinction of the concept album and then further …
reviewed Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach: Paint.... August 25, 2010
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Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach: Painted From Memory
With a reputation so rooted in the nicotine-infused lounge lizardry of Hal David, Dionne Warwick and the zero consequence hedonism of Southern California affluence - the prospect of a Burt Bacharach …
reviewed Peter Framption: Thank You Mr. Churchill. August 25, 2010
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Peter Framption: Thank You Mr. Churchill
  Many years ago I attended a Forbes magazine function where Watergate poster-boy G. Gordon Liddy was the featured speaker. For about thirty minutes the stunningly funny and pointed Mr. Liddy regaled …
reviewed Roy Orbison: Black & White Night. August 24, 2010
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Roy Orbison
Seven superstars paying tribute to a legend - usually these affairs are more reminiscent of a punch-drunk heavyweight rope-a-doping for one last payday as he gamely sings into a dead microphone while …
reviewed Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me. August 24, 2010
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Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me
Among his many observations that had a way of boring into your subconscious and never leaving, George Carlin once remarked that the Blues is the only musical form that requires absolute authenticity …
reviewed Working on a Dream. August 24, 2010
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Working on a Dream
So who the hell is Brendan O'Brien and what exactly did he do with Bruce Springsteen? After multiple listens to Springsteen's newest release, it began to strike me that the magnum themes infusing …
reviewed Joe's Garage Acts 1-2-3. August 24, 2010
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Joe's Garage Acts 1-2-3
Say what you will about Frank Zappa but the man was never meant to suffer in silence - always putting his torment hilariously out-in-front of the cultural zeitgeist. Case in point - Joe's Garage. …
reviewed Chicago V. August 24, 2010
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Chicago V
If all you knew of Chicago (the band) was based solely on their post-1982 output (which consisted primarily of monstrous, hook-friendly hits for the lovelorn that could put the population of many small …
reviewed A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight.... August 24, 2010
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Every professional athlete who ever took their $200,000 Maybach off the dealership curb at 120mph would do well to spend some time with Curt Flood - familiarizing themselves with the man who single-handedly …
reviewed Liverpool 8. August 24, 2010
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Liverpool 8
Richard,      Let me see if I understand your new arrangement... you're waaayyy too busy to accept fan mail (such that it is) but you increasingly rely on user-generated promotion …
reviewed What's Going on. August 24, 2010
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What's Going on
A pivotal chapter in the oral history of Motown Records has it that when Berry Gordy, the label's founder, first heard Marvin Gaye's conceptual masterwork he simply wanted to shelve it as the …
reviewed Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. August 24, 2010
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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
A sobering and unexpected question from a co-worker when I mentioned the imminent release of this titanic pairing of recognized masters - hoping against hope that the potential downside and inflated …
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