What lineups were the best for bands? Membership changes happen for various reasons: death, substance abuse, ego, solo careers, etc. Here are some of my favorites: Beatles. The post Best and Sutcliffe days, obviously. Rolling Stones. The Mick Taylor years, after Brian Jones. The classic era. Fleetwood Mac. Obviously, the McVies, Fleetwood, Buckingham and Nicks. … More Classic Band Lineups
When a recording artist wants “hits” only, they or their record company release a hits, or best of, collection. The intent is the most popular airplay, sales or charting songs. The anthology is a whole different animal. This collection has some required hit songs, but the intent is to go beyond a greatest hits or … More Anthologies or Greatest Hits?
A couple of years ago I made a list of albums I want with me if I’m ever marooned on a desert island. That was fun, and difficult. Yes, a had with me a solar powered record player. Here is a new list, using guidelines from vlogger Glen Kellaway. One album from each decade going … More Desert Island Music, More
As a wannabe guitar player, I’m drawn more to smooth sets of chords forming an irresistible melodic progression. A catchy and inventive guitar riff is a thing of beauty for the soul. Riffs seem most closely associated with rock’n’roll, which I agree, but they can be found across musical genres. Riffs catch the ear, and … More Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique
No, this isn’t about erectile dysfunction. The other day I posted a blog about songs over 10 minutes in length. A colleague humorously suggested compiling a list of songs that are shorter than two minutes. Okay, let’s do it! I’m placing a caveat that these have to be post- 1960, as in the old days, … More Two Minutes or Less
Paul McCartney was slow to embrace touring after leaving the Beatles. His first venture of performances with his new band Wings, was a hastily devised group of shows in the U.K. His next effort was what became known as Wings Over America, a better planned and promoted concert tour in 1976. Below is a list … More Paul McCartney Live Albums: Which is Best?
I got this idea from vlogger Glen From the Basement. Thanks Glen. The Beatles’ White Album has always held a special place for me. The songs helped fill an emotional crevasse for me fifty-odd years ago. That album has never aged, even if I have. The Beatles worked both as a band and solo in … More The White Album, Songs Ranked
With the new Get Back series we have a chance to enjoy the Beatles like we have never seen them before. Like others my age, I wonder where the time went. The Beatles’ recording career stopped in January 1970 as George, Paul and Ringo worked on George’s song, “I Me Mine” for the Let It … More George Harrison: Gone 20 Years
Fifty-one years ago, release as the “last” Beatles studio album, as they had disbanded. As everyone knows, Abbey Road was the last recorded studio album, it was just released before the oft-troubled Let It Be album. With the new Get Back book and six-hour film also arriving this fall, the Let It Be Special Edition: … More Let It Be (2021)
When you are ten years old, 64 seems unimaginable. Grandparents are that age. Hey wait, I’m a grandparent! Impossible!! I’m nine months into my 64th year. What a year it’s been. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. From the pandemic to the loss of a loved one to establishing life as a single to contemplating … More When I’m Sixty-Four