The challenge has been accepted, three consecutive studio albums released by artist or band. My top 20 list of consecutive releases. No live or greatest hits allowed. The list of course is very subjective and is absent some major artists, and some remarkable albums. No Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Beach Boys, Grateful Dead or Van … More Three Great Consecutive Musical Albums Released (my list of 20)
Fifty years later, the love story of John Lennon and May Pang is presented onscreen. The Lost Weekend, A Love Story (2023) is a long-form telling of their story in film clips, interviews and news stories. Pang has written about her and Lennon’s time together and appeared on many talk shows in the early 1990s … More The Lost Weekend, A Love Story (film review)
It was the psychedelic sixties, and for a brief period, rock and roll was hippy, spacey and trippy. Actually, one could say that psychedelic music continued well into the seventies, if you count the offshoot into space-rock, fusion and funk-rock – but who’s counting? My point is that what we commonly refer to “psychedelic rock” … More Their Satanic Majesties Request: The Rolling Stones’ Answer to Sgt. Pepper?
Ranking the Beatles’ albums, probably the favorite music topic of bloggers. I’ll follow my colleagues by name my favorite five songs on each album. Ready, set, go! 13. With the Beatles (1963) – Too many covers for me, but still a wonderful album. “Rollover Beethoven,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “All My Loving,” “Money” and … More Beatles Albums Ranked: My List
This week is the late George Harrison’s 80th birthday. It’s difficult for me to believe he has been gone for 22 years. George was the youngest Beatle. Eighty years old – wrap your head around that. Age is such a wonky concept. Eighty might just be a number, but it’s a big number. The George … More George Harrison at 80
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
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