1971: Music From 50 Years Ago

What a great mix of musical styles. Pop, rock, heavy metal, R&B, blues. This was the singer-songwriter era too, the laidback Southern California sound. Carole King would have the largest selling album with Tapestry, the touchstone for the singer-songwriter generation. Other landmark albums were: Led Zeppelin IV, Fragile, Who’s Next, Sticky Fingers, Aqualung, What’s Going … More 1971: Music From 50 Years Ago

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending: Tears For Fears

Remember “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”? Well, everybody want a happy ending too. The group Tears For Fears was huge in the 1980s, but after their album The Seeds of Love, they just disappeared. In 2004, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal reunited to release an album that could have been made by Jeff Lynne, … More Everybody Loves a Happy Ending: Tears For Fears

ELO: Time (1981)

“Remember the good old 1980s.” That is the first lyric in “21st Century Man.”  Not my most favorite time, certainly not for music. Someone asked me about this album and I had to dig it out of my collection to take a listen. The 1980s sound of ELO (the Electric Light Orchestra for the purists) … More ELO: Time (1981)

ELO: Discovery (1979)

ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra. For me, this was the beginning of the end for ELO.  First, leader Jeff Lynne did away from the three string-players as official members of the group. The band was now a four-piece group. The album still had some string arrangements, but sparingly and not by the three string-players.  Second, … More ELO: Discovery (1979)

Tom Petty: Gone 2 Years

“What’s changed these days is that the man who approaches me on the street is more or less thanking me for a body of work—the soundtrack to his life, as a lot of them say. And that’s a wonderful feeling. It’s all an artist can ask.” – Tom Petty, Esquire magazine Petty died unexpectedly in … More Tom Petty: Gone 2 Years