It usually takes skill and/or training to be successful at your craft. Talent also helps, but in popular music, there is another factor, the material and the presentation that matter to fans. There are tons of singers, just watch one of of those TV talent shows, most of which you wouldn’t pay money to hear. … More Singers or Vocalists?
Back in the old days, music was recorded in an actual recording studio on analog tape machines. In the early days of the Beatles, engineers wore white lab coats and neckties. Experimentation was frowned upon and only certain approved personnel could touch the knobs. There was no school to learn the process of sound or … More Recording Engineers
I am going to present you two stacks of DVDs (no Blu-ray disks mixed in). You are going on a trip and these are the only entertainment you will have. No TV, cable or internet. Which one would you choose? No trading between stacks. Stack 1 Roman Holiday (1953) – Reporter Gregory Peck and Princess … More DVDs: Which Stack?
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
A few years ago, this would be a description of Elton’s career: too low for zero. Not really, but it was close. I have had people express shock that Elton John suffered a down period in his career. He’s actual had two sizable career valleys, but he’s never been off the radio and he tours … More Elton John: Too Low For Zero (1983)
The 1980s were an interesting decade for Sir Elton. After some under-performing and misguided projects ending the 1970s, Elton would launch a five-year period of success. Although Elton would not recapture the hysteria and Beatlesque period of his early 1970s fame, he returned to selling albums and landing songs on the charts. Jump Up! is … More Elton John: Jump Up! (1982)
Pieced together from older songs and a few new ones, this album was one of Elton’s worst selling albums ever in the U.S., it did not even sell enough to be a Gold album. The older songs were produced by Elton and Clive Franks and the newer ones by Chris Thomas. The reviews were … More Elton John: The Fox (1981)
Elton’s first album since the dreadful Victim of Love of the prior year. 21 at 33 is one of my least played albums, I like a couple of songs, and that’s it. Why review it then? This album is a key in Elton’s journey back, although, there were more stumbling blocks ahead. This was the … More Elton John: 21 at 33 (1980)
In less than 10 years, Elton John went from the biggest performer in the world, to struggling to get a hit. He would rebound, but it showed how fickle the music biz was. After Blue Moves (1976) failed to be another massive hit, although it performed well, but did not top the charts, neither did … More Elton John: A Single Man (1978)
Here’s a book I couldn’t wait to read. It’s a grand time for Sir Elton John. Last year, Rocketman was released to big box office success. Me, his autobiography was a best seller, and he’s on the three-year farewell tour. I found Me to be entertaining, but a patchwork study of his life. Whereas Rocketman … More Me, by Elton John