These 50 year anniversaries are a bit depressing, how can so much time has passed? I was a teenager then, but not quite age legal to drive. The early 1970s was one of the most eclectic periods in music. The phrase, anything goes, could apply to what you heard in 1972. I am known as … More 1972: The Year in Music (50 Years Ago)
I stole this idea from https://youtube.com/c/GlenKellawaylowendmusicfreak who is one of my favorite music YouTube vloggers. Glen limited his list to 10, but I’m going to exceed that number. Here we go, and these are in no particular order. James Gang Rides Again (1970) – James Gang. The band’s second album, maybe the best material Walsh … More Trios: Favorite Albums by Three-Member Groups
Remember when Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was played at parties? What a junior high trip that was. Turn down the lights, turn up the music and get your groove on. Long songs are truly an art form. Let me qualify that. I don’t mean long, repetitive, meandering and self-indulgent noise, half of which is a drum … More Best Songs Longer Than 10 Minutes
The late 1960s and early 1970s, was an interesting time in music. It was okay to like and enjoy many different genres of music (folk, hard rock, soft rock, country-rock, jazz, R&B, blues, classical) and suddenly find them blended together in unique and interesting projects. Look at the various musicians and groups that performed at … More King Crimson: The Early Years
What makes an impressive debut album? A million copies sold? Hit singles? Your face on the cover of Rolling Stone? Having fans and critics stand up and take notice. Lasting impact. The start of something greater. These are ones that are familiar to me. This list is certainly not inclusive and is obviously just my … More Impressive Debut Albums
The job of the drummer is to drive the train. The exceptional drummers do so taking you on a journey you’ve never traveled. The best grooves get your attention, but aren’t showy. Yes, drummers can be self-indulgent with exaggerated playing, tiresome soloing and drum kits that need their own zip code. It’s very difficult for … More Best Drum Grooves
Sometimes music grows on you. That was never how I operated. If it did not hit me pretty quickly, I moved on. Over the decades, I have passed on a number of decent, and sometimes very popular albums because something did not click. On occasion, these albums became hugely popular, always on the radio, which … More Give It Another Listen
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
I got this idea from fellow blogger Larry Graves, who regularly gives his YouTube followers a choice between two stacks of CDs. So, I thought, what they hey, I’ll try it too. I will list the contents of each stack of CDs, with a comparable quality of CDs. The idea is to make the choice … More Which Stack of CDs?
If you follow this blog, you know I make a lot of lists. The thing about lists is it makes you choose and justify in your own mind. My colleague Peter said he took a cue from one of my blogs and developed a list of 10 songs he would enjoy if stuck on a … More Ten Desert Island Songs
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