51 Years Ago: Lennon & Harrison

Recently, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison released extraordinary boxed sets of their first official solo albums. What is in a boxed set? Besides the original album, freshly remastered, sometimes remixed, the set could include demos, alternate takes, jams, concerts, videos, high definition mixes on Blu-ray, new booklets and other trinkets. Popularity of … More 51 Years Ago: Lennon & Harrison

Underrated Albums

Here are 25 albums that failed to get the love they deserve. These albums have taken a backseat in the artist’s catalog, perhaps without benefit of a charting single or surrounding a band lineup change. It may have gone out of print or the rights became tied up. Quality music fails to connect for a … More Underrated Albums

Best Drum Grooves

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

Ticket to Ride

The Beatles left us to find the way Gone, alone to navigate eternity In my life, we live in a yellow submarine Tomorrow never knows the possibility The revolution disappeared for many Now it’s adulthood on Blue Jay Way Ask me why all you need is love I should have known better, yesterday Lovely Rita, … More Ticket to Ride

Recording Engineers

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

Favorite Band Member

Here is a list of bands. I have picked by favorite member that band. It could be I like their songwriting, or their musicianship or their persona. I picked bands usually with more than three members and where it was not one dominant personality, like the Electric Light Orchestra or Dire Straits. 10cc – Eric … More Favorite Band Member

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