Three Sides of Pink Floyd: Animals, Wet Dream and Mihalis

After Roger Waters took over Pink Floyd with Animals (1977), David Gilmour release his first solo album, appropriately named, David Gilmour (1978), and Richard Wright followed with Wet Dream, also in 1978. All three are incredible musical works of art. Meanwhile, Nick Mason was off racing cars. Animals, the last prog-sounding work from Pink Floyd, … More Three Sides of Pink Floyd: Animals, Wet Dream and Mihalis

New Album Reviews: Beck/Depp, Journey, Christine McVie, Drive By Truckers, Pink Floyd

This is kind of a mish-mash of different releases; new stuff I have played and think deserving of some words. Jeff Beck / Johnny Depp , 18. At first glance I thought this was some kind of novelty joke. I’ve been a fan of Beck for 50 years, although I find his more recent material … More New Album Reviews: Beck/Depp, Journey, Christine McVie, Drive By Truckers, Pink Floyd

The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 2

Part 2. Picking up where we left off. Warner Bros. was concerned when Tommy Johnston was forced to leave the Doobie Brothers because of his ulcer. He had collapsed at a concert and was in critical condition. “So I was heartbroken when he walked away. I never told anybody this, but some part of me … More The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 2

The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 1

It’s difficult to write about the success of the Doobie Brothers without also talking about Ted Templeman, an uber-successful record executive, who produced their classic period albums. Two books help tell different sides of the same story. These are not the typical rockstar tell-all book of 1970s bad behavior. Templeman was one of the red-hot … More The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 1

A Trio of Smooth, Genre Defining Rock Bands

Eagles, Can’t Buy a Thrill, Toulouse Street. The year 1972 was a prosperous one for great rock albums. Three in particular signaled a titanic shift in music for the rest of the decade. Let’s not use the term “yacht rock” because these groups could rock. The Eagles debut album was simply called Eagles. Country-rock is … More A Trio of Smooth, Genre Defining Rock Bands

Classic Band Lineups

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