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
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
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
Genesis has announced their American/Canadian leg of their The Last Domino? tour. I believe it is safe to assume this could be the last Genesis tour, although if it goes well there might be more dates added later. Not only are these guys well into senior citizen status, but Phil Collins is barely mobile. If … More Last Time Around: Old-Time Rockers
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?
This is one of my favorite live albums. There was about a decade where the best live albums were made, from 1970 to 1982. This was before most live recordings were sweetened to the point of being studio- produced works. Yes, so clunker notes were replaced and maybe some background vocals cleaned up, but most … More The Kinks: One for the Road (1980)
We all can think of classic rock songs that have been played to death on the radio, to the point we turn the station. These are good songs that I can no longer stand to hear. Thankfully, I do not listen to radio much these days, but it is impossible not to hear many of … More Most Overplayed Songs
These 12 maybe are not the best, but they are quite interesting for a variety of reasons. I have included documentaries in the list. In no particular order. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Beatles in their first film. A cheeky semi-documentary and a classic. Millions had seen the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and many … More A Dozen Rock and Roll Films
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
After listening to Larry Graves (https://youtu.be/j53bZQoI9dM) give his Top Ten British Bands, I had to do my own list. I really needed 12 selections instead of 10, The Kinks and the Moody Blues belong on this list, but nothing is perfect. The Beatles. This band should top any list. What more can you say about … More Top Ten British Bands
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