Musical Surprises

I love to be surprised by music I didn’t know about or was convinced I would not like. As I get older, I have to fight harder to move out of my comfort zone of musical tastes. Retracing my steps over many decades, there are some game-changers. Although I will not likely be shouting the … More Musical Surprises

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

Which Stack of CDs?

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?

Yes: 90125 (1983)

After the detour of 1980’s Drama, another version of Yes emerged from the remains of the group. The lineup for Drama was Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes.  After the resulting tour, Howe, Horn and Downes left the band.  Squire and White almost hooked up with Jimmy Page after the … More Yes: 90125 (1983)

Yes: Drama (1980)

I have always loved the band, Yes, through their ups and downs (including keyboardist Geoff Downes). In their sixth decades, Yes has had tremendous personnel changes and at times, two different versions of the band, each performing and recording. At the end of the 1970s, Yes suffered through loss of keyboardist Rick Wakeman (which would … More Yes: Drama (1980)