Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
American Beat Records, the coolest reissue label on Earth, recently unearthed a bunch of the once and current New York Doll's solo efforts, all of them worth your ear time. This, a lively concert recording, is the best of the lot, with Johansen improving on his studio efforts and delivering smoldering renditions of Animals classics and "Build Me Up Buttercup."
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The appeal of this band always escaped me, but there it was, a smartly-selected anthology of 25 songs on my girlfriend's iTunes, put there by her 17-year-old daughter who also digs the Dead. Pink Floyd were album artists for sure, but they comp nicely. My favorite is "Wish You Were Here," a song whose appeal is so great that a lot of the local bands play it frequently, but as Dylan would say, there's nothing to turn off. Still, nothing here knocks me out as much as David Gilmour's guitar solo on Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights."
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Perhaps the best of Plant's solo albums, Mighty Rearranger finds the former Golden God and his band successfully merging Eastern and African sounds with the blooze that has permeated our guy's work since the Band of Joy days. The 2007 Rhino reissue includes five bonus tracks, the highlight of which is the extraordinary "Red, White and Blue."