Album Reviews

The Strokes – Is This It?

Posted by on March 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

March 26, 2013, marks the release of the Strokes fifth album titled Comedown Machine. Hard to believe it’s been 12 years now since their first release… For Krissy. I remember it like it was yesterday, hearing Is This It for the first time and being completely blown away. I knew at the time there was […]

George Benson – Bad Benson

Posted by on February 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

With a cover like that, you just know it’s going to be B A D! Recorded and released in 1974 for CTI Records, Bad Benson marks a decidedly aggressive and funky point in Benson’s long jazz career. Sure, he always played with a touch of funk and he could jam in-the-pocket with the best of […]

2012 – The Return of Frank Zappa

Posted by on September 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

As 2012 nears its end, the ZFT go and reissue Frank’s entire catalog, some going back to the original analog masters. Wowie zowie indeed! I was driving around a few weeks ago and a somewhat foreshortened pick-up truck pulled up next to me, blaring – in an instance of awesomeness hitherto unknown to me from […]

James Brown – Funky Christmas (20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection)

Posted by on December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

For Kim. You’re my Christmas friend… In our excitement to discuss the previously unheard gems on The Complete James Brown Christmas, we neglected to talk about the pure perfection that is James Brown’s Funky Christmas. Turn it loose, ‘cus it’s a mother… Funky Christmas, later remastered and renamed as 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection, is […]

James Brown – The Complete James Brown Christmas

Posted by on December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

“Let’s make this Christmas mean something this year!” Between 1966 and 1970, James Brown recorded three stellar Christmas albums. For years the only readily available versions of these albums were single compilations such as the original Funky Christmas and the remastered (and wonderful sounding) 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection edition of that same album (a […]

The Rolling Stones – Brussels Affair 1973

Posted by on November 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

“I’m no schoolboy but I know what I like…” I can’t believe it. Here it is the tail end of 2011 and the Rolling Stones go and release their best album since 1969’s Let it Bleed. I’m serious. This is spec-freaking-tacular. Released as a download only (320 kbps!) on Google Music, The Rolling Stones Brussels Affair […]

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol.29 (Part 2)

Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

*Continued from Part 1* Well, folks, this may be it. My favorite show, by one of my favorite bands, ever. May 21, 1977… The first set is so impeccable, and played with so much emotion, it may just be their finest first set ever released. A first set that is so strong, so mind melding […]

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol.29 (Part 1)

Posted by on May 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

“Please forget you knew my name…” There are many moments throughout the Grateful Dead’s incredibly long career where it seemed as if the Gods themselves were smiling down on the band from the Heavens. And perhaps, at least to this listener, those smiles shone none brighter than during May 1977. There was just something in the […]

The Doors – Live in New York 1970

Posted by on May 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

“Well, that’s New York for ya’…” For a few years back in the late 60s, the Doors were providing the perfect blend of dramatic stage theatrics and mind melding music. Centered around Jim Morrison’s unpredictable persona and deep baritone vocals that straddle the fine line between smooth crooner and blues shouter, the Doors were a […]

CTI Records – California Concert: Hollywood Palladium July 18, 1971

Posted by on April 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

“And now straight ahead, good jazz…” It’s an all too rare experience when an album actually lives up to its expectations and then some. Fortunately, this is one of those albums. Recorded on July 18, 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium, California Concert captures a single night of smoking jazz played by a stunning collaboration of CTI […]