Record Reviews

Grand Funk Railroad, Phoenix

Posted on January 11, 2012

The title Phoenix represents the band’s break with former manager, Terry Knight after a long year of litigation. It’s also the first LP that was self-produced. Although there is no mention of it on the cover or on the record, this is the last album where the band was known as Grand Funk Railroad. All future releases they would just be Grand Funk.

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Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels

Posted on November 15, 2011

Faithfull is a great interpreter. She’s a squatter, claiming what she lands on and taking ownership.

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Kasey Anderson, Heart of a Dog

Posted on October 26, 2011

Heart of a Dog opens with, “The Wrong Light;” a song built on a fuzzed-out guitar riff, part Neil Young, part Black Sabbath, and a lot of nasty.

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Nick Lowe, The Old Magic

Posted on October 14, 2011

If you pick up the vinyl version, it’s pressed at 45 rpms with wide grooves and it sounds spectacular. Yep Roc should’ve leased the RCA Living Stereo logo for this release.

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SuperHeavy, SuperHeavy

Posted on September 30, 2011

SuperHeavy tried to make a record that would incorporate so much, reach so many, but it collapses on itself like Wall Street and the Greek economy.

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Richard “Groove” Holmes, Book of the Blues, Vol. 1

Posted on September 28, 2011

The B-3 is funky. “Groove” Holmes is funky. Warner Brothers records circa 1964 was not funky.

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Covering The Tighten Up, A Survey by Brother Tad

Posted on August 30, 2011

The summer of 1968 was, as always, hot and sticky in the middle plains town where I spent my youth. Taking American History for summer school meant attending class in the old, non-air conditioned high school downtown.

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The Ettes, Wicked Will

Posted on August 9, 2011

It’s a step in a different direction from the previous Greg Cartwright produced album, but not into a different territory. Wicked Will sounds more like the early Ettes, but a bit more refined.

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The Hombres, Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

Posted on August 6, 2011

Q: Would I sell it?
A: Maybe for $50.00 but only after I burned a copy of their version of “So Sad.”

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Soul Clan, Soul Clan

Posted on July 22, 2011

Within the last year or two a friend of mine told me she had found a copy of the Soul Clan album at a local music store. I had confessed that I had still never seen a copy of it. She paid an ample sum for her copy but I totally understood why and it’s hard to explain why if you don’t have vinyl in your blood, love in your heart and soul in your bones.

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