Saturday May 23

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Show #236 - Albert Lee pt. 1 (5/21/15)
Legendary guitarist Albert Lee has played with a diverse set of people - Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers and Bill Wyman, and that’s just scratching the surface.  He’s also released over 20 solo albums, and was featured prominently in the Tribute to George Harrison concert DVD.  All of...
Show #235 - The Grahams (5/12/15)
The Grahams, Alyssa & Doug Graham, have been friends since elementary school, and are now husband & wife.  They set out to record a followup to their debut, Riverman’s Daughter, which came out in 2013 - and decided to get some inspiration by riding some of the legendary trains which...
Show #234 - Ian Anderson (5/5/15)
Ian Anderson led Jethro Tull for around 40 years, releasing a string of hit albums that endure to this day.  A few years ago, he began releasing records under his own name.  But, don’t worry - the classic Jethro Tull sound is still intact.  Anderson's latest project is a live...
Show #233 - John Mayall (4/29/15)
Blues legend John Mayall continues to record albums and play shows, just like he’s done for the past 50 years.  His latest project is an opportunity to look back - John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Live in 1967 features never before heard live performances featuring a version of the band that was...
Show #232 - Translator (Steve Barton) (4/24/15)
Translator is best known for their 1982 college radio hit “Everywhere That I’m Not.”  The California band released four major label albums before calling it quits in the mid Eighties.  The band reconvened in 2012 for a brand new album called Big Green Lawn.  Now, they’ve dug through the archives...
Show #231 - Hugh Gilmour (Bad Company remasters) (4/20/15)
If you’re a fan of deluxe editions of CD’s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Hugh Gilmour’s work.  His specialty is putting together remastered versions of classic rock and metal albums with bonus tracks, rare photos and insightful liner notes.  He’s worked on releases from Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Emerson,...

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The Who - Nationwide Arena (5/15/15) (Concert review)

The Who - Nationwide Arena - 5/15/15 - review

 

I saw the Who back in 1989…and they were old then.  That was the infamous “ahhh, my ears” tour, when Pete Townshend played behind a sound-proof wall to protect his hearing.  Needless to say, my expectations weren’t terribly high.  Here’s the amazing thing - the Who were actually better 26 years later.

 

Sure, there were times when the band showed their age.  They opened with a lumbering version of their first hit, “I Can’t Explain,” while “Who Are You” just sort of laid there. Roger Daltrey struggled through “Behind Blue Eyes,” then forgot the words to “My Generation.”  Yet, after a few songs, everything fell together.  A medley of highlights from Tommy, including “Amazing Journey” and “Underture,” was played with a ferocity that would make the Foo Fighters jealous, while Townshend showed off some incredible guitar chops on a searing run through of “Eminence Front.”  And, even Daltrey surprised on a passionate take of “Love, Reign O’er Me,” which was far better than the version I saw 26 years ago.

 

There were a few surprises in the set list - “You Better, You Bet,” “The Seeker,” and especially the 10-minute, mini-opera “A Quick One (While He’s Away).”  The great backup harmonies helped cover any imperfections of both Daltrey and Townshend, while Ringo’s son, Zak Starkey, filled in amicably on drums.  The show closed with a ragged version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which featured a piped-in Daltrey scream at the end.  But, who cares?  This is a band that released an album called Who’s Last…in 1984!  The fact that they’ve stuck around this long is testament to their stubbornness to not go away quietly.

 

The show opened with a surprisingly solid set from the ageless Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  Her 40-minute show was full of classic punk attitude like “Do You Wanna Touch” and the Runaways’ hit “Cherry Bomb.”  She looked and sounded great, and got the crowd into it with her closer, “I Hate Myself For Loving You.”  —Tony Peters

This Day in History

Saturday, 23 May 1970
Maybe He's Amazed

mccartney lp coverPaul McCartney's first solo album, simply titled McCartney, sits atop the US albums chart.  It is a stripped-down, homemade affair, with Paul playing virtually every note on the LP.  It will contain the studio version of "Maybe I'm Amazed," which won't be released as a single until 1976, when it appears on Wings Over America.


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Random LP of the Day

Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko OnoVarious Artists - Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono (Main Man Records) review

Seriously - one of the best tribute albums we’ve heard in years

 

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The problem with most tribute albums is that they suck.  What was once an unique idea has now been beat to death.  And the end result is usually the same: it just makes you want to go listen to the original artist.  That’s why Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono is such a welcome surprise.  An eclectic array of artists each give their individual spin on this polarizing figure’s music.  What you get is a great collection of songs - whether you like Yoko Ono or not.


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