Pieces of April, Fools!

Pieces of April, Fools!

April may begin with jokes and pranks, but behind the fool festival is a quite extensive soundtrack of “foolish” music, such as the song title in this sentence. Our collection of jovial jams covers all types of foolhardy formats: songs, bands, albums, lyrics, and maybe a movie or two. Some musical April Fool’s day history: 1966 – Pye Records released the first solo single from […]

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The Day The Music Had A Heart Attack

The Day The Music Had A Heart Attack

Rumors about the health of Rock N. Roll were rampant and varied, and they traveled fast on the streets and in the homes of America. It was the early eighties, and the musical landscape was in the midst of major shifts and rifts. When you look at the record charts of November 30, 1982, the signals of the impending death of rock and roll are […]

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Backtracks: The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky

Backtracks: The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky

The motivation for the sixth album from The Alan Parsons Project is related to belief systems, whether they be religious beliefs, political beliefs or belief in luck (as in gambling). Generally, the premise is linked to the universal idea that there is someone looking down on us all. The album title is the expression that is often used in military and surveillance contexts. That’s straight from […]

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Backtracks: Dave Mason – Let It Flow

Backtracks: Dave Mason – Let It Flow

Dave Mason got to play in Traffic on his way to this album, a record that should have made him an absolute star. It didn’t quite happen, but lots of people think that it definitely should have. He took the long way to get to his shot at mainstream fame, spending years honing his skills and talents, learning from and playing with some of the finest […]

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Backtracks: Bad Company – Bad Company

Backtracks: Bad Company – Bad Company

Bad Company Goes Public When he heard his first Beatles song, Paul Rodgers was a teenager playing for The Roadrunners, a local band in Middlesbrough, England. The band members at the time included Micky Moody (Whitesnake) and Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello and The Attractions). They performed assorted cover songs at halls and clubs in the area. In 1967 they had played out the local music scene so […]

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Planes, Trains, and Automobile Rock

Planes, Trains, and Automobile Rock

During a lifetime of travel, you’ve likely discovered how music makes the journey less stressful. We’ve taken this concept and expounded on it, finding a gang of rock groups that have forms of travel in their names. Join us as we explore a handful of groups that know how to get us moving. Gerry Rafferty grew up in Scotland and learned both Irish and Scottish […]

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Backtracks: Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies

Backtracks: Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies

Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies Here comes the part where the preacher’s son grows up to become a global phenomenon as a shock-rock singer and musician who dearly wants his rockstar character to be elected to public office. He dreams up and produces one of the first story-line promo videos on MTV. The project is deemed a success and the game of music promotion suddenly […]

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Backtracks: Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are

Backtracks: Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are

In 1972 Deep Purple was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as being the “globe’s loudest band” when a concert at the London Rainbow Theatre reached a volume of 117 dB. Three audience members were ultimately rendered unconscious. So, in answer to the album title, “The World’s Loudest Band” for starters. And we realize that this release is probably not the first thing […]

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The Classic Rock Achievement Medal

The Classic Rock Achievement Medal

We put some thought into the recent announcement of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and we have concluded that the organization has truly lost touch with rock music fans. The nominee list for the current year includes “disco pioneers Chic, which performed this summer at Chula Vista’s Sleep Train Amphitheater. This marks the 11th time Chic have been on the ballot, a […]

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Can’t Call Your Stuff A Music Collection Without…

Can’t Call Your Stuff A Music Collection Without…

Again we’re paying tribute to one of the finest albums of the Baby Boomer era, the landmark 1970 release from Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory. We firmly believe that any serious collection of classic rock music must include this album. The Recording Academy, the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts, also holds the album in very high regard. In 2014, “to honor recordings of lasting […]

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