Category: Entertainment:: Music

Is Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" as hopeful in 2021 as it was fifty years ago?

Now I’ve been happy latelyThinking about the good things to comeAnd I believe it could beSomething good has begunOh, I’ve been smiling latelyDreaming about the world as oneAnd I believe it could beSomeday it’s going to come It’s 1971. The United States is as divided as it’s ever been. Richard Nixon is President. Protests over... Read more »

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss do it again with "Raise the Roof", but what took so long?

When you saw them together for the first time, you wondered what was this? It even looked a little creepy. A legendary rocker from the 1960s-70s and the much younger violin-playing singer with her roots in the country/Americana genres. What could they possibly have in common? But then you heard sing together. You heard how... Read more »

Rod Stewart's new album "The Tears of Hercules" is unlistenable

I wanted to like it. I really wanted to like it. I have a love/hate relationship with Rod Stewart. I love his early music. His work with Jeff Beck is brilliant. His first few solo albums are outstanding. Faces was a great band. “Maggie May’, “Reason to Believe”, “Mandolin Wind”, “Stay With Me”…I can go... Read more »

Brian Wilson at the Genesee Theater: A night with some of the greatest hit songs of our lives.

If you’re going to see legendary musician Brian Wilson in concert, be prepared for a night of fun, fun, fun. Also, be prepared for a night tinged with sadness. You saw both Saturday night when he played at Waukegan’s Genesee Theater. When it comes to musical artists, the word genius is overused. But, it certainly... Read more »

Fifty years of Don McLean's "American Pie"

October 24, 1971. It was fifty years ago today when musician Don McLean came into our lives. That was the day his album “American Pie” was released. A few weeks later, the title track became a huge hit single. It didn’t take long for some of the lyrics to become seared into our brains. They... Read more »

Should the Rolling Stones play "Brown Sugar" in concert?

Let’s Spend the Night Together19th Nervous BreakdownRocks OffGet Off of My CloudTumbling DiceRuby TuesdayYou Can’t Always Get What You WantLiving in a Ghost TownStart Me UpHonky Tonk WomenConnectionSlipping AwayMiss YouPlay VideoMidnight RamblerPaint It BlackSympathy for the DevilJumpin’ Jack FlashGimme Shelter(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction The above is a setlist from a recent Rolling Stones concert.... Read more »

Would "You've Got A Friend" still win Grammys for James Taylor and Carole King if the voting was held in 2021?

In the early 1970s, James Taylor was one of the biggest recording artists in the world. He was the first non-British artist signed to the Beatles’ Apple label. He had a major breakthrough with his second album “Sweet Baby James.” In 1971, his biggest single, “You’ve Got A Friend” reached number one on the charts.... Read more »

Santana III was my favorite Santana album fifty years ago and remains so today

You’ve heard the saying the original is the best? It’s certainly true with the rock band Santana. It’s hard to believe that Santana began its musical journey more than five decades ago. Most of us saw them for the first time with their brilliant performance at Woodstock. The performers we remember from that day include... Read more »

Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" at fifty: An album that should have got them elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

When you think about music from 1971, what comes to mind? Is it the legends of classic rock such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, who are at the top of their game? Maybe the Singer-Songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Crosby and Graham Nash, who all released albums that... Read more »

Max Weinberg's Jukebox: The fun is better and more important than the music

There are times that when you attend a concert, that the memories and having fun are much better than the music itself….and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s why shows such as The Happy Together tour and Cornerstones of Rock are so popular. People love to see the bands that for a couple of hours... Read more »
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