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By Michael Jefferson On Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

Steve Winwood Greatest Hits Live (Wincraft Records) If there was a Mt. Rushmore for most versatile musicians, Steve Winwood’s face would be on it. Winwood has been making music since he was 14, starting as More...

By Michael Jefferson On Monday, July 11th, 2016
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Mike Harrison: Mike Harrison/Smokestack Lightning/Rainbow Rider

Mike Harrison Mike Harrison/Smokestack Lightning/Rainbow Rider (BGO Records) If the devil could sing, he’d sound like Mike Harrison. Harrison’s threatening, bluesy growl gave Spooky Tooth its personality. More...

By Michael Jefferson On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
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Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

Graham Nash This Path Tonight (Blue Castle) This Path Tonight is all about acoustic minimalism. What instruments there are (acoustic guitars, Hammond organ, piano, and a compassionate rhythm section) are low-fi More...

By Michael Jefferson On Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes Rainbow Ends (Omnivore Recordings) It’s been 43 years between albums for Emitt Rhodes, who spent his time trying to extricate himself from the ludicrous contract he signed demanding six albums More...

By Michael Jefferson On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (Atlantic Catalog Group) While Robert Plant has chosen to expand his musical horizons recording award-winning folk with Alison Krauss, retro rock with the Band of Joy and hard-edged More...

By Michael Jefferson On Friday, August 15th, 2014
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YES: Heaven & Earth

Yes Heaven & Earth Frontiers Records Yes has been reborn – as Starcastle. Heaven & Earth marks the debut of another Jon (Davison) who takes over for Benoit David, who took over for the original Jon (Anderson). More...

By Michael Jefferson On Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic Catalogue Group) Any album that opens with a viking yell and ends with a tribute to Roy Harper has to be unique. A surprising blend of hard rock and soft acoustic tunes, More...

By Michael Jefferson On Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Jack Bruce: Silver Rails

Jack Bruce Silver Rails (Esoteric Antenna) Jack Bruce, the dean of bass guitar, has released Silver Rails, his first solo album in ten years. It’s well worth the wait. Bruce’s voice is shakier, more weathered More...

By Michael Jefferson On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

The Band Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (Capitol Records) A legendary live album is now twice as good. The Band’s Live at the Academy of Music 1971 box set now includes two discs of remixed and unreleased More...

By Michael Jefferson On Friday, September 6th, 2013
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Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On

Fleetwood Mac Then Play On (Reprise Records) B.B. King once praised Peter Green by saying he was the only guitarist who ever gave him the “cold sweats.” Then Play On is Green’s masterpiece, his last album More...