Robert Ham

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10 Albums That Explore the Multisided Record Phenomenon

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When the members of Monty Python were mapping out what would be the comedy troupe’s fourth album, 1974’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief, they wanted to do something unusual to mess with the form and format of the typical vinyl record. They knew it would have the usual collection of sketches borrowed from their television show […]

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10 Albums That Explore the Multisided Record Phenomenon

vinyl record grooves closeup

When the members of Monty Python were mapping out what would be the comedy troupe’s fourth album, 1974’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief, they wanted to do something unusual to mess with the form and format of the typical vinyl record. They knew it would have the usual collection of sketches borrowed from their television show […]

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10 Albums That Explore the Multisided Record Phenomenon

vinyl record grooves closeup

When the members of Monty Python were mapping out what would be the comedy troupe’s fourth album, 1974’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief, they wanted to do something unusual to mess with the form and format of the typical vinyl record. They knew it would have the usual collection of sketches borrowed from their television show […]

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You’re Invited to the Telepathic Following of Bruce Haack

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When he was about 10 years old, Peter Price heard some classmates bragging that they were on an album. A far-fetched notion at any point in the history of recorded sound, but for a young man growing up near the township of West Chester, Pennsylvania in the mid-’70s, the idea seemed downright extraordinary. Price had […]

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In Memoriam: Cheers to the Musicians We Lost in 2020

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Important artists die all the time. That’s the unwritten contract we sign as fans of music: Someday, the person that made that song or album that meant so much to us will no longer be walking this planet. Most years, we can accept that bargain. But in 2020, a 12-month stretch that has felt like […]

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What Makes Eric Clapton Such a Legendary Guitar Player?

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Editor’s note: Musicians have been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially those that support their careers with live performances. We’re looking forward to catching concerts again in the future, but until then, we encourage music fans everywhere to be safe and follow your health officials’ recommendations. The musicians that leave the greatest impact on […]

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What Makes Keith Richards Such a Legendary Guitar Player?

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The reactions and memorials that have continued to arrive following the passing of Eddie Van Halen all carried an underlying message: in the land of rock ‘n’ roll, the lead guitarist is king. Their names are the ones that even the most casual of fans remembers. The shredders and virtuosos that get the magazine covers. […]

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Mort Garson’s New Reissues Show Off the Range of His Synth Legacy

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Sitting in Day Darmet’s living room is a pair of cherished keepsakes: the batons that her father, composer and musician Mort Garson, once wielded during his days as an arranger and conductor for recordings by pop artists like Doris Day, Liza Minnelli, and Rod McKuen. “One of the best times I used to have with […]

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A Definitive Guide to the Distinct Eras of The Doobie Brothers

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The Doobie Brothers, like so many classic rock acts, are easy to take for granted. For the past 50 years, the band has always seemed to be there. They’re a mainstay of the summer concert schedule and should be on the road right now to celebrate their golden anniversary if not for the pandemic. Too, […]

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These Live Albums Will Fill the Hole in Your Heart Left by Canceled Concerts

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One of the hardest pills for fans to swallow during this fraught period in the music industry has been the cancelation and postponement of live performances, both big and small. Though many artists have taken this opportunity to pivot to video — streaming live sets from their homes using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch, or as […]

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