Articles tagged “album”

Why ‘80s Bob Dylan Deserves Your Time

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If you’re anything like me, you haven’t spent a lot of time with Bob Dylan’s 1980s material. The mixed reviews throughout the years have caused many listeners to hit pause and return to his tried and true albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In late 1980, Dylan himself began to reflect on his early work. […]

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The Power of Listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue 50 Years After Its Release

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What do I know about Joni Mitchell? I know I don’t know enough, or I’ve been made to feel that way by the music media. Certainly, as a woman, I’ve wronged myself somehow by leaving the majority of her catalog in mystery. I know she’s regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, […]

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In Defense of the Hits: 15 Best Greatest Hits Records From the Album Era

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At some point early in your journey as a record collector, you’ll be faced with a decision: You’ll be holding in your hand a record by an artist you like and it’s filled with great songs, and yet you are not sure if you should buy it. It’s not that it’s too expensive or in […]

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How Drugs and Experimentation Became the Main Ingredients for Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4

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Heavy metal and experimentation have always made for odd bedfellows. Part of what endears the genre to its disciples is the way it doesn’t conform to the mainstream. Yet while some fans like bands going out on a limb musically, others prefer them to stick to their classic sound because that’s what they fell in […]

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We’re Having Tea for the Tillerman 50 Years Later

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How many 22-year-olds write something so poignant and true, their 72-year-old self can relate? Cat Stevens’ seminal album Tea For The Tillerman is that kind of inspired. In the 50 years since it’s release on November 23, 1970, the world has changed a great deal. The free-love revolution was slowed by an AIDS epidemic. A […]

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7 Best Finds in U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind 20th Anniversary Box Set

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In 2000, U2 shook up the music industry when they left their label of 20 years, Island Records, for a multi-album deal with Interscope, which, at the time, was experiencing world-shattering success on the backs of Dr. Dre’s 2001 and two back-to-back Eminem smashes in The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. The […]

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Pylon Is Your Favorite Band That You’ve Never Heard

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It probably used to happen in every generation, when you were first getting into music culture — before Dr. Google could instantly have any and all information you wanted at your fingertips and streaming services like Spotify and Pandora were “suggesting” bands that you might be into. You thought that your favorite band or artist […]

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Why You Should Listen to Robert Fripp’s Exposure Through Your Headphones

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For many years, Robert Fripp has served as an introduction to rock’s more avant-garde side of the street. Back in the day, his work with King Crimson represented something decidedly more odd than a lot of other progressive rock that had leaked into the mainstream. I grew up listening to an older brother’s King Crimson […]

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Led Zeppelin III Has the Best Opening Track Ever

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When Led Zeppelin’s third album was released 50 years ago, it was greeted with a combination of enthusiasm and bewilderment. Why had the stacks of face-melting Marshalls been traded for a 12-string acoustic? Bandleader Jimmy Page was so infuriated by reviews of his folksy left turn that he refused to talk to the press for […]

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20 Years Later, Radiohead’s Kid A is 2020 in a Nutshell

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View Kid A on Discogs If someone told you 20 years ago that a stark, alienating sonic experiment about anxiety attacks and dissociative response told the future, would you believe them? In so many ways, Radiohead’s fourth studio album was a prophecy. Eschewing guitars for modular synths and Cubase, the accidental rock gods forged a […]

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