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submitted Foreigner - Foreigner. about 22 hours ago
posted a review of Eva Cassidy - The Best Of Eva Cassidy. 7 days ago
Voice of an angel. Her versions of "Over The Rainbow" and "Fields Of Gold" are simply stunning.
submitted Jean-Pierre Rampal, Lily Laskine - Sakura (Japanese Melodies For Flute And Harp). 7 days ago
posted a review of Claudia Schmidt - Claudia Schmidt. 25 days ago
"You are magic, full of magic things." Claudia Schmidt on her debut album in 1979 showed why she stood alone in the Chicago folk music revival scene of the 70's. A clear strong sweet voice with a gift for interpreting and inventing traditional and newly ... See full review
submitted Prokofieff*, Stravinsky*, Reiner*, Chicago Symphony* - Lieutenant Kije / Song Of The Nightingale. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Claudia Schmidt - Out Of The Dark. about 1 month ago
Strong jazzy ballads in the style of the Great American Songbook, but punchier.
posted a review of Claudia Schmidt - Midwestern Heart. about 1 month ago
Influenced by the Chicago folk scene of the 70's, and by friends Steve Goodman, Jim Post, and Bob Gibson, Claudia Schmidt quickly became the city's favorite female folk/pop singer. With a powerful voice that reminds this fan of Maddy Prior and Priscilla ... See full review
submitted Leo Kottke - Leo Kottke. 2 months ago
submitted Richard Strauss - Vienna Philharmonic*, von Karajan* - Also Sprach Zarathustra. 2 months ago
submitted Cal Tjader - Amazonas. 2 months ago
submitted Stan Getz - The Chick Corea / Bill Evans Sessions. 2 months ago
submitted Janis Ian - Aftertones. 2 months ago
posted a review of Billy Joel - 52nd Street. 2 months ago
Not a bad tune on the entire disk. Lots of catchy hooks, great stories, and tight ensemble work. "Zanzibar" with Freddie Hubbard solos is my favorite track. Killer LP.
posted a review of Klaatu - Endangered Species. 3 months ago
Klaatu's weakest record creatively. Side one is mostly insipid pop tunes. Side two has some interesting beats and a little more life. Compared to their first two records, this one is not in their league. Very bright sounding production and mastering as ... See full review
posted a review of Bill Evans Trio* - Waltz For Debby. 3 months ago
I find the grooves have some crackle and ticks, even post-washing. The "B" side of this LP is a perfect representation of this intimate, romantic, inventive jazz trio making music magic. What a gem.
posted a review of Mike Mainieri & Warren Bernhardt - Free Smiles: Live At Montreux 1978. 3 months ago
Incredible vibes playing by Mike Mainieri with a solid performance by Warren Berhardt on piano. Live energy, no overdubs. A great, great album of vibes driven modern jazz by two artists at the top of their game. The incidental noise, chair squeaks, ... See full review
posted a review of Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks - Striking It Rich!. 3 months ago
Album gives you a real "you are there" sense of space and performance. Wry, intelligent music with one foot in American roots and early jazz, and the other in western swing, with a little jug band thrown in. Dan Hicks holds an original place in the ... See full review
posted a review of Supertramp - Crime Of The Century. 5 months ago
I own this and a beat-up ordinary release version as well. Never heard the Japanese pressing or the later version from MFSL. This is one of the gems of my collection. Separation for miles. Solid imaging. Effortless highs. The bass drop in the title track ... See full review
submitted The Rolling Stones - Some Girls. 5 months ago
posted a review of Freddie Hubbard - First Light. 5 months ago
I just wish all records sounded this magnificent. Jazz perfection. Cast of all "A" players: Hubbard, DeJohnette, Carter, Benson, Moreira, Laws, et al. Charts by Don Sebesky. A big, beautiful sound.
posted a review of Eric Clapton - Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack - Rush. 5 months ago
Side A moody and evocative. Really nice stuff. Side B rocks. Vintage Clapton.
submitted Peter, Paul And Mary* - Album. 5 months ago
submitted George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Born To Be Bad. 7 months ago
submitted Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments.... 7 months ago
posted a review of Mark-Almond - The Best Of Mark-Almond. 7 months ago
Moody and evocative. Love this album. It's a hidden gem.
posted a review of Mannheim Steamroller - Fresh Aire 4. 8 months ago
Big dynamics but no depth of soundstage and oddly lifeless. Early digital recording effect?
posted a review of Kansas (2) - Song For America. 8 months ago
I don't know why I keep overlooking the Kansas LP's in my collection. These guys have some serious ensemble chops, as this NM pressing of "Song For America" reminds me. Balanced musical participation from each band member, well produced, nice solid ... See full review
posted a review of Wishbone Ash - There's The Rub. 8 months ago
This LP marks the beginning of the Laurie Wisefield era, joining founder Andy Powell in the twin guitar power-packed Wishbone Ash sound. Their hard rock edge married with a lyrical, ethereal prog rock quality bought them a long list of enduring fans. ... See full review
posted a comment on Klaatu - Magentalane. 8 months ago
Beautifully recorded and produced the record sounds brilliant. The songs, however, lost a step from the genius of their first two albums. This is more Pop Rock than Prog Rock. More dreamy than surprising and inventive. Klaatu matured. Comfortable Klaatu. ... See full review
posted a review of Don Sebesky - Giant Box. 8 months ago
More than any other album, Don Sebesky's double LP box set "Giant Box" started me on the road to loving Jazz in the mid-70's. His musical selections and charts, performed by the notable artists of CTI Records, most of whom your humble narrator, raised on ... See full review
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posted a review of Bruce Springsteen - The River. 8 months ago
It's vintage Bruce, strong stories about ordinary people and dreams that may be just beyond their grasp, served up with simple solid rock 'n' roll. No pretensions here. A worthwhile successor to "Born To Run" and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town". The E ... See full review
posted a review of Frank Zappa - Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar. 8 months ago
After listening to this you can never claim that Zappa doesn't have chops - his skill is quite evident here, if not his range. However, do not expect this box set to contain fully composed selections with beginnings, middles, ends, first and second ... See full review
posted a review of Joe Jackson - Night And Day. 8 months ago
The eclectic Joe Jackson merged new wave power pop with salsa-infused street rhythms of NYC and a nod to the smooth song stylings of the Great American Songbook in his 1982 hit album "Night and Day". FM radio played the heck out of "Stepping Out" and it ... See full review
posted a review of Carole King - Tapestry. 8 months ago
One of the biggest sellers of all time, this monster hit from 1971 still sounds fresh and unforced 47 years later. Lou Adler's production, Carole King's enormous talent, and total pros backing her up make this record timeless. All the accolades richly ... See full review
posted a review of The Winter Consort - The Winter Consort. 8 months ago
Predates the version of The Winter Consort that recorded the great album, "Icarus". McCandless, Towner, and Wolcott are not in this lineup, and it suffers by comparison. The music is pleasant enough, with varied instrumentation, capable playing, and a ... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 8 months ago
posted a comment on Shadowfax - Too Far To Whisper. 8 months ago
Inner sleeve lists Windham Hill discography from WH-1001 thru WH-1047 with a few gaps.
posted a review of The J. Geils Band - Freeze-Frame. 8 months ago
The J. Geils Band updates their bar band rock sound with a nod towards New Wave.Rest assured, the blues roots, complete with harmonica, are still present, but a touch of techno-synth, poppier lyrics, and bright, glitzy production shows the band evolving, ... See full review
posted a review of Eric Clapton - Slowhand. 8 months ago
Clapton makes it all sound so effortless. One of my faves.
posted a review of John Klemmer - Finesse. 8 months ago
Your first impression impression might be, "Wow, what a dead quiet pressing." Biggest surprise - a direct to disc album where the music just takes you away, no sense of control or constraint exercised by the musicians as so many of the D2D records have. ... See full review
posted a comment on John Klemmer - Touch. 8 months ago
My copy in hand has a stamped S in the matrix/runout on Side A about two inches after the 111.
Side B matrix/runout is L MFSL 1-006-B 151 followed by two + mark or open top 4 symbols where the stroke ends are heavy dots.
posted a review of The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert. 8 months ago
Straight-ahead vibes-driven jazz - does not get any better than this.
posted a review of The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out. 9 months ago
Sure, it's a Spanish Jazz Wax pressing, and may lack a bit of air and depth, but there's something to be said about timeless music and a pristine vinyl record. If you have a near mint Columbia, I envy you. For what you pay for this pressing, it's a great ... See full review
posted a review of The Kinks - Sleepwalker. 9 months ago
Ray Davies returns to simple rock tunes with 1977's "Sleepwalker". The title track and "Juke Box Music" are the standout songs here. Maybe not The Kinks most memorable work overall, but still fun to give a listen.
posted a review of Paul Winter (2) / Winter Consort* - Icarus. 9 months ago
The sound of Oregon before Oregon was founded. McCandless, Towner, and Walcott all present here.
posted a review of Mannheim Steamroller - Fresh Aire III. 9 months ago
Fully realized original electronic neo-baroque and neo classical tone peom compositions by Chip Davis. Brilliantly recorded and mastered. Best of the Fresh Aire series in my opinion.
posted a review of Cal Tjader - Last Night When We Were Young. 9 months ago
I like Cal Tjader's sound and musicianship, but the strings added on this 1975 recording are cloying and mostly unwanted.
submitted Cal Tjader - Last Night When We Were Young. 9 months ago
posted a review of Fripp & Eno - Evening Star. 9 months ago
Masters of ambient music. S pleasant, relaxing side A followed by a paranoid and menacing side B. May be my favorite ambient/electronic record of all time. Unfortunately I lost my cover sleeve in a flood, but the disc is still fine.