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Poor Poor Pitiful Me

“Well I lay my head on the railroad track Waiting on the Double E But the train don’t run by here no more Poor poor pitiful me” – Written by Warren Zevon Warren Zevon wrote and recorded “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” in 1976 on his self-titled album produced by Jackson Browne. It is surmised that […]

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Bill Scorzari--The Crosswinds of Kansas

Music Reviews: Bill Scorzari, Kenny Roby, Will Stewart, Greg Loiacono, and Tiffany Williams

Bill Scorzari, The Crosswinds of Kansas. This fourth all-originals collection from New York–based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Scorzari, which the ubiquitous Neilson Hubbard co-produced, may be his best yet. That’s saying plenty given the excellence of such earlier efforts as 2017’s Through These Waves and 2019’s Now I’m Free. Scorzari’s raspy vocals—think Dave Van […]

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Grateful Dead Lyceum Theatre

Music Reviews: A Superlative Grateful Dead Concert Album, plus Brother Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Paxton & Friends, and Triptides

If you’re a Grateful Dead fan, you may already own recordings of at least part of its 1972 European tour’s last concert, which happened at London’s Lyceum Theatre on May 26th of that year. The group’s Europe ’72album includes four of the show’s songs; and you can find two more on Steppin’ Out with the […]

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Swinging Blue Jeans Anthology

Music Reviews: The Swinging Blue Jeans, plus Bo Diddley, Andrew Duhon, Monica Taylor, Fantastic Cat, and Megan Bee

In the early 1960s, the Swinging Blue Jeans were in pretty much the same place as the Beatles—not just musically but literally. They had a residency at Liverpool, England’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles, who also famously performed there, once appeared as their guests. Like the Fab Four, moreover, they honed their act at Hamburg, […]

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The Animals first four albums

Music Reviews: Expanded Reissues of the Animals’ First Four LPs, plus John Moreland, the SideMen, and Buffalo Romeo

Like Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, the Moody Blues, and a few other acts, England’s Animals had more than one distinct career. In the second, between 1966 and 1968, they billed themselves as Eric Burdon and the Animals and favored psychedelia-tinged material that included such U.S. hits as “San Franciscan Nights,” a hat-tip to the […]

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Please Yourself

PLEASE YOURSELF “But it’s all right now I learned my lesson well You see, you can’t please everyone So you got to please yourself” Garden Party by Rick Nelson “Garden Party” is a 1972 country rock song written by Rick Nelson and recorded by him and the Stone Canyon Band on the album Garden Party. […]

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Music Reviews: Everly Brothers, Paul Kelly, Todd Sharpville, Matt Lomeo, Willi Carlisle, and the Local Honeys

Everly Brothers, Hey Doll Baby. If you’re an Everly Brothers fan, you may already own at least some of the selections on this 17-track anthology, which Don Everly worked on before his death last year and Tom Petty’s daughter, Adria, assembled. The set includes remastered versions of some of the duo’s biggest hits, including “When […]

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