Music Reviews: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Plus Johnny Iguana and Rich Krueger

Compared with Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the other surviving members of the original Pink Floyd, drummer Nick Mason has been relatively quiet. Largely retired for two decades, the now 76-year-old musician has contributed to a handful of projects over the years, but he has issued no albums under his own name since 1981. That […]

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Music Reviews: The Rolling Stones Reheat ‘Goats Head Soup,’ Plus New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers and Joey Molland

 By Jeff Burger Goats Head Soup, which the Rolling Stones cooked up in Jamaica, Los Angeles, and London in late 1972 and the first half of 1973, topped charts in the U.S., England, and other countries. It also delivered a number-one international single, “Angie.” But critics offered lukewarm reviews for this 11th (British) album—and those […]

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Music Reviews: A Deluxe Reissue of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Workingman’s Dead’ Plus Bonnie Whitmore & Sugar Ray

By Jeff Burger The Grateful Dead’s first three albums—their eponymous 1967 debut, 1968’s Anthem of the Sun, and 1969’s Aoxomoxoa—feature psychedelia-influenced, experimental, sometimes sprawling numbers that reflect the milieu of the group’s Haight-Ashbury home base in San Francisco. On their June 1970 fourth studio album, however, they follow such artists as Bob Dylan (1968’s John […]

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Music Reviews: Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’s ‘Orange Crate Art,’ Plus Jason Daniels Band, Easy Love, Jenny Reynolds

  Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’s most significant and best-known collaboration was in 1966 for the Beach Boys’ legendary Smile album, which remained unreleased for decades, though a bit of its material surfaced on 1967’s Smiley Smile. Parks contributed lyrics for that project, which gave birth to such elaborately constructed classics as “Heroes and […]

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