Music Reviews: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘1969 to 1974,’ Plus Steve Forbert’s ‘Rodgers Revisited’

  Like the Bee Gees and a handful of other bands, Fleetwood Mac were lucky enough to have enjoyed more than one life. In their first incarnation, with guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, they were a British blues rock outfit. (For the best of this period, don’t miss the superlative six-disc The Complete Blue […]

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Music Reviews: Eric Andersen’s ‘The Writer Series’ and ‘Woodstock Under the Stars,’ Plus Al Stewart and Kelly Finnigan

Folksinger Eric Andersen is probably still best known as the 1960s folk revivalist who penned such classic compositions as “Violets of Dawn,” “Thirsty Boots,” and “Close the Door Lightly.” Those are all great songs, but Anderson has arguably produced his most important work in subsequent decades, during which time his recorded output has been wide-ranging […]

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Music Reviews: 50th Anniversary Releases Celebrate Grateful Dead’s ‘American Beauty,’ Plus Duke Robillard and Jesse Colin Young  

By Jeff Burger The Grateful Dead practically reinvented themselves with their terrific fourth album, June 1970’s Workingman’s Dead, which found them eschewing long psychedelic jams in favor of tightly constructed country-influenced rock that emphasized vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation. They remained largely on that path—albeit while injecting a bit more mysticism into a few of […]

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