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Old News Reviews: On Air, Alan Parsons

When Cousin (and Alert Reader) Bill K. shared his music stash with me at the family reunion last summer, I used the opportunity to add three albums by an act whose first two LPs I own, and mostly enjoy. Or so I thought. Cueing up to do an Old News Review on one of those, On Air, I found what I thought were Alan Parsons Project projects, were in fact solo albums by Alan Parsons. For a “band” that was always more a floating opera of studio and sessions musicians, this seems to be a distinction without a difference. APP albums were always concepts featuring the music of Parsons — ace engineer on, or producer of, albums like the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon — princi

Austin City’s Limits

Recorded a couple episodes of the public television live music series Austin City Limits recently, and thus got to listen to some new rock, and some older blues. I had kind of forgotten about ACL, in part because I don’t watch much Gummint TV anymore, and don’t get down to that end of the cable TV guide very often. But by the end of the second episode I DVRed, I was reminded why I don’t just do a series recording. The first episode led with a half-hour by Arctic Monkeys, a band that I had heard on SiriusXM’s Spectrum channel, usually when Jeanne and I were motoring somewhere and that was our alternative (to SoulTown) compromise listening. That British band didn’t make much of an impression o

My Favorite Concerts 2.0

When I blogged about My Favorite Concerts last fall, I forgot a couple that, while they probably wouldn’t have made the Top 10, were still noteworthy. One may have not come to my mind when I thought of concerts because it was more of a nightclub show, and it wasn’t specifically rock. John Hartford played at a converted theatre in Winona, Minn., back in the late 1970s. Hartford was best known for being an American roots music performer, but he also wrote Glen Campbell’s Grammy Award-winning hit “Gentle on My Mind,” and recorded with the Byrds on Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Songs from his seventh studio album, Aero-Plain, got airplay on Radio Free Madison — and probably other “underground radio s

Books Is Good …

Ringo said something along those lines in Hard Day’s Night, and I was a firm believer in the idea. But I kind of got out of the habit of reading anything other than web pages, until mid-year last year, since which I’ve read several non-fiction works. My current reads include two relating to The Music: “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music” by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and “Anatomy of a Song” byMarc Myers. And I have another one in mind when I finish one or both of them. I’m about half-way through the Fogerty autobiography, and am somewhat confident I can make it to the end. The CCR frontman — and he continually reminds you that he WAS the frontman — spends a lot of time preem

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