Tag: progressive rock

Album cover of the week: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Album cover of the week: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Album Cover of the Week, Music
There's a long list of bands that deserved to make it huge but just couldn't quite get all the stars to align in their favor. Case in point -- Spirit. The original lineup of this progressive/psychedelic/pop/rock outfit issued four outstanding albums before fracturing. This is the fourth -- 1970's Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, originally released on Epic Records. There's just enough to make this image freaky, without it being over the top. I dig that distorted, fun house mirror effect. It's a little hard to tell who is who, but I'm guessing that's guitarist/vocalist Randy California in front with the hat. Behind him appear to be (l-r) Ed Cassidy (drums, percussion), John Locke (keyboards), Mark Andes (bass, vocals), and Jay Ferguson (percussion, keyboards, vocals). The photogra...
Why the Hell Should I Like… Rush? (The Rebuttal)

Why the Hell Should I Like… Rush? (The Rebuttal)

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“Why the hell should I like… ?” is an experiment of sorts between Popblerd and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. What we’re going to attempt to do is to pick 10 songs from our favorite artists — one for which the other has professed dislike or disinterest — and show them why they’re wrong. So, first of all, I've gotta give props to Mr. Gray Flannel Suit, not only for agreeing to collaborate with me on this series but also for rocking a gray flannel suit in the heat of summer. That's dedication. I don't dislike Rush. I just don't know much about them. Prior to listening to the list of songs that was selected for me, I had exactly ONE Rush song in an iTunes library that just recently crossed the 43,000-song mark -- "Tom Sawyer." No excuses -- I was brought up on Top 40 (and urban)
Cross-pollination: 10 reasons to love Rush (on Popblerd)

Cross-pollination: 10 reasons to love Rush (on Popblerd)

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Mike at Popblerd (my musical brother from another mother) and I have been knocking our heads together for a few weeks, trying to find a way to get a project going between our sites. Focusing on music was an obvious direction, as we have pretty similar (awesome) tastes in music. What we decided on is a new series called "Why the hell should I like... ?", in which we will take turns trying to make the other see the light, so to speak, with regards to our favorite artists. The first piece in the series -- focusing on Rush -- launched on his site last week. Mike admitted to me that he never tried too hard to get into Rush, so my task was to give him 10 songs that would spur him to try now. He'll take some time to listen to the songs, and then post his response here. After that, he'll wri...
My favorite music: 1972

My favorite music: 1972

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If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1972. Fleetwood Mac, Bare Trees -- Oh sure, I love Rumours as much as the next person. But there's something about this particular, pre-Buckingham/Nicks incarnation of the band that speaks to me. Bare Trees is a bit uneven in spots but I keep coming back to it just the same. That said, the original version of Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" found on this record is far superior to the 1977 hit single version. Steely Dan, Can't Buy a Thrill -- I don't care if Donald Fagen and Walter Becker want to disown this record, I love it and I know a ton of Dan fans love it. Like all classic Steely Dan records, the hits are only part o...
Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#10—#1)

Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#10—#1)

Listcruft, Music
At long last, I present the conclusion of my list of 20 albums that have had the most impact on me and my love of music. For a brief refresher, you can check the back half of the top 20 here. But for your convenience, here's the list: #20 — Queen, The Game #19 — Seals & Crofts, Summer Breeze #18 — Kiss, Creatures of the Night #17 — Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast #16 — Run-D.M.C., Raising Hell #15 — Kiss, Alive! #14 — Rush, A Farewell to Kings #13 — Miles Davis, Kind of Blue #12 — Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pictures at an Exhibition #11 — various artists, Jazz Master Files OK, now that we're all caught up, let's finish this thing already. As a reminder, this is no particular order but I know people love countdowns so there you go. #10 — Genesis, Duke If Rus
Get to Know… Genesis – Pt. 1

Get to Know… Genesis – Pt. 1

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With the recent news of Phil Collins' retirement from music, I thought it would be a good time to run this two-part Genesis overview again (originally published on March 10, 2008). I think a proper assessment of Phil's whole career will reveal that he was an important figure in 20th century popular music, and all the cheesy Disney soundtracks in the world can't take away the great work he did. Since one of my favorite things in the whole world is telling people about music I love, I'm starting a series of overview articles dedicated to some of my favorite bands. Similar guides abound on the Internet, and two sites in particular that produce excellent ones are Popdose and the AV Club. The first entry in the series I've dubbed "Get to Know..." is for Genesis. Depending on your age,...