Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1972

Alright, folks, 1972 is where the prog side of my personality comes out swinging. Which means that seemingly obligatory choices like Exile on Main Street, Machine Head, or Ziggy Stardust get sidelined for the likes of Emerson Lake & Palmer … Continue reading

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Album Review: Railroad Earth, “Last of the Outlaws”

It’s something of a truism that jam bands are more compelling live than they are in the studio – after all, The Grateful Dead made some fine albums, but Deadheads don’t collect hundreds of studio bootlegs. The truism is certainly … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1971

As mentioned before, I’m hard-pressed to say that 1971 isn’t the single best year for rock & roll. It wasn’t a year of earth-shaking changes in popular music. It’s simply a year in which incredible artists released incredible albums, from … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1970

The end of the 60s; the end of the Beatles; the end of Jimi and of Janis; four dead in Ohio. Could anybody have put it better than John Lennon did? The dream is over What can I say? The … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1969

1969: the year of Woodstock, the year of Altamont.  A year of contradictions that saw rock music leaving behind much of its world-changing idealism as the genre of a counterculture began to splinter into dozens of specialized subgenres, each with … Continue reading

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Track Spotlight: Mister Rogers Remixed, “Sing Together”

So, about a year-and-a-half ago, PBS released melodysheep’s remix of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, consisting of autotuned snippets of Fred Rogers’ voice set against a winning electronic backdrop. The track became a viral sensation, so they followed it with a series of … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1968

About ten years ago, journalist Mark Kurlansky wrote a book entitled 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. There’s little debating that title; 1968 was the year riots raged at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the year Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1967

For 1965 and 1966, it was relatively easy to make my Top 5 lists, as there really weren’t that many albums (as opposed to individual songs) that I felt worthy of consideration. 1967 is where things get rough. With the … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1966

1966 was an incredible year for music, there’s no doubt about it: “Eight Miles High,” “Paint It Black,” “Summer in the City,” “Good Vibrations,” “You Can’t Hurry Love”… But in the period before 1967 or 1968, I notice it’s harder … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1965

There’s plenty popular music I like, even love, from 1964 and earlier – Sam Cooke, early Beatles, early Dylan, Buddy Holly. But 1965 is the year when I really start paying attention. It was the year that rock n’ roll … Continue reading

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