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Classic Music Review: Breakfast in America by Supertramp

My review of Breakfast in America has nothing to do with an intense passion for Supertramp, or a desire to fill an obvious hole in my library. 1,676 more words

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Classic Music Review: Mock Tudor by Richard Thompson

I have a confession to make as well several corrections to the public record.

Every now and then I look at my À Propos de Moi… 3,614 more words

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Classic Music Review: Smash by (The) Offspring

I have to state up front that I know nothing about molecular biology. I apologize for my stunning lack of ignorance of this field.

Disclosing that appalling deficit was necessary because here I will be reviewing the work of a molecular biologist, one Dexter Holland, lead singer and songwriter of (The) Offspring (the article is in parentheses because at the time of this release, they were just garden-variety, article-free Offspring). 3,316 more words

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Classic Music Review: Let It Be by The Replacements

The year before I was born, the citizens of the United States of America, stricken by high inflation, gas shortages, massive unemployment and a long, drawn-out humiliation at the hands of the Iranians, elected a lousy B-movie actor named Ronald Reagan to lead them out of the wilderness. 3,330 more words

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Classic Music Review: Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone

Soul music went through its psychedelic period, too, thanks in large part to Sly Stone. The transformation wasn’t quite as drastic as in rock: the songs became longer and there was more effect-coated guitar work, but The Temptations still sounded like The Temptations. 2,047 more words

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Classic Music Review: Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company

Sometimes a sound you hear in a piece of music triggers a faint memory of a past experience. You know you’ve heard that sound before, but you can’t remember where or under what circumstances.  2,535 more words

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Classic Music Review: Anthem of the Sun by The Grateful Dead

One idea behind Anthem of the Sun was to create a soundscape that reflected the experience of a Grateful Dead concert, so that’s the perspective I’m going to take for this review. 2,336 more words

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