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Fleetwood Mac’s “Rattlesnake Shake”

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Peter Green in Concert, Fleetwood Mac

Released on Fleetwood Mac’s seminal Then Play On in autumn 1969, “Rattlesnake Shake“–a Peter Green ode–instantly took its place as a defining cut for the group. A groove-heavy excuse for wide-ranging, lengthy improvisation, the song featured as an increasingly vital part of the live sets and allowed for arguably the best exhibitions of the musicians’ […]

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Aerosmith’s “Movin’ Out”

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Aerosmith Live in 1973

The first song that Steven Tyler and Joe Perry wrote together (while sitting on a water bed at the band’s Boston apartment), “Movin’ Out” remains a standout cut on Aerosmith‘s debut album (1973). Steeped in blues themes and well-paced instrumental progressions, it also happens to represent a sorely underappreciated facet of the group’s sound. Introduced […]

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Reviewing Aerosmith’s Tumultuous 1979

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Aerosmith 1979 Live

AEROSMITH 1979 The Aerosmith that shipped off to tour North America in early 1979 represented, more so than a reinvigorated, galvanized musical entity celebrating its survival in the face of stupidity, a very fortunate group of musicians who were sufficiently conscious to appear before paying crowds. Having consumed a lifetime’s worth of drugs and other […]

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Spotlight on Live Albums

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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s In Concert (1979): Overshadowed by 1974’s Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends…Ladies and Gentlemen and┬árecent releases of Cal Jam (1974) and Nassau Coliseum (1978) shows, the abridged In Concert favorably documents ELP‘s ill-fated 1977-78 tour with orchestral accompaniment. The standout opener, Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn Theme” epitomizes […]