Mayall's Bluesbreakers

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: Live in ’67

If you’re a serious Fleetwood Mac fan, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the early 1970s version of the group—the one that gave us albums like Bare Trees and Heroes Are Hard to Find before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham came aboard and helped turn them into superstars. You may also know of the even earlier version…

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Jorma Kaukonen and More

You’d think the holidays were still approaching to judge by the number of new CDs that have piled up on my desk lately. I inevitably wind up giving the most ink to big-name performers, but albums from many lower-profile acts obviously merit attention as well. Here’s a look at 10 that have caught my ear…

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Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti (2015 Remaster)

This sixth Led Zeppelin release, which first came out in 1975, is the group’s equivalent of the Beatles’ White Album, Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, the Stones’ Exile on Main Street and Springsteen’s The River—a sprawling, ambitious and eclectic statement. Like many double albums, the 15-track, 83-minute collection contains a bit of filler and arguably would…

Shadows In The Night

Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night

If this album of pop standards from Bob Dylan surprises you, then you simply haven’t been paying attention to the man’s career. For more than half a century now, he has delivered almost nothing but surprises—to the point where his “surprises” are anything but. First he transformed himself in a matter of months from Minnesota…

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Ryan White’s Springsteen Album by Album

I know a thing or two about tracking down and licensing rock photography and, trust me, it’s typically neither easy nor inexpensive. So my hat’s off to the folks at Palazzo Editions, the same people who produced Harvey Kubernik’s recent coffee-table book on Leonard Cohen. They have somehow managed to garner rights to more than…