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Jesse Winchester’s A Reasonable Amount of Trouble

You don’t have to venture far into this heartfelt, memorable album to be reminded of how much we lost with the passing of Jesse Winchester last April. Starting with his eponymous debut LP in 1970, which contained such classics as “Yankee Lady” and “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” he gave us a string of essential…

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Led Zeppelin: IV & Houses of the Holy (2014 Reissues)

These latest releases in Led Zeppelin’s reissue series should need no introduction, as they have been massively popular and all over the radio for decades. IV (aka Untitled), which first appeared in 1971, has sold nearly 30 million copies, making it among the best-selling albums ever. Houses of the Holy, which debuted in 1973, didn’t…

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The Hollies: 50 at Fifty

You know that old line about how some kids today don’t realize that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings? I was going to begin this review by noting that some kids probably also don’t know Graham Nash was in a band before Crosby, Stills & Nash until it dawned on me that most…

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Chip Taylor’s Latest Projects

Chip Taylor remains best known—to the extent that he’s known at all—for writing a string of classic old pop hits, among them “Wild Thing” (the Troggs, Jimi Hendrix), “Angel of the Morning” (Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton) and “I Can’t Let Go” (the Hollies, Linda Ronstadt). But his most noteworthy work has come in recent years.…

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Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems

Popular music was supposed to be a young person’s game but as it turns out, young people get older and still want to record and perform. So we have, for example, Tony Bennett’s new collaboration with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, which recently made the 88-year-old Bennett the oldest living artist ever to have a…