Randy Newman – “Sail Away”
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Randy Newman – “Sail Away”

RANDY NEWMAN – Sail Away (Reprise ’72): Ragtime rock and Dixie roll. Newman’s various personas operate on the levels of Aesopian folktale slinger, lullaby dispenser, sludgy blues schlockmeister, and good old boy philosophizer. A man and his piano, he muses on God and death (“You don’t need anybody, and nobody needs you”), fame and fortune … Continue reading

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “More Creedence Gold”
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Creedence Clearwater Revival – “More Creedence Gold”

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – More Creedence Gold (Fantasy ’73): The problem with compilations by great bands is that the studio albums from which the comp tracks are pulled are so often worth owning on their own, making the vinyl the comps are stamped on obsolete before they’re pressed. And CCR cut five of the best … Continue reading

Steve Winwood – “Steve Winwood”
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Steve Winwood – “Steve Winwood”

STEVE WINWOOD – Steve Winwood (Island ’77): Here’s a guy who had the white pipes equivalent of Ray Charles who instead of barreling down the raucous path of blues and soul chose to pursue soft-spoken jazz fusion and inoffensive adult contemporary. Here’s an album of six interminably long songs (shortest at 4:32; longest at 8:32) … Continue reading

That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”
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That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”

COLDPLAY – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone ’08): Unlike Maroon 5, who are content as they push forty to reign supreme in the singles world, Coldplay want to be an Important Band, the rightful heirs to U2 as world-conquerors. Nowhere else in their discography is their bid for Very Serious … Continue reading