Category: Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews

SONAR with David Torn – Vortex – RareNoise

SONAR with David Torn – Vortex – RareNoise

Groove, repetition and bold sparseness: it’s SONAR. SONAR with David Torn – Vortex – RareNoise RNR087, 56:12 [3/30/18] ****: (Stephan Thelen – guitar; Bernhard Wagner – guitar; Christian Kuntner – electric bass; Manuel Pasquinelli – drums; David Torn – electric guitar, live looping, manipulation, mixer, producer) Sometimes collaborations are planned. Other times they are fortuitously […]

The Rose Garden – A Trip Through the Garden/ The Rose Garden Collection – Omnivore Records

The Rose Garden – A Trip Through the Garden/ The Rose Garden Collection – Omnivore Records

A brief time in the limelight, revisited… The Rose Garden – A Trip Through the Garden/ The Rose Garden Collection – Omnivore Records OVCD 281 – 1968 – 78:24 ***1/2: (Diana De Rose – vocals and acoustic guitar; John Noreen – lead guitar (Rickenbacker 12 string electric), vocals; James Groshong – vocals and guitar; William […]

Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise/Speakers Corner

Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise/Speakers Corner

A classic 1974 roots album gets a well-deserved analog update!  Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise MS 2179/Speakers Corner (2016) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 36:51 *****: Ry Cooder’s Paradise And Lunch was released in 1974 to critical acclaim. Backed by a stellar ensemble of jazz (with no less than Earl Hines one one […]

Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion – Zoho Roots

Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion – Zoho Roots

Soul-jazz and more inspired by a newer British Invasion. Hart, Scone and Albin – Leading the British Invasion [TrackList follows] – Zoho Roots ZM201801, 63:20 [1/5/18] ****1/2: (John Hart – guitar; Adam Scone – Hammond organ; Rudy Albin Petschauer – drums) Hammond organist Adam Scone, drummer Rudy Albin Petschauer (who shortens his professional name to […]

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Carlos Santana’s 1976 comeback album gets a terrific sonic upgrade. Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records PC 33576 (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 41:14 *****: Mexican born guitarist Carlos Santana moved to San Francisco as a young child. He was already a trained musician, first in violin and then guitar. There is an array […]

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

A superior vinyl re-mastering of an iconic, political 1960’s rock band! Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 44:19 ****1/2: The San Francisco Sound enjoyed a huge impact on popular music. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Big Brother And The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth, The Steve Miller […]