Reviews and Blog Posts: Rock 'N Roll

It Was 47 Years Ago Today...

On February 9, 1964 the Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. This historic event started what was forever known as Beatlemania!

The Beatles films include:

Documentaries about The Beatles:

Forgotten Heroes

There is nothing quite as exciting as making a new musical discovery - and that discovery is somehow made sweeter when you stumble upon the sounds of a prolific artist you never really considered before. This happened to me recently when I finally got turned onto the music of Bruce Springsteen - somebody who has been a staple in many people's musical rotations for years.

When I was young my only knowledge of “The Boss” was the song "Born in the U.S.A" - I remember it being blasted at sporting events and on television, and I really had no interest in it (and it’s still not a favorite of mine). I think I was a little too young to have been a Bruce convert from the start - I missed the mania and therefore didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

20 Great Live Albums

Nothing compares to the roar of a live crowd waiting for a much loved band to take the stage. These albums were generally recorded in one or two nights and capture the raw intensity of Rock 'N Roll!

  1. Live at Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers
  2. Live at the Apollo by James Brown
  3. Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 by The Byrds
  4. At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

Top 20 Double Albums

Double albums are generally released as such because the recording is longer than the capacity of the medium, either records or CDs. To make the list compilation more specific, live albums, compilations, reissues with bonus discs and box sets were excluded (to be featured another time). Which is your favorite double album?

  1. The White Album by The Beatles
  2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  3. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
  4. London Calling by The Clash
  5. Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dy

Vintage 1995

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

The year was 1995. The Russian Space Station Mir welcomes American astronauts. O.J. Simpson is on trial for murder. Jerry Garcia passes away. What's your favorite album from 1995?

Mile High Music Festival

Mile High Music Festival (poster)

If you hear a ruckus coming from The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend, it's just the Mile High Music Festival. 45 musical artists will be playing August 14 and 15, including some of the hottest bands out there!

The lineup is stellar. Many have released a new album this year!

Woodstock Remembered

Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience

Have you heard the joke that if you can remember Woodstock, then you weren't really there? Those 32 musical acts on August 15 through 18, 1969 have gone down in history as the exclamation point for the sixties and came to define a generation.

Whether you were there or wish you were, you can experience the sights and sounds in their entirety through the documentary or recordings from the historic event.

Some of the musical acts during the festival included:

Vintage 1965

Otis Blue Otis Redding sings soul

Full of civil unrest, 1965 was a turbulent year. The top grossing film of the year was The Sound of Music. Dune by Frank Herbert hit bookshelves. The TV show I Dream of Jeannie premieres. These albums were top sellers. What were you up to in 1965?

Vintage 1985

Madonna

The year is 1985. Dukes of Hazzard goes off the air. The first ever WrestleMania is held in Madison Square Garden. The first Back to the Future film premieres. Super Mario Brothers is released for Nintendo. These albums all hit #1 that year.

Which album was your favorite?

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