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Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

100 Essential Albums: #98 — Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995)

 

 

You live you learn, you love you learn
You cry you learn, you lose you learn
You bleed you learn, you scream you learn

 

If music can be labeled as incendiary, then Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is an album bursting with fire and flames.  It is both a scorcher and a torch.

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

100 Essential Albums: #99 — “Soul of a Man” by Al Kooper (1995)

 

 

“Turn the organ up!”

 

Al Kooper is far better known for the music and musicians he’s fostered rather than for any self-defining hit single or album of his own.  In fact, many of the classic rock songs he’s played on and produced overshadowed his own extraordinary talents and musicianship.

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews, Personal | 0 comments

100 Essential Albums: #100 — Black Moses by Isaac Hayes (1971)

 

 

“Man, what am I going to do to follow up the ‘Shaft’ LP?  I know — let’s try something badass!” 

— Isaac Hayes

 

Nearly a half-century after being released, Black Moses stands the test of time.  It’s a meandering mishmash of disjointed instrumentation and unanticipated musical influences somehow welded together by a singular prophetical artist then at the pinnacle of his power and creativity.

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