Posts From Thomas Kintner

Van Halen’s Debut Album @40: A Turning Point for Rock

It didn’t sound at first listen like something to change the course of rock music, but they opened doors for any number of rock acts.

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Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’: A Look Back

Despite tense recording sessions, the band’s followup to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ became a landmark of art-rock on its own right

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Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’: An International Smash

The LP, which included the smash “Heart of Glass,” would transform the group from boutique act into a worldwide sensation. Our Album Rewind…

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Aerosmith Permanent Vacation: The Rejuvenation

They’d lost their way as the ’80s lumbered along. Then, the Boston rockers remembered just who Aerosmith was. We take a look back at their classic comeback.

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When Johnny Cash Did Time ‘At Folsom Prison’

Performing for prison inmates was nothing new for the legendary singer, but his record label was nervous about making an album at one. Good thing they did.

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Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ Breakthrough

After Ronstadt’s first four albums, followers of country-rock knew there was something special about her. On her fifth, they found out what it was.

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James Taylor’s Seminal ‘Sweet Baby James’

It ushered in the singer-songwriter era and has endured as a beacon to listeners and like-minded musicians for half a century.

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Dave Mason’s ‘Alone Together’: Colorful Throughout

It’s often remembered for its multi-colored marble vinyl, but the former Traffic member’s solo debut also contained some of his finest songs

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Warren Zevon’s Exciting ‘Excitable Boy’ @40

With songs like “Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and the title track, it was not only his greatest work but a singer-songwriter classic.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’: A Significant Pivot

Her 1974 best-seller was adorned by a sophisticated sonic sensibility that would define her career from that moment forward.

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