Posts From Bill Kopp

Eric Clapton’s Lifesaving ‘Rainbow Concert’ Revisited

It’s widely believed that Pete Townshend’s successful efforts to bring the guitarist out of his self-imposed musical exile marked a turning point.

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Steppenwolf’s Debut Album: Heavy Metal Thunder

If the album had given us nothing more than “Born to Be Wild,” it would still be a classic. But there was a lot more to the mostly Canadian band’s first LP.

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Black Sabbath’s Debut LP: Where Metal Began

Every defining characteristic of the British band’s self-titled debut would become a hallmark of the oft-maligned heavy metal genre.

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Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ Debut Album: In Your Mind

In the hands of a lesser group than Traffic, the various musical styles represented on ‘Mr. Fantasy’ may well have been a mishmash.

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Love’s Brilliant Landmark ‘Forever Changes’

The deeper complexity and nuance that had lurked under the surface came to the forefront in the L.A. band’s classic 1967 third album.

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Bob Dylan’s Masterful ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Revisited

After finishing the recording sessions for his new album, the artist decided he didn’t like some of it and went back into the studio. A classic emerged.

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Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas: His Final Interview

Their classic ‘Days of Future Passed’ turned 50 in 2017. Former band members Mike Pinder and Thomas discuss those heady early years

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The Moody Blues’ ‘Days of Future Passed’: Album Rewind

It was a new concept: a rock band would play its new songs, read some poems and be backed up by an orchestra. Today it’s considered a landmark recording.

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