Posts From Cary Baker

Fine Young Cannibals’ ‘The Raw & the Cooked’: For One Year, They Drove Us Crazy

They only gave us two albums and then they were gone, but that hit-packed second one helped to define an era.

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The Bangles: With ‘All Over the Place,’ the Heroines Take the Plunge

With hits like “Hero Takes a Fall” and “Going Down to Liverpool,” the band displayed its own distinct sound and persona on its debut LP.

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Edgar Winter’s ‘They Only Come Out at Night’: The Story Behind the LP and Its Monster Hit

Edgar on the LP: ‘We were just having fun. Play the music you love and follow your heart, and you can’t go wrong.’

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Cheap Trick ‘In Color’: The Radio-Ready Sophomore LP That Put Them on the Map

Cheap Trick broke musical and lyrical boundaries, even defying the look of a rock band with a couple of rock stars and a couple of nerds.

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R.E.M.’s ‘Document’: Not the End of the World, But the End of an Era

The Georgia band’s fifth studio album was the mark of a group spreading its wings, but also leaving something behind.

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‘The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions’: When Clapton, the Stones, Winwood & Starr Helped Out a Blues Hero

When Eric Clapton was asked in 1970 if he’d like to record with a blues legend, it took him seconds to say yes. And so it began.

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The Blasters’ Eponymous 1981 LP: Roots Music Finds Its Place in the Punk Revolution

They came out of Downey, California, mashing together blues, country, rockabilly, jazz and good ol’ rock & roll into something all their own.

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Cheap Trick’s ‘Heaven Tonight’: They Just Seemed a Little Weird

Nearly every song on ‘Heaven Tonight’ might have been a single—even if the overall sound was still a little left-of-center.

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Lou Reed’s ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Animal’: Behind the Scenes

“Until the day he died, Lou didn’t know that the applause on his best-selling album came from a John Denver concert!”–Producer Steve Katz

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