Posts From Cary Baker

‘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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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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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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When Marshall Tucker Band Took the Highway to Southern Rock Nobility

The debut album, like the spectrum of Southern rock itself, showed more diversity than some fans of the genre gave it credit for.

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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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‘Electric Mud’: When Muddy Waters Went Psychedelic

While the album would find itself the object of critical scorn, it served its purpose: introducing a new generation to blues.

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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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Cheap Trick’s ‘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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