Posts From Lee Zimmerman

Nilsson’s ‘Pussy Cats’: With a Little Help From a Bad Boy Beatle

By 1974, Nilsson’s once-promising career was floundering and it would clearly take something significant to get him back on track. Enter John Lennon.

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Billy Joel’s ‘The Stranger’: The Breakthrough

The album could be considered a greatest hits, given the fact that several of the songs are still considered essential Joel standards.

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Bob Seger’s ‘Against the Wind’: Rockin’ the Mainstream

It’s difficult to discern any one Seger album that stands out overall. Yet even now, some 40+ years on, ‘Against the Wind’ still ranks as one of Bob’s best.

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Leo Sayer’s ‘Just a Boy’: A Big Leap Forward

The singer-songwriter’s second LP found him at the cusp of a career that would lead to greater glories, while ensuring his stature on the singles charts.

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Paul & Linda McCartney’s ‘Ram’ @50: Macca Magic or Puerile Pop?

For all the criticism tossed his way, McCartney and his hired hands did an admirable job of conveying the mirth and merriment inherent in these songs.

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David Crosby’s Solo Debut @50—Well Worth Remembering

For the 1971 release, Croz gathered a superb supporting cast, one that featured the communal contributions of friends and fellow travelers.

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Loggins and Messina’s ‘On Stage’: The Peak of a Formidable Partnership

The album marked a successful coda in terms of a catalog that’s forever inscribed in the annals of radio-ready music and mainstream Americana.

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Eric Clapton’s ‘461 Ocean Boulevard’: A Renewal of Confidence & Strength

The 1974 release stands as a milestone within Clapton’s lingering legacy, no small achievement considering the wealth of great music he’s created.

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Dan Fogelberg’s ‘Souvenirs’ — A Keepsake That Was Part of the Plan

The 1974 LP features a star-studded cast of musicians, chief among them Joe Walsh, who not only oversaw its production, but also played guitar on 10 of its tracks

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s ‘Brain Salad Surgery’: A Brainstorm of the Highest Order

The combination of high concept, grandiose execution and ELP’s usual artistic ambition made ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ a mind-blowing effort.

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