Posts From Mark Leviton

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Some Girls’: The Grooves of Now

With punk rock nipping at their aging heels, the Stones revved things up with classic tracks like “Shattered,” “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.”

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Eric Clapton’s Solo Debut LP: A Long Way From Home

With help from a some of rock’s greatest songwriters and musicians, the former Cream/Blind Faith guitarist launched his solo career with a gem of an LP.

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The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’: Last Call

The Doors’ sixth and final studio LP re-energized the band through a return to their roots in American blues, and served as a tribute to their hometown.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s ‘Texas Flood’: Out of the Gate

Recorded as a demo over a long holiday weekend, the album launched the career of the legendary bluesman and gave the genre itself a huge boost.

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Bad Company’s 1974 Debut: When Rock Fans Couldn’t Get Enough

Arising from the ashes of Free, Bad Company pursued a more stripped-down hard-rock vision. By the end of 1974, they had a #1 LP and were headlining arenas.

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Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’: The LP That Fed Your Head

The Summer of Love landmark sounds like a sonic experiment, drenched in echo and reverb, with poetic lyrics that often flirt with the totally irrational.

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Boz Scaggs’ ‘Silk Degrees’: Game-Changer

Looking back at the recording of the album, Scaggs said that while listening to the playbacks in 1975 he had the sense that something special had happened.

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Delaney and Bonnie’s ‘Accept No Substitute’: White Soul Born in Turmoil

A beautiful album, close to perfection in the playing and singing, it was helmed by a married couple whose own relationship was falling apart at the seams.

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Rod Stewart’s ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’: Ha!

The man who one said, “I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star,” broke through with his solo third album, which included the smash “Maggie May”

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Little Feat’s ‘Waiting for Columbus’: The End of the Beginning

How they pulled off one of the best live albums of all time is a heartening story of persistence and a sad, cautionary tale.

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