Posts From Sam Sutherland

Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Debut: Of Rivers and Cowgirls

The 1969 album’s streamlined band sound offered a direct connection to Young’s emerging power as a live musician, and launched a career-long partnership

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Steely Dan ‘The Royal Scam’: Rock on a Grand Scale

The 1976 LP proved divisive, augmenting the leaner ensemble core of prior albums with more aggressive ensemble arrangements

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Dr. John’s ‘Gumbo’: A New Orleans Master’s Thesis

For the sessions, instead of his own new material, he breathed authentic life into lively new versions of hometown classics.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘Deja Vu’: A Volatile Chemistry

By any standard, it was an enormous success. But when CSN added a new member for their second album, it was an alliance that would both define and bedevil them

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Manassas: Stephen Stills’ Finest (Solo) Hour

Stills’ third full-length as leader showcased a collaborative ensemble flexible enough to cover a broad stylistic palette.

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Bonnie Raitt Rebounds in the ‘Nick of Time’

Just when her career needed a boost, Raitt switched labels and came up with her biggest hit album, which took her all the way to number one

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Pretenders Reborn: ‘Learning to Crawl’ @ 40

With hits like “Back on the Chain Gang” and “My City Was Gone,” the band successfully rebounded from tragedy.

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Parton, Ronstadt and Harris’ ‘Trio’: Soaring Sisterhood

Their partnership is among the purest, boasting a celestial vocal blend, rooted in mutual admiration and the sheer joy of making music

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Rickie Lee Jones’ Debut: Hipster Chic, Beyond Laurel Canyon

She reached beyond folk, rock and blues influences then dominant among Los Angeles’ singer-songwriters, looking to earlier generations of songsmiths.

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Mark Knopfler—’Local Hero’ Soundtrack: A Musical Homecoming

Knopfler delivered a score that was integral to the film’s enduring appeal, launching a successful second career as a film composer.

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