Posts From Thomas Kintner

Dave Mason’s ‘Alone Together’: Colorful Throughout

It’s often remembered for its multi-colored marble vinyl, but the former Traffic member’s solo debut also contained some of his finest songs

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Elton John’s ‘Madman Across the Water’: A Blue Jean Baby

He was everywhere in 1971 but still hadn’t quite found his way. Then he released the first album that defined his singular gifts.

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Pete Townshend’s ‘Empty Glass’: The Who Album That Wasn’t

Although it’s fully satisfying on its own, the album, the most successful of Townshend’s solo releases, has been called a Who record that never was.

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Chicago’s Eclectic Debut Album: With Authority

Chicago’s speedy ascent was fueled by a landmark debut that made an immediate splash with critics and listeners, but it was more than a hit record.

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‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’: Just Your Basic Dylan-Petty-Harrison-Orbison-Lynne Supergroup

Their unexpected union was a landmark combining an array of distinctive voices into something no individual could create alone.

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Kiss’ ‘Destroyer’ @45: Where the Music Finally Equaled the Image

Everyone knew the makeup, the blood and that tongue, but their records weren’t selling. Then came ‘Destroyer’ and a single that almost didn’t make the cut.

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Pink Floyd Shine on ‘Wish You Were Here’

Despite tense recording sessions, the band’s followup to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ became a landmark of art-rock on its own right

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Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick As a Brick’: Concept LP or Parody of One?

Equal parts ambitious and meticulous, the band’s 1972 best-seller is a smartly produced collage whose appeals remain undimmed.

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Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ & the Unlikely Birth of Outlaw Country

The album define Nelson as an iconoclast comfortable on his own path, which he would follow in singular fashion for decades to come.

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Van Halen’s Debut Album: A Turning Point for Rock

It didn’t sound at first listen like something to change the course of rock music, but they opened doors for any number of rock acts.

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