Posts From Thomas Kintner

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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Harry Nilsson’s Ambitious ‘Schmilsson’ LP Revisited

Noteworthy for its scope and ambition, the album was justifiably rewarded with worldwide success that took Nilsson to the next level of stardom.

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James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’: Fire and Rain

It ushered in the singer-songwriter era and has endured as a beacon to listeners and like-minded musicians for half a century.

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Queen’s A Night at the Opera: A Fancy Blockbuster

Their fourth album was “a showy spectacle that revels in its bombastic production” and gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s also an indisputable classic.

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