Album Review: Mitch Ryder – Live at Rockpalast 1979 + 2004

Mitch Ryder is a tricky figure to pin down. Though he enjoyed a brief string of hits in the mid 60s (first with the Detroit Wheels and then as an ostensible solo artist), by the end of the 60s, the commercial marketplace had pretty much made its decision: his career was over and done. But

DVD Review: Public Image Ltd. – Live at Rockpalast 1983

Time really does change things. It was Halloween night 1983 when Public Image Ltd. took the stage at WDR’s television studios for a concert. But now, shy of three decades later, somehow John Lydon‘s atonal warbling has transformed into something almost – dare I say it – musical. Really: his vocals have a musicality all

CD/DVD Review: Johnny Winter – Live at Rockpalast

With apologies to Firesign Theatre, file this pair of releases in the Department of Redundancy Department. Not that the music and performances on Live at Rockpalast aren’t ace — they most certainly are, as is nearly always the case when it comes to fiery blues/rock guitarist Johnny Winter – but the same ground is being

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2021: Archival Releases

This has been a good year for archival and reissue releases. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a roundup of those, so here’s one to help bring the year to a close. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle The importance of John Coltrane upon the direction of jazz can’t be

Hundred Word Reviews for May 2015, Part 10

Over the last nine business days, I’ve surveyed 45 albums of new, reissued, and/or archival music from a wide array of artists in jazz, prog, soul, rock and other genres. Each review has been exactly 100 words. Today I wrap up that series of capsule reviews with a quick look at five video releases. Jack

In Memoriam: Johnny Winter, 1944-2014

According to his publicist, legendary guitarist John Dawson Winter III died on July 15 in his Zurich, Switzerland hotel room. I count myself lucky to have interviewed Johnny Winter twice (please see the list of links at bottom of this essay), and to have seen him play onstage once. I know very little about albinism,

Album Review: Blue Cheer – Rocks Europe

They didn’t call it garage when ? And the Mysterians were playing “96 Tears.” They didn’t label it punk when The Stooges sang about “No Fun.” And they didn’t use the term heavy metal when Blue Cheer released their dipped-in-acid 1967 reading of Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues.” But heavy metal is most certainly what it

Capsule Reviews: January 2013, Part One

Here’s another installment in my occasional series of capsule reviews, this time covering new reissues and compilations. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150 words on each album. Nektar – Man in the Moon / Evolution Nektar is one of those mildly progressive yet accessible 70s bands that never broke through big time

DVD Review: Johnny Winter — Live Through the 70s

The DVD kicks off with a true oddity, a performance that is bizarre in any number of ways. This excellent-quality Danish TV clip from 1970 finds Winter playing with his original blues rhythm section (Tommy Shannon on bass and Uncle John Turner on drums), but they don’t kick off with a blues tune. Instead they