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Take Five: Songs on the Road to ELO

Electric Light Orchestra’s third studio album, On the Third Day was released in the U.S. just over a half century ago: on December 14, 1973. Featuring two minor U.S. hit […]

Take Five: Lead Guitarists from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Celebrating his 90th birthday this past November 29, John Mayall is the grand old man of British Blues. While Cyril Davies, Alexis Korner and select others deserve credit for launching […]

Take Five: Classic Covers by The Ramones

The Ramones burst onto the music scene like a breath of (if not fresh than) New York City air. The foursome played a high-speed, stripped down punk version of rock […]

Take Five: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

It was 30 years ago last November that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their Greatest Hits album. Drawing both from band releases and Petty’s solo albums, the collection was […]

Take Five: Ozzy in the Eighties

After nearly a decade fronting metal pioneers Black Sabbath, singer Ozzy Osbourne was dismissed from the band he co-founded. But after a period in which he (more or less) got […]

Kesha’s Journey from ‘Animal’ to ‘Only Love’ (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Less than a year and a half later, Kesha released High Road, her fourth studio album. Focusing more than its predecessor upon classic rock, country and […]

Kesha’s Journey from ‘Animal’ to ‘Only Love’ (Part 1 of 2)

Starting out as a pop singer with a savvy sense of the zeitgeist, over the course of more than a decade in the public eye, Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) has grown […]

Take Five: Outside-the-box Paul McCartney Tracks

If Paul McCartney isn’t the greatest songwriter who has ever lived, he’s right up near the top of the list. Continuing his prolific output right into his 81st year, McCartney […]

Take Five: Keith Emerson

Classically trained pianist Keith Emerson is best known for the boundary-pushing progressive rock he made with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer as ELP. But Emerson – who left us in […]

Musoscribe’s Most Popular

Perhaps remarkably, a look at the stats for blog.musoscribe.com shows that the most popular (as in, most-read) stories this past year are things I wrote years – sometimes many years […]