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Album Review: Alice Cooper — Billion Dollar Babies

On the occasion of its 2014 reissue on Hybrid SACD, Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies is due for a critical second-look. Originally released in 1973, Billion Dollar Babies was Cooper’s sixth LP, and the second-to-last to feature the original band. Though by the time of Babies, ace session guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner were

The Moody Blues’ Mike Pinder: Promise Renewed (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… BK: Eighteen years passed between release of The Promise and Among the Stars. Certainly you were busy with other things in the intervening years, but why so long a gap? And again – did you build up a backlog of songs over that period, or did you approach the album as

The Moody Blues’ Mike Pinder: Promise Renewed (Part One)

Keyboardist Mike Pinder was a founding member of the Moody Blues. He was with them back in the really early days, when their lead singer was Denny Laine (later of Wings) and they scored a hit with “Go Now.” He was one of three members(along with flautist Ray Thomas and bassist John Lodge) who remained

Hundred-word Reviews: Deluxe Packages

Each of these is a multi-disc set collecting archival (and sometimes previously-unreleased) music, but other than that, there’s little to connect these releases in any stylistic fashion: Celtic soul, proto-funk/pop, hard rock, comedy spoken word, and psychedelic post-punk. All have been sitting on my desk awaiting review for far too long. So, here ya go.

Hundred-word Reviews: New Rock/pop

More albums that deserve your time, but that I haven’t the time nor space to cover in a more in-depth fashion. Levin Minnemann Rudess – s/t This project brings together three of the busiest, most in-demand players on the scene today. Tony Levin (King Crimson) has played on literally thousands of sessions. Marco Minnemann is

Hundred-word Reviews: Reissues

Those CDs continue to pile up here at Musoscribe World Headquarters. And even after I cull the unsolicited or semi-solicited ones that don’t make the cut for coverage, I still end up with more music than I can possibly cover in the depth of detail I’d like (and that they deserve). So occasionally – and

Hundred-word Reviews: DVDs

Reviewing DVDs takes more time than albums, since when previewing them, I can’t do much else than sit there and watch. So it takes me awhile to get to DVDs. Thanks to the recent snowpocalypse/snowmageddon/your choice of silly weather epithet, I’ve had some time to curl up in front of the TV with a nice

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Five

Continued from Part Four… “We’re waiting for an investor. Maybe it’s you.” Bill Kopp: I remember something from a little later in The Tubes’ career, from The Completion Backwards Principle era tour. The way you opened the show was that you’d all come out dressed in business suits, with briefcases. But you weren’t in that;

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… “No one would get my wheelchair.” Bill Kopp: We’re talking about the songs on The Tubes‘ 1977 album Now, and whatever comes to your mind about each of them. Side Two continues with “I’m Just a Mess.” Bill Spooner: That’s a Roger [Steen] song. He came over to my place when

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… “If I get you guitar lessons, will you stop playing that?” Bill Kopp: Let’s talk about the Now album from 1977. Bill Spooner: What do you know about the album? Do you know the circumstances behind that album? BK: I’ve understood that it was done during a difficult time for the