Richard Barone Archive

Album Review: Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend

Too often, various-artists tribute albums are like celebrity roasts: it’s far less about the ostensible honoree, and for more about the roasters (or, in this case, “tributers”). And I’m on record stating my assertion that few tribute projects add much of value to the music. But there are exceptions, and they make the whole concept

Album Review: Jem Records Celebrates John Lennon

Today would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. Cover versions that stick very close to the original version have their place: witness the appeal of tribute bands. But beyond the hey-I-can-do-it angle, they’re more an exercise for the artist than a rewarding experience for the listener. Much better are reinventions, musical excursions whereby an artist

Reviews: Five Limited-edition Vinyl Releases

Some recent vinyl releases are more than noteworthy. Herewith are looks at five of ’em. I’m pretty certain all are limited-edition pressings, so get them while they’re hot. Kenny Clarke et. al. – Bohemia After Dark Nominally a session led by drummer Kenny Clarke, this 1955 album is of great historical import as the recorded

Richard Barone on The Bongos’ Phantom Train (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… I observe that Phantom Train is somehow less “80s” sounding than any of The Bongos‘ other records, and wonder aloud whether that’s due to the approach they used in recording the album. “Each album is very different,” Richard Barone says. “Drums Along the Hudson is like a garage rock record. With

Richard Barone on The Bongos’ Phantom Train (Part One)

Measured by album releases, The Bongos‘ musical career lasted a mere six years. The Hoboken NJ-based group released EPs in 1980 and 1982, and three albums between 1982 and 1985. And as far as nearly everyone knew, the group left RCA and split shortly thereafter, with each of its members (most notably singer/guitarist Richard Barone)