Midweek Music Moment: Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan took only six days to record Highway 61 Revisited, the last being August 4, 1965. What did he accomplish in those six days? Well, the album itself ranked fourth in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The opening track, “Like A Rolling Stone,” tops the magazine’s list of […]

Midweek Music Moment: The Concert for Bangladesh

We didn’t realize it at the time but one of them there paradigm shifts occurred in music on August 1, 1971. That afternoon and evening, more than two dozen famous and not so famous musicians performed at two sold out shows at Madison Square Garden. Gathered by George Harrison, the performances were benefit concerts for […]

Midweek Music Moment: Newport Jazz Festival

Today’s jazz fan could only dream of a line-up like this: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz. Yet those are just a few of the artists who performed at the first Newport Jazz Festival July 17-18, 1954.

Newport is the granddaddy of the […]

Midweek Music Moment: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

I know. It’s hard to go to any music or pop culture site without seeing some reference to the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in August. But I’m actually going to talk about something other than the festival itself — the soundtrack to the documentary film, Woodstock.

I couldn’t tell you today which came first for […]

Midweek Music Moment: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, Spirit

Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is one of those albums I have a somewhat different relationship with. Months will go by without listening to it. Once I put it on, though, it’s something I’ll listen to repeatedly for weeks. That’s why it’s earned a permanent place on my iPod.

Sadly, the LP may fall […]