Odessa: Bee Gees Early Career Masterpiece

The Bee Gees 1968 concept album “Odessa” was both an artistic triumph and their Waterloo. Recorded at New York’s Atlantic Recording Studios, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb’s Odessa has been compared in stature to The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Club Band. Odessa gets off to a rocky start with the title track, “Odessa (City on the Black Sea).” … Read moreOdessa: Bee Gees Early Career Masterpiece

The Story Albums of the Sixties – Part One

The development of concept recordings and story-telling through songs in the 1960s, starting with the album ‘S.F. Sorrow’ by The Pretty Things. During the 1960s, rock groups took a step into the realm of storytelling. When certain composers saw the direction that pop/rock recording was taking (especially in light of the new predominance of the … Read moreThe Story Albums of the Sixties – Part One

The Story Albums of the Sixties – Part Two

Continuing our look at 1960’s concept/story records with the release of The Small Faces’ “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake in 1968. OGDEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE (“HAPPINESS STAN”) – THE SMALL FACES Story by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, narration by Stan Unwin. Songs by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagen & Kenney Jones Characters: Happiness Stan, … Read moreThe Story Albums of the Sixties – Part Two

Elvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special

In late 1967, Elvis Aaron Presley, was in deep trouble. On January 12, 1968, after four somewhat difficult months of pushy negotiation with the ever-pugnacious and notoriously demanding cigar-puffing music manager, Colonel Tom Parker, NBC Vice President, Tom Sarnoff, announced in a press conference the details of an ambitious agreement that had the eyes of the entertainment … Read moreElvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special

A Look At Highlights From The First Three KISS Albums

A look back at standout moments from the first three KISS albums that started it all I was a mere four-years-old when the KISS bug bit me, big time. And I have my parents having to attend some social engagement and a babysitter who liked the four face-painted freaks from New York to thank for … Read moreA Look At Highlights From The First Three KISS Albums

Arctic Monkeys: Brick by Brick Song

Arctic Monkeys have released “Brick by Brick” as a taster from their upcoming album. Meanwhile, Alex Turner has an EP soundtrack to Submarine due for release. It’s been a while since we heard from Arctic Monkeys. After the release of 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not frontman Alex Turner expressed his confidence … Read moreArctic Monkeys: Brick by Brick Song