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Nothing Can’t Be Improved By A Good Dose Of Organ: Deep Purple in 2013

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Remember seven or eight years ago when this great new band called Wolfmother came blasting out of nowhere?  A guy I knew in a record store recommended their debut album to me, and, man, was that recommendation ever a good one.

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Still Loyal: New Big Country

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Years and years ago, my brother-in-law Brian, as he examined my record collection, said “You really are loyal to bands you like!  You have all these Big Country albums!  I only bought the first one!”  He was right, and I acknowledged his correctness.  When I buy an album and find I like it (and this habit has persisted for decades now), I typically try to keep up with as many of the artist’s later releases as I can track down.

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Real Roadhouse Blues

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Twisted Tales, the 2013 release by Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers, is one of those wonderful—though sad—surprises.  Manzarek and Rogers put out Translucent Blues in 2011 and that album had some brilliant moments. It had a new sound for Manzarek, not Doors and not like Manzarek’s earlier solo work either, but something new—the compound that was Rogers and Manzarek working together. So anything from that duo is welcome, though after Manzarek’s death on May 20th, 2013, we know there will be no more authoritative Manzarek.  Twisted Tales, as uneven as it is, is worth a close listen and rewards a careful listener too.

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A Corker Of An Al Stewart Album

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The new Al Stewart album, Uncorked, a live collaboration with long-time friend and sideman Dave Nachmanoff, has only one new song on it, “Coldest Winter,” but as it is an all-acoustic affair with virtuosic playing and Stewart's timeless tenor, it feels as fresh and breezy as a beach sunrise on a Bermuda vacation.

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