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In Praise of American Music: The Blasters

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Some album covers are known by people who have never once heard the album itself.  That sort of fame for the face of the album, regardless to the music itself, is no longer common, given shifting media formats and so forth.  It’s possible some new releases pressed in vinyl may crossover to image fame, but it’s unlikely they will ascend to the heights of Sgt. Pepper’s, Abbey Road, London Calling, and 1981’s, eponymous, The Blasters.

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FN Punk Beatles in Germany!

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Ever hear Live at the Star Club? I remember hearing it when it came out as a double LP, one of my very favourite Beatle albums ever and one of my very favourite albums ever, way back in, of all years, 1977. I heard it at a crap record store that had the usual 1977 sellers out in the windows, warping in the sun, and the usual front of the store bombardment of what was being pushed on the AM river of cars and ice cream.  They had this narrow, little bin, entitled in marker on tape, “Imported.”

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Ben Harper’s Fight For Your Mind

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It was tough to find a Ben Harper album to compare to 2013’s Get Up!, his collaborative work with Charlie Musselwhite.  Get Up! is one of those rare, real as hell, excellent albums. The best part of it for us is that we are able to look at older albums by both Musselwhite and Harper.  Our choice for Harper is 1995’s Fight For Your Mind; luckily it is also one of those rare, real as hell, excellent albums.

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What Compares to Green Onions? A Melting Pot?

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The then-album to compare with Booker T’s Sound the Alarm is a tough one to choose.  Not because he has put out that many albums, he hasn’t.  Green Onions would seem an obvious choice, as might the peculiar tribute to Abbey Road—McLemore Avenue—on which they do instrumentals of many tunes from Abbey Road and pay tribute to the Beatles cover by re-enacting the crossing in front of their Stax studio, on McLemore Avenue in Memphis.  Our choice, though, is 1971’s Melting Pot, with its solid groove and updated sound.

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