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182 items by Anthony DeCurtis

  • Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1960

    Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1960 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The title "genius" was formally bestowed on Ray Charles with the release of his 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles. Though he was not yet thirty at that point, Charles had already helped invent what would...

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • A Musical History

    A Musical History | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's a monumental history indeed — five CDs, 102 tracks, a 108-page book, a nine-performance DVD — and clearly not intended for the casual fan. But then the Band, who revolutionized popular music while backing Bob Dylan...

    October 6, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

    Chaos and Creation in the Backyard | ALBUM REVIEW

    The premise of Paul McCartney working with Nigel Godrich was clear from the start. McCartney wanted a producer who appreciated his storied past but at the same time believed that, at sixty-three, he has a vital future....

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Back Home

    Back Home | ALBUM REVIEW

    As this title to Eric Clapton's new album has it, the guitar giant has now returned back home from his recent meetings at the crossroads with Robert Johnson (Me and Mr. Johnson, Sessions for Robert J) —...

    September 8, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

    Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. By 1970, Eric Clapton had fallen desperately — and, at that point, unrequitedly — in love with the wife of...

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition...

    Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition... | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. By 1970, Eric Clapton had fallen desperately — and, at that point, unrequitedly — in love with the wife of...

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • The Delivery Man

    The Delivery Man | ALBUM REVIEW

    It seems that as Elvis Costello explores more elaborate musical styles — an orchestral album, Il Sogno, has just been released — his rock & roll grows rawer and more impassioned. "Button My Lip," the angular opening...

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Deja Vu All Over Again

    Deja Vu All Over Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    Clocking in at a terse thirty-four minutes, Deja Vu All Over Again lives up to its title. It plays like a brisk spin through John Fogerty's personal jukebox, but just when you're settling in, it's over. Then...

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits

    Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    Early one morning I ran out and hollered, Wilson Pickett once recalled. "My voice echoed down through the swamps, and I thought, 'Uh-oh. This is it.' " That was it, all right. Although he lacks the majestic pipes...

    June 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Musicology

    Musicology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Starting somewhere in the early Nineties, he seemed to disappear into his own bizarre obsessions — the muddled jazz-fusion spirituality of The Rainbow Children (2001) and the instrumental meanderings of N.E.W.S. (2003) being only the most recent...

    April 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Rocking My Life Away: Jack Emerson

    Rocking My Life Away: Jack Emerson | ARTICLE

    You can love and appreciate people during their lifetimes, but when they die -- particularly when they die unexpectedly -- the role that they played in your life and that of everyone around you becomes painfully clear. As does the...

    November 26, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Let It Be... Naked

    Let It Be... Naked | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's difficult to review Let It Be . . . Naked without drowning in the welter of vexed issues that shattered the Beatles. For a start, Naked is being hyped (in a musical nod to the "director's...

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • 1933-2003: Johnny Cash

    1933-2003: Johnny Cash | ARTICLE

    For so long it seemed that even death would have to back off from a final confrontation with the daunting eminence of Johnny...

    October 16, 2003 11:45 AM ET
  • North

    North | ALBUM REVIEW

    Having reinstated his rock & roll credentials last year with When I Was Cruel — not to mention getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — Elvis Costello characteristically makes a dramatic stylistic turn...

    October 16, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Reality

    Reality | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a young subversive, David Bowie played with Sixties verities about gender, identity and rock & roll itself, insisting that truth was nothing but another mask. Now fifty-six and a revered figure himself, he's searching for some...

    September 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Bob Dylan's Folk Masterpieces Renewed

    Bob Dylan's Folk Masterpieces Renewed | ARTICLE

    On September 16th, fifteen Bob Dylan albums will be released as hybrid super-audio CDs. That means they can be played both on SACD systems, which...

    September 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    Live at the Royal Albert Hall | ALBUM REVIEW

    A few years back, The Who — guitarist Pete Townshend, singer Roger Daltrey and bassist John Entwistle — hit the road accompanied...

    July 15, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Dangerously In Love

    Dangerously In Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Beyoncé Knowles' debut solo album showcases her in two styles, one far more flattering than the other. "Crazy in Love," the opening track, roars out of the speakers on the strength of a propulsive horn sample and...

    July 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Joe Strummer: 1952-2002

    Joe Strummer: 1952-2002 | ARTICLE

    Joe Strummer, frontman for the groundbreaking punk band the Clash, died at his farmhouse in southern England on December 22nd. He was...

    January 23, 2003 4:55 PM ET
  • Chocolate Factory

    Chocolate Factory | ALBUM REVIEW

    R. Kelly's problems start less than thirty seconds into Chocolate Factory, when he coos, "Anything you want/You just come to daddy." From other R&B lovemen, that would be boilerplate pillow talk, but allegations of participating in child...

    January 14, 2003 12:00 AM ET
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