19 items by John Swenson

  • An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set

    An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Allman Brothers band live on because live performance is what they're about. The call of the road and the thrill of collective improvisation are the animating forces behind this rock institution, ever since 1971's live At...

    February 2, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Milagro

    Milagro | ALBUM REVIEW

    After releasing his first twenty-six recordings on CBS/Sony, Carlos Santana begins a new phase of his career with Milagro, one of the finest sessions he's done. The album reaffirms Santana's position as the standard-bearer for fusion music. Santana...

    January 29, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Thirty Years of Maximum R&B

    Thirty Years of Maximum R&B | ALBUM REVIEW

    Classic rock radio has distorted the histories of most of the bands it features by reducing their output to a handful of tracks played...

    September 8, 1994 2:50 PM ET
  • The Last Rebel

    The Last Rebel | ALBUM REVIEW

    Southern rock reached its peak popularity during the Carter years but stopped on a dime in the Eighties. Now it's back in full force just as another Southern Democrat settles into the White House. Lynyrd Skynyrd recaptures...

    May 27, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • Boom Boom

    Boom Boom | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Lee Hooker is the last of the classic Mississippi Delta blues guitarists, the unaccompanied bards who could generate more energy sitting on a low stool and playing an acoustic than most rock bands can summon up...

    April 29, 1993 12:00 AM ET
  • The Right Time

    The Right Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    There is no greater living blues singer than Etta James, and no producer more attuned to the right setting for a blues diva than Jerry Wexler. The recent collaboration between these two giants, The Right Time, is...

    November 26, 1992 12:00 AM ET
  • Shades of Two Worlds

    Shades of Two Worlds | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Allman Brothers Band has come almost eerily full circle with Shades of Two Worlds. Charged by topflight performances from Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman, the band summons up both the spirit and the musical resonance of...

    August 8, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • Enlightenment

    Enlightenment | ALBUM REVIEW

    Van Morrison doesn't make easy-listening records. Oh, sure, you can sit back and let his smooth, buttery R&B vocals roll across the arrangements, but there's too much else going on to let it stop there. Ever since...

    November 15, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Moonflower

    Moonflower | ALBUM REVIEW

    Carlos Santana has had problems with creative direction for the past few years. Ever since the commercial failure of his groundbreaking Welcome album and the corporate refusal to release Lotus, the masterful recording from a series of...

    December 16, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Departure

    Departure | ALBUM REVIEW

    Departure offers ample proof that the Seventies hard-rock genre so many people have been trying to bury for the last few years just doesn't want to die. Journey may well be the best American band in this...

    June 12, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • The Who Return To The Stage

    The Who Return To The Stage | ARTICLE

    LONDON — It was supposed to have been a dress rehearsal for the ''official'' return of the Who, scheduled to take place May 12th in Cannes, France. But when practice sessions looked promising, the band members,...

    June 28, 1979 3:00 PM ET
  • Enlightened Rogues

    Enlightened Rogues | ALBUM REVIEW

    Gregg Allman may not look like Lazarus, but he sure acts like him. Allman's astonishing resurrection here seems less an act of heroism on his part than a miracle on someone else's. After all, in the space...

    May 31, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Fleetwood Mac Clicks Without Nicks

    Fleetwood Mac Clicks Without Nicks | ARTICLE

    Fleetwood MacSteve Miller BandJFK StadiumPhiladelphiaJuly 30, 1978 They might as well have called it a pop-blues festival. Fleetwood Mac and...

    October 5, 1978 4:35 PM ET
  • Alive II


    One of the perennial saving graces of rock & roll is its accessibility to the true believer. In a sort of Horatio Alger formula, if you need it badly enough and have the right attitude, eventually you'll...

    January 12, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Slowhand

    Slowhand | ALBUM REVIEW

    Eric Clapton's solo albums have tended to be so evenhanded and laconic that they often seem interchangeable. His pain was always so apparent that every move he made seemed frozen for eternity. At first glance, Slow Hand...

    December 29, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Dancing In Your Head

    Dancing In Your Head | ALBUM REVIEW

    These records provide an eloquent case for the universality of music. The Texas blues evolution to free-form expressiveness practiced by alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman makes implicit reference to the music of several of the West Africans represented...

    September 22, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • The Idiot

    The Idiot | ALBUM REVIEW

    Iggy Pop has always been the greatest rock comedian. As leader and frontispiece for that most extreme wing of rock nihilism represented by the Stooges, he at once defined and ridiculed the options left to punk rockers...

    May 5, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Rumours

    Rumours | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rock & roll has this bad habit of being unpredictable. You never can tell when a band will undergo that alchemic transmigration from lead to gold. The medium of transformation is almost always a hit single, but...

    April 21, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Wired

    Wired | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jazz-rock fusion music has had no greater exponent than Jeff Beck, whose latest album, Wired, demonstrates how vital this genre can be. Even more important, Wired presents Beck in a context that finally satisfies both his uncompromising...

    July 29, 1976 12:00 AM ET