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70 items by Mark Kemp

  • Live at the Troubadour

    Live at the Troubadour | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Seventies, James Taylor and Carole King practically invented the sensitive singer-songwriter. Nearly four decades after first singing together onstage at L.A.'s Troubadour, the pair returned in 2007 for three nights of concerts to adoring audiences,...

    May 10, 2010 7:44 PM ET
  • Pizza Box

    Pizza Box | ALBUM REVIEW

    Texas country rocker Danny Barnes likes to do wild things with his banjo — check out the explosive picking on his old band the Bad Livers' turbocharged hillbilly version of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life."...

    January 19, 2010 12:10 AM ET
  • The Live Anthology

    The Live Anthology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' only previous live album, 1986's Pack Up the Plantation, was a stone bore: The note-for-note versions of "Refugee" and "American Girl" didn't come close to capturing the excitement of a Petty show....

    November 23, 2009 3:48 PM ET
  • The Live Anthology

    The Live Anthology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' only previous live album, 1986's Pack Up the Plantation, was a stone bore: The note-for-note versions of "Refugee" and "American Girl" didn't come close to capturing the excitement of a Petty...

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

    Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set | ALBUM REVIEW

    Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! — recorded in 1969 over two nights at Madison Square Garden — is the last official live document of the Rolling Stones in their swaggering Sixties prime; it's also...

    November 3, 2009 3:50 PM ET
  • I And Love And You

    I And Love And You | ALBUM REVIEW

    North Carolina trio Avett Brothers once sounded like Appalachian Beatles: chirpy harmonies over effervescent acoustic guitar, banjo and upright bass. They've gotten moodier in recent years, and for their major-label debut, producer Rick Rubin has turned...

    October 1, 2009 2:35 PM ET
  • Before The Frost... Until the Freeze

    Before The Frost... Until the Freeze | ALBUM REVIEW

    The idea is inspired: gather an intimate audience of your biggest fans and put them in Levon Helm's Woodstock, New York, barn to watch you record your new material. That's what the Black Crowes did for their...

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

    The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again | ALBUM REVIEW

    In Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty often sounded like acountry singer hiding out in a rock band, and he proved it on his first solo album, the 1973 covers disc The Blue Ridge Rangers. This long-delayedfollow-up finds...

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Time Flies When You're Having Fun

    Time Flies When You're Having Fun | ALBUM REVIEW

    Except for a set of pre-rock pop standards, Smokey Robinson has been largely absent this decade. He returns here with the smooth "quiet storm" vibe he invented on his 1975 album of the same name, duetting with...

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Les Paul (1915-2009)

    Les Paul (1915-2009) | ARTICLE

    August 13, 2009 6:20 PM ET
  • From Elvis In Memphis

    From Elvis In Memphis | ALBUM REVIEW

    After a decade of putting Hollywood glitz above his Memphis roots, Elvis Presley staged a musical comeback on TV in 1968 and then returned home for two extraordinary albums: From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis....

    August 5, 2009 2:10 PM ET
  • Reckoning (Deluxe Edition)

    Reckoning (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Murmur is the more inventive of R.E.M.'s early albums, but their second disc, the powerful Reckoning, established the band as bona fide leaders of the new American indie-rock underground. Drummer Bill Berry shines here, propelling the spiky...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Abnormally Attracted to Sin

    Abnormally Attracted to Sin | ALBUM REVIEW

    After splitting into five separate personalities for 2007's American Doll Posse, Tori Amos pulls herself back together again on her latest. The result is a set of prog-inspired balladry with less bounce than her last disc. The...

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • One Foot In The Grave (Reissue)

    One Foot In The Grave (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before he was a midnight vulture or a guero preaching the gospel of Latin groove music, Beck was a subversive folkie, inspired equally...

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-66

    You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-66 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chuck Berry's Sixties work doesn't have the marquee value of 1950s hits such as "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode." But unlike his peers Elvis Presley and Little Richard, Berry didn't experience any real drop-off in quality: Tunes...

    April 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Paul's Boutique: 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition

    Paul's Boutique: 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1989, few people imagined that the bratty trio who took "You Gotta Fight for Your Right" to the Top 10 would do more than try — and fail — to replicate the success of Licensed to...

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Retrospective III (1989-2008) (Reissue)

    Retrospective III (1989-2008) (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    By the Nineties, Rush had all but abandoned their synthesizers for the Zeppelin-style riffs and prog-pop melodies of their Seventies albums. This one-CD (plus bonus DVD) anthology tracks the band as it drifts from the shimmery, grunge-flavored...

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Willie And The Wheel

    Willie And The Wheel | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the early Seventies, Atlantic R&B producer Jerry Wexler signed Willie Nelson; the duo shared a fondness for the Western swing of Bob Wills and planned to record a tribute to the music. It got put off...

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Remixed

    Remixed | ALBUM REVIEW

    This set of heavily doctored Johnny Cash tunes almost succeeds as musical comedy. Pete Rock adds an electronic shuffle in an otherwise faithful sendup of "Folsom Prison Blues," and the result is pleasantly goofy. And producer Philip...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall

    Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1998, the aging members of this Cuban collective realized a lifelong dream: playing to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall. That show, captured on this two-disc set, is even more emotionally engaging than the group's eponymous...

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM ET
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