40 items by Tom Moon

  • The Gorge

    The Gorge | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Dave Matthews Band has been documenting its shows long enough to know what translates to the screen, and this disc, culled from 2002 tour stops at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state, is a shining example...

    August 6, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

    The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 | ALBUM REVIEW

    A mother lode of mind-expanding live music from 1970, the six-disc Cellar Door Sessions marks the moment just before jazz-rock fusion perverted itself into a marketing ploy. Here is Miles Davis, sonic seeker, sending desolate streaks of...

    March 6, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • 29


    Even loyal completists may hesitate before committing to this, the third collection human jukebox Ryan Adams has brought to market since last May. Recorded before his outings with the Cardinals (the double-disc Cold Roses and Jacksonville City...

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • All That I Am

    All That I Am | ALBUM REVIEW

    Santana's revolving door keeps on turning, and with every star who passes through to sing lead on a track off their latest album, what was once a great American band steps closer to becoming a...

    November 1, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • A Time To Love

    A Time To Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Complain all you want about Stevie Wonder taking his sweet time — ten years of it in this case — to deliver a new record. On A Time to Love, the soul giant (and notoriously fussy producer)...

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition

    Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    The deluxe edition of Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1973 breakthrough, Catch a Fire, is like one of those before-and-after photos of dieters: Disc One offers the unretouched — and little-heard — original Jamaican mix, Disc Two...

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection

    Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Ultimate Collection is at least the fourth way to repurchase songs from Michael Jackson's Thriller: If you didn't fall for the 1995 greatest-hits/new-material mishmash HIStory, the 2001 Thriller special edition or last year's Number Ones anthology,...

    January 5, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Seven Steps to Heaven

    Seven Steps to Heaven | ALBUM REVIEW

    After the galvanic success of 1959's Kind of Blue, Miles Davis Toured less rigorously, and by early 1963 the lean work led several of his longtime sidemen, including pianist Wynton Kelly, to quit. Davis scrambled to build...

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers (Volume 2)

    King Of The Delta Blues Singers (Volume 2) | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's packages like this that turn ordinary music lovers into cynics: First, Legacy bundled mythic bluesman Robert Johnson's entire recorded output into the 1990 two-disc collection The Complete Recordings, and since then the label has unbundled the...

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Made To Love Magic

    Made To Love Magic | ALBUM REVIEW

    British folk-rock troubadour Nick Drake died from an overdose of anti-depressants in 1974. He was only twenty-six and had recorded just three proper albums — 1969's Five Leaves Left, 1970's Bryter Layter, 1972's Pink Moon — and...

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Aerosmith Bask in the Blues

    Aerosmith Bask in the Blues | ARTICLE

    Coming off a lucrative decade-long run of power ballads, movie themes and pop singles, Aerosmith didn't have high commercial expectations for their new blues-covers collection, Honkin' on Bobo. So they were as surprised as anyone when it...

    April 29, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Is Hell Part 2

    Love Is Hell Part 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Adams shows he can still do gentle, understated tunes somewhere inside the mind of Ryan Adams, far away from the twitchy extroversion he's currently selling via his new album, Rock N Roll, a humble troubadour still writes...

    January 6, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Destiny: Rare Ska Sides From Studio One

    Destiny: Rare Ska Sides From Studio One | ALBUM REVIEW

    This nineteen-track collection — offering material not previously available on CD, much of it made in the mid-Sixties — amounts to a Before They Were Rock Stars peek behind the curtain, capturing the preacherlike incantations and craftily...

    September 17, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    Blood Sugar Sex Magik | ALBUM REVIEW

    Things were not particularly rosy when the Red Hot Chili Peppers retreated to a Los Angeles mansion in 1990 to record BloodSugarSexMagik. The funk rockers had weathered the 1988 heroin-overdose death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, and...

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Folsom Field Boulder Colorado

    Live At Folsom Field Boulder Colorado | ALBUM REVIEW

    Halfway through the ten-minute version of "Bartender" — one of the highlights of this two-disc live document from summer 2001 — the Dave Matthews Band settles into a calm, shimmering groove, and Matthews begins to murmur —...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Round Room

    Round Room | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first two minutes of Round Room lift the curtain on what sounds like a brand-new Phish. The pulse of the opening track, an eleven-minute epic called "Pebbles and Marbles," is tapped out on cymbals, a code...

    December 30, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • One More Car, One More Rider

    One More Car, One More Rider | ALBUM REVIEW

    The inconsistent double live album One More Car, One More Rider strives to represent the harder and softer sides of Eric Clapton. Sometimes, on warhorses such as "Hootchie Coochie Man" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman,"...

    October 22, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • By The Way

    By The Way | ALBUM REVIEW

    It turns out Californication was only foreplay. With the accomplished, insanely melodic By the Way, the Red Hot Chili Peppers dive headfirst into the pop realm that their 1999 single "Scar Tissue" hinted at. They swim around...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Don't Give Up On Me

    Don't Give Up On Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you're a songwriter and one day the phone rings and somebody tells you soul giant Solomon Burke is recording again and looking for songs, you really have only one option: Get busy. Even if you're Brian...

    July 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Heathen Chemistry

    Heathen Chemistry | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the principal songwriter of Oasis, Noel Gallagher may have gone as far as he can with the pop song. In the past decade he has written epic anthems and earnest love odes and impossibly sticky melodies...

    June 6, 2002 12:00 AM ET