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Tom Nolan

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  • David Live

    Rather than serving as a welcome introduction to or summation of David Bowie's oeuvre, this two-record live album lumps together the several facets of his music into a thin, samey oneness. Any power these 16 originals had ("Knock on Wood" is the 17th cut) can only be guessed at from hearing these cursory versions. The […]

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  • Faces Break Up, Wood a Stone?

    LOS ANGELES — After a six-year association, Rod Stewart is leaving the Faces. The news was revealed at a London press conference called by Stewart on December 18th, at which Stewart announced that he would be forming a new band which would perform with him at a concert in England's Wembley Stadium on June 26th. […]

    • Music
  • Rod Stewart Faces the American Dream

    A solo spotlight, a Hollywood mansion, a glamorous girlfriend and lower taxes . . . Every picture tells a story, don't it?

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  • Before The Flood

    Throughout Bob Dylan's performances on this in-concert album there is evident an effort to match the material — nearly all from much earlier in his career — with a suitable style of delivery, a vocal stance which can express in a later year the brilliant and sometimes malevolent energy contained by these pieces when they […]

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  • Caribou

    In June Elton John signed what was reported to be the most lucrative contract ever negotiated by a recording artist. MCA, the record company involved, commemorated the event with full page ads in both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The latter paper followed up with a story headlining Elton as "The […]

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  • The Carpenters: Up From Downey

    After 25 million records, 10 gold singles and 5 gold albums Richard & Karen Carpenter have decided to leave home

    • Music
  • Sweet Revenge

    Sweet Revenge is another side of John Prine, a departure from the nearly unrelenting somberness of his earlier work, and an engaging picture of the social being beneath the social conscience. It's a more human work, more mature, and a step forward artistically and toward a wider audience. Its folk humor ("Please Don't Bury Me") […]

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  • Beach Boys: A California Saga, Part II

    New developments, musical and political, in a group that has already influenced rock more than we probably know.

    • Music
  • Beach Boys: A California Saga

    The surfin' boys of summer try to figure it all out

    • Music