Articles by: Doug Collette

I Was There When: Chicago Drives Home Transcendent Musical Experience at Tanglewood 7/21/70

The stories behind Chicago’s vaunted appearance at Tanglewood is almost (but not quite) as fascinating as the performance itself. The original headliner for this date of the late Bill Graham’s Fillmore At Tanglewood in Lenox, ...

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Jackson Browne, Nathaniel Rateliff Shake Up Grace Potter’s Grand Point North Festival (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Like the best festivals, Grand Point North is a study in contrasts and perhaps no more so than in its eighth iteration, once again curated by Grace Potter and Higher Ground. Since its inception in ...

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Medeski, Martin & Wood Meld Spontaneity & Classical Structures On Progressive ‘Omnisphere’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Medeski, Martin & Wood don’t play live together very often these days or issue many new albums, so when they do it’s a special pleasure, in part because the trio invariably treats such occasions with ...

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Vintage Stash: Buffalo Springfield: What’s That Sound – Complete Albums Collection (ALBUM REVIEWS)

The story of Buffalo Springfield is one of chance, destiny and, ultimately, unfulfilled promise. But there’s no denying this quintet also suffered from an embarrassment of riches like few rock and roll bands of its ...

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Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks Volume 27: BSU Pavilion, Boise State University, Boise, ID – 9/2/83 (ALBUM REVIEW)

One of the most remarkable facets of the Grateful Dead’s artistry was the uncanny means by which the core members forged chemistry with different additional personnel throughout the course of the band’s history. Early to ...

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Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections (ALBUM REVIEW)

The twenty-nine Bob Dylan concert recordings contained on this two-CD set certainly speak volumes on their own terms, but it’s enlightening to learn about the background of this release, if only because it was issued ...

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Circles Around The Sun Get It On Instrumentally Via Second LP ‘Let It Wander’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Circles Around The Sun began as the source for composing, playing and recording music to be played at set breaks during the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts of 2015. Due to positive response and ...

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The Allman Brothers Band Bear’s Sonic Journals: Fillmore East February 1970 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Originally released in 1996 as something of a corollary title to the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks archival series (it originally had much the same generic artwork) and long out-of-print, The Allman Brothers Band’s Fillmore East ...

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Brent Mydland “Blows Away” 8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies (JFK Stadium 7/7/89)

The 8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies was thankfully more about musicianship than marketing. Pre-show publicity hinted at preview of a forthcoming vault release, Pacific Northwest ’73–’74: Believe It If You Need It, ...

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The Magpie Salute Makes Superb Rock On Its Own Terms With ‘High Water I’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Although The Magpie Salute’s High Water I sometimes too clearly recalls the sound of the Black Crowes, it is nonetheless a superb rock and roll record on its own terms. After a debut consisting of ...

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