Articles by: Doug Collette

Van Morrison Offers Up Playful Side With Joey DeFrancesco On ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Van Morrison has rarely, if ever, sounded so good-natured as he does on his collaboration with Joey DeFrancesco. From the tongue-in-cheek cover photos to the Belfast Cowboy’s frequent chuckles at the end of tracks to ...

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Pete Townshend’s ‘Who Came First’ 45th Anniversary Edition Proves Durable & Visionary (ALBUM REVIEW)

“The Seeker,” an exalting version of which appears on the second CD in this 45th anniversary edition of Pete Townshend’s Who Came First, is not one of his most stellar compositions, but the name of ...

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Neil Young’s ‘Roxy-Tonight’s The Night Live’ Encompasses Musical Ragged Glory (ALBUM REVIEW)

The ever-so-loose aggregation dubbed ‘The Santa Monica Flyers,’ appearing on Neil Young’s Roxy-Tonight’s The Night Live has more than a little in common with his most regular accompanists of recent years, Lukas Nelson and Promise ...

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Simone Felice Creates Radiant Listening With ‘The Projector’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Since departing the cheery camaraderie of his Felice Brothers in 2009, Simone Felice has created a body of solo work cinematic in its detail and borderline hallucinatory in its introspection. Not wholly bereft of the ...

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Zakir Hussain Offers Exquisite Musical Conversation at Burlington, Vermont’s Flynn Center (SHOW REVIEW)

Zakir Hussain’s appearance at the Flynn Center March 19th posited this renaissance man of music and film not only as international ambassador of good will, but also as a wholly gracious mentor for flautist Rakesh ...

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Neil Young & Promise of the Real Deliver Soundtrack For Fantasy Western ‘Paradox’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Neil Young has something of a checkered past when it comes to films—see Journey Through the Past and Human Highway—but it still might be accurate to say virtually all of the Canadian icon’s albums serve ...

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Vintage Stash: Rediscovering The Delaney & Bonnie & Friends Catalog (ALBUM REVIEWS)

Even if the names Delaney and Bonnie may not sound readily familiar to modern musiclovers, the style of music they forged during their relatively brief time together certainly should. (Re)discovery of the late Joe Cocker’s ...

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I Was There When: The J. Geils Band Drove the Crowd Wild at the Springfield (MA) Civic Center 4/6/1976

Imagine the utterly startling sensation of receiving a live album by a favorite band just weeks after seeing said group in concert, then finding out it is an almost track-by-track replication of what was so ...

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Jimi Hendrix’s Modern Day Trilogy Completed With ‘Both Sides of the Sky’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ostensibly completing the trilogy started with two previous compilations, Valleys of Neptune and People, Hell and Angels, Jimi Hendrix’s Both Sides of the Sky contains thirteen tracks recorded between 1968 and 1970, ten of which have ...

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Seth Walker’s First Live LP ‘Live At Mauch Chunk Opera House’ Proves Distinctive (ALBUM REVIEW)

Seth Walker’s music, a fusion of style at the flash-point of blues and country, is that very distinctive sort difficult, if not impossible to categorize, much less pigeonhole with ease. As a result, this songwriter, ...

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