“Light My Fire” by the Doors

The Doors built its finest work around straight-ahead rock’n’roll, adding a whirling, baroque jazz samba momentum from the alchemy of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, all schooled in the post-bop cool permeating, by the mid-1960s, the many stripes of a blossoming California pop music scene.  Jim Morrison brought the goods … Continue reading “Light My Fire” by the Doors

“Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group

When psychedelia and blues came together in Cream’s quickfire trio of studio albums in the late 1960s, it created a blueprint for blues-respecting bottom-heavy rock that would rule the airwaves for at least a decade.  In their roots and early trajectories, the Winter brothers, emerging out of the heartland of Beaumont, Texas, were not unlike north … Continue reading “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group

“Every Hungry Woman” by the Allman Brothers Band

Southern Rock’s manifesto is like no other rock album.  The Allman Brothers Band, released in November 1969, carries a hard sonic power absent from its closest temporal and spiritual brother, the Band’s Music from Big Pink (1968), and tight, sharp-cornered riffing missing from the work of the Grateful Dead, who the Allmans resembled in their two-drummer, … Continue reading “Every Hungry Woman” by the Allman Brothers Band

“Victim of Changes” by Judas Priest

Released in September 1979, Unleashed in the East, recorded on the Japanese leg of their Hell Bent for Leather tour, capped Judas Priest’s first long and storied decade, six months before their mainstream breakthrough British Steel.  It’s a killer set, brightly produced, and enlivened some of their early material, which could tend towards studio stiffness.  … Continue reading “Victim of Changes” by Judas Priest