Sunday, December 31, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Walking with a Panther

Walking with a Panther is the third studio album by American hip-hop artist LL Cool J, released June 9, 1989, on Def Jam Recordings. While his previous album Bigger and Deffer (1987) was produced by The L.A. Posse, Dwayne Simon was the only member left of the group willing to work on Walking with a Panther, as other members, such as Bobby "Bobcat" Erving, wanted a higher pay after realizing how much of a success the previous album had become. Def Jam, however, refused to change the contract which caused the L.A. Posse to leave.  Walking with a Panther was primarily produced by LL Cool J and Dwayne Simon, with additional production from Rick Rubin and Public Enemy's production team, The Bomb Squad.
Walking with a Panther was a commercial success, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it spent four weeks. The album contained the singles "Going Back to Cali", "I'm That Type of Guy", "Jingling Baby", "Big Ole Butt" and "One Shot at Love", which also achieved chart success. Walking with a Panther, however, was met with a mixed response from the hip-hop community at the time of its release, who was un-favorable of several of the album's love ballads. Despite this, Walking With a Panther was well received by music critics.   The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rockers with Hidden Talents (UCR)

The principal talent of your average world-famous rocker is often plainly obvious. That's how they end up, you know, world famous.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Robert Randolph's 5th Grammy Nomination Celebration (

Robert Randolph and The Family Band will return to New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, January 25. The performance, which falls during Grammy Week, will celebrate Randolph’s fifth Grammy nomination.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

123 Rock Stars Over 70 Years Old (UCR)

As hard as it is to believe, classic rock has been around for more than five decades now. That means the fresh-faced young upstarts who revolutionized the music world are now the wise elder veterans who set the standard younger generations will forever strive to match.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Warren Haynes and Marcus King Added to Otis Redding Tribute at the Apollo Theater (

On January 25, New York’s famed Apollo Theater will host a special tribute to late legend Otis Redding featuring house band The Dap-Kings and hostess Whoopi Goldberg, and more special guests have been added to the bill, including guitarists and vocalists Warren Haynes and Marcus King.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

On the turntable this Christmas Eve Sunday...A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 studio album by American composer/conductor Vince Guaraldi (later credited to the jazz group the Vince Guaraldi Trio). The album was released in December 1965 in the United States by Fantasy Records. It is the soundtrack to the CBS Christmas television special of the same name. Guaraldi was contacted by television producer Lee Mendelson several years prior to compose music for a documentary on the comic strip Peanuts and its creator, Charles M. Schulz. Although the special went unaired, these selections were released in 1964 as Jazz Impressions of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"Coca-Colacommissioned a Christmas special based on Peanuts in 1965 and Guaraldi returned to score the special.

A Charlie Brown Christmas features several originals ("Christmas Time Is Here", "Linus and Lucy") as well as covers of well-known Christmas songs ("The Christmas Song", "O Tannenbaum"). The score for the special was largely cut at recording sessions at GlendaleCalifornia's Whitney Studio. Much of this material was re-recorded by Guaraldi at three sessions later in the year at Fantasy Recording Studios in San Francisco, alongside a choir of children culled from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in nearby San Rafael. The sessions ran late into the night, with the children rewarded with ice cream afterwards. Bassist Fred Marshall and drummer Jerry Granelli have been credited as performing on the album, although a host of musicians claim to have recorded the album.

Released a week prior to the broadcast premiere of the special, A Charlie Brown Christmas sold well, and became increasingly famous in the ensuing decades. It is among the most popular Christmas albums in the United States, where it has been certified Quadruple Platinum, having shipped at least four million copies.  As of November 2014, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the tenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 3,410,000 copies according to SoundScan.

The Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas has been voted into the Grammy Hall of Fameand added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" sound recordings.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Classic Rock's Second Best Albums (UCR)

Pity the always-overlooked No. 2. Second place is often simply thought of as the best-finishing loser. One of the key synonyms for this condition says it all: also ran. It's as if anything that doesn't end up first is somehow instantly relegated to a nameless rabble.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Shins to Release "Flipped" Version of Heartworms (

The Shins, who released their latest studio album Heartworms earlier this year, have announced the release of a “flipped” version of the effort, available January 19.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gov't Mule Announce NYE Guests (

Gov’t Mule will return to New York’s Beacon Theatre for a two-night New Year’s Eve run later this month, and the band has announced the guests that will be joining the celebration.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

UCR's 2017 'A to Z' Classic Rock Holiday Gift Guide (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Are you still looking for the perfect present for the classic rock fans in your life? We searched the internet to find 26 great suggestions for artists ranging from AC/DC to ZZ Top and everyone in between.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Chris Robinson Brings Neil Young and Otis Redding Covers to San Francisco Run (

Chris Robinson Brotherhood kicked off a three-night stand at The Fillmore in San Francisco two nights ago, and both performances of the run so far have included special encores featured two live CRB debuts each from iconic artists.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Lotta Sea Lice

Lotta Sea Lice is a collaborative studio album between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, released on October 13, 2017, on Matador, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Neil Schon's New EP Includes Two Journey Covers (UCR)

Months after Journey's simmering internal feud boiled over in public, founding guitarist Neal Schon has emerged with a new solo EP – and it includes updates of two of the band's most recognizable hits.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Guns N' Roses, Springsteen, Metallica Top 2017 Earnings Chart (UCR)

Guns N’ RosesBruce Springsteen and Metallica have been named the highest-earning rock artists of 2017 in the annual Forbes rich list report, which concludes that, out of the 25 biggest moneymaking artists of the year, all but two made most of their income from touring.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jim James Talks My Morning Jacket's Future (

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James released a new album of cover tunes, Tribute To 2, Friday, and the singer-songwriter spoke with Billboard about the record, along with some thoughts on the future of MMJ, who announced they will take a break from US touring in 2018

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bruce Dickinson Aims to Reclaim Iron Maiden Song for Solo Album (UCR)

Bruce Dickinson says his prospective next solo album is half written – and he’s planning to reclaim his song “If Eternity Should Fail” after it was used as the opener on Iron Maiden’s most recent album The Book of Souls.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Watch New Gregg Allman Video for "Song For Adam" (

To celebrate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday, Rounder Records released another new video from his final, Grammy-nominated album Southern Blood, released shortly after his death.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Genesis Live

Genesis Live is the first live album from the English rock band Genesis, released in July 1973 on Charisma Records. Initially recorded for radio broadcast on the American rock program King Biscuit Flower Hour, the album is formed from the recordings of shows at Free Trade HallManchester and De Montfort HallLeicester in February 1973 during the band's tour supporting their fourth studio album Foxtrot (1972).
Genesis Live is the band's first album to enter the top 10 in the UK, reaching No. 9. Following its US release in 1974, it peaked at No. 105.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Railroad Earth's Andrew Altman to Play Bar Show in New Jersey (

Railroad Earth’s Andrew Altman will be playing an intimate solo show at a bar in Jersey City later this month where he will perform a selection of RRE tunes along with a few solo cuts and covers.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Guns N' Roses Close Out 2017 Tour in Los Angeles (UCR)

The latest round of dates on Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime tour concluded at the Forum in their hometown of Los Angeles. The 37-song set, which was broadcast over SiriusXM satellite radio, was nearly four hours long. 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dead & Company Continue Fall Tour in Austin (

Dead & Company continued their fall tour with a stop at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX following a stop in nearby Dallas. 
The show was a quintessential Saturday night performance all the way down to the “One More Saturday Night” encore.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Steely Dan Lawsuit (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The estate of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has responded to a lawsuit filed by his former musical partner Donald Fagen, calling it "misleading," and alleging that it is "riddled with half-truths and omissions."

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Closer to Home

Closer to Home is Grand Funk Railroad's third studio album and was released on June 15, 1970 by Capitol Records. It was produced by Terry Knight. This album reached RIAA gold recordstatus in 1970, making it the group's third gold record in one year. The songs "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" and "Aimless Lady" were later covered by South African group Suck. "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" was also covered by the band Monster Magnet on their first full-length album Spine of God (1991), by former Dokken guitarist George Lynch on his 2004 covers album "Furious George", and by Gov't Mule on their album The Deep End, Volume 1 (2001). The album's inside artwork shows a live photo of the band performing at Madison Square Garden in February 1970.
In 2002 Closer to Home was remastered on compact disc with bonus tracks and also released in a limited-edition box set Trunk of Funk that contained the band's first four albums. The "trunk" has slots for twelve CDs to house the future release of the remaining eight albums that were released by Capitol. Also included is a pair of "Shinin' On" 3-D glasses, guitar pick and a sticker reproducing a concert ticket.
In the 2009 film Law Abiding Citizen, the song "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" is featured in the closing credits.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

STS9 Add to Winter Tour Schedule (

STS9 have added tour dates to their early 2018 winter schedule, when the band will visit the western states after completing their four-night California run to ring in the new year.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tom Petty Bandmates Thank Fans for Support (UCR)

Two members of the Heartbreakers have written personal messages of thanks to the band’s fans following the deathof leader Tom Petty last month. He died at the age of 66 following a heart attack, just one week after he’d completed his latest world tour, triggering an outpouring of grief from the music world.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band to 'Celebrate 30 Years of the Grateful Dead' (

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have added a last-minute show to their fall schedule. The group, who recently wrapped-up the second leg of their first national tour, will return to San Rafael, CA’s Terrapin Crossroads for a show “celebrating 30 years of Grateful Dead music” on November 30.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Eagles Announce 2018 Tour (UCR)

As expected, the Eagles are busy lining up tour dates for 2018 — and they're planning on sharing the stage with some famous friends.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

John Popper Confirms Hawaii Dates (

John Popper will kick off 2018 in Hawaii. The Blues Traveler frontman will hold court at Honolulu’s Blue Note from January 4-6, performing shows at 6:30pm and 9pm each night. Popper has been on the road as a solo act recently, offering a mix of songs and storytelling. For most of his recent dates, Popper has been joined by Blues Traveler keyboardist Ben Wilson. Blues Traveler’s 30th anniversary tour will resume at Boston’s House of Blues on January 26.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...The Division Bell

The Division Bell is the fourteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 28 March 1994 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and on 4 April by Columbia Records in the United States. The album's music was written mostly by guitarist and singer David Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright, and features Wright's first lead vocal on a Pink Floyd album since The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). Gilmour's fiancĂ©e, Polly Samson, co-wrote many of the lyrics, which deal with themes of communication. Recording took place in locations including the band's Britannia Row Studios, and Gilmour's houseboatAstoria. The production team included Pink Floyd stalwarts such as producer Bob Ezrin, engineer Andy Jackson and saxophonist Dick Parry.
The Division Bell reached number one in the UK and the US but received mixed reviews. It was followed by a tour of the US and Europe. It was certified double platinum in the US the year it was released, and triple platinum in 1999. Unused material from the Division Bell sessions became part of Pink Floyd's next and final album, The Endless River (2014).