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Thursday, September 29, 2005

#790 - The Inner Mounting Flame, Mahavishnu Orchestra

"This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough...Aimed with absolute precision at young rock fans, this record was wildly popular in its day, and it may have been the cause of more blown-out home amplifiers than any other record this side of Deep Purple." (allmusic guide)

#789 - Walk Under Ladders, Joan Armatrading

"Dominant keyboard lines and the characteristic fat percussion approach of producer Steve Lillywhite completed Armatrading's transformation from folky to new wave diva on this album. Still, it was songs like "The Weakness in Me" to which old fans responded, although the U.K. hits were "I'm Lucky" and "No Love." Another British Top Ten, the album was less successful in the U.S., consolidating Armatrading's expanded following without propelling her to major stardom." (allmusic guide)

#788 - Road Tested, Bonnie Raitt

"In a 24-year recording career, Bonnie Raitt had not previously released a live album, so this concert set was overdue. Coming off three multi-platinum studio albums, Raitt and Capitol pulled out all the stops, compiling a 22-track, double-disc package from dates recorded in July 1995 in Portland and Oakland. Raitt ranged over her career, reaching back to her early folk-blues days and forward to the pop/rock songs that finally made her a big star in the late '80s and early '90s." (allmusic guide)

#787 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2

"U2 have their feet firmly back on rock 'n' roll terra firma; How To Dismantle... is, for the most part, a lively affair. Nothing rocks as solidly as "Vertigo," but songs such as "All Because of You," "City of Blinding..." and "A Man And..." would sound at home on The Joshua Tree, and that's heavy praise, indeed!" (real music guide)

#786 - Super Session, Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills

"As the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) had done a year earlier, Super Session (1968) initially ushered in several new phases in rock & roll's concurrent transformation. In the space of mere months, the soundscape of rock shifted radically from two- and three-minute danceable pop songs to comparatively longer works with more attention to technical and musical subtleties. Enter the unlikely all-star triumvirate of Al Kooper (piano/organ/ondioline/vocals/guitars), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), and Stephen Stills (guitar) -- all of whom were concurrently "on hiatus" from their most recent engagements." (allmusic guide)


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