Syl Johnson – Complete Mythology

When it comes to venerable, and always under-appreciated, rhythm-and-blues greats, later is better than never for the spotlight to shine their way once again. That’s decidedly the case with Syl Johnson. The 74-year-old songwriter, vocalist and fried-fish entrepreneur gets the royal treatment with a new 4-CD (or 6 LP) box set, compiled with religious obsession… Continue reading Syl Johnson – Complete Mythology

The Posies – Blood/Candy

The Posies Blood/Candy [Rykodisc] The last time I interviewed Ken Stringfellow – he being half of The Posies – he was about to tour behind a solo album while leaving his newborn child with a nanny on an island off the coast of France. Coincidentally, my unattended one-year-old had rolled off the bed that same… Continue reading The Posies – Blood/Candy

Kraftwerk – Minimum-Maximum

This is already one of my all-time favorite live albums, though I can’t readily explain why. Unlike the typical concert document, there’s no exaggerated posturing on the part of the musicians, no “We love you, St. Louis!!,” no extended solos, and neither flashpots nor fireworks exploding during the finale. There’s no finale at all, in… Continue reading Kraftwerk – Minimum-Maximum