The compilation that changed my life and how I heard pop/rock music
This album is a celebration of life–a feeling of energy and love by the poets, artists and musicians who have joined together to speak for a purpose–to relay the message against drug abuse. The DO IT NOW FOUNDATION is dedicated to helping fight this problem. Never before in the history of the recording industry have so many artists of such stature donated their services for a collage album. We wish to thank all those caring people, the record companies and music producers, whose contributions went into making this album a reality.
–From album notes, Do It Now, 1970–
Continue reading Do It Now Turns 50
"I hear you're mad about Brubeck
I like your eyes I like him too.
He's an artist, a pioneer
We've got to have some music on the new frontier"
--Donald Fagen, 'New Frontier'
Continue reading Dave Brubeck Quartet: For All Time
by Marshall Bowden
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School is supposed to represent Warren Zevon’s relationships with women, or maybe just with life in general. But it’s clear that the album is more closely aligned with his life, more autobiographical than Excitable Boy or even his album before that.
Continue reading Warren Zevon’s Bad Luck Streak
Weather Report has long been an influential band, and even detractors of the group’s later work find it difficult to be critical of some of the group’s early recordings. At the group’s core were keyboardist Joe Zawinul, a veteran of Cannonball Adderley’s group as well as influential work with Miles Davis, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who worked extensively with Davis as part of his second great quintet and, before that, Art Blakey.
Continue reading Weather Report: Forecast Tomorrow
A selection of Bob Marley & The Wailers tracks that have meaning to me and have stuck with me through the years, appearing frequently on mixtapes and playlists. Not necessarily stuff you’ll find on an artist’s Greatest Hits collection.
Continue reading In Ten Tracks: Bob Marley & The Wailers
by Marshall Bowden
Music streaming services like Spotify have become the go-to for many music fans, even those who listen to music a lot. But bottom line, you need to own copies of the music you consider essential in whatever format you prefer, or your ability to hear it on demand might disappear overnight.
Continue reading Music Streaming vs. Ownership: If You Like It, Spend Some $$ On It