Jeff Lynne’s ELO Takes London’s Hyde Park by Storm! Tell Tchaikovsky the News!

Jeff Lynne’s ELO | BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day in Hyde Park, September 14, 2014  A review by Alan Haber “Yes, I’m turnin’ to stone ‘cos you ain’t comin’ home, why you ain’t comin’ home if I’m turnin’ to stone? You’ve been gone for so long and I can’t carry on, yes I’m … Read moreJeff Lynne’s ELO Takes London’s Hyde Park by Storm! Tell Tchaikovsky the News!

Charming, Bittersweet “Sabina” Points to Fine Fall Album Release from Michael Oliver and the Sacred Band

I cannot remember the last time I was so charmed by a song that I played it over and over again upon receipt. Only seconds into the first single from the forthcoming, hopefully late-Fall-ish album by Michael Oliver and the Sacred Band, Everything Sunny All the Time Always, I was thanking my lucky stars that … Read moreCharming, Bittersweet “Sabina” Points to Fine Fall Album Release from Michael Oliver and the Sacred Band

“Sorry Girls, He’s Married!” Joe Sullivan Strikes a Rock Star Pose and It Comes Out Pop

Joe Sullivan | Schlock Star | Reed Recording Company, 2014 Review by Alan Haber If this were another time and place and Sullivanmania had hit our shores in 1964, it would have been Joe striking a rock star pose on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater with the legend “Sorry Girls, He’s Married!” jittering … Read more“Sorry Girls, He’s Married!” Joe Sullivan Strikes a Rock Star Pose and It Comes Out Pop

A Starr at Every Turn: Ringo Remastered!

(Originally published on the buhdge website in 2007) Ringo Starr | Photograph, The Very Best of Ringo (Capitol, 2007) Fab sticksman Richard Starkey M.B.E.’s best sides finally get a first-class remastering with Photograph The Very Best of Ringo Starr, a most welcome release that earns Capitol Records a back-off-boogaloo’s-worth of goodwill from fans. For one … Read moreA Starr at Every Turn: Ringo Remastered!

Reviews from the Pages of buhdge: The Association’s Waterbeds in Trinidad (1972)

(Originally published on the buhdge website in 2006) Unfairly categorized as a singles band, the Association did not, as some would have you believe, make bad albums. They also did not become a less-interesting aggregation in the band’s later recording years, as this lone Columbia album proves. Released a year after the group’s final Warner Brothers release, … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: The Association’s Waterbeds in Trinidad (1972)

Ooh, Scary Good! A Look Back at Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson

(The following essay was written for the Discoveries Magazine website as part of their countdown to the release of the Harry Nilsson RCA Albums Collection on July 30, 2013, and is reproduced here by permission.) Without question, Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson was the right album for the right time. When it was released in … Read moreOoh, Scary Good! A Look Back at Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson

Apples, Apples, Everywhere

(Here is a look at XTC’s wonderful, unfortunately out-of-print, Apple Box. It originally appeared on the buhdge website on November 6, 2005. Note that the two new songs discussed below were also available on a single, promotional CD entitled Apple Bite and as part of the also-no-longer-available Apple Set, which also came with two t-shirts … Read moreApples, Apples, Everywhere

Jamie & Steve’s Circling: An Exciting Paradise

Jamie & Steve | Circling | Loaded Goat (2014) ***** There is a certain safety in knowing that you are in good hands–hands that have seen much the same landscape as you, hands and heads and hearts that have witnessed what you have, even if such witness comes from a slightly different perspective. In our … Read moreJamie & Steve’s Circling: An Exciting Paradise

Reviews from the Pages of buhdge: Andrew Gold’s Asylum Albums

Here’s another review from days gone by–February 7, 2005, to be exact, from the pages of buhdge. This is basically as first published. I resisted the temptation to excise a line or two, because I prefer to look at Andrew Gold’s music as an eternally living, breathing thing… Andrew Gold | Andrew Gold | Collector’s … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: Andrew Gold’s Asylum Albums