Joel Goldenberg

Retro Roundup

A Suburban journalist for more than a quarter century, Joel Goldenberg is also an avid fan of the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s — and he loves to write about it.

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We interrupt our evaluations of notable albums throughout my listening history, to return once again to one of my favourite subjects — surround sound music.

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I have a short list of several artists that I absolutely love, such as The Who, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Otis Redding and a few others.

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At the time of writing, there is a very lively (and sometimes raging) debate taking place on the Steve Hoffman Music Forum, on a nearly 300-page thread concentrating on the merits of Elvis Presley's 1970s albums and singles.

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While K-Tel's Canadian Mint various artists collection was the first album I ever heard, that was on cassette. To my best recollection, the first LP I ever heard was a three-record set and another K-Tel entry, Today's Super Greats.

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My music buying history started in around 1980, when I got Abba Greatest Hits Vol. 2 at The Bay downtown, and a while later, I got Bruce Springsteen's The River on eight-track tape at the Bay in Place Vertu in St. Laurent.

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Unlike last week's Retro Roundup entry, Elvis Presley's C'mon Everybody on RCA Victor's Camden budget label, the companion album I Got Lucky did not receive five stars in the 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide, only a mere three.

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As I've written many times, the 1979 edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide was my record-buying Bible, and one of my purposes in life during the time I depended on its critics for musical guidance was to get every album that received a five-star review.

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Quadraphonic sound, one of the earlier forms of surround sound with music emanating from four speakers, has made a limited comeback since its demise circa 1976-77.

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Before we delve into this week's album entry, I want to give my highest recommendation to the recently released documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name. It is directed by A.J. Eaton, while rock writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe interviews Crosby.

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In the two weeks since the A to Z list of Retro Roundup's favourite songs by particular artists and groups reached its conclusion, I internally debated myself on how the notable albums series would be presented.

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Before we embark on a new series of Retro Roundups listing notable albums by solo artists and groups, here are some retro recommendations for purchase, and some have nothing to do with music:

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We have now reached the end of our multi-year series on Retro Roundup's favourite individual songs of artists and bands from A to Z, and our final installment includes the Y and Z lists.

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As The Who is my favourite rock group (as opposed to the Beach Boys being my favourite pop group), it would seem to follow that I would include every one of their songs in this survey of their best.

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We are heading towards the end of this years-long series of favourite songs by solo artists and groups, as we plow ahead with the wondrous W list, beginning with a rather obscure artist:

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We now begin, and pretty quickly, end the U list and then proceed to the V list of favourite artists and groups and their best songs.

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Greetings! Things are dragging a bit on the so, so, so long S list that we'll speed things up with more artists/groups and shorter reviews. We start with one of the best early soul groups of the 1970s.

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Happy New Year! An interesting 2019 lies before us, as I fully expect 50th anniversary box sets for such landmark albums as The Beatles' Abbey Road, the Stones' Let it Bleed, Elvis Presley's From Elvis in Memphis, and maybe The Who's Tommy with different extras from the previous deluxe set, …

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The next installment of the S list will have to wait, as there is a necessity to dissect the 50th anniversary release of The Beatles, better known as The White Album.