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.
Stereo, distinct sounds emanating from two speakers, was introduced to the purchasing public in stages from the early to the late 1950s.
In the days when I took the reviews in Rolling Stone magazine and the various editions of the Rolling Stone Record (later Album) Guide seriously, I was conditioned to hate two albums — the Elvis Aaron Presley 8-LP box set and the rather unique album Having Fun With Elvis On Stage.
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.
Since I've mentioned the first album I ever heard, K-Tel's Canadian Mint, many times, I felt it was about time to do an updated evaluation of the 1974 album's 22 tracks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notwithstanding the overall legacy and excellent musicianship of the Rolling Stones, it can be a bit of a chore to like all of their recordings.
We now continue with my favourite songs by the Who, from the 1969 Tommy rock opera 2-Lp set to their 2006 album Endless Wire.
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.
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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