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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 12, 2015 1 comments
Maybe it’s the sound. Or the way it looks slung around your neck. Or its mystical appeal to females, but the appeal of the electric guitar has been there literally from its invention in the early 1930s.
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Robert Baird Posted: Mar 07, 2015 4 comments
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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 27, 2015 16 comments
Robert Baird Posted: Feb 24, 2015 Published: Mar 01, 2015 4 comments
Estrella Morente: Amar en Paz
Estrella Morente, voice; Niño Josele, guitar
Calle 54/Sony Music 88875011922 (CD). 2014. Fernando Trueba, prod., exec. prod.; Nat Chediak, exec. prod.; Jose Luis Crespo, eng.; Jim Anderson, mix; Alan Silverman, mastering. DDD? TT: 66:29
Performance ****
Sonics ****½

What makes a great singer great is a magical combination of virtuosic physical skills with mental and emotional powers of interpretation that allow you to hear and feel a lyric's subtext: the emotions the songwriter hoped to evoke by a turn in the melody.

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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 20, 2015 11 comments
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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 13, 2015 6 comments
Back before the ring-a-ding-ding Reprise records, where the brass blew and the fingers snapped, Francis Albert made a lot of overtly sad records for Capitol.
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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 13, 2015 2 comments
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Robert Baird Posted: Feb 06, 2015 5 comments
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 30, 2015 5 comments
There’s a recent recording project that I have to say exemplifies that hard as it is to believe, there are still human hearts beating in the biz.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 30, 2015 2 comments
If you want to complain that young rock bands have no sense of the past; no melodies; no hooks; no hope then what do you call a young band with the sense and taste to take a freaky masterpiece like Zep III as a model for their debut? Weak? Lazy? Unworthy of a listen?

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