Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Sep 23, 2017  |  1 comments
An old hand from Down Under returns to rock . . .
Robert Baird  |  Sep 16, 2017  |  1 comments
A Completist's Dream
Robert Baird  |  Sep 10, 2017  |  12 comments
The Waiting Room
Robert Baird  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
On his first solo record since 2011's Modern Art, Sweet again returns to what he knows best, short, sweet, guitar-pop originals.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 04, 2017  |  10 comments
Few rock bands have ever inspired such a sharp cleavage in fan opinion.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  0 comments
In football there's a saying to describe an unexpected outcome: "That why they play the games." The recorded music equivalent might be "That's why you have to listen to the records."
Robert Baird  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  2 comments
It's the dates as a leader on ECM that remain the most well-recorded part of John Abercrombie's legacy. The players he filled his ECM records with is a long and distinguished list, but he and his final quartet of Marc Copland on piano, Drew Gress on double bass (far left and left above), and Joey Baron on drums (far right) seemed to have special energy when they played together.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 19, 2017  |  0 comments
A successful exercise in recording vastly different sounds.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  5 comments
Elvis Presley's best recordings, particularly when it comes to his vocals, are his first.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Lots of in-the-moment twists and turns and a general sense of going with what felt right.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 31, 2017  |  0 comments
Chuck Berry's Swan Song
Robert Baird  |  Jul 29, 2017  |  32 comments
This kerfuffle oughta sell a few more Welch/Rawlings records, though.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 21, 2017  |  2 comments
Better left in the cut-out bins? Rock from the era of one-album wonders.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 15, 2017  |  2 comments
One of my favorite South by Southwest moments over the 28 years I have attended was the early-1990s performance of Arthur Alexander who was literally sobbing before his set was done. In 1993, after many years out of the music game, Alexander, with the help of a lot of talented friends, made Lonely Just Like Me for Elektra Records, a swansong he never thought possible. Convinced he'd been forgotten, his triumphant performance in Austin just after the record was released, in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, moved him to tears. A few weeks later he was gone.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 08, 2017  |  5 comments
If you can put aside the fact that what was once a rock 'n' roll band has now grown into a merciless money machine, and a somewhat creaky repetitive live act that hasn't made a great record since 1978, they still do deserve a nod for never saying die. To borrow a famous line from Midnight Cowboy, those boys are gonna die on the stage. And yes, we will certainly miss them when they're gone!

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