Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  7 comments
Does having commercial leanings make you a traitor to the purity of your art? Can you make money in music and still have integrity? These eternal questions came to mind upon the death of singer Al Jarreau. Often savaged by critics and fans for his success, Jarreau cut his own path and by the time he died, at the age of 76, of respiratory failure on Sunday, February 12, he'd had more than a few last laughs on his detractors.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  1 comments
At first glance the pairing of R. Stevie Moore (right), the Nashville born/New Jersey-residing DIY legend who over the past several decades has released literally hundreds of cassettes—and, to be fair, some records he actually worked on—and Jason Falkner (left), the always brilliant, sometimes cranky, LA pop auteur behind Three O'Clock, Jellyfish and The Grays (with Jon Brion), a couple of great solo records, and contributions to records by Beck, Aimee Mann and AIR, seems fairly odd. But once you listen to Make It Be, these two triangular pegs actually fit into their own unique space that's neither round not square.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions has wisely followed Russell's death with this superfine 200-gram, 331/3 reissue of this craggy 1970s landmark, Russell's best studio album until his final closing statement, 2014's Life Journey.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 20, 2017  |  3 comments
Even if you think you’ve heard Ray do "Georgia" one too many times, this version will surprise— it’s really something special.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 11, 2016  |  9 comments
Lake’s death, followed by the fact that I had three new 140 gram ELP LP reissues...
Robert Baird  |  Dec 09, 2016  |  3 comments
Perhaps there’s a little nostalgia talking here...
Robert Baird  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  3 comments
One of the few '70s funk/soul holy grails that’s actually worth digging for.
Robert Baird  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  9 comments
That scraping noise you hear is coming from the bottom of the barrel.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  2 comments
If there ever was a sure-enough soul man, it was the Big O.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  1 comments
Or perhaps a duo effort by Chilton and storied Memphis producer Jim Dickinson?
Robert Baird  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Electronics is electronics, love them or hate them, your choice.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 02, 2016  |  9 comments
To my ears, the masterpieces of the solo careers are obvious.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  2 comments
The problem for true believers is that there’s never been a proper Beatles live album.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  3 comments
And as the Beatles later mused, he’d done it alone.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 09, 2016  |  0 comments
A new CD/MP3 by Los Angeles-based Omnivore Records, a reissue label that’s growing more interesting with each release,

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