Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Jan 17, 2017  |  5 comments
The Band: The Last Waltz 40th
Rhino RR 273925 (2 CDs). 1978/2016. Robbie Robertson, prod.; Ron Fraboni, John Simon, co-prods.; Terry Becker, Tim Kramer, Elliot Mazer, Wayne Neuendorf, Ed Anderson, Neil Brody, engs. ADD? TT: 2:09:11
Performance *****
Sonics ****

To clear the air, if not the sinuses, let's dispose right now of the traveling-booger-matte controversy. If Robbie Robertson and the late Levon Helm are to be believed, in The Last Waltz, Neil Young performed "Helpless" with a very suspicious chunk of something hanging out of one nostril. When Young and his management became aware of the problem, the offending object had to be excised from the film stock using a matte laboriously inserted into every frame. At least, that's how the juiciest legend from one of rock's most legendary performances is usually told.

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 15, 2016  |  3 comments
John McEuen: Made in Brooklyn
Chesky JD388 (CD). 2016. John McEuen, David Chesky, prods.; Norman Chesky, exec. prod.; Nicholas Prout, Mor Mezrich, Max Steen, engs. DDD? TT: 65:03
Performance ****
Sonics ****½

The invite from David Chesky was simple enough: "Hey Robert, John McEuen, David Bromberg and a lot of other people are going to make a record in this abandoned church that a friend of mine owns in Brooklyn, you wanna come by?" Knowing the resourcefulness, not to mention good ears, of David and Norman Chesky, owners of Chesky Records, I soon arrived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to find Stereophile contributing editor Herb Reichert munching on cookies and listening through headphones to what was going into the computer. Ahh, that freelancer lifestyle.

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  |  0 comments
Electronics is electronics, love them or hate them, your choice.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  1 comments
Or perhaps a duo effort by Chilton and storied Memphis producer Jim Dickinson?
Robert Baird  |  Oct 02, 2016  |  9 comments
To my ears, the masterpieces of the solo careers are obvious.

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