Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union

Elton John deserves a hit. Reportedly, he was irked that his most excellent Captain & The Kid (2006) stiffed after seeing one of his best friends/competitors Rod Stewart sell millions with his tepid and alm...

John Mellencamp: No Better Than This

Lost in all the hoopla about how these songs were recorded is just how good they actually are. Mellencamp went on a wild writing spree and wrote 13 songs in 13 days then, during a break from last summer’s minor...

David Bowie: Station To Station

David Bowie has been strangely mute since 2003’s Reality, so the release of one of his best (from 1976), complete with a previously-unreleased two-disc ‘76 Nassau Coliseum concert, is more than welcome. (There’...

Rory Gallagher: The Beat Club Sessions

Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) was a hard-living, hard-playing Irishman. An electric guitarist steeped in the blues, he first fronted Taste in 1966, the proto-typical power trio. His wild solo ‘70s work-outs rank r...

Eric Clapton: Clapton

This former guitar god is aging gracefully yet asking all of us to age with him by covering songs our parents loved by such admittedly stellar songwriters as Hoagie Carmichael , Irving Berlin , Johnny Mercer , ...

Neil Young: Le Noise

Fuzz guitar, echo and feedback permeate opener “Walk With me” as producer Daniel Lanois (who did so much for Dylan and U2) lets Neil Young release his inner grunge. Young, at 65, shows no signs of resting on pa...

Liza Minnelli: Confessions

Liza Minnelli’s first all-new studio album in 14 years is a laid-back informal affair that sidesteps obvious chestnuts in favor of discreet picks like Peggy Lee’s “He’s A Tramp,” Ray Noble’s “I Hadn’t Anyone Ti...

Robert Plant: Band Of Joy

You have to hand it to the 62-year-old Robert Plant. He’s been in bands since age 17, the first one, with John Bonham, is this project’s title. He’s obviously not the same singer who sang “Communication Breakdo...

Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

Jeff Tweedy is totally in service to The Queen here: Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Famer Mavis Staples, 71, growls, cajoles, pleads, croons, testifies, rocks and stomps her way through 13 well thought out gems. Tweedy...