Ray Davies' commentary illuminates his collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Alex Chilton, Black Francis, Lucinda Williams, Metallica, Jackson Browne, and more...
"With only a couple of albums under his belt, his life was suddenly taken. If he were alive today, those who knew him speculate, there's no doubt he would be very big."
"[Cher] hopes there is something / Special here for you. / You are special to her, / And this is her way of telling you."
With obvious appreciation for Orbison, Boudleaux Bryant extends his songwriting craftsmanship and musicality to his cohesive and incisive commentary, with an appealing wit and wordplay.
"He had no brakes, and he didn’t think about consequences ... That makes for passionate music, but it can be a hard way to live."
"Hank Williams crowded a lot of living into twenty-nine years. Someone said he went into anything like 'killin' rattlesnakes.'"
"He's as personal and as universal as Yeats or Blake; speaking for himself, risking that dangerous opening of the veins, he speaks for us all."
"The highly charged language...is full of gimmicks and almost overpowers some songs with paradoxes and subverted cliches piling up into private and secret meanings."
"...a manifestation of human generosity and beauty on B.B.’s part and the raw appreciation of 2,117 of his most ardent fans.”
Ella handles nuances of wit and humor, "one of the prime requisites with Lorenz Hart lyrics, by turns satirical, sardonic, sexy, sophisticated, and sweetly simple."
With no 20/20 about it, disheveled Davies’ ditties, B-sides and Besides are anthologized and annotated with the perceptiveness of hindsight in a house of mirrors.
From the Knickerbockers to the Cyrkle to Bobby Fuller, your “One Stop Pop Culture Shop” brings you a refresher course in '60s pop-rock history.
“It’s the only rock album I know where you can actually hear hurled beer bottles breaking against guitar strings.” --Lester Bangs
America's alright if you like saxophones.
Just in time for Valentine's Day - but we're not exactly talkin' "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" here, okay?
"About rainy days and sunny days, about sessions men and dark ladies, about P.V.C. grass skirts in Waikiki, about memories, and dandies..."
With California songs from Brian Wilson to Merle Haggard, a beautifully realized album completes its harmony in finely-rendered liner notes.
The album that introduced the Prefab Four - the "legend that will last a lunchtime."
Happy 80th Birthday to someone whose records are "power-packed plastic, intense sonic creations that sparkle and cut with the brilliance of diamonds."
"...SWITCH near tears when 'Going Underground' goes to the top! SWITCH 'Why'd you wear that apron?'! SWITCH a night in the nick in Leeds! SWITCH..."