Tag Archives: 3.25 stars

RS #404: Dr. John, Dr. John’s Gumbo


Dr. John, Dr. John's Gumbo

Release Date: 1972
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Dr John's Prescription Gumbo. Take with food.
Impressions: Dr. John is one of those guys that you know for his cajun piano playin' voodoo image more than his songs.  Okay, Doc, let's see what you got. Allons-y... Starts off with the oft-covered "Iko Iko" and it's distinct "bomp bomp bompbomp" rhythm. A decent enough song, but sort of been ruined to me by years of abuse by Grateful Dead cover … Continue Reading ››

RS #406: PJ Harvey, Rid Of Me


PJ Harvey, Rid Of Me

Release Date: 1993
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Of course, there'd be a black and white photo on the cover of this grey-sounding album.
Impressions: Earlier, I felt like I missed the boat on PJ Harvey. Now I get a second chance with her most lauded record. Let's put it on… Hmm, I recognize that drum sound: Steve Albini! Well, if nothing else, maybe I'll at least enjoy the production of this record (then … Continue Reading ››

RS #409: The Doors – Strange Days


The Doors, Strange Days

Release Date: 1967 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Man, what a perfect, weird album cover.
Impressions: I think The Doors get kind of a bad rap-- probably due to a combination of classic rock overexposure, Jim Morrison's pretentous artiste/drunk/shaman clowning and maybe even a little fallout from the overbearing Oliver Stone movie. All of this overshadowed a completely underrated band that played a unique, jazzy, dramatic and, yes sometimes, pretentious style of '60s blues rock. Time for their second album... Starts off with the ominous sound of Ray Manzarek's organ … Continue Reading ››

RS #445: Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle

Steve Miller Band, Fly Like An Eagle
His hair is flying like an eagle, for sure.

Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle

Release Date: 1976 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes Impressions: Like many red-blooded American males who have spent time at Boy Scout Camp, I have an appreciation for the occasional Steve Miller Band jam. My SMB dosage usually came in the form a tape of their greatest hits played loudly while tooling around Wisconsin in a Trans Am. Let's turn the clock back… Whooshy, familiar keyboard opening, woah, man. Then, it comes in: … Continue Reading ››