In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Blues Brothers John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd-June 1979

I would wager that imitators of the Blues Brothers, blues harp-blowing Elwood Blues and his singing hand-standing brother Joliet Jake, are second in number only to Elvis impersonators ever since Briefcase Full of Blues topped the US sales chart in 1978, selling over two million copies. And like Presley impersonators, there have been...
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Todd Rundgren: From “Runt” to “Global”

Normally we start out each edition of In The Studio with a musical collage made up of the most popular musical highlights from a band or musician’s career, but in Todd Rundgren‘s instance the high points from merely one of his solo albums, Something/ Anything, would run three minutes long. So now that...
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Jethro Tull-Minstrel in the Gallery 40th Anniversary Deluxe-Ian Anderson

The  40th anniversary “La Grande” edition of Jethro Tull‘s Minstrel in the Gallery gets the knees up full Monty treatment from Porcupine Tree remixer/ surround sound savant Steven Wilson, with a whopping four disc  expanded set including multiple stereo mixes, 5.1  and quadraphonic too, plus a complete live 1975 Paris concert from the...
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Pete Townshend-Empty Glass 35th Anniversary

The release of Pete Townshend‘s solo album Empty Glass 35 years ago was quite the media event, for a number of reasons. First, New York City-based label Atlantic Records was thrilled to get The Who‘s genius songwriter after coveting the iconic group for many years, so much so that they erroneously promoted Empty...
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Lou Reed Rock Hall of Fame Induction

Lou Reed was one of the most formative interviews in my career precisely because his brutal honesty made it so challenging. I could not help but notice that, in his role as host/inteviewer on the cable television series Spectacle, Elvis Costello was literally star-struck when interviewing Lou Reed, who along with John Cale...
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Robert Plant-Nine Lives Best Of

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant‘s post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985’s Shaken’n’Stirred and March 1990’s Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set. It was Robert’s second solo album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant...
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Guess Who-Best-Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman

If you lived within five hundred miles of Chicago, Detroit, or Toronto between 1968 and 1972, seemingly there wasn’t a day when the Winnepeg band The Guess Who didn’t have a hit song on the radio:“These Eyes”,”Laughing”,”Undun”,”No Time”,”No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”,”American Woman”, all written by terrific singer/pianist Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy...
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Free- Andy Fraser Passes Away, 62

In 1970 I was like most white American teenagers in that , with the exception of B.B.King's Top 40 hit "The Thrill Is Gone" , most of us had gotten our limited exposure to the blues second-hand via young English bands such as Led Zeppelin . And even though the members of London-based...
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Van Morrison-Born to Sing-pt 1

Even though I doubt that it was St.Patrick who first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to...
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