In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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

Peter Frampton-Best

Everybody knows that young Englishman Peter Frampton revolutionized the recording industry in early 1976 with his live double set  Frampton Comes Alive. But where did those now-iconic songs like “Show Me the Way”, “Lines on My Face”, “Baby I Love Your Way”, “All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side)”, and “Do...
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Judas Priest-Best Of with Rob Halford

All of the members of Judas Priest grew up in or around the northern industrial English city of Birmingham amidst coal mines,steel factories,iron ore smelters,and the mountainous piles of waste ,or"slag", an inevitable by-product from such heavy industry(the most notorious "slag heap"in rock is the album cover photo on The Who's...
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Outlaws-Best Of-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band from Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those parts  was graded on a mighty steep curve. Such was the case for the Outlaws from...
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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes-Best-October 1991

In advance of the release of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes‘ 1991 album Better Days, Southside Johnny Lyon visited my Dallas radio show to discuss his tenth (!) album as well as the Jukes’ 1976 debut containing the Bruce Springsteen chestnut “The Fever”; 1977′s  I Don’t Want to Go Home; the essential...
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Cult-Love-Electric-Sonic Temple-Billy Duffy 9-’87

By the time The Cult‘s  Sonic Temple  came out twenty-five years ago, I would have bet my last dollar that this British hard-rocking four piece led by trippy full-throated singer Ian Astbury and ripping guitarist Billy Duffy was going to be hugely popular into the next decade. After all, The Cult had just...
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Ann Wilson-Hope and Glory 2007

On Ann Wilson‘s birthday, here is a present from her : a highly personal solo album of carefully chosen covers, Hope and Glory, at a time when US wars were raging in two separate countries with no end in sight. And the “A” guest list of performers with whom Ann duets  include no...
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John Waite-Best-No Brakes 30th Anniversary

When you aggregate the many high points from the recorded body of work of John Waite over the last three decades of popular music, his well-known world class singing voice is readily on display, but what emerges is a dedicated, well-read, mature songwriting craftsman who has maintained the highest standards over a lengthy...
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Bad Company 40th Anniversary-Paul Rodgers,Mick Ralphs,Simon Kirke

By May 1974 anticipation for a new British “supergroup” called Bad Company had built into quite a buzz , based on the pedigrees of the players involved. Singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke were from English bluesrockers Free, a young band which had scored a hit with “All Right Now” early in...
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Patti Scialfa-Rumble Doll 7-93

“We would only play on the streets,” Patti Scialfa recalled about her earliest formative performing days in New York City, long before she was invited to join Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. “People would invite us to play clubs, but we thought playing clubs was selling out!” At the time of her Rumble...
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Joe Cocker-With a Little Help from My Friends 45th anniversary

Joe Cocker occupies a unique role in rock’n’roll. He has not composed since the early 1970s, and wasn’t particularly prolific even then. Joe doesn’t have a permanent band like Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty do, or a permanent collaborator like Elton John has with Bernie Taupin. Cocker does not play an instrument, doesn’t...
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