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Cracking Zeppelin’s Coda

Coda, if you want to get merely factual, comprises eight odds and sods recorded in 1970, 1972, 1976, and 1978 (all even numbers!), almost none of which had shown up on any previous Led Zeppelin album; the only exception is a live 1970 soundcheck of Mississippi bluesman Willie Dixon’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” which… Continue reading Cracking Zeppelin’s Coda

150 Best Albums of 1982

Go ahead, call me a Teutonophile — You wouldn’t be the first, and I’ll readily admit to a fondness for jagerschnitzel, currywurst, spaetzle, oompah accordions, lederhosen, drndls and dachshunds, not to mention a nostalgia for all the imbißes, rathskellars, gasthäuser, bierhallen, bahnhöfe and (most obviously for our purposes) plattenläden I once whiled away my time… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1982

150 Best Albums of 1973

Hate to be a killjoy or spoilsport, but I’ve never much cared about circuses. Sideshows I can get with — P.T. Barnum invented American popular culture if anybody did — but those three Ringling Brothers rings not so much. And I can’t even blame cruelty to big cats and elephants; it’s more that the whole… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1973