Q&A: What musical artists started off strong and then had a major drop off in terms of quality?

ROBERT G writes … Yes, Rod Stewart. Elton John, too. But I remind, the “major drop off in terms of quality” is subjective, of course. Therefore we answer in terms of our opinions. For me, maybe others, too, it is about the integrity that one builds within his/her fanbase, friends, etc. Like it or not, […]

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BRIAN MAY: Why do I find many of the lyrics in Queen songs that were written by Brian May very disturbing? “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Now I’m Here” are two examples.

ROBIN M writes … This is going to get me in a lot of trouble with Queen fans. I find them a little disturbing myself. I’m not into PC culture because it has gone too far and is now more harmful than helpful to society IMO—even for those it is supposed to protect— so I’m […]

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SUPERTRAMP: Whatever happened to them?

No longer active nowadays I’m afraid – they last toured in 2010, but with only three-fifths of the classic line-up on board. Co-founder and primary songwriter Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983 and bassist Dougie Thomson followed suit five years later. Keyboardist Rick Davies (the band’s other main songwriter) thereafter was the main creative […]

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What were the reasons for George Harrison’s minimal involvement in the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”?

THOMAS J. BEAVER writes … What I’ll contribute here touches on whole the sweep of 1966-68 for The Beatles, and regarding George in particular. 1966’s great Revolver (released Aug. ’66) was really the culmination of The Beatles as we knew it, as a cohesive band. The result: 14 tracks, 14 great songs (okay, maybe 13) […]

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DYLAN: What album is the quintessential Bob Dylan album — not necessarily your favorite, but the album that epitomizes the Dylan experience?

AMY writes … This question is pretty much impossible to answer. There is no “quintessential Dylan album” because Dylan’s music has spanned multiple genres. He’s released 38 studio albums in his career and they run the gamut. The Freewheelin Bob Dylan and The Times They Are A-Changin’ are straight up folk albums. Highway 61 Revisited […]

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What’s the opinion on doctored/modified ‘live’ albums, e.g., Live and Dangerous & Unleashed in The East?

ALEX JOHNSON writes … One of my strongest connections with any band ever involved falling for Talking Heads in 1985, via Stop Making Sense, an album we now know to have been quite heavily touched up after the fact—although the 1999 re-released version removed a lot of those touches. I remember noticing that Bernie Worrell’s […]

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