VERSUS: Episode 3: Division II: Rock Album Deathmatch: Eight Albums Enter, One Album Exits . . .

Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division I—featuring works from The Beatles, The Who, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Styx and Bad Company—battled it out, head-to-head, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band emerging as the sole survivor. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the […]

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VERSUS: Episode 2: Division I: Rock Album Deathmatch: And the Winner Is . . .

I set all of this up in my previous VERSUS post. Sixty-four classic music albums that I have owned, separated into eight divisions (of eight albums each, naturally), with the overall winner of each division, after a series of head-to-head battles, moving on to face the winners of the other divisions. I’ve separated the entire […]

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It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” by David Bowie — a music review

When you say “Ziggy Stardust” most people know the David Bowie work you’re referring to, although the actual title of the 1972 album is “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” This was a concept album that may have been a bit bigger than its concept. It was preceded by […]

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It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Number of the Beast,” by Iron Maiden — a music (and documentary) review

This post is serving double duty. It’s a track-by-track review of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, with the associations of my ill-spent youth. But, it’s also a review of the documentary Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (Classic Albums), which I watched on Amazon Prime Video. As is my custom, […]

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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years — a documentary review

I may have seen parts of the documentary on television before. Parts of it seem very familiar. I am familiar with director Penelope Spheeris. She directed two comedy movies I liked a lot: Wayne’s World and the Chris Farley/David Spade Black Sheep. Spheeris also directed the “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video for Wayne’s World. The rumor […]

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