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 […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 3: Division II: Rock Album Deathmatch: Eight Albums Enter, One Album Exits . . ."
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, […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Number of the Beast,” by Iron Maiden — a music (and documentary) review"
Stephen King was at least partially responsible for my purchase of this album (which was in cassette form the first time, I’ll admit). I read King’s novel The Stand not long after it came out in 1978, and, as I recall, it had at least one epigraph quoting the song “Shelter from […]Read more "It’s A Good Record, Man: “Blood on the Tracks,” by Bob Dylan"