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Steve Hoffman: The First Genius Of CD

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, October 1987

MCA's Remastering Genius Discusses His Archival Work And His New Position At Dunhill Compact Classics ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1987

IF MICHAEL JACKSON is not the most confusing entertainer of our time, you can't blame him for not trying. ...

Gene Vincent: Born To Be A Rolling Stone (Topline Records)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, December 1987

TO SEE JUST how far a former great rock and roller can sink, check out the 12 pieces of aural excrement that comprise Gene Vincent's ...

Sam & Dave: Sam and Dave: The Best of Sam & Dave

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, December 1987

DURING THE HEIGHT of the Blues Brothers craze, I went to a small club to see the re-formed Sam and Dave. The dance floor ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: The Rock & Roll Disc Interview: Frank Zappa

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, December 1987

FRANK ZAPPA is nothing if not an American original. As American youth swarmed to record stores in search of Monkees and Archies records (it ...

Carl Perkins: Born To Rock

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, July 1989

BORN TO ROCK, the first album from rockabilly legend Carl Perkins in quite some time, is a respectable if not an especially remarkable work. ...

Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones: Stone Alone: A Rare Interview with Mick Taylor

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, July 1989

MICK TAYLOR initially came into the public spotlight as the very young (17 years old) replacement for the renowned Peter Green in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobie Brothers: Cycles

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, July 1989

WHEN IN DOUBT, regroup. At least that seems to be the formula these days for the rock era's dinosaurs, has-beens, and once-wases. This ...

The Gyuto Monks: Freedom Chants From the Roof of the World (Rykodisc)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, July 1989

FOR CONNOISSEURS of the weird, the Gyuto Monks' Freedom Chants From the Roof of the World demands a place of honor among your trophies.  ...

Chet Baker: Chet Baker Sings and Plays From the Film ‘Let's Get Lost’

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1989

I AM NO JAZZ CRITIC, and there are several Rock & Roll Disc writers far more qualified to write about Chet Baker than I. But ...

Aerosmith: Pump

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1989

IF ANY CRITIC ever cut Aerosmith slack during their halcyon days in the ‘70s, I never saw evidence of it. Steven Tyler seemed no more ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Live At the Star Club (Bear Family)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1989

WHAT IS IT about Jerry Lee Lewis that so fascinates us and makes us love a character so inherently unlovable? He only had a handful ...

J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1989

WHILE I DON'T think there is a single instance of great, enduring songwriting on this disc -- don't look for any Hall of Fame nominations ...

The Sugarcubes: Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1989

IT IS THE JOB of the P.R. people at record companies to shove this week's newest big thing down the throats of a hungry music-buying ...

Wanda Jackson: Rockin' in the Country (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, August 1990

THE PROBLEM WITH Wanda Jackson is her conviction, or more precisely her lack of it. She was a died-in-the-wool country weeper until she met ...

Ronnie Hawkins: The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, September 1990

I’M CONVINCED that Ronnie Hawkins’ name has been kept alive in rock literature for over 30 years, not because of anything he actually did ...

Jack Kerouac: The Mythmaking of Jack Kerouac: The Jack Kerouac Collection (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, September 1990

TRUMAN CAPOTE very nearly sank Jack Kerouac’s literary reputation with five well-chosen words that exploded like cigarette loads in the public eye. ...

Paul Simon: The Rhythm of the Saints

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1990

AFTER WORLD WAR I, Kenya became a refuge for rich, spoiled British expatriates who had dishonored their family name or provoked scandal – enough anyway ...

ZZ Top: Recycler

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1990

THAT LITTLE OL' BAND from Texas is actually a corporate juggernaut that has raked in the millions in the 20 some-odd years it has been ...

Gang of Four: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century (Warner Bros.)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, February 1991

IF YOU HAPPEN to own a copy of The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records, you can open it to just about any page, ...

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Guilty Pleasures

Retrospective by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, March 1991

MY MOTHER TELLS the story of a Bob Hope television special that aired in the 1950s. The comedian had just made a crack about ...

Alex Chilton: 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, April 1991

IF ANY ONE PERSON is emblematic of the musical malaise of rock's cutting edge during the 1980s, it would have to be cult factotum Alex ...

The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection (Alligator)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, May 1991

REMEMBER THOSE Lowery Organ displays that were once a staple of every suburban shopping mall in North America? The ones where some weenie in a ...

The La's: The La’s: The La’s

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, June 1991

RIGHT OUT OF the box The La’s had me hooked like a red snapper. All my complaints of yore about the bored soul at the ...

Paul McCartney: Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, July 1991

I HAVE A MENTAL image of Paul McCartney that I carry in my heart like a mother's locket. It's one of those moody black ...

Bill Inglot: An Analog Heart In A Digital Domain

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, August 1991

THE NAME Bill Inglot became synonymous with the CD medium in the earliest days of the new digital technology. Working most often with Rhino Records, ...

Pat Benatar: True Love

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, August 1991

SOME PEOPLE are labouring under the mistaken notion that Pat Benatar is a rock vocalist. What she really is is a music video ...

The La's: Have Mersey: An Interview with The La’s’ Driving Force and Angriest Member Lee Mavers

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, September 1991

JUST WHEN YOU think you’ve seen or heard everything that could happen in the music business, something like the La’s imbroglio comes along. The ...

Gram Parsons: Ben Fong-Torres: Hickory Wind – The Life and Times of Gram Parsons

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Rock and Roll Disc, October 1991

"LIVE FAST, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse," the classic punk credo spoken by John Derek to Humphrey Bogart in Knock on Any Door ...

Chris Montez: All-Time Greatest Hits

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, October 1991

ANYONE WHO still doesn't think remastering ace Steve Hoffman is a genius should be forced to listen to this anthology of Chris Montez. ...

The Doors: The Doors in Concert

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, Spring 1991

AS MUCH AS I would feel vindicated by a kick-ass live set by the Doors, who I have defended against some of rock criticism’s biggest ...

Eric Clapton: 24 Nights

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, January 1992

CORRECTION. Eric Clapton was God. ...

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