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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on May 26, 2015

Brian Wilson and Friends – Live from the Venetian Theatre
The genius behind the Beach Boys – and friends, including members of that band – turn the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas, into a church of harmonies and memories – and affirmation that Brian Wilson is doing all right. Many fans have wondered, but here he is, singing strong on “Heroes and Villains” and “Good Vibrations” before giving way to a parade of singers, known and lesse…

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New Music Tuesday

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on May 19, 2015

Phil Collins - Live at Montreux 2004
Who else can open a concert with eight minutes on the drums except Phil Collins? That’s exactly what he does here at the Montreux Festival, and he can pull it off, because (a) “Drum Thing” is a blast and (b) non-drum fans know there’s a Phil Collins show ahead. In excellent vocal form, and backed by a stellar band and backup vocalists, Collins keep the hits coming, among them “Against All Odds,” “In t…

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New Music Tuesday

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on May 12, 2015


Paul Simon - Live From Philadelphia
The Billboard book, Singer-Songwriters, profiles 208 of them, but only one—Paul Simon—graces the cover. He’s simply one of the finest of the genre, and here in 1980, at a stately theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, he’s in excellent form, backed by a tight quartet (from the band Stuff) including Eric Gale on guitar and Richard Tee on piano. It’s One Trick Pony time, but besides that album, Simon, back on tou…

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New Music Tuesday

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on May 5, 2015

Bruce Springsteen - The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town
Who had the wisdom of having, or letting a person with a home movie camera (as they were called back in the late ‘70s) into the sessions for Darkness on the Edge of Town? Whoever it was, bravo. Combined with the candor, the brains and utter musical genius of the various parties (Springsteen and band, producers and engineers), The Promise is a gift for all fans of the Boss. Besides vintage footage,…

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