It's rare that a live album captures not only a remarkable performance, but a pivotal moment in the life and career of an artist. The 1987 release 'Elton John Live In Australia With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,' which turns 25 this month, documents some amazing music as well as a legendary night when Elton stared down the destruction of his voice and career, and won.
More than ten years after his death, George Harrison has a "new" record on the racks, 'Early Takes: Volume 1,' which gathers together demos from some of the artist's most beloved albums. It's a sweet if slight gathering of material that reflects the beauty of Harrison's music in its stripped-down versions of classic tracks.
Paul McCartney is the kind of artist who's been around long enough to have several "returns to form" over the years. Yet even among his many returns to whatever forms people believe he should ultimately occupy, his effort 'Flaming Pie,' released on May 5, 1997, stands out as vintage Beatlesque McCartney, searching and satisfying at the same time.
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It's a lesser statistic, but somehow it speaks most loudly: AC/DC's 'Back in Black' received the RIAA's Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2x Platinum status in 2007.
It's a Top 100 Classic Rock Song that is so omnipresent, so beloved, so kick-ass that millions want it to play every time they get a phone call.
Travel anywhere in the world, from sleazy casino to posh piano bar, and the guy behind the keys will inevitably turn to that Billy Joel chestnut, 'Piano Man.' But you've never heard 'Piano Man' played with quite so much passion as when a six-year-old autistic boy named Ethan pounds it out in a truly touching duet.
There's a dark, evil creature shambling through the back catalogs of the greatest rock artists ever, and its name is "The Eighties."