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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on March 24, 2015


Kansas – Miracles Out of Nowhere
Kansas is known mainly for two big hits: “Carry On Wayward Son” in 1977 and “Dust in the Wind,” 1978. It’s also remembered as a “corporate band,” dismissed as an anonymous music machine. This documentary sets their records straight. The six original members were average guys with above-average talent who did come “out of nowhere”—Topeka, Kansas, which they describe as “wh…

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New Music Tuesday

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on March 17, 2015

Rod Stewart - One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Rod the Mod, a walking, talking, strutting jukebox of his own hits, wanted to make the most of his first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in 2004.  “I want it to be memorable,” he told the rabid audience. “Please join in.” And they did, on his songs with the Faces (“Stay With Me,” with ex-fellow Face Ron Wood joining in), on his own (“Maggic May” and many other…

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New Music Tuesday

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to New Releases on March 10, 2015

Mariah Carey - Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden
In this age of overblown entrances by pop divas, it's a shock to see Mariah Carey simply stepping onto the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, dressed in a (relatively) simple black top and slacks. Sure, she's flanked by dancers and will soon be joined by a choir, but she delivers "Fantasy," and she sounds and looks marvelous. This is Carey in 2005, just before her "Adventures of Mimi" tour, and she makes strong and f…

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Qello Concerts, The Doors & Me.

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to Center Stage on March 6, 2015

“The new generation of kids will come along in a few years, swarm together, and have a new name for (rock). It’ll be the kind of music that people like to go out and get it on to.” Jim Morrison told me that in 1971. Two years before, appearing on PBS with The Doors, he had been even more specific. “In four or five years,” he said, in April of 1969, “The new generation’s music, it’ll have a synthesis of (black and folk)… and some…

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