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Ben Fong-Torres Posted to New Releases on March 25, 2016

Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More for the Fans  Despite the title, this is not a farewell from the band named after their high school teacher (Leonard Skinner). It’s a nod to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where they recorded a live album in 1976 called One More from the Road. One night in late 2014, they were joined by musical friends, all performing Skynyrd tunes. Highlights include Warren Haynes, a great vocalist, doing “That Smell,” Gregg Allman on “Tuesday&rsq…

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Ben Fong-Torres Posted to New Releases on March 18, 2016

Green Day - Heart Like a Hand Grenade - Recording of ‘American Idiot’
From almost the beginning, American Idiot was referred to as a “punk rock opera.” It was, and it got to the Broadway stage. Here, we go back, beyond the beginning (which was in 2003, when the nine months of recordings started), to a previous album that never got completed. Something about lost demos. Anyway, they got a fresh start when Billie Joe Armstrong came up with the song “A…

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Ben Fong-Torres Posted to New Releases on March 10, 2016

Rush - R40
The guys in Rush – Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson – are awful actors. They gamely make their way through their skits, but it’s a good thing they’ve been so good at their day jobs. They’ve been at that one, rocking out, touring the world, and making 20-something studio albums, plus a half-dozen live ones, for 40 years. They celebrated with the R40 Live tour last year (2015), and are filmed in their hometown, Toronto, in June. It&rs…

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Soul Power! Four episodes: The Early Years, The Golden Years, The Fusion Years, The Renaissance Years

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to New Releases on February 26, 2016

In just about every documentary that comes out about R&B music and musicians, there’s one common, unbreakable link: to the church and to gospel music. It’s in the latest films, like Twenty Feet from Stardom, about backup and session singers, most of them black women; it’s in older docs like All You Need Is Love, which is here on Qello Concerts. (Check Episode 10: Good Times – Rhythm and Blues.) The connections between early black music – gospel, blu…

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Ben Fong-Torres Posted to New Releases on February 19, 2016

Switchfoot - Live in San Diego
Switchfoot, which began as a Christian alt-rock band (actually, the guys began as avid surfers, which led to their band name—something about switching feet on a board to face the opposite direction), has been in the mainstream for a dozen years, after their music was used in the movie, A Walk to Remember. Here at Soma in their home town, San Diego in 2004, they lay out an hour of rock, mixing in a few ballads, and then sit and talk about thei…

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