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Wednesday, September 4 2013

King Khan: Idle No More

King Khan continues to mash together music from the 60s.


Monday, August 26 2013

How to Make Political Pop Without Trying

"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.


Thursday, November 17 2011

James Brown: The Singles Volume 11: 1979-1981

If you're looking for the Godfather singing disco, country, and a jawdropping 11-minute ode to cakes, this is the comp for you.


Friday, September 9 2011

Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.


Monday, August 22 2011

Last Stop But One: The Final Musical Act of Rhythm and Blues Singer Little Willie John

Little Willie John was one of the first and greatest R&B singers of all time. So why have so few people ever heard of him?


Friday, July 1 2011

Counterbalance No. 40: James Brown’s ‘Live at the Apollo’

Counterbalance tackles the Hardest Working Man in Show Business as James Brown's Live at the Apollo clocks in at number 40 on the list of the most acclaimed albums of all time. As it turns out he’s freakishly strong and slightly slippery. It’s Star Time!


Wednesday, June 1 2011

The Difference Between Remembering and Watching an American Classic: ‘The Hustler’

Often associated with Minnesota Fats and the glamour of pool, The Hustler is more about the dark underside of the game and the lives of its lead characters, with Jackie Gleason's well-recalled turn as Fats playing only a minor role in the drama.


Thursday, March 17 2011

Various Artists: Those Shocking, Shaking Days

This compilation is a vibrant celebration of rebellious sound displaying the glut of funky, resonant music coming out of Indonesia during the fertile and tense '70s.


Thursday, January 14 2010

King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records by Jon Hartley Fox

The story of dozens of artists great and small, and the record label that helped define both R&B and country music in the '40s, '50s and '60s.


Sunday, April 12 2009

Various Artists: Protected Massive Samples

Massive Attack is opened up, and its insides are revealed to be made of muzak and precious stones.


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James Brown: Double Dynamite (Reviews) [29.Oct.08]
Part 1 - All Time Classics (Features) [7.Oct.07]
In Memoriam: James Brown (Reviews) [22.Mar.07]
Soul Power (Features) [2.Jan.07]
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Reviews) [11.Apr.05]
James Brown (Reviews) [10.Dec.03]
James Brown: Soul on Top (Reviews) [2.Aug.03]
Undercover Brother (2002) (Reviews) [31.May.02]
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