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|Lynyrd Skynyrd||(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)||★★★☆||The songs are simple, but well performed, and possess a full and driving sound. Easy rock for beginners. Free Bird at the end really stands out, and exceeds the overall level of the album by far.|
|The Allman Brothers Band||The Allman Brothers Band||★★★★☆||A very enjoyable and concise album, right from the beginning down to the Whipping Post. The vocals are somewhat rough, but the guitar is truly singing. Puts you on a good mood.|
|The Band||Music from Big Pink||★★★☆||A calm entity, recommended for lazy mornings.|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival||Willy and the Poor Boys||★★★★☆||The rhythm couldn’t get more hypnotic – each beat and guitar note falls on the right place and drags you further into the memphis.|
|The Eagles||Eagles||–||Partially unlistened|
|Crosby, Stills & Nash||CSN||★★☆||CSN concists of slow, sad tracks that don’t stand out. Could fit nicely for a calm evening. Not to be confused with their first album Crosby, Stills & Nash.|
|The Doobie Brothers||The Doobie Brothers||★★★☆||Positive background rock that doesn’t demand attention yet contains pleasing guitar riffs. Gets significantly better towards the end.|
|The Rolling Stones||Beggars Banquet||★★★☆||Taking into account that this album came out in 1968, The Rolling Stones must have really been ahead of their time. The ability of the band to complement each other’s sound and create this fullness of sound makes this album enjoyable in many ways.|
|Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||★★||The strong voice of the singer deserves a notice, but the sound already marks the beginning of the brainless 80’s pop era. Mystery Man is the only song worth mentioning.|
My favourite jazz reviewer is Scott Yanow. But today I found out that I strongly disagree — for the first time — with one of his reviews.
The review of John Coltrane’s “Live at the Village Vanguard Again!” says:
John Coltrane plays […] with great beauty on “Naima,” but Pharoah Sanders’ ferocious screeching […] largely ruins the almost-sacred ballad.
In my opinion, the contrast between mellow Coltrane’s tones and severe aggressiveness of Sanders brings the colour to the piece which otherwise would be unbearably boring in this format. What do you think?