Let’s Take It to the Stage: The Greatest Live Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

Note: This article was originally written in January-March 2014 as a serialized, twelve-part feature. This post compiles all twelve of the original articles into a single piece, running in the proper chronological order (e.g. the conclusion is at the bottom, not the top, as happens in blogs) to help avoid spoilers if you weren’t reading … Continue reading Let’s Take It to the Stage: The Greatest Live Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows: An Abbreviated Look at the Most Over-Rated Records Ever

(Note: This article originally appeared on jericsmith.com, copyright 2005, J. Eric Smith. All rights reserved). Slaughtering the Sacred Cows? So here’s a thought for sequel to “Best of the Blockbusters” . . . instead of looking at the best of the commercially popular records (which are expected to be bad), how about trying identify the … Continue reading Slaughtering the Sacred Cows: An Abbreviated Look at the Most Over-Rated Records Ever

Beneath the Radar: Rock’s Greatest Secret Bands

(Note: Originally published at jericsmith.com, copyright 2004, J. Eric Smith. All rights reserved). Beneath the Radar: Rock’s Greatest Secret Bands (Part One) It’s time now to begin the second in our series of periodic music geek essays, structured head-to-head style. (The first was the Worst Rock Band Ever survey in January). Let’s review the ground … Continue reading Beneath the Radar: Rock’s Greatest Secret Bands