Retro Rachel’s Rave Reviews

Close to the Edge Review

By Rachel Brown In accordance with their recent Nashville appearance on July 28th, this month’s review is dedicated quite appropriately to Yes. Although the band’s fervent following is more underground than most (as with most progressive rock groups), they did manage to break into the mainstream with tunes like “Owner[…]

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Led Zeppelin II Review

By Rachel Brown The transition from the late 1960’s to the early 70’s was not a subtle one, at least not for rock n’ roll. The era of The Beatles was over, and the world was anxious to embrace the raw power of another musical phenomenon. But just exactly who would[…]

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Roll the Bones Review

By Rachel Brown Progressive rock has always been an acquired taste. Most of the tunes in this sub-genre could more appropriately be dubbed instrumental grooves than songs, peppered with a more classical vibe than the standard blues formula allows. However, while most progressive bands have seen only a slight amount[…]

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Aja Review

By Rachel Brown In the 1970’s rock n’ roll, disco, and AM Gold one-hit-wonders ruled the airwaves. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Queen topped the charts right alongside the BeeGees, America, and Elton John. The multi-dimensional Steely Dan, however, was not limited to merely one genre. Though classified as[…]

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Abbey Road Review

By Rachel Brown It is only appropriate to end the year with a phenomenal album, one that raised the bar for all rockn’rollers by simultaneously transcending the past while setting the stage for an entire generation of new rockers. Of course, no other band has had the power and influence[…]

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Breakfast in America Review

By Rachel Brown When recognizing and honoring the creators of flawless rock albums, it isn’t surprising to find bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd dominating the charts. In contrast, a group like Supertramp rarely seems to make the grade; however, their greatest album, Breakfast in America, should not[…]

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Days of Future Passed Review

By Rachel Brown In the late 60’s and early 70’s, progressive rock first found its niche. The experimental sounds of the genre escalated in popularity through the commercial success of bands like The Beatles, who broke into the rock arena with pop favorites like “Twist and Shout” but gradually expanded[…]

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The Dark Side of the Moon Review

By Rachel Brown Recognized by this musical aficionado as the most flawless record of all time, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon took the world by storm the moment it hit the airwaves. From its catchy single “Money” to the more obscure “Any Colour You Like”, the album flows seamlessly[…]

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The Yes Album Review

By Rachel Brown If one were to illustrate the genre of rock and roll, the resulting picture would probably look something like an amoeba, with multiple undulations and peninsulas. After all, the exact definition of rock and roll is unknown, but everyone knows it when they hear it, or rather feel[…]

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Band on the Run Review

By Rachel Brown The Beatles’ careers were never the same after the group disbanded in 1969. Though their own solo careers certainly proved successful, none of the four men ever achieved the same musical artistry separately that they did collectively. But while Lennon developed a much more political persona and[…]

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