Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Carlton Jumel Smith –“1634 Lexington Avenue”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Carlton Jumel Smith –“1634 Lexington Avenue”

Now stick with me dear readers, this is one hard record for this humble reviewer to quantify. In the spirit of full disclosure I have to tell you, that I love Sir Carlton Jumel Smith. I have known him heading on 25 years and he is one of my fave people walking the earth. We have an old bond forged in the gritty NYC Lower East Side music scene in the 1990s. Countless shows and…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Eagles – Hotel California

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Eagles – Hotel California

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Eagles – Hotel California If I hear one more person do some form of a brainless regurgitated sentence passing on the Eagles artistry and success that echoes Jeff Bridges character The Dude from the movie The Big Lebowski, I just may have to slam their heads or mine into a wall a few times. Instead of saying “I hate the f***ing Eagles”, the American people should stand and…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Tom Petty “Damn the Torpedoes”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Tom Petty “Damn the Torpedoes”

This album was released in October of 1979. I was 13 years old and was just beginning intensifying my focus on music and how on earth people made it. It really was an amazing time to become a music fan. I often think of the American sage Homer Simpson, who made the bold and true statement, “Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974”. Whilst obviously meant to be a line on a comedy cartoon, a…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Allen Toussaint “The Bright Mississippi”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Allen Toussaint “The Bright Mississippi”

Boys and girls, have you lucked into a great record today! I was meandering around this morning trying to think outside of the box and do a more recent record that really excited me and I thought of this. “The Bright Mississippi”, to me, is one of those gems of an album that a great artist can produce later in life. Musicians are never truly ‘done’ until they die, and even then sometimes they have…

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