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1997 Stories by Lee Ballinger

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • Rotations

    published October 9, 1997

    Resigned Michael Penn (57/Epic) Michael Penn is best remembered for two radio hits ("No Myth" and "This & That") that are now... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 25, 1997

    Interiors Brad (Epic) Along with tribute albums, side projects have become prevalent to the point of cliche in the Nineties.... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 11, 1997

    After the Fall Mary Coughlan (Big Cat Records) Ever since the Beatles and Dylan began performing their own songs, critics and... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 4, 1997

    Elegantly Wasted INXS (Mercury) It's sort of endearing the way Michael Hutchence thinks he's still sexy, kinda like that fading... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 28, 1997

    Big Trouble in the Mystery House of Joy The Fool (The Fool Records) For two years running, this New York quartet has played the... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 7, 1997

    Straight Outta Boone County Various Artists (Bloodshot Records) Straight Outta Boone County is Bloodshot Records' fourth... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 31, 1997

    Mirabal Robert Mirabal (Warner Western) Robert Mirabal has two main cultural threads in the cloth of his being. One is a... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 17, 1997

    Genius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind of Jazz Ray Charles (Rhino) Long before Quincy Jones was a magazine owner (Vibe, the Source) or the... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 10, 1997

    Standing in My Shoes Leo Kottke (Private Music) In the wake of Beck, even old-schoolers like Leo Kottke are getting hip-hop hip.... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 3, 1997

    The Hollywood Sound Williams/London Symphony Orchestra (Sony Classical) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 19, 1997

    Peter Jefferies/Jono Lonie At Swim 2 Birds (Drunken Fish) Out of print since its 1987 release in New Zealand, an obscurity to... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 12, 1997

    Various Artists Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks, Parts One and Two (Capitol) I've marveled at the sonic gimmickry and the... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 29, 1997

    Pete Ham 7 Park Avenue (Rykodisc) The mere fact that Badfinger was originally signed to the Beatles' Apple label unfairly... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 15, 1997

    Buick MacKane The Pawn Shop Years (Rykodisc) The best way to distinguish the solo work of Austin singer/songwriter Alejandro... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 8, 1997

    NuYorican Soul NuYorican Soul (Giant Step/Blue Thumb) Never underestimate Puerto Rico. True, the island's treasured salsa has... More >>

  • Rotations

    published April 24, 1997

    Rahsaan Patterson Rahsaan Patterson (MCA) At the 28th annual NAACP Image Awards on February 8 in Los Angeles, Prince was honored... More >>

  • Rotations

    published April 10, 1997

    Al's Not Well Glitter (Panacea) Most bands, even the great ones, have about three songs on which all their tunes are modeled.... More >>

  • Rotations

    published March 20, 1997

    Fluffy Black Eye (The Enclave) Call it a backlash against the Gallagher Brothers, trip hop, or all things Manchester. Whatever... More >>

  • Rotations

    published March 6, 1997

    Tony Bennett Tony Bennett On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (Columbia) Tony Bennett has nearly always been an... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 13, 1997

    The Pharaohs Awakening (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) The Pharaohs In the Basement (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) ... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 30, 1997

    Various Artists Enzso (Epic) How to describe this record? Well, let's begin with the basics. This is a compilation of... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 23, 1997

    RuPaul Foxy Lady (Rhino) Like gangsta rappers, RuPaul -- a black drag queen/diva/talk-show host -- is into beats and poses.... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 16, 1997

    Lonnie Smith Trio Purple Haze: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (MusicMasters Jazz) The first time I saw Jimi Hendrix, at the... More >>

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