On April 29, 1963 Andrew Loog Oldham, a publicist who had worked for Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, and businessman Eric Easton signed a management deal with the Rolling Stones, also buying the rights to the band’s first recordings. Oldham managed the Stones from then until 1966, but remained as the band’s producer through 1967’s Between […]
About Luke Ray
I grew up about 40 minutes north of Chicago. From 2008 to 2012 I played guitar in a band called the Burrows 4 (see iTunes or YouTube), and I still play every day. I love rock ‘n’ roll…always have and always will.
Radiohead – Prove Yourself If you haven’t heard this song or Radiohead’s raw and underrated debut Pablo Honey, this might give you some insight into why some critics called them “Nirvana-lite” around this time. There’s only one or two songs on this album that foreshadow what Radiohead would become, but I have always preferred this […]
The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Sister Surround I get the feeling this song was written very quickly. The kind where one musician starts playing something, then the others join in, and all of a sudden there’s a song happening. This is a very enjoyable recording from start to finish. It’s got a movie quality […]
Though Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard has been around for some time, Drive All Night is technically only his second solo effort (after 2012’s Rhythm and Repose). This four-song EP was released to raise money for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit charity whose goal is to restore music education in public schools. The title track, a […]
1 - “Green Thoughts” – The Smithereens, Green Thoughts (1988) This track is one of my favorite album-closers of all time, and I was thrilled when they played it at the Wells Street Festival in Chicago last summer. Clever chord changes, often on syncopated beats, and poppy melodies make this song memorable. 2 – “Tomorrow” – […]
Recorded live at the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968, I thought this release would be just another set of recordings that would fall through the cracks like many of the posthumous Hendrix releases have. It’s too early to say how it will be received, but I think this one has a few special […]