Fran Fried – “The Beat Patrol” (2010)

July 29, 2010 at 9:01 am (Fran Fried, Reviews & Articles)

From Fran Fried’s blogsite, Franorama World (link in my blogroll), July 26th. This is the first “write-up” that The Beat Patrol has received (to my knowledge), and I appreciate Fran’s kind words. The only thing I would add is that I do write, but I am not a professional writer, by any means, and Fran and I did have a very brief meeting nearly twenty years ago in a Waterbury, CT record store (Brass City — link also in my blogroll) — other than that, Fran’s piece (part of a larger blog entry) is right on the money. Thanks Fran — for the write-up and for your passionate, and often eloquent articles and reviews  all these years.
Thanks also for the suggestions..
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Jay Mucci is the one person on the Blogroll I haven’t met personally. He lives in Waterbury and found me online a couple years ago while I was still at The Fresno Bee. Turns out he was a fan of my music writing from my days at the most heinous Republican-American and wanted to know if I minded whether he put up some of my old stories and reviews on his site. So there are stories and reviews here from both my Waterbury and New Haven days that aren’t available electronically anywhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tom Jones – “Praise and Blame” (2010)

July 29, 2010 at 8:47 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Stephen Holden’s July 25th review of the brand new Tom Jones album, taken from The New York Times…

Praise and Blame finds Tom Jones on his knees trembling before God. This studly Welsh baritone, now 70, certainly has the voice to make a lean, tough country gospel album. His baritone, gnarly textured when he sings softly, is still the roar of a Samson when he belts. Mr. Jones may not express the rock-bottom Christian fatalism of Johnny Cash, but he still conveys the contrition of a penitent sinner as he delivers a mixture of traditional spirituals and contemporary gospel songs tautly arranged for a small band. Read the rest of this entry »

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