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George Maida

Articles by George Maida

Perceptions

This week:

Jethro Tull vinyl you may not know from 25 years ago.

Gentle Giant

OHO

New releases from Kati Mac and Rodriguez

Laura Nyro

Mountain

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The Innovators

My favorite instruments are guitars and brass--and their forerunners from centuries ago. In this age - if we limit ourselves to circa 1969-71 - first thoughts gravitate to Miles Davis and the Allman Brothers. I had the honor of seeing the latter at the now defunct Fillmore East

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

The bain of commercial music radio nowadays is the limited number songs forced in repetiton ad nauseum. No finesse. No sense of season. No poetry in programming. To borrow a phrase, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a PH.d in music) to understand that music is created with a certain mindset--in a certain time, space, intent and emotion. Its the reason we play Christmas carols in December--not August.

Then & Now LIVE in Croudeland

Grandson of a Kentucky Governor. US Air Force Vet. Manufacturer of LSD. Pioneering Audio Engineer. Those are four titles that belong to Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Music history remembers him best for that fourth description. And it was this weekend–24 years ago–that he recorded Janis Joplin at the Carousel Ballroom--only recently released. In an age when concert sound was by and large lo-hi, Bear had radical approaches to changing the abysmal sonic scene.

The Mom’s Day Croude: From Mahavishnu to Mumy

As the years go by, I’m more conscious of linking certain albums with certain holidays. Listening to and broadcasting from my bedroom as a kid was challenging. Not like radio. Since the speakers were not directly positioned in the windows, lots of extra amperage was required to make sure the neighborhood enjoyed what I did. I had more direct feedback from the rest of the household downstairs.

Vinyl in the Sky with Diamonds

On this first weekend of May... yes, there will be Beatles but not from that disc.  Its a surprise.  What isn’t a surprise to me is how great my snap, crinkle & pop platters (a.k.a. LP records) sound.  We have a saying in Croudeland.  Be good to your vinyl and it will be good to you. There is a decidedly English edge to this week’s assortment before we head back across the pond to the colonies.  Part of a sonic celebration--WCVE Public Radio turns 24 years old this Sunday.  And the Croude is now 27.  No word on how old the Cricket is.

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