Carter’s Catalog

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Carter Alan Tells a Story on the Beatles’ ‘Hard Day’s Night’ That You HAVE to Hear

Carter Alan has great things to say about the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” – and has a story about the movie that you HAVE to hear.

03/25/2014

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Revisiting U2′s Reinvention and Redemption on “Achtung Baby”

Carter Alan discusses that reinvention and the triumph that followed with Achtung Baby in the latest installment of Carter’s Catalog.

11/18/2013

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“Meddle”: Proof of Pink Floyd’s Greatness Before ‘Dark Side’

Pink Floyd released their album “Meddle” this week in 1971. While something of a transitional album with David Gilmour in the post-Syd Barrett era, the band still managed to put out a great record, anchored by the 23-minute opus “Echoes”.

11/05/2013

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How Led Zeppelin Triumphed with Their Unusual Approach on “II”

Due to constant touring in 1969, Led Zeppelin had to record their second album in bits and pieces and at various locations. Their recording approach makes the end result, “Led Zeppelin II”, all the more stunning.

10/22/2013

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“Remain in Light” 33 Years Later: Carter Alan on Talking Heads’ Expansive Live Shows

The Talking Heads’ seminal album “Remain in Light” came out today in 1980. Carter Alan reflects on the time he saw the expanded version of the band live, and how their energetic performances blew him away.

10/08/2013

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How Led Zeppelin Continued to Dominate Rock and Defy Critics on ‘III’

What did critics have against Led Zeppelin back in the ’70s? In retrospect rock historians all agree on the band’s greatness, and the amazing run of albums they put together in the early part of […]

10/04/2013

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How Brian Eno Brought Out The Best In U2 On “The Unforgettable Fire”

U2 took things in experimental new directions on 1984′s “The Unforgettable Fire”, which came out 29 years ago today. Carter Alan examines that process on the latest edition of “Carter’s Catalog”.

10/01/2013

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“Abbey Road”: How The Beatles Came Together for One Last Extraordinary Statement

Carter’s Catalog is back, and this time Carter Alan reflects on the Beatles’ incredible final LP “Abbey Road” on the 44th anniversary of its release. Amid a nasty breakup, the band shocked the world with a powerful, surprisingly cohesive closing bow.

09/26/2013

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How Jimi Hendrix Set the Music World on Fire (Literally) in 1967

In the latest “Carter’s Catalog”, our resident rock & roll guru Carter Alan takes us back to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, where a then-relatively unknown Jimi Hendrix set his guitar ablaze and, later, the music world as a whole.

06/18/2013

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As “Texas Flood” Turns 30, Carter Alan Recalls His First Time Seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan Live

Carter Alan found it hard to believe it’s been 30 years since the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brilliant debut album “Texas Flood”. Though we lost Stevie Ray in 1990, his music lives on forever.

06/13/2013

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