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Top 5 Jeff Beck Deep Cuts, As Chosen by Carter Alan

In honor of Jeff Beck’s 71st birthday this week, Carter Alan decided to count down his top five favorite deep cuts from the legendary guitar player.


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U2’s Energy, Poise, and Creativity on the ‘Unforgettable Fire’ Tour

U2 played the Worcester Centrum 30 years ago this weekend for the ‘Unforgettable Fire’ tour. Carter Alan recalls a uniquely energetic, creative band at their peak.



Carter Alan Reacts to 2015 Rock Hall Inductees: “They All Deserve It”

Carter Alan shared his thoughts on the 2015 Rock Hall inductees, which include Green Day and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His opinions may surprise you.


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Carter Alan on ‘The Sky is Crying': Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Little Wing’ is the ‘Defining’ Version

In the newest Carter’s Catalog, Carter Alan looks back at the posthumous Stevie Ray Vaughan album The Sky is Crying. For a compilation, it stands up quite well – most notably Stevie Ray’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”, which Carter describes as “definitive”.


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45 Years Ago: How Neil Young Began His Journey to Becoming a Rock Icon with ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’

Neil Young’s second album ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ on this day 45 years ago. Carter Alan explains how this record found Young’s identity as a musician and began his ascent into rock stardom.


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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.


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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.


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How “Meddle” Proved Pink Floyd’s Greatness Even Before ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

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”.


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How Led Zeppelin Triumphed with Their Unorthodox 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.


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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.