Carter’s Catalog

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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”.

11/05/2014

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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.

05/14/2014

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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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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”.

11/05/2013

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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.

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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