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    Ricky Flake: Celebrating 'Satisfaction' and newer stuff

    Released during the first week of June in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" proved monumental in both airplay and chart position (their first U.S. No. 1 in July 1965) and helped shape popular music. A song that, according to Newsweek, contains the "five notes that shook ...


    Ricky Flake: Two front women, a thoughtful lyricist and a soul balladeer

    This week's three-and-a-half star-laden column features my reviews of the first release from dual-lead singer band Motobunny, the newest release from singer-songwriter Kimm Rogers and an album of soul ballads from former Blood Sweat & Tears lead singer David Clayton-Thomas. I hope you enjoy it. ...


    This year's Top Ten plus part one

    I have decided to publish Part One of my Top 10 Plus lists early rather than waiting until the end of the year to sift through releases. These releases arrived during the first five months of 2015.


    Sound Check: Looking forward while looking back

    This week's Sound Check begins with reviews of projects focusing on different aspects of 1960s music: the lyrics of Bob Dylan and the feel Muscle Shoals studio musicians added to classic tracks. My review of a decidedly non-hippie dual release from World War IX winds things up for the week.