Many songs by the Beatles, Elton John, and the Moody Blues would’ve been much different without the deft hand of a skilled arranger. Even the Ramones utilized some strings. But exactly when did “strings” become a “thing” in rock?
From Hendrix to Neil Young to Woody Guthrie, we’ve got a great mixtape to rock your barbecue.
Occasionally, the Stones brought in outside musicians to help. Who can forget Eric Clapton on “Little Red Rooster” or Sonny Rollins on “Waiting for a Friend”?
The roots-rocker returns with an album that (true to form) dips into everything from church music to New Orleans horns to social justice themes – all with his trademark twist. Plus, his son Joachim is the producer.
A massive three-disc compilation celebrates 50 years of John Kay and Steppenwolf’s classic rock. And you might be surprised at some of the deep-cut versions of favorites like “Magic Carpet Ride.”