Long Distance Voyager
Long Distance Voyager

The Moody Blues

Long Distance Voyager

1981

Album Rock

Progressive rock bands stumbled into the '80s, some with the crutch of commercial concessions under one arm, which makes the Moody Blues' elegant entrance via Long Distance Voyager all the more impressive. While they may steal a page or two from the Electric Light Orchestra's recent playbook, the Moodies are careful to play their game: dreamy, intelligent songs at once sophisticated and simple.

- Dave Connolly

Live at the Avant Garde
Live at the Avant Garde

Magic Sam

Live at the Avant Garde

November 18, 2013

Chicago Blues

Magic Sam, a blazingly gifted blues guitarist, was booked to play a coffee house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in June 1968, and a fan brought along a tape machine and recorded the show. Thankfully for us all, that fan held on to the tape, and it was released in 2013 as Live at the Avant Garde. The surprisingly good sounding recording captures the Chicago blues master in laid back but committed form, and decades later, his string bends are still a thing of beauty.

- Mark Deming