Classic Rock Mag – Purple Reign – June ’18

Purple and Rock are two of my all favorite expressions. The latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine (June 2018, Issue 249) features extensive coverage about the Deep Purple Family. There was a period of time when they were the pinnacle of rock.

Purple Reign

I have been a Deep Purple fan since ’68 when I first heard their hit single “Hush” on progressive rock radio (WNEW-FM, 102.7, NYC). “Hush” celebrates its 50th anniversary in June. Amazing.


Deep Purple

This issue is a in-depth read, 28 pages to be precise. Starting with Deep Purple, then onto Dio and Rainbow, followed by Coverdale & Whitesnake, and more… A total steal at $3.99!

Kudos to Sian Llewellyn, Editor and her team of writers. This is rock curation at its finest!






Classic Rock Coffee Company – East Haven, CT

I have discovered a new specialty coffee franchise I want to share Classic Rock Coffee Company. Their motto is “Our Coffee Rocks”. I decided to build the time into my morning commute to check them out.

Classic Rock Coffee East Haven, Connecticut is situated on the town line at 23 Main Street. The coffee franchise is housed inside the historic building once known as The Old Mill. It was once the location of the first Iron Works in Connecticut and third in the Nation.

My curiosity and love of classic rock drew me to their door on a wet Wednesday morning. I was enchanted with what I saw, sensed, and tasted. I ordered a single origin Ethiopia coffee V60 Pourover 12 oz specialty drink. I was informed by my barista it would take 3-5 minutes to roast and prepare. I was fine with that option. I also purchased the War Pig Breakfast Sandwich.

While my coffee and sandwich were prepared I perused the establishment, highly interested in the framed vinyl albums and guitars that adorned various walls.

I spoke with Dennis Engelhard one of the two brothers (Howard) that own this franchise location. He shared the fact that Classic Rock Coffee Company only streams classic rock music, which is my stated preference. They do take requests and they can stream a custom playlist should they desire to do so. My request would be Pink Floyd Division Bell and The Endless River 😉

I definitely plan to return for a sit and sip 16 oz coffee served in a ceramic mug 😉

Check out Classic Rock Coffee Company next time you are in the Branford/East Haven shoreline community. They Rock!


Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (40th Anniversary Special Edition)

We recently saw Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull perform Thick As A Brick 1 & 2 at Mohegan Sun. I noticed that Thick As A Brick is being reissued on remastered CD and vinyl as a 40th anniversary edition.

I am interested in owning, listening to and reading about Thick As A Brick after experiencing the recording performed live in its entirety in concert. What motivates me even more is that Steven Wilson has engineered the remix with Ian Anderson’s help and direction. Steven Wilson is playing a pivotal role in the renaissance of progressive rock from both a historical as well as a participant level basis.

The 40th Anniversary Edition features a new 5.1 stereo mix, mixed by Steven Wilson, plus a DVD containing DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, high quality stereos 96/24 (new mix and 1972 flat transfer), the original newspaper over 40 pages, an article by Classic Rock s Dom Lawson, rare photos from photographers Didi Zill and Robert Ellis, recording and touring mementos and much more, all contained in 104 page 7 ½ x 5 ½ hardback book.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Ascending


Music has taken me to so many different places with its unique tapestry of sounds, artists and interpretations. One music genre I continually come home to is classic rock. I cut my teeth on classic rock music.


Lynyrd Skynyrd is an icon of classic rock, southern rock style. The song “Free Bird” is an American rock standard. They are celebrating their 35 anniversary as a group this year. They have been touring relentlessly, preserving the name and tradition of their signature southern rock sound.

They have come through the gates of hell and have worked very hard to earn their latest success. Their new album, Last Of A Dyin Breed is their highest charting studio album since 1977’s Street Survivors

I an proud of the band’s ascension. It’s a stunning achievement in an age of Katie Perry, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber.

Classic Rock Magazine has issued a special limited edition “fanpack” magazine that should be available on magazine stands in the US by now.

* Full studio album Last Of A Dyin’ Breed which includes two bonus tracks exclusive to this special edition:
– Skynyrd Nation (live)
– Gimme Three Steps (live)
* Plus two further bonus tracks:
– Poor Man’s Dream
– Do It Up Right
* 132 –page magazine
* Lynyrd Skynyrd pin badge
* Giant double-sided poster

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ZZ Top – La Futura

I’m getting that buzz that tells me there is real excitement a brew for ZZ Top rock music fans everywhere.

ZZ Top, that little ‘ol band from Texas, is releasing their next album, La Futura, on September 11, 2012. This will be their first new studio recording in nine years. The secret sauce of La Futura is the collaboration synergy with Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons producing. Rick Rubin has such a midas touch in the studio.

I first heard ZZ Top as a college FM disk jockey at WNHU-FM 88.7 in West Haven, Ct. I was minoring in music at the University of New Haven in 1973. The radio station had a playlist and ZZ Top Tres Hombres was on heavy rotation that summer. “La Grange” was the track I played to death on my afternoon show as well as the song “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers“.

I sense that same level of enthusiasm escalating for La Futura. I listened to Texicali the prelude EP to La Futura today. I love the alliance between Rick Rubin and ZZ Top. I was hoping Rick Rubin would help ZZ Top unearth some extra sonic techniques. Rick Rubin has an incredible ear for musical risk and innovation. My ears were rewarded by some great stuff on that EP. Rick Rubin gets musicians to think outside the box, to further reinvent themselves.  The guitar technique on  “I Gotsta Get Paid,”  with that flipped completely around tremolo effect rocks you intently.

A lot of producers would have the drummer come in on Monday, then they’d call the bass player in on Tuesday, the guitar player would show up on Wednesday and maybe the singer on Thursday,” says ZZ Top guitar king Billy Gibbons. “When we got together with Rick Rubin, he said, ‘My idea of ZZ Top is three guys playing together at the same time with the red light turned on.’ That sounded just right to us.”