Ryan Leonardo reunites with Craig for the first time in a long time to discuss what many consider Iron Maiden’s albums recorded during their best years: The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. Weaved around these appreciations for the band and their music are stories about discovering these albums together as kids, the quest to find all of the Eddie artwork possible and some more childhood memories. Recorded in front of an audience as one as Ryan’s girlfriend Karen joins in here and there to try to keep things above board (things are not kept above board).
SmishSmashCast returns to welcome the authors of the forthcoming book MIXING LINKS: THE MONKEES ON DISC (check out the first installment to hear all about the book)! In the conclusion, Craig and Derek go up against Megan for a few rounds of Monkees trivia with our venerable host Eric!
Megan and Eric are back together to welcome the authors of the forthcoming book MIXING LINKS: THE MONKEES ON DISC – Derek Miner and Craig Smith. In this first installment, we learn about how they discovered The Monkees, the birth of MONKEESMIXOGRAPHY, how it became a book (and what to expect when it is released) and much more!
Ian Zapczynski & Craig Smith
episode 10: Craig’s choice
Ben Folds Five / The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner
Steven Wilson superfan Henning Mielke joins Steven Wilson obsessive Craig for a look at the solo catalog of their absolute favorite artist. First known for his work with Porcupine Tree, Wilson is one of – if not THE – most prolific musicians of our generation with numerous side projects and production credits to his name. Starting with 2009’s Insurgentes, Wilson weaves through jazz and prog elements and concept albums with some stellar bandmates through the years to bring us to 2017’s song-oriented To The Bone. Henning and Craig discuss each and pick some key tracks to sample.
To check out more SW, check out Uwe Häberle’s Steven Wilson discography that is mentioned towards the beginning of the episode. As of this episode, it was last updated in May 2015 and contains 1,150 entries.
Author Duane Tudahl joins Craig for a discussion about his book PRINCE AND THE PURPLE RAIN STUDIO SESSIONS: 1983 AND 1984. A Prince fanatic with an impressive resume going back several years, Duane tells the story about procuring a stack of Prince’s session documents from Sunset Sound and how interviews with those who worked with Prince folded into an impressive work which is – in Craig’s opinion – the ultimate look at the Purple Rain years. You can purchase the book here.