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Michael Gallucci is the editor in chief of Diffuser.fm. His previous gigs include associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
Song of the Year 2014
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Song of the Year – 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards

The Song of the Year award typically is one of the toughest to choose, since the rock genre has always favored full albums over individual songs. And this year is no exception, with rock legends going up against a couple of younger artists in a field dominated by the many of the same acts who are up for Album of the Year.

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Artist of the Year 2014
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Artist of the Year – 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards

 

This is the big one: Artist of the Year. The names, of course, are all huge ones -- all giants in the classic-rock field. And each of them had a stellar year, rocking concert halls, releasing terrific records or just generally being awesome. But

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Reissue of the Year
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Best Reissue or Archival Release – 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards

 

The best reissues of 2013 offered fans different perspectives of some of rock's most classic albums. Some were expanded with alternate cuts and outtakes, some were laid out like history lessons with demos and live tracks and some were completely overhauled, stripping down old records to reveal new works beneath the surface. But

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The Doors
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47 Years Ago: The Doors’ Debut Album Released

When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member of the quartet could abruptly swerve toward a new direction and the others would follow without missing a beat.

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Neil Young
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31 Years Ago: Neil Young’s ‘Trans’ Album Released

What was Neil Young smoking in the ‘80s? He jumped from one lazy genre exercise to the next, trying on everything from rockabilly (‘Everybody’s Rockin’’) to old-school country (‘Old Ways’) to big-band swing (‘This Note’s for You’). He started and ended the decade strong, with 1980’s ‘Hawks and Doves’ and 1989’s ‘Freedom,’ respectively. But everything in between (except for 1981’s ‘Re-Ac-Tor’) was puzzling at best.

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Bob Dylan
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46 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ Album Released

In mid-1966, following a whirlwind couple of years in which he became a legend and a reluctant star, Bob Dylan withdrew from the public eye. And he found a reason that was fitting of his testy image at the time: He claimed he was in a motorcycle accident, which fans still dispute to this day. Was it real? Or was it staged so that the increasingly agitated and reclusive singer-songwriter could get away from it all for a while and clear his head?

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