Jeff Burger

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Jeff Burger

Jeff Burger's books include Dylan on Dylan: Interviews and Encounters, Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon, Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters, and Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters, all published in North America by Chicago Review Press. The Springsteen, Lennon, and Cohen books have since been republished in such countries as England, France, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, and Turkey.

Burger has been a writer and editor for more than four decades and has covered popular music throughout his journalism career. His reviews, essays, and reportage on that and many other subjects have appeared in more than 75 magazines, newspapers and books, including Barron’s, the Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Melody Maker, High Fidelity, Creem, Circus, Reader’s Digest, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, All Music Guide, the Berkeley Barb and No Depression. He has published interviews with many leading figures from the music world, including Bruce Springsteen, Roger McGuinn, Wolfman Jack, Tom Waits, Foreigner's Mick Jones, Billy Joel, Tommy James, the Righteous Brothers, Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin, and members of Steely Dan and the Marshall Tucker Band. He has also interviewed many other public figures, such as Donald Trump, Suze Orman, Daymond John, James Carville, Sir Richard Branson, F. Lee Bailey, Sydney Pollack, and Cliff Robertson.

Burger has been editor of several periodicals, including Phoenix magazine in Arizona, and he spent 14 years in senior positions at Medical Economics magazine, the country’s largest business magazine for doctors. A former consulting editor at Time Inc., he currently serves as editor of Business Jet Traveler, which the American Society of Business Publication Editors named one of the country’s best business magazines in 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2018.

Burger's website, byjeffburger.com, features information about his books and four decades' worth of music reviews, news, interviews, and commentary. All content by Jeff Burger at the Morton Report is copyrighted by the author and may not be reproduced without permission.


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Articles From Jeff Burger
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 30:00 PM ET
A welcome revisit to Jimi Hendrix's classic Electric Ladyland includes outtakes, a period concert, a documentary, and a surround-sound edition. Plus, a blues anthology, a release from the Brother Brothers, and vintage material from Procol Harum and Glen Campbell.
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 15:00 PM ET
A 20-CD (!) box set delivers every single track recorded by country pioneer Lefty Frizzell. Plus, releases from the Velvet Underground, Martha Spencer, Louise Goffin, Taylor Martin, L.E.S. Douze, and Roy Orbison.
Sunday Nov 4, 2018 14:41 PM ET
The 14th volume of the Bootleg Series, 'More Blood, More Tracks'—yet another six-CD package—is at least as engrossing as any of its predecessors.
Monday Oct 29, 2018 10:00 PM ET
Reviews of the 50th anniversary edition of The Moody Blues' 'In Search of the Lost Chord,' plus additional reviews in brief of several new releases.
Wednesday Oct 24, 2018 55:00 AM ET
The Appleseed label celebrates its 21st anniversary with a three-CD set that contains memorable performances by a who's who of the folk world. Plus, new albums from Michael Martin Murphey, Belle Plaine, Yum-Yum, and Lee Michaels.
Tuesday Oct 16, 2018 50:00 AM ET
The fourth in a series of boxed reissues from the Ramones finds them sticking to their back-to-basics approach. Plus new CDs from Johnny & Jaalene and Dave Keller, and a great retrospective from Permanent Green Light.
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 55:00 PM ET
A fascinating 'ultimate' version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' includes everything but the kitchen sink. Plus, an enhanced reissue of two films from Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Sunday Sep 30, 2018 45:00 PM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Doors' most commercially successful album includes previously unreleased studio mixes and live recordings. Plus, more noteworthy new albums and a Bruce Springsteen bio.
Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 05:00 AM ET
A new version improves a 1976 Led Zeppelin concert album. Plus, blues and folk CDs from Jim Wyly, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kenny Wayne, and the Jellyman's Daughter.
Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 10:00 AM ET
A revelatory Joni Mitchell film captures her performance at 1970's Isle of Wight Festival. Plus, bluegrass from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, a Swans reissue, and a folk/Americana group called Ever More Nest.
Wednesday Sep 5, 2018 05:00 PM ET
Steve Forbert delivers a double shot—a not-so-revealing memoir and an excellent CD. Plus, new music from Vanessa Peters, Anthony Geraci, Chris Darrow, and Max Buda.
Sunday Aug 26, 2018 00:00 PM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Band's influential debut album delivers new mixes, including a 5.1 Blu-ray audio version, plus outtakes, and more.
Thursday Aug 23, 2018 10:00 AM ET
A vintage live Beach Boys package delivers fun, fun, fun, plus a blues excursion from Crystal Shawanda and a 1977 Springsteen concert.
Friday Aug 17, 2018 30:00 AM ET
A fresh look at a rock and roll pioneer, plus albums from Mandy Barnett and Emily Scott Robinson and a film about the influential US musical festival.
Monday Aug 6, 2018 40:00 AM ET
Unlike other anthologies of early Dylan, which mostly zero in on shorter, more artistically stable periods, this one spans 1962 to 1966. Also: The Posies are issuing deluxe versions of three of their early recordings, starting with 'Dear 23.'
Thursday Aug 2, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Grateful Dead's adventurous second album, plus a reggae reissue and music from new and veteran folksingers.
Monday Jul 23, 2018 35:00 AM ET
A bargain-priced box set collects three illuminating Lou Reed concerts from 1976 and 1989. Plus, a career-spanning anthology from Thomas Dolby and CDs from Chicago Farmer and Raquel Bell.
Monday Jul 16, 2018 35:00 AM ET
The Rose Garden, a one-hit wonder from 1967, turn out to be more noteworthy than you might have guessed. Plus a revelatory collection of previously unreleased material from the Byrds' Gene Clark and standout albums by Michael Kelsh, Salim Nourallah, and Kevin Gordon.
Monday Jul 9, 2018 20:00 AM ET
The Firesign Theatre proved to be one of the most innovative comedy acts of all time. This newly reissued DVD lets you see what you’ve been merely hearing all these years.
Wednesday Jul 4, 2018 10:00 PM ET
A two-disc set preserves Bruce Springsteen's earliest radio broadcasts. Plus, albums by songwriter Tony Joe White, country rock artist Joe Ely, and folk pop newcomer Galen Ayers.
Wednesday Jun 27, 2018 15:00 AM ET
Two books examine Pink Floyd's discography. Plus, the reissue of a classic from the Animals and new albums from Cliff Westfall and Love Canon.
Monday Jun 18, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A new film chronicles the life of underappreciated music producer Bert Berns. Plus, an album by veteran country songwriter John Scott Sherrill and a covers collection by John Wesley Harding.
Monday Jun 11, 2018 00:00 AM ET
A bargain-priced new collection offers four hours of John Prine concert material. Blues singer Rory Block pays tribute to Bessie Smith. Plus a new album by the innocence mission and an album of songs associated with bluegrass pioneer John Duffey.
Monday Jun 4, 2018 25:00 AM ET
Producers pair the vocals from Roy Orbison and Beach Boys classics with newly recorded backup from London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Plus, albums by Kinky Friedman and Liz Frame.
Wednesday May 30, 2018 50:00 AM ET
A new DVD couples a Chrissie Hynde documentary with a vintage Pretenders concert. Plus albums by Toislav Goluban and Davis Kathriner.
Monday May 21, 2018 00:00 AM ET
An engrossing box set collects music from the Korean War.
Tuesday May 15, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A CD/Blu-ray set presents a fine John Mellencamp concert. Plus, new releases from Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Young Novelists, an anthology of exotica music, and a book about the Clash.
Tuesday May 8, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A limited-edition box set expands on Love's 1967 classic, Forever Changes. Plus, new releases from Tom Russell, Buck Owens, Jackson Emmer, and Speedbuggy USA.
Monday Apr 30, 2018 20:00 AM ET
New releases collect vintage live material from Chicago and the Electric Flag. Plus, albums by Gene Turonis, Yung Wu, and Heather Styka.
Monday Apr 23, 2018 45:00 AM ET
A six-CD collection of Leonard Cohen concert material represents a bona-fide bargain, says critic Jeff Burger. Plus: new albums from Steve Wynn, Steve Dawson, Anna & Elizabeth, Clarence Bucaro, Dany Franchi, and Adrian Aardvark.
Monday Apr 16, 2018 30:00 AM ET
A remaster of Led Zeppelin's best concert album, a concert from Bruce Springsteen's "other" group, and new releases from Hawk, Merritt Gibson, Tami Neilson, Mapache, and Jesse Ainslie.
Monday Apr 9, 2018 25:00 AM ET
Still more previously unheard Jimi Hendrix tracks, plus a reissue from rocker Elliott Murphy and albums from Nino Tempo, Tami Neilson, Juliana Hatfield, Robbie Dupree, Wood & Wire, and Mandy Rowden.
Monday Apr 2, 2018 00:00 AM ET
A vastly expanded edition of the Moody Blues's 'Days of Future Passed' and a new live concert recording celebrate the album's 50th anniversary.
Wednesday Mar 28, 2018 35:00 PM ET
Veteran folkies John Prine and Tom Rush deliver fine new work, plus an anthology from country music's Don Gibson and releases from Ghost Town Blues Band, Peter Rowan, and the Price Sisters.
Monday Mar 19, 2018 50:00 PM ET
Four new CDs unearth soul/R&B that's as good as it is obscure. Plus, an anthology of Memphis music and new releases from NRBQ, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, the Furious Seasons, and Kris Lager Band.
Monday Mar 12, 2018 50:00 PM ET
A two-CD set captures the Rolling Stones in a crucial formative period. Plus, CDs from Belle and Sebastian, Logan Magness, Piramid Scheme, Western Centuries, and the Claudettes.
Monday Mar 5, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A deluxe reissue of the Eagles' multimillion-selling Hotel California adds significantly to the original release. Plus, new CDs from Uncle Walt's Band, Justin Hinds, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Claudettes, and Vivian Leva
Monday Feb 26, 2018 10:00 PM ET
A new box set expands on Fleetwood Mac's breakthrough 1975 album, their first with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Plus, CDs from Andrew Sheppard, Sue Foley, and Sam Lewis.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 55:00 PM ET
Roxy Music's adventurous 1972 debut reappears in a dramatically expanded 45th anniversary box set. Plus, new CDs from Gus Spenos, Ben de la Cour, and Birch Perieia.
Monday Feb 12, 2018 15:00 PM ET
Another treasure from Chip Taylor, plus a second coming for Dylan's gospel years, a new album from James Hunter, and reissues from The Choir and Chris Hillman.
Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 35:00 AM ET
A new concert film captures the Bee Gees on a 1989 world tour. Plus, albums from Nina Simone and Sunny War, and an Elmore James tribute.
Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 05:00 PM ET
U2's powerful and cohesive 'Joshua Tree' gets a well-deserved big-box reissue. Plus new albums from Chris Smither, the Naked Sun, and Dale Boyle.
Sunday Jan 21, 2018 50:00 PM ET
A previously unavailable Phil Ochs concert underscores his great talent. Plus, a triple solo album from Translator's Steve Barton and blues rock from Rex Granite Band and Backtrack Blues Band.
Wednesday Jan 10, 2018 50:00 PM ET
Burger reviews a previously unavailable Del Shannon album, another Big Star release, and more.
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 05:00 PM ET
A new release features a fine live performance of Love's classic third album. Plus new releases from Dinosaur Eyelids and Raven and Red and an Appalachian folk collection.
Tuesday Dec 12, 2017 45:00 AM ET
On his 38th studio album, Van Morrison reinterprets jazz and blues vocal classics. Plus, releases from Mark Olson, Michael Johnathon, Ethiopian & His All Stars, and a blues compilation.
Monday Dec 4, 2017 10:00 PM ET
A new anthology documents the diverse music produced or promoted by the influential Ralph Peer. It's a wild and rewarding ride. Plus, releases from America, Laura Benitez, and Sofia Talvik.
Monday Nov 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Greatly expanded editions of the Ramones' second and third LPs pay tribute to one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. Plus, a new book focuses on Jimi Hendrix.
Monday Nov 20, 2017 20:00 AM ET
A new anthology series offers more than 10 hours' worth of superb and rarely heard vintage Christmas music, including blues, jazz, R&B, rock, soul, and country.
Monday Nov 13, 2017 40:00 AM ET
A new box set doesn't alter my belief that 1979 to 1981 will not be remembered as one of Dylan's most creative, innovative phases. Nevertheless, his passion remains evident throughout, and the anthology includes enough great music to earn a place in any fan's collection.

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