Ten Notable Albums Recorded in South Florida
Monster -- REM
Ranked among the band's most pivotal albums, REM chose Criteria as the third stop in its attempts to complete the album, following earlier sessions in New Orleans and Atlanta, and prior to later work in Los Angeles. Upon it s release in September 1994, it instantly debuted at number one, even though its distorted sound confounded some longtime fans.
Not surprisingly, Monster received rave reviews from the critics, although guitarist Peter Buck felt obliged to offer his own impression. He described it as a "rock" record, putting the word rock in quotations. "That's not what we started out to make, but that's certainly how it turned out to be," he suggested. "There's a nudge, nudge, wink, wink feel to the whole record."
McGuinn, Clark and Hillman -- Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and Chris Hillman Although it doesn't rank up here among the aforementioned masterpieces, this reunion of three crucial members of the Byrds is still worthy of a mention.
Containing a moderate hit in the reggae-tinged song "Don't You Write Her Off," it was most notable for reconstructing the classic harmonies McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman perfected early on. Yours truly had opportunity to visit the band during its South Florida tenure, and when asked to hear some of the early takes, Hillman repelled the suggestion, insisting it wasn't a good precedent to let a record company representative take a sneak peek.