Category: Rock + Roll

Richard and Linda Thompson “Shoot Out The Lights”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#671 in the Series) is Richard and Linda Thompson, Shoot Out the Lights. I love year-end “best of” write-ups.  I don’t know why, since like we’ve talked about before, music isn’t a competition unless you’re in high school and playing in a “Battle of the Bands” contest.  I guess you could say that all bands are in competition for airplay and sales, but I think you know what I mean. I remember when Shoot Out the Lights was released in 1982. This album was on just about every list I read.  I knew of them, but hadn’t heard much of this record.  The same can be said for their previous band, Fairport Convention.  I knew...

Little Village "Little Village"

Posted 24 Mar 2012 in 90s, Albums of 1992, Albums of the 90s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#661 in the Series) is the only album from Little Village. One album, One tour from a “Cool Musicians Super Group.” Who was Little Village? I think many in this group know, but I’ll fill in the names. This 1992 group included Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, John Hiatt and Ry Cooder.  How’s that for fire power! They only lasted one album and one tour.  They played the Arie Crown Theater here in Chicago.  If  you look around the internet you can find an audio of the show.  It was a hell of a show since they played almost the full album and each member did a tune or two from their solo...

Novo Combo “Novo Combo”

Posted 15 Mar 2012 in 80s, Albums of 1981, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#654 in the series) is the self-titled debut from Novo Combo. This is yet another album of the day that you just can’t find any longer. Why more cut-outs aren’t on at least iTunes, I’ll never understand. I can see not printing any issues of some of these great nuggets, but at least toss the master up on a download site and let us buy away! “Novo Combo” was released in 1981. It was a combination power pop/new wave production. Besides some wonderful music, Novo Combo was mostly known for their drummer, former Santana member, Michael Shrieve. (Think Woodstock and Soul Survivor!) Pete Hewlett handled guitars and some vocals. He went on to do some...

Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#651 in the Series) is Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball The Boss is back and he’s an angry man! I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d fully enjoy a new Springsteen album again. Much as I love the man and his music, recent efforts have left me fairly underwhelmed. But come on, it’s Bruce! He’s never going to entirely let me down and both Magic and Working on a Dream certainly have their moments. Some fine songs between them but in terms of putting out an album that was a great listen all the way through, well, I thought it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. Which just shows how much I know…………..this...

Joe Jackson "Big World”

Posted 29 Feb 2012 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#641 in the Series) is Joe Jackson, Big World One thing that I’ve always noticed is that my favorite albums by an artist are often tied in with a tour that I may have seen. That rings true with Joe Jackson’s Big World. I was lucky enough to have attended one of the shows on this  tour at Popular Creek Theater (RIP) in northwest suburban Chicago. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. A couple interesting notes on this album. For one, it was a digitally recorded album that was done in full song takes in front of a live studio audience. A few hundred people were invited to sit in silence and watch...

Montrose “Montrose”

    Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#637 in the Series) is the Montrose debut release, Montrose. When was the last time you pulled this one out of the rack? Talk about an album that sounds as good in ’12 as it did in ’73. I’m truly amazed how timeless this one sounds.   I’m betting that twenty years from now I’d be saying the same thing. I listened to this one about a year ago for the first time in a decade, at least. I couldn’t get over how much fun I had in reminiscing.  The groove in “Space Station #5” really stood out. I think I played the darn song twice. Of course you still have the...

Bad Company “Bad Company”

Posted 14 Feb 2012 in Albums of 1973, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#630 in the Series) is self-titled debut from Bad Company   The year was 1974 and the musical landscape as far as the charts were concerned was a saccharine heavy peppering of Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, and Carole King, full of laid back California Soul that was about as dangerous and edgy as Peter Frampton, and much like Cliff Richard was very close to exceeding its shelf life. It was during this time that hard rock & heavy metal was very much like that green, leafy, combustible substance, it was something I really wanted, but did not necessarily know how to go about getting it.  I could not find it...

Ringo Starr “2012”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#621 in the Series) is Ringo Starr, 2012 I do like this album, don’t get me wrong, but 28 minutes of music Ringo? Really? That’s the best you can do?  Maybe Barbara has been running around the house with her cave woman outfit or something. I’ll tell you what. If that’s all the effort you can come up with, then I’m only going to spend 28 minutes preparing and writing your album review. So if I don’t get to everything I want to say, it’s your fault. When time runs out, that’s it. Ringo has stated that this album is a continuation of his 1973 release titled simply, Ringo. Oh, and for...

J. Geils Band “Live: Full House”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#618 in the Series) is J. Geils Band, Live Full House I don’t know who managed the J Geils Band back in the early 70s, but I do know this. He knew what he was Doing!  The band was formed in 1967 and within a few years released their first two albums, a self-titled debut and the follow-up called The Morning After. They were to fine albums that did OK in their hometown Boston market. However something was missing. What was missing was their live sound. All it took was a great live album to advance them into a national act. This was 1972 remember, and about three to four years before the...

The Guess Who “Canned Wheat”

Posted 26 Jan 2012 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#615 in the Series) is The Guess Who, Canned Wheat How about a little Guess Who for today’s Cool Album of the Day, eh?  It’s actually about time we got to this great Canadian band considering they’re one of the better bands to emerge from the late 1960s. I’ve wanted to do a piece on them for quite some time but I had to go back and give their stuff another listen. I was a fan of theirs when they were current, but most of the time the only album of theirs and I had was The Guest Who, Greatest Hits. You might not be aware but we do not cover greatest...

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