Category: Rock + Roll

Unreleased Thin Lizzy Box Set to Be Coming. As Many as 700 Phil Lynott-era Tracks “Found”

Posted 02 Jan 2012 in Music + TV News, Rock + Roll

  2012, hopefully it will be another great year for music, one of the more interesting releases looks to be a box set of archives that were found of  Thin Lizzy recordings. They include mountains of tape produced before Phil Lynott’s death in 1986. As many as 700 songs may have been “unearthed,” and a June box set release is being planned according to Universal Music, the set’s label. The project is being organized by Steve Hammonds, he recently told the Irish Independent, “This is an absolutely stunning find.  In every group there’s a member who lovingly collects their recordings and in Thin Lizzy that was Phil Lynott, because Lizzy was his baby and his band.” “There are out-takes,...

Freedy Johnston “Never Home”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#593 of the Series) is Freedy Johnston, Never Home Have you ever taken a chance and bought a record even though you never heard anything by the artist before you made the investment? I found this CD in the “Country” section of the department store (Venture- Midwest chain now long gone). Maybe subconsciously I did hear his music featured in one of my favorite movies “Kingpin”; “Bad Reputation” was featured in the film. Or maybe I was on a lucky streak and looking to discover more new music. Whatever it was, I hit a home run with this gem. These are some of the catchiest pop tunes you never heard. The hook on...

Heart “Dreamboat Annie”

Posted 28 Dec 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1976, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#590 in the Series) is Heart, Dreamboat Annie. So I bet your first thought when you saw Heart as “Cool of the Day” was something along the line of, “What? Seriously?” Well, yeah absolutely this is a cool album. Sometimes when a band gets very popular it’s easy to forget how good one of the albums may be. This is it absolutely the case with the Heart’s debut album, “Dreamboat Annie.” When was the last time you listen to it? And I don’t mean just hearing “Magic Man” or “Crazy on You” on the radio. I bet it’s been awhile. This was a perfect example of an album that was written and...

Neil Young “Tonight’s The Night”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Neil Young, Tonight’s The Night. Happy 65th birthday wishes go out to Neil Young today as we feature his touching album Tonight’s The Night. Neil lost two close friends to drug deaths, only about six months apart.  One was the guitarist of his backing band, Crazy Horse, Danny Whitten.  The other, Bruce Berry, was a long time roadie for Neil.  Bruce was also the brother to Jan, of ‘Jan and Dean’ fame. Much of this album was a direct response to those losses.  Both of those men died shortly before Neil started writing this album.  Bruce Berry is mentioned by name in the title track while Danny Whitten can be heard on...

The Notorious Cherry Bombs “The Notorious Cherry Bombs”

Today’s Cool Album of the day (#144 in the Series) is the self titled album by, The Notorious Cherry Bombs. OK, who knows who these guys are? I’ll explain.

Warren Zevon “Excitable Boy”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#579 in the Series) is Warren Zevon, Excitable Boy. I don’t usually pick an artist’s most popular release. But this one is just too darn good, and too darn cool. Yes, it contains “Werewolves Of London.” That track still sounds good. It was the song that you could say put Warren on the map with the mainstream.  I once heard a great saying by a stand-up comedian. ” You can’t be considered a superstar until my mother knows who you are.”  Let’s say that many mothers knew of Warren because of “Werewolves of London.” Werewolves might have been the most popular track on the album, but it will have to get way...

Peter Gabriel is Preparing Special 25th Anniversary Edition of his “So” Album, and He’d Like Your Help

  2012 marks the 25th anniversay of Peter Gabriel’s classic So album.  That’s the one that introduced us to songs like “Red Rain,” “Sledgehammer,” ” In Your Eyes,” ” Big Time,” and the Kate Bush duet “Don’t Give Up.” The Gabriel camp has announced that they will be releasing a 25th anniversary package and they’d like your help on it. Here’s what they’re looking for: “We would love to see your memorabilia from back in 1986. Do you have any original So merchandise, posters and tickets for the So tour? Your photos relating to the album release or the concerts? Even a diary entry from 25 years ago which tells a special story about the album release or So...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour Dates

Posted 14 Dec 2011 in Rock + Roll

  From a Tom Petty press release…. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are excited to announce a series of North American concerts in 2012 prior to embarking on their first tour of Europe in 20 years. The North American tour includes the band’s first ever show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where they will headline the first weekend of the annual event on Saturday, April 28. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will also perform in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time. The band will play in St. John’s, NL on June 3 and in Halifax, NS on a date to be announced shortly. Following the Canadian dates, Tom Petty and...

Asia “Asia”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#577 in the series) is eponymous debut from Asia. Well let’s see what’s going to happen with this choice of albums. I think some people may not find it as “Cool” as I did. Not that I feel like I need to justify any entry, what’s cool to one person might not be cool to another, and that’s cool, but I’m going to write this regarding how I felt about this release in early 1982. Not how I felt about it or them down the road years later. That’s not what I do. When I first head of this new band Asia I was so excited. Emerson, Lake and Palmer was one...

Ringo Starr “Ringo”

  Today’ Cool Album of the Day (#575 in the Series) is Ringo Starr, Ringo People sometimes forget that directly after The Beatles breakup, that you wouldn’t have been necessarily wrong if you said Ringo had the early lead on best Beatle solo career.  He really did have a nice run of hits in the early 70’s. It began with “It Don’t Come Easy” (which was just a single) which was a huge hit. It was followed up by two #1 hits from the Ringo album.  “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.  As an album, the Ringo album reached as high as #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. ‘It Don’t Come...

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