Category: Rock + Roll

The Police “Synchronicity”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#460 in the series) Is The Police, Synchronicity. Like most of the people that visit this site, I’m guessing that you’re more fans of the earlier stuff like Zenyatta Mondata and Reggatta de Blanc etc., well I’m right there with you.  When I decide to put a Police album on, it’s usually one of those. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like this album as well. It too contained some pretty decent tunes.  As far as the masses go, this was the one that sold the best. The Police did quite well up to Synchronicity.  Every album seemed to build a nice momentum for the band to this point.  This was the album that...

Daryl Hall “Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#459 in the Series) is Daryl Hall, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. This is the second Daryl Hall solo release that we’re featuring; we also took a look-see at Sacred Songs.  That album had a heavy dose of Robert Fripp and definitely had a unique sound to it. Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine is a much more traditional sounding album that you’d expect from Daryl Hall. This one is plentiful with blue eyed sound and ballads. The album kicks off with the most well-known song off the bunch. That would be “Dreamtime.” In fact, “Dreamtime” is the biggest hit of Daryl Hall’s solo career.  It reached #5 on the...

Bad Company “Run With The Pack”

Posted 07 Aug 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1976, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#458 in the Series) is Bad Company, Run With the Pack. No, it’s not their most popular album, no, it’s not their first album, and no, it’s not their classic album, it’s just the album that we happen to be featuring today.  And it’s one I like as well. It was though, the album they were supporting for the tour in which I saw them, more on that later. I could have easily featured their debut, but we actually could not, that one will have to be saved for a future “Whale Wednesday” feature.  For those not familiar with the term, on Wednesdays we also do some big hitter album, hence the name....

Peter Gabriel “Plays Live”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#456 in the Series and #44 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Peter Gabriel, Play’s Live Peter Gabriel, Plays Live… for me, this is a Desert Island Disc. And it’s not even close. Peter Gabriel’s first few solo albums after leaving Genesis are some of my favorite albums.  This was recorded on his 1982 tour.  He was on the road promoting his fourth album, the one that here in the States is called Security. It was released in a few different packages. The main release in 1983 was a double album.  The CD format of the album was also a double; however there was also a single CD version that was four...

Be-Bop Deluxe “Sunburst Finish”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#454 in the Series) is Be-Bop Deluxe, Sunburst Finish. Create a list of 1970’s guitar heroes. Hendrix, Clapton, Richards, Schenker, Gallagher, Ronson, Jones, etc… Be-Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson wouldn’t get much mention. He should. Be-Bop Deluxe was a band formed in England in 1972. Classification of Be-Bop is a difficult proposition. In 1972 Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones dominated much of the rock world. Perhaps the most logical comparison may be that Be-Bop Deluxe was a poppier version of Roxy Music. Nelson was definitely the straw that stirred the Be-Bop drink. While each member of the band contributes mightily to the sound, every song builds to a burst...

Utopia “Utopia”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#444 in the Series) is the self-titled 1982 release from Utopia 1982 was a weird year for Utopia. They switched record labels and were now on “Network Records.” You never heard of them you say? Not surprising, this was the only album they released. At least the one they did decide to release was a fantastic piece of music. This was my favorite version of Utopia, Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, John ‘Willie’ Wilcox and Kasim Sulton.  I’ve always like Utopia better than Todd solo because it featured more vocals by Kasim. I think he has a great voice. Yes, I know there were a ton of guests on this disc, but we know...

The Teardrop Explodes “Kilimanjaro”

Today’s Cool Album of The Day (#440 in a Series) is The Teardrop Explodes, Kilimanjaro. The decade of the 1980’s saw the punk rock explosion extinguishing. While punk attacked, and damaged, the old guard prog movement (Yes; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; etc.), its fading left a large void for the followers of punk who were looking to diversify their listening habits. The New Romantic/Blitz movement (Soft Cell, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, etc.) had a definite lack of testosterone for the old punks. Enter the new psychedelia. Bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, Soft Boys, and The Teardrop Explodes filled this empty space in a more hard edged way. The Teardrop Explodes was led by singer, lyricist, bassist,...

Eric Clapton “Slowhand”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#439 in the Series and #21 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Eric Clapton, Slowhand  Slowhand was a major, major release for Mr. Clapton.  It was one of the few that featured some strong radio friendly top 40 hits.  Now there is a thing where something can be a top 40 hit and still be a good song.  So, so many times hear from people that think just because something is a huge hit that it’s no longer a quality piece of music.  Well let me tell you, those are usually the hardest songs to write. OK, so maybe this wasn’t the usual blues guitar heavy rock album that we had grown accustom...

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#437 in the Series) is Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong The “mellow mafia” ghosts are definitely haunting Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with their canyon-rock band Dawes. The band that recently released their excellent sophomore effort “Nothing is Wrong”, is so entrenched in the Laurel Canyon scene that bred Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Warren and many others, that they purchased a home in the musical Mecca that is in the hills just north of Los Angeles. With the subject matter of some of their songs along with their country rock-vibe sound, you would think that back in the day they were running around naked like the kids on the cover...

John Mellencamp “Scarecrow”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#432 in the Series) is John Mellencamp, Scarecrow I was not even close to being a John Mellencamp fan when this was released. I was not even close to ever being interested in buying one of his  albums and definitely was never interested in buying a John Cougar album either.  I will admit that the long version of “I Need a Lover” isn’t too bad; I’ll give him that one. As time went on, I started reading that John wasn’t a big fan of some of the other things either, and he especially wasn’t a fan of the way Riva Records wanted to package him as some a pop star. He’d write and...

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