Category: Rock + Roll

Chicago Transit Authority ‘Chicago Transit Authority’

Posted 05 Jul 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#425 in the Series) is Chicago Transit Authority. How times have changed in the music industry.  I remember an era when if you were a pretty decent band, honed your writing skills, your playing skills and your overall package, you had a decent chance of getting a record deal.  If you had a following, you had a real good chance.  The labels often didn’t even expect anything from your first offering. They were often content to invest in you for the long term.  Start you off with album one, get you noticed and then try to just advance from there, album by album.  In fact, they worried more about over exposing you than...

Ian Hunter “You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic”

Posted 04 Jul 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1979, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#424 in the Series) is Ian Hunter, You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic Remember when ABC ran “In Concert” every weekend? Midnight Special” was on as well.  There was one band that I could swear that was on every week. They were on so often that I really started not liking them, they of course were Mott the Hoople.  Yup, every week I’d turn it on and sure enough, there would be this goofy looking band with a guy or two wearing these strange looking boots. I was young and didn’t know much about them. As I got slightly older I got to like the band as I actually started listening to the music. ...

Rave On Buddy Holly

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#423 in the Series) is Rave On Buddy Holly. Back in the early 90s I worked as a District Manager for a music distributor.  One of our accounts was Wal-Mart.  We would stock them with their music and make sure they were fixture properly etc.  (BTW, back then, they refused to stock AC/DC because their albums had parental warning stickers on them. Now I see there is a new AC/DC release and the ONLY place you can get it is Wal-Mart!) At one point, we were doing some major renovations that had to be done only at night after the stores closed.  I was the head of one of these projects.  I had...

John Hiatt “Slow Turning”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#420 in the Series ) is John Hiatt, Slow Turning. Three Dog Night- “Sure As I’m Sitting Here; Rosanne Cash –“This is the Way We Make a Broken Heart “and “Pink Bedroom,” Jeff Healey Band –“Angry Eyes,” Eric Clapton and BB King – “Ridin’ With the King – Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit and Desert Rose Band – ”She Don’t Love Nobody,” Bonnie Raitt –“Think Called Love.” You may know many of these songs. They all did quite well and they were all written by John Hiatt.  For years he was known as the guy that put out hits for others but couldn’t quite make that success carry over to his own...

George Harrison “All Things Must Pass”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#418 in the Series)is George Harrison, All Things Must Pass I know I’ve mentioned the purpose of the Whale Wednesday Series. Yeah, the plan was to feature some of the bigger releases and give them some representation on the site as well.  However I meant that to mean “bigger” in regards to profile or sales etc. I didn’t intend it to mean the actual size of the recording! So here we have one that fits the term ‘Huge’ on a couple fronts. The first of those being that it was recorded by George Harrison along with some well-known friends. The second being how well this was accepted.  All Things Must Pass sold over...

Fire Town “The Good Life”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#417 in the Series) is Fire Town, The Good Life It’s funny how you can really like an album, then over time completely forget about. Then all of a sudden, you see something catches your eye or you run across it in your collection and you jump up and it all comes back to you, and you wonder why you ever let it get away.  For me, Fire Town, The Good LIfe is the perfect example of that. I really liked this release and then.. it was gone for years, but now it’s back. So who is Fire Town? Were you a fan of this great pop act back in the late 80s?...

Paul Young “No Parlez”

Posted 25 Jun 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#415 in the Series) is Paul Young, No Parlez As a hit maker, Paul Young has made quite a bit of money for songwriters. His albums have many really good songs on them, but the hits have always been remakes.  I’m sure Paul doesn’t mind, a hit’s a hit right? This was Paul’s debut as a solo artist for CBS records. Previously he had been with some bands that no one ever heard of. Not only did it play well on top 40 radio stations but it also did quite well on the FM rockers.  His remake of the Joy Divison/New Order single was all over radio. This surprised me since it was...

The New Barbarians “Buried Alive: Live in Maryland”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#414 in the Series and #38 in the Live Saturday Night Series) is The New Barbarians, Buried Alive: Live in Maryland The Band The New Barbarians was formed in 1979 as a means to promote Ron Wood’s most recent album Gimme Some Neck. The album was a minor success peaking at number 45 on the billboard charts and was the first to feature Wood’s own artwork on the album cover including a self-portrait. The band and the subsequent eighteen gig U.S. tour may have gone largely unnoticed were it not for the exceptional musicians that accompanied Wood on the tour. The stellar line-up included Ron Wood and Keith Richards on guitar, Stanley Clarke...

Bruce Springsteen “Born To Run”

Today’s Cool Album Of The Day (#411 in the Series) is Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run I guess there’s really only one album that would be appropriate for today’s feature, and that would be Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Born to Run. We lost “The Big Man” this past weekend, and I think this album was the recording that showcased his talents the best.  We’re presenting it as a tribute to him. I remember when I first heard of this album. I was a teenager and my girlfriend at the time had a bunch of biker brothers.  (What the heck was I thinking?)  One of them lived at home (sometime) and had what I thought was a really cool...

The Nails “Mood Swing”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#408 in the Series) is The Nails, Mood Swing. One of the niceties of getting up “early” on Saturday is listening to WXRT here in Chicago and listening to four hours of their long running segment called “Saturday Morning Flashback.”  Each Saturday they pick a year and play nothing but great music released during that time.  They also give a little rundown of top movies, TV shows, who left us etc., etc. It really is a fun way to kill a morning. Today was 1984.  What tunes we were treated too. “Working With Fire & Steel” –China Crisis; “Whisper to a Scream” – Icicle Works; “This is the Day” – The The; “A...

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