Category: Rock + Roll

Elton John and Leon Russell “The Union”

Posted 03 Dec 2010 in Albums of 2010, Albums of the 10s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#212 in the Series) is Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union. This was one of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Like many of these special projects that T. Bone Burnett over sees, it did not disappoint. Many looked at this album as a long time payback by Elton John to Leon Russell for help he provided to enhance his popularity at the beginning of Elton’s career.  Elton has also been quoted as saying that Leon was his main influence as a pianist. When I first heard some tracks from The Union I remembered how special it was to hear Leon’s voice. It made me go and pull out classics like ‘Tightrope,...

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Buffalo Springfield “Buffalo Springfield Again”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#209 in the Series) is Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again. Buffalo Springfield didn’t last too long, but did pretty darn well when they were around.  How many other bands released just three albums yet make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Those three albums were Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again and Last Time Around. Today we’re going to look at that middle album. This album featured well known tracks written by the three main front men. Those songs would remain part of their individual live shows until today. They would be Neil Young with ‘I am a Child’ and ‘Mr. Soul,’ Richie Furay with ‘A Child’s Claim to Fame’ and...

Pete Townshend “White City: A Novel”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#207 in the Series) is Pete Townshend, White City: A Novel White City was one of my favorite Pete Townsend projects.  It told the story of about a low income area near West London of White City. It lets us see into all the expected trappings that one would find there. Prostitution, drugs, racial issues etc. David Gilmour added some wonderful guitar work to the track he co-wrote with Pete. It’s called ‘White City Fighting.’ There was a 60 minute companion movie released that stared Townsend.  There was also a fantastic concert video released for the tour.  There were two versions. A shorter, 60 minute version that was hit slanted and another 90...

Emerson, Lake and Palmer “Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Ladies and Gentlemen…”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#206 in the Series) is Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Ladies and Gentlemen… ELP were larger than life to me during my high school years. I just loved this band. I still do. This three album live set got a ton of play on my old Marantz. This 1974 release of a 1973 tour, had just about everything I wanted by them. It was about as close as you could get to a full concert experience on a live album.  The only things that were obviously missing were two of their most well-known pop hits, they being “Lucky Man” and “Still…You Turn Me On.”...

Toto “Toto”

Posted 25 Nov 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#204 in the Series) is the debut, self-titled release from Toto. Could they be the most musically talented band of all time? Could they be the most misunderstood band of all time? Toto has always been an enigma. If you say ‘Toto’ you get some interesting takes. Someone who knows just hit radio…. We’ll they’ll most likely remember Toto IV and the huge hits and Grammy Awards that that album produced. ‘Rosanna, Africa, I Won’t Hold Back’ were all over the airwaves. As a rocker and you might get a look like ‘What the heck you listening to them for man?’ But ask a musician. Ask someone that can really play and they’ll...

Pretenders “Get Close”

Posted 22 Nov 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#201 in the Series) in The Pretenders, Get Close. Get Close was The Pretenders fourth album. It was released in 1986.  It was the first album with the new rhythm section of Blair Cunningham on drums and T.M. Stevens on bass.  Robbie McIntosh and, of course, Chrissie Hynde were on guitar.  Original drummer Martin Chambers did play a few tracks on the album and would return to the band a few years later. It yielded a couple well known hits as well, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “My Baby.” “Don’t Get Me Wrong” featured a great video that featured a takeoff on the 60s British spy-drama The Avengers. The redo of a Jimi...

Robbie Robertson “Robbie Robertson”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#200 in the Series) self-titled solo debut from Robbie Robertson. This one is a ‘special’ album. I recently listen to this great work in its entirety for the first time in many moons. It was as moving as it was the first time I heard it. It is an absolute gem. “Fallen Angel” was Robbie (co-written by Martin Page)‘s tribute to Richard Manuel. Richard was Robbie’s longtime band-mate.  It features some great support vocals by Peter Gabriel. I’ve included the full list of participating musicians.  It’s quite lengthy. Special mentions include U2, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Terry Bozzio and Ivan Neville. It took Robbie 11 years to release his first solo effort. When...

Ted Nugent “Double Live Gonzo”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#199 in the Series, and #7 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Ted Nugent, Double Live Gonzo. Ted Nugent lit up radio the mid to late seventies.  He released three huge albums after leaving the Amboy Dukes. They were the self-titled, Ted Nugent (1975), Free For All (1976) and Cat Scratch Fever (1977). Or as my dear friend ‘Hoss’ used to call it, Rat’s Ass Fever.  He always had an interesting way of renaming things you could say! Building on the success of those three albums, Uncle Ted released his classic live album, Double Live Gonzo. Released in 1978, Double Live Gonzo was another hit. It featured most of the best songs...

Bruce Springsteen “The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” -Box Set

Posted 16 Nov 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#195 in the Series) is Bruce Springsteen’s Box Set, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. As it has been discussed for weeks, today is release day for the new Springsteen Box set. I had a chance to see the tour for this album at the spectacular Auditorium Theater in Chicago.  How have the times changed? Well I bought tickets the day of the show! Here’s what’s you’ll get. CD 1 – “Darkness On the Edge of Town” (Remastered) Badlands Adam Raised a Cain Something In the Night Candy’s Room Racing In the Street The Promised Land Factory Streets of Fire Prove It All Night Darkness On the Edge of...

Jeff Beck “Blow By Blow”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#189 in the Series) is Jeff Beck, Blow By Blow. I once heard a great quote. It’s from a TV personality I can’t stand so I’m not going to give him credit. Sorry. Email me if it’s that important for you to know who it is. He said, “You’re not a house-hold name until my Mother knows who you are.” I love that quote!  It’s pretty true. Jeff Beck really was a ‘known’ guitarist after playing in the Yardbirds.  He also had released a few nice solo albums under the Jeff Beck Group banner.  His work with ‘Beck, Bogert and Appice’ was also received very well. Next up was his great album, Blow...

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