Category: Rock + Roll

Robin Trower "Bridge of Sighs"

Today’s Cool Album Of The Day (#155 in the Series) is Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs. Bridge of Sighs was Robin Trower’s gigantic breakthrough album. He was in Procol Harem until 1972.  This was Robin’s second solo album and it was released in 1974. It contained many of the songs that people to this day consider the highlights to his catalog. The title cut, “Bridge of Sighs” and “Day of the Eagle” top that list. However, do not overlook “Too Rolling Stoned.”  That was a rock radio standard as well. Robin Trower toured recorded and toured as a three piece back in this era.  His bassist/vocalist was James Dewar.  Reg Isidore was on drums. Bridge of Sighs reached #7 on the...

Nick Heyward "North of a Miracle"

Posted 24 Sep 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#148 in the Series) is Nick Heyward, North of a Miracle. Do you remember Nick Heyward? If you don’t remember his name, you may remember his band before he went out on his own. Does Haircut 100 sound familiar? They had a nice hit called “Love Plus One” in 1982.  North of a Miracle was released in 1983. Numerous tracks gathered some nice airplay from this disc.  “Whistle Down the Wind” comes to mind first.  But we also heard “Atlantic Monday,” “Blue Hat for a Blue Day,” “Club Boy at Sea” and “The Day it Rained Forever.” Some players that added to the sound here that you might now included Pino Palladino, Morris...

Rush "2112"

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#141 in the Series) is Rush, 2112. Every once in a while you have to just go with a good old fashioned rock and roll album. Rush 2112 fills the bill. I loved Rush back in this era.  I was a Fly By Night fan, A Caress of Steel fan and then a 2112 fan.  The follow up live release All the Worlds a Stage is a fantastic live album that captured that era perfectly.  It was a real treat seeing Rush back in 2000 seat venues during that time. It seems like they were always playing around the Chicagoland area back during this time period. I’d see them quite often, maybe I...

Paul McCartney "Tug of War"

Posted 16 Sep 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#140 in the Series) is Paul McCartney, Tug of War. I had not purchased a new Paul McCartney album in years when Tug of War was released in 1982. I hadn’t even thought about it.  Then my friend Phil Lucafo asked me if I heard the new McCartney album.  He highly recommended it so on his suggestion, I grabbed it. I’m glad he did.  This was some of the best music that Paul had done in many moons. It was produced by former George Martin and it appears that he added nice motivation. I was just looking back.  Rolling Stone gave it 5 starts, Allmusic gave it 4.5.  So it looks like many...

R.E.M. "Murmur"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#131 in the Series is) R.E.M., Murmur. (I.R.S.) I’m actually surprised it took me until the 131st entry to feature this album. Why, well you’ve all heard of Desert Island Discs.  Those would be the ten albums that you’d take to an island if you only were able to live with ten.  Well, this would be one of the first I’d toss into the boat if I was starting a three hour tour. I had heard REM’s Chronic Town EP a few times when this was released.  So I was aware of them.  I was quickly falling in love with their Rickenbacker led jangly guitar riff sound. Murmur was REM’s first full length...

UFO "Force It"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#129 in the Series) is UFO, Force It. I haven’t featured a good old fashioned, rock and roll album for some time.  So here it is for you, UFO,  Force It. A good ‘play it loud, listen to the scorching guitar, rock and roll classic album. UFO was an 80s metal band that featured some of the best players of that era.  Michael Schenker on guitar.  Phil Moog, Vocals, Andy Parker, Drums. Pete Way, Bass.  Chuck Churchill was a guest musician that added, and for the first time, keyboards on a UFO album. Force It was the beginning of a three album run that, while quite popular, also marked the beginning of the end...

Nils Lofgren "Nils"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#128 in the Series) is Nils Lofgren, Nils. Nils is the sixth solo album by guitarist Nils Logren, and and the fourth studio release. Nils came to prominence as a member of Crazy Horse and before that, Grin. He’s been a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band for over 25 years. Nils was my favorite for a number of reasons but mainly for No Mercy. No Mercy is a boxing song written from the viewpoint of the victorious boxer as he feels sorrow for his soon to be defeated opponent.  It’s quite the unique song. But there indeed many great pieces of music here.  Others include I’ll Cry Tomorrow, and a great...

Tom Waits "Blue Valentine"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Tom Waits, “Blue Valentine.” What a piece of music this one is.  I just love Tom Waits.  This is yet another example of the album I love is the tour I saw. I can’t remember the name of the place. But there was a little roadhouse between Merrillville + Valparaiso, Indiana where I saw this tour.  It had to be in 1978 or ‘79.  The opening act was Leon Redbone who had laryngitis that night and did everything instrumental.  He then held up a ‘thank you’ sign after every song. TW does an amazing version of ‘Somewhere” from West Side Story as an opening number on this album. It’s truly a remarkable...

Prefab Sprout "Two Wheels Good"

Posted 17 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#115 in The Series) is Prefab Sprout, “Steve McQueen” (or as it was called in the United States, “Two Wheels Good.” There’s a good chance that you might not be familiar with this band, but let me tell ya, they’re real good! This is the first time I’ve had a release with two different titles. But Prefab Sprout was not allowed to call their album entitled “Steve McQueen” do to a legal conflict. It was called “Two Wheels Good” here in the US. Many great tracks here. ‘Faron Young, Bonny, Appetite’ and the single that you might know, ‘When Love Breaks Down.’ Prefrab Sprout was from England. This album peaked there at #21...

Little Feat ‘Waiting For Columbus’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#113 in the Series) is Little Feat, Waiting For Columbus. We usually only have studio albums in this blog. No Greatest Hits packages either. But today is going to be different. Today is Little Feat, Waiting For Columbus. It’s quite possibly the best live album ever. (Note: since this was originally published we have indeed begun covering live albums, but still no greatest hits packages.) I do so for sad reasons. Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward passed away yesterday from liver cancer. He will be missed by masses. He was a wonderful musician and according to those that knew him, a wonderful person. What always amazed me about Waiting For Columbus was Richie’s drum...

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