Category: Rock + Roll

NRBQ “Grooves in Orbit”

Posted 09 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is NRBQ’s Grooves in Orbit. This one really fits the bill as NRBQ Grooves in Orbit is indeed a very ‘cool’ album. This one finds the worlds greatest bar band at quite possibly their creative peak. It runs end to end with many tunes that stayed in their live show for years. Decades even. Side one starts with the perfect, “Rain at the Drive In.” A song about a couple that loves to go to the drive in when it’s raining because it’s easier to get the windows to fog. How can you beat that? Just the fact that it’s about a stinkin’ drive in makes it cool! One of my other...

Mandy Moore "Coverage"

Posted 09 Aug 2010 in 00s, Albums of 2003, Albums of the 00s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#117 in the Series) is Mandy Moore, Coverage. I told you I’d pull out some weird things on this blog. Well I bet this one really blows your mind! Back to Ms. Moore. I bet your saying ‘What the ^%$( is he smoking!’ But take a look at this album. It’s an album full of cover tunes. (How many of those have we seen the past few years?) But what makes this one interesting is the song list that she chooses. Her performance of these songs was quite good. Some not so much but others were pretty solid. But let’s look at the songs. I was shocked when I saw this list. She...

Captain Beyond "Sufficiently Breathless"

Posted 08 Aug 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1973, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Captain Beyond, Sufficiently Breathless. I’m taking a slight step in a different direction today. Let me admit that I really only know pretty much one song on this album. But the title track was such a huge FM hit hear in Chicago in the early 70’s that it’s stillworth entry. Our group is far more than just Chicago at this point. So I’m curious if our out of town members also remember this song (album, band) from that era. The title track is the one that got all the play, “Sufficiently Breathless.” Captain Beyond, “Sufficiently Breathless” peak at #90 on the Billboard Top 100 Album chart. Personnel Lee Dorman – bass guitar Rhino...

Ambrosia "Ambrosia"

Posted 04 Aug 2010 in 70s, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the self-titled debut from “Ambrosia.” Ambrosia was better known in later albums for melodic hit ballads. Which if done well, isn’t a bad thing. And they did them quite well.But this was a little different. Their 1975 debut release was a little more progressive with a little space age tossed in. This album did quite well too. Two singles charted. ‘Holdin’ On To Yesterday’ reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and ‘Nice, Nice, Very Nice’ reached #63 but was even more received as an FM hit. As an album, “Ambrosia” reached #22 on the Billboard Top 200. Track Lisiting Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Vonnegut) 5:49 Time Waits for No One...

China Crisis "What Price Paradise"

Posted 04 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is China Crisis. What Price Paradise. What Price Paradise may have gotten more airplay in my car and living room than any album released in the mid to late eighties. I just fell in love with this when it was released in 1986. I had a chance to see this tour at the Park West in Chicago in 1987. To this day it remains one of the best shows I ever saw. They dedicated an encore track to the great Chicago reggae bar ‘Kingston Mines’ and even segued into Bob Marley’s ‘Exodus!’ Slick sounding, great groove with excellent playing. Maybe think, Steely Dan with a little more edge. In fact, their previous album was...

Pink Floyd "Animals"

Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Pink Floyd, “Animals.” Well, I thought it was time to pull out a big hitter. So it’s Pink Floyd today. “Animals” is basically three biting political satire songs. Pigs, Dogs and Sheep. It’s mainly a Roger Waters album as he wrote the entire album except for ‘Dogs’ which he co-wrote with David Gilmour. The album opens and ends with a short into/exit song called, Pigs on The Wing. If you had the 8-Track of “Animals” you’d know that these are looped together to form one song. Nice touch. “Animals” was also the catalyst for one of Pink Floyd best tours. This was when we were first introduced to the flying pigs. It...

Rockpile "Seconds of Pleasure"

Posted 02 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1980, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Rockpile’s, Seconds Of Pleasure. Dave Edmunds (guitar) and Nick Lowe (bass) must have recorded about 6 albums together in the late 70’s or early 80’s. However, this was the only ‘official’ release of the band named they used, Rockpile. Due to some weird contracts, they never released another official album. So what they did was take turn releasing solo albums. And then they would play on each others release. So one album would be called Nick Lowe, and it would feature Dave Edmunds and the next would be Dave Edmunds, and it would feature Nick Lowe. Rockpile also included Bill Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums. Terry Williams went on...

Atlanta Rhythm Section "Red Tape"

Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Red Tape.” Kind of a forgotten band here. Atlanta Rhythm Section was all over the radio in the late 70’s early 80’s. ‘Red Tape” was a little before that. This album was released in 1976. Some of the best tracks were ‘Jukin/San Antonio Rose, Free Spirit’ and especially ‘Mixed Emotions.’ Recorded in Doraville, Georgia and released on Polygram, “Red Tape” peaked at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while the only single to chart, ‘Free Spirit’ reached #85. Track listing “Jukin’/San Antonio Rose” (Buie, Nix, Wills) – 3:43 “Mixed Emotions” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 3:20 “Shanghaied” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 2:14 “Police! Police!” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 3:11 “Beautiful...

BoDeans "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#90 in the Series) is Bodeans.Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. The BoDeans are still huge in Chicago.  I’m not sure how big they’re ever gotten outside of this area.  It’s hard to tell from the inside. This was their debut release.  I personally like the 2nd album, “Outside, Looking In” better, but I’m featuring this one. This one has many of their concert favorites to this day. “She’s a Runaway, Fadeaway, Still The Night” jump out at you at the top of the disc.  Nice opening to a career boys! BoDeans are basically Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann.  They’ve gone thru numerous band members. A little birdy told me that they’re...

Hounds "Unleashed"

Posted 28 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Hounds, Unleashed. Well, I’ve been holding off featuring albums by friends but I figured what the heck. So today we’re going to run with, from Chicago’s South Suburbs, The Hounds, Unleashed. In the mid-seventies, Friday at 5:00pm on WXRT could only mean the spinning of one song, a tradition that continued for quite a few years. That was the playing of The Hounds, ‘Drugland Weekend.’ I’m not sure how long this tradition continued, but my guess would be from about ‘76 thru ’78. Interesting enough, it wasn’t the version from ‘Unleashed’ that ‘XRT used to play. It was a demo that was used to show their chops. It helped grab them a two album...

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