Category: Rock + Roll

Psychedelic Furs "Psychedelic Furs"

Posted 28 Jul 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1980, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is the debut album by “The Psychedelic Furs.” Dark, eerie, creepy etc etc. This album has been described by all those great words. But I think it’s a wonderful body of music. It’s amazing how many times I like a bands debut album the best. But how many times have I heard the ol’ saying, ‘You have your whole life to write your first album, a year to write the second.’ Great dark sound. Kinda like a pissed off Roxy Music. Some exception saxophone work highlights the sound. Favorite tracks? ‘India’ and ‘Sister Europe.’ The Psychedelic Furs was mostly produced by Steve Lillywhite and the band. It reached number 140 on the Billboard...

Roy Buchanan "Roy Buchanan"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#90 in the Series) Is Roy Buchanan’s self titled debut, Roy Buchanan. Have you heard this guy play guitar? I can never say who’s the best guitar player to walk the planet. But I can tell you who I think would be in the team picture. Roy Buchanan would be in the team picture! Roy Buchanan was released in August of 1972. It’s a great blues album. It features what I think was Roy’s best song, ‘The Messiah Will Come Again.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been 22 years since Roy left us. Personnel Roy Buchanan   Guitar, Vocals Ned Davis            Drums Dick Heintze       Organ, Piano Teddy Irwin        Guitar (Rhythm) Chuck Tilley        Vocals...

The Police "Zenyatta Mondatta"

Today’ Cool Album of the Day is “Zenyatta Mondatta” by The Police. How great is this piece of music? It’s really hard to pick a favorite from that early Police period, but I’m going with this one. Highlights, we got a few. ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me, When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around, Canary in a Coalmine, Man in a Suitcase’ and my fave mainly because of Andy Summers scorching guitar solo, ‘Driven To Tears.’ This 1980 release peeked at #5 in 1981. It hit the charts again in 1983 and had a cup of coffee at #129. It won two Grammy Awards. The Police were inducted into the Rock...

Talking Heads "Little Creatures"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#85 in the Series) is Talking Heads’, Little Creatures.” This one was maybe a little more commercial sounding than the majority of the ‘Heads catalog. But it always rang true with me! I lovesed it! There are many wonderful tracks here. Two went on to get some major airplay as singles. ‘Road to Nowhere’ and ‘And She Was.’ ‘Stay Up Late’ and ‘The Lady Don’t Mind’ could have been singles as well. Eric Weissberg and his steel guitar were an interesting addition to the Talking Heads sound here. Maybe that’s why I likesed it so much. I remember when I was a ‘record schlepper.’ I played the heck out of this in my...

XTC "English Settlement"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is XTC’s, “English Settlement.” I was trying to decide which XTC album to appoint. I’ve decided to go with “English Settlement.” I usually don’t like feature the most popular release by an artist. And I’m not even sure that this is their most popular, but I’m running with it. “English Settlement” is XTC’s fifth studio release. The year was 1982. (What a great period for music. I think this might be about the fifth time I’ve chosen something from that year.) As usual, everything was written by the great Andy Partridge. Not one track stood out from the rest for me. This is one of those discs that just spits ‘em at you....

Dire Straits "Dire Straits"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool album of the Day is the Dire Straits debut album, “Dire Straits.” Do you remember the first time you heard this album? The very first time you heard it? You just might. Why, because you KNEW this was something special. You KNEW, this was one of those bands that was going to be around for a long time. You KNEW they were going to be making special music for a long time. That was in 1978. You were right. If not Dire Straits, but leader Mark Knopfler is still releasing viable, relevant music 32 years later. The first song I heard was the single, ‘Sultans of Swing.’ Funny enough, The very first time I heard it I...

Santana "III"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is Santana’s, “Santana III” BY FAR, my favorite Santana album. This album featured the original Santana band of Carlos on guitar, Michael Shrieve on drums, Dave Brown on bass, Jose ‘Chepito’ Areas on timbales and Michael Catabello on percussion. However, it also was the debut of a 17 year old guitarist named Neal Schon. This was the first time Carlos recorded with a second guitar player. The results were outstanding, Listen to the ending of the track “Toussaint L’Overture.” Carlos and Neal conclude the songs with a great duel. The story is told that they each recorded their part without the other being present. One would lay down a track, the other would...

Thin Lizzy "Fighting"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1975, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Thin Lizzy’s Fighting. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Everybods knows the Jailbreak album. This preceded it and yes, it was better. I became a huge fan if this album pretty much for one reason. ‘XRT played the crap out of it. This was in ‘XRT’s early days. They weren’t even a 24 rock station until about time. They used to call Thin Lizzy the ‘House Band.’ Back at that time. The best known song was the, some what of a title cut you could say. It was called “Fightin’ My Way Back.'”I’ll attach it to the end of this rant. Phil Lynott’s best work was on this album. A less commercial sounding than “The...

Peter Gabriel "Peter Gabriel"

Today’s Cool album of the Day is Peter Gabriel’s album, “Peter Gabriel.” OK, now that we’ve established that, the next question is…..which one? After Peter departed Genesis, his first four solo releases were all titles simply, Peter Gabriel. Why, he wanted them to be looked at as renewed releases of a magazine. Why did he stop this tradition with his fifth album, “So?” Well, you’ll have to ask David Geffen that question. He pulled rank. (Note: Even thou the fourth edition of the Peter Gabriel magazine collection was labeled as just ‘Peter Gabriel,’ it was widely known as ‘Security.’ So again you ask, Larry? Which one? Well here it’s going to be the third solo album. Sometimes even called,...

Genesis "Selling England By The Pound"

Congratulations Genesis on today being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Your 1973 recording of Selling England by the Pound is Today’s Cool Album of the Day. Genesis is one of my favorite bands. Genesis IS my favorite live band. My seeing them at an “Invitation Only: Full Dress Rehearsal Show” for a hand full of people in 2007 will most likely never be topped as a music experience! ‘Selling England By The Pound was the penultimate album with Peter Gabriel as their costume wearing front man. He left the machinery two years later after recording and touring for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Selling contains two of my favorite pieces. “The Cinema Show” and...

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