Category: Rock + Roll

Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Led Zeppelin’s, Physical Graffiti. A double album, a great double album! I don’t know why, but of all the Zeppelin releases, this one just sounded different. I could never place why, it just had a completely different ‘vibe’ to me. ‘Kashmir’ probably received the most air play here. Possibly ‘Trampled Under Foot.’ My favorites were ‘In My Time of Dying, Night Flight’ and the set opening ‘Custard Pie.’ It’s also interesting that the song ‘Houses of the Holy’ appeared here, and not on the album Houses of the Holy. I sure miss buying albums in the long form vinyl format. How can you ever forget sliding this one in and out and...

Journey "Journey"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the self titled ‘Journey’ debut, “Journey.” In 1975 this was my favorite band. This was one of the albums that I would taken to the moon or a desert island. For those of you that only know Journey from the CRAP that they put out beginning in 1977 or 1978, you might think I’m crazy. But no, this was 1975. Journey began in ‘73 or ’74. Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon had been, respectively, keyboard, lead singer and second guitarist in Santana. In fact, Schon was only 16 or17 years only when he joined Santana in 1971. Drums where handled by Aynsley Dunbar with Ross Valory on bass. Prairie Prince was shortly...

The Band "Northern Lights, Southern Cross"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#16 in the series) is The Band’s, “Northern Lights, Southern Cross.” No, It’s not as popular as some of The Band’s other releases such as ‘Music From Big Pink, Stage Fright” or the live masterpiece, “The Last Waltz,” but 1975’s “North Lights, Southern Cross” is still a great listen. Choice cuts include “Ophelia, Hobo Jungle”, and two of my favorites. “It’s Makes No Difference” and “Acadian Driftwood. Acadian Driftwood” tells the story of the the Canadian Acadian tribe and how they drifted down the Mississippi river and became, Cajuns. All songs were written by Robbie Robertson. It was the first album to be recorded in The Bands newly opened California studio called Shangri-La....

Styx "Styx"

Posted 12 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1972, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the debut album by “Styx.” This release was such a HUGE deal for my friends and I. Not that it was anything ground breaking or musically more significant than other releases. This was a huge deal for mainly one reason. Styx were local lads. They were from the neighborhood, from the Parish. It was a big deal to guy that used to play ‘guitar masses’ at your church actually release something that you could toss on your turntable. The album started with a suite called ‘Movement For the Common Man.’ It contained a small part of Aaron Copeland’s ‘Fanfare for a Common Man’ but was mainly remembered for a section where they...

Devo "Q: Are We Not Men? A:We Are Devo!"

Posted 10 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Devo’s, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” I remember when they made their debut on Saturday Night Live back in 1978. They did their now familiar, quirky version of ‘The Stones, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’ Watchers didn’t know if this was a musical guest or just another comedy sketch! Well, 32 years later the band is still putting out records. I thought they smoked on Late Night with David Letterman yesterday. The played really well and Mark Mothersbaugh’s voice was as strong as ever. They’re new ‘get up’ is pretty cool too. : Q:Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was the band debut. It featured more...

Blondie "Eat To The Beat"

Posted 01 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1979, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of The Day (#81 in The Series) is Blondie, “Eat To The Beat.” I wasn’t sure what to do today. Then I heard it was Debbie Harry’s 65 birthday. I looked at her solo album “Rockbird” since I’m a big fan of that release. But I decided to go with Blondie’s “Eat to The Beat.” Why, well it has what may by my two favorite Blondie tracks, ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Union City Blue.’ “Eat to the Beat” was produced by Mike Chapman and reached #17 on the Billboard US chart. Happy Birthday DH Track listing Side A “Dreaming” (Debbie Harry, Chris Stein) – 3:08 “The Hardest Part” (Harry, Stein) – 3:42 “Union City Blue” (Nigel Harrison, Harry) –...

Little Feat "Down on the Farm"

Today’s Cool Album of The Day is Little Feat, Down on The Farm. This album was released in 1979. It was being recorded when lead singer, slide guitarist, front man Lowell George passed away. Today is the 31st anniversary of Lowell death. It wasn’t one of the bands better selling, nor better received albums. But I loved it. It’s one of my Little Feat favorites. Favorite tracks? They’d include, ‘Six Feet of Snow, Down on The Farm, Perfect Imperfection’ and ‘Wake Up Dreaming.’ Some interesting guest players on the disc. David Linley, Robben Ford, Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers), Bonnie Raitt and future Little Feat member, Fred Tackett. Lowelll George (4-13-45) — (6-29-79) Here’s a video of the...

Elvis Costello "My Aim Is True"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True. The live Elvis’ debut release. I remember when it came out and ‘XRT jumped on it. Great song followed by great song. Little did I know that he’d be putting out great music with unmatched variety to this day. His backing band on ‘My Aim is True’ was an unheard of band called ‘Clover.’ They went on to become, ‘The News’ as in Huey Lewis and….’ They should have suck with Elvis. There are many memorable moments here. “Angel’s Want To Wear My Red Shoes, Mystery Dance, Radio Sweetheart, Alison, Less Than Zero and Watching the Detectives.” It’s hard to find many better debut albums. Elvis...

Graham Parker and the Shot "Steady Nerves"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Graham Parker and the Shot’s, “Steady Nerves.” Far, Far, Far from being Parker’s most popular album, “Steady Nerves” always was a favorite of mine. This was released in 1985 and I had just gotten my first full time music biz job and I remember this being one of the first ‘promos’ I ever received. Maybe that’s why I played it a bunch. Who knows. It turned out to be his only Electra release. It featured some great tracks like ‘Break Then Down, Wake Up (Next To You), Mighty Rivers’ and ‘Lunatic Fringe.’ Give it a listen…..If you can find it!  UPDATE: I believe it’s been re-released. Today’s Cool Album of the Day,...

Utopia "Adventures in Utopia"

Posted 21 Jun 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1980, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Utopia’s, “Adventures in Utopia” For those of you that don’t know, Utopia is a band led by Philadelphia native, Todd Rundgren. He was joined by Roger Powell on keys, John ‘Willie’ Wilcox on drums and Kasim Sultan on bass. Everybody sang. This was their release of 1980. They were just spitting out the music back then. And Todd, well he was at one of his busiest periods between mid 70’s and say, 1983. Some of my favorite music by him was done during that time. ‘Adventures in Utopia’ follows my pattern of, ‘The tour I saw was often my favorite album by that artist.’ But I’m not sure which was the chicken...

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