Category: Rock + Roll

Jimmy Hall "Touch You"

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

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is Jimmy Hall, “Touch You.” I’m going a little more obscure today with an album that if you don’t have it, you’ll probably never be able to find. “Touch You” is a 1980 release by Jimmy Hall. Jimmy Hall? Jimmy Hall? Where have I heard that name before? You’re right, you have heard that name. Hall was the lead singer of the great Mobile, Alabama band, Wet Willie. (Keep on Smilin’) Following in Wet Willie tradition, “Touch You” was also another funky country album. This had a little more blue eyed soul than when he was in the band. THE song on the album was ‘(I’m Happy That) Love Has Found You.” It’s...

Funkadelic "Maggot Brain"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is Funkadelic, Maggot Brain. A little ‘70s hard funk! This was a ground breaking album that combined parts of funk, jazz, soul, rock and roll, you name it. Funkadelic was led by vocalist George Clinton and keyboard man Bernie Worrell. ( Who later had a stint in Talking Heads.) It was produced by George Clinton and reached #108 on the Billboard charts. It was named #486 on Billboards top 500 of all time best albums. Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 Personnel Lead Guitar: Eddie Hazel Rhythm Guitar: Tawl Ross Keyboards: Bernie Worrell Bass: Billy Bass Nelson Drums: Tiki Fulwood Vocals: Parliament (George Clinton, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis),...

White Lies "To Lose My Life"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is The White Lies ‘To Lose My Life…” I was starting to think that everyone thought I only listen to things that were recorded years ago. For that reason, I’ve decided to go with something current today. Why you ask? Well, because it reminded me of something that was recorded years ago! This is called To Lose My Life by The White Lies. If you were a fan of bands like The Cure, Ultravox, Echo and The Bunnymen, Joy Division etc, then I think that you would like The White Lies. Track listing “Death” “To Lose My Life” “A Place to Hide” “Fifty on Our Foreheads” “Unfinished Business” “E.S.T.” “From the Stars” “Farewell...

Fanfarlo "Reservoir"

Today’s Cool Album of The Day is Fanfarlo’s “Reservoir.” I was not familiar with this act until seeing them yesterday on Late Night With David Letterman. A little guitar here, a little mandolin touch there. All served on a bed of harmonies and melodies. Good stuff. London based. Keep your ears out for the song called, ‘Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For a Very Long Time.’ Personnel Amos Memon – drums & percussion, vocals Cathy Lucas – violin, keys, mandolin, glock, vocals, musical saw Justin Finch – bass, vocals Leon Beckenham – trumpet, keyboards, glockenspiel, melodica, vocals Simon Balthazar – vocals, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, saxophone, clarinet Track listing “I’m A Pilot” – 4:31 “Ghosts” – 4:18 “Luna”...

Roxy Music "Avalon"

Posted 05 Jun 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the 1982 Roxy Music album, “Avalon.” You have to wonder what American music buyers are thinking when this album peaks at #53 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Yikes.Not as on the edge of progressive rock as some of their earlier releases. This album had more of a lush,… personal sound. Feature the great vocals of Bryan Ferry, guitar of Phil Manzanera, drums by Andy Newmark (with a little help from Rick Marotta), sax of Andy Mackay. Some fantasic backing vocals on the title track Avalon by Yanick Etienne. Other outstanding tracks include the title cut, ‘More Than This, The Main Thing’ and “While My Heart is Still Beating.’ Personnel Bryan Ferry – vocals, keyboards,...

Uriah Heep "The Magician’s Birthday"

Posted 24 May 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1972, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

In honor of their just announced show July 1st at the Beverly Art Center, Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Uriah Heep’s, “The Magician’s Birthday.” I was going to go with “Demons and Wizards,” but that was too obvious. So I’m pulling out “The Magician’s Birthday.’ TMB contains three of my favorite songs by them. ‘Sunrise, The Magician’s Birthday’ and ‘Sweet Lorraine.’ As mentioned Uriah Heep still tours. I’m not sure how good they’ll be since David Byron, Ken Hensley are long gone. But the current band, which does feature Mick Box has been together for almost 20 years. So we’ll see. I guess the only change lately is that Russell Gilbrook has replaced Lee Kerslake behind the...

World Party "Goodbye Jumbo"

Posted 21 May 2010 in 90s, Albums of 1990, Albums of the 90s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is World Party’s, Good Bye Jumbo. Good Bye Jumbo was easily my favorite album of 1990. (I used to publish a top 10 list each year back then when I worked in ‘the biz.’) World Party was the name of the band by former Waterboy’s Karl Wallinger. Wallinger composed all 12 tracks on this album. Highlights included, ‘Put The Message in the Box, Is It Too Late, Way Down Now’ and’ Take It Up.’ Personnel Guy Chambers –  Drum Samples, Drums, Guitar (Synthesizer), Harmonium, Piano, Sampling, Synthesizer Jerod – Guitar (Acoustic) Roy J. Morgan – Tambourine Sinéad O’Connor – Vocals (Background) Sophia Ramos – Vocals (Background) Karl Wallinger – guitar, keyboards, vocals Jeff...

Echo and the Bunnymen "Echo and the Bunnymen"

Today’c Cool Album of the Day is Echo and the Bunnymen’s, “Echo and the Bunnymen.” One of my favorites by Ian McCulloch and the boys. My favorite release of 1987. Features ‘Lips Like Sugar, Bombers Bay, Bedbugs and Ballyhoo’ and ‘ The Game.’ Echo and the Bunnymen are usually considered part of the British Post Punk era. I tend to think of them more of a part of the so called New Romanticism style. New Romanticism, to me, was the sound that evolved from from the Roxy Music and Brian Eno sound. see: Ultravox etc. I like Echo in that group. But like we’ve said before in this forum. Who cares what group they’re in. The better question is,...

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