Category: Rock + Roll

Scorpions ‘Fly To The Rainbow’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is (#803 in the Series) is Scorpions, Fly to the Rainbow. Fly to the Rainbow was the 1974 album from German metal band Scorpions. It was their second album following up, Lonesome Crow. This was not just a straight ahead metal album. It was far from it. It definitely had a good layer of prog-rock in its sound.  I usually don’t include track times to the listings. I did so here for a reason. Look at the lengths. 7:42, 9:40 etc.  Those lengthy times are a clear point to something different. Lonesome Crow was the only album that had Michael Schenker as full time lead guitarist.  He did appear here but in a...

801 "Listen Now"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#801 in the Series) is 801, Listen Now Some times you have to pull one out that I bet many of you have not  listened to in years!  I’m guessing that’s true for 801. When was the last time you pulled this one off the shelf?  There even a good chance that you never even heard of this one. Then again, I’m betting many of you have as well since we do have a large number of audiophiles that frequent the site. 801 is a band put together by Phil Manzanera, Phil is best known as lead guitarist for the legendary band Roxy Music. Roxy would take time off now and then and like most bands,...

Rank and File ‘Sundown’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#795 in the Series) is Rank and File, Sundown. I’m not sure how many of you know this band, or much less this album. Rank and File had a pretty unique sound. “Cowpunk” was the term used to describe their music. I’ve also heard “Country-Punk.” Whatever you want to call them, make sure you have “fun” somewhere in the mix. Alejandro Escovedo was in the band. He’s gone on to a fine solo career and is probably more popular than ever. The best songs here? Check out “Amanda Ruth,” “I Went Walking,” “Coyote” and what I think is their best tune, ‘The Conductor Wore Black.” This had been quite hard to find for...

Badfinger ‘Wish You Were Here’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#793 in the Series) is Badfinger, Wish You Were Here. Badfinger, the poster band for the “Behind the Music” type of Rock & Roll excess cautionary tale, could have been, and really should have been the next big thing in the post Beatles rock era. Starting with their first record, Magic Christian Record, released by Apple Records, and personally endorsed by Paul McCartney himself, who also wrote the band’s first hit “Come and Get It,” a song that was considered by many to be the next great pop song.  This musical blend of Hollies, Kinks, and Beach Boys, along with a pinch of psychedelic mojo seemed to be the perfect recipe to...

John Lennon and Yoko Ono “Double Fantasy”

    Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#791 in the Series) is John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy I remember the day when Double Fantasy was released. It was full of hope and promise for the future.  That hope would soon turn into the deepest of sadness as John would be killed just three short three weeks later. This was the first piece of music that John had given us in well over a half a decade. We did have a compilation (Shaved Fish) and an album of old covers (Rock and Roll) so we were starved to hear what John had to say. Double Fantasy didn’t knock out the critics’ right out of the box, but...

The Rolling Stones Bring a Bigger Bang to Tinsel Town

  39 Years. That’s a long long while since a “Long Long While” played second fiddle to the “A” side of the UK single, “Paint It Black” … then the current chart topper by Rock’s Bad Boys back in Summer ‘66. And yep!  I waited 39 years and a long long while to see the return of  “therollingstones*” to ….. The Hollywood Bowl.  From teenager to fifty-something, I am wai-ting … ting … I am wai-ting … ting … oh yeah oh yeah! On 25th July 1966, Buffalo Springfield opened for therollingstones* … but I was no longer a 17 year old kid and now had a lifetime of concert memories embedded in this old grey-matter & matted brain....

The Silencers ‘A Letter From St. Paul’

Today’s Cool Album of The Day (#783 in the Series) is The Silencers, A Letter From St. Paul I’m curious as to how many of you are familiar with The Silencers. A show of hands please..one, two , three, four… oh, I see a few more in the back, not bad!  Plus I know a few of our friends from Scotland know of them!  That’s where they call home. This one is a little more obscure here in the States. This album was released in 1987. “Painted Moon” actually did get some play.  To me though, the title cut, “A Letter From St. Paul” was the song not to miss. You can hear most of this one below. If...

The Beacon Street Union ‘The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union’

Posted 20 Sep 2012 in Albums of 1968, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#782 in the Series) is The Beacon Street Union, The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union Boston, over the years, has produced some top notch rock and roll bands (other than Boston) like J. Geils and Aerosmith. Boston in the late 60’s had a thriving “underground” music scene that produced East Coast progenitors of “psychedelic” sounds, like Ultimate Spinach, Orpheus and The Beacon Street Union. The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union was  the bands’ first recording, released in 1968. The group started out as college buddies “getting a band together”, playing dances at first, then getting good gigs backing up Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and opening for the Velvet Underground. The BSU...

Simple Minds “Sparkle in the Rain”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#776 in the Series) is Simple Minds, Sparkle in the Rain The band simple minds were one of those acts that really had to stick it out to find success.  They first got together toward the end of the 70s. Their first album, Life in a Day did quite well in the UK peaking at #30. It didn’t get a whiff of play here in the states outside of a couple very progressive stations and some college radio. It would take three years and five more releases before an album even charted here. That would be New Gold Dreams which featured the hit “Promised You a Miracle.” Still, the album only reached #69...

King Cannons “The Brightest Light”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#772 in the Series) is King Cannons, The Brightest Light (Capitol) King Cannons are a hardworking band, and they want you to know it. They have fought poverty and hardship every day of their existence to be together. Their songs are full of cliché and nostalgia, being almost exclusively about being flat broke, escaping the oppressive factory dust, and the joys of finding solace in rock ‘n’ roll and the open road. They aren’t exactly original in style or substance, stealing from the slicked-back greaser ’50s style of American rock, to the angry punk-with-a-heart teachings of ’70s Joe Strummer, the anthemic bombast and big drums of ’80s Springsteen, with a sprinkling of...

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