Category: Concept Album

Frank Zappa “Apostrophe(‘)”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#232 in the Series) is Frank Zappa, Apostrophe(‘). Frank Zappa, Apostrophe (‘) was one of FZs’ most popular releases, maybe THE most popular. It was released directly after another of Frank’s best known works, Over-Nite Sensation. I’ve actually wanted to feature this album for some time.  I had to wait for ‘just the right time.’ The right time was now. One of the first days of winter (with apologies to our southern hemisphere readers). I’ve mentioned this before….. But some albums can only be listened to in certain seasons. I know every lyric to Apostrophe(‘) by heart, yet I can count on one hand how many times I listened to this when warmth...

Jon Anderson ‘Olias of Sunhillow’

Today's Cool Album of the Day (#230 in the series) is Jon Anderson, Olias of Sunhillow. Olias of Sunhillow is my favorite of all of the solo albums by Jon Anderson, lead singer of the progressive rock group Yes (although he's not singing with them right now, but let's not get into that). Released in June of 1976, this was Jon's first solo album. It's also the most successful of all of the solo efforts by members of 'Yes'. It reached #8 on the UK charts and made it into the top 50 in the States.

The Moody Blues “Days of Future Passed”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#225 in the Series) is The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed. When listening back to this album the first thing that hits me is “This was 1967!”  I remember hearing some of the hit songs on the radio when I was a kid. I wish I would have remembered more what people were saying about the release.  This was definitely ahead of his time stuff.   How many bands had orchestral arrangements in their music? I was thinking which other acts featured an orchestra ‘back in the day.’  I came up with Procol Harem (Live), Pink Floyd (Ummagumma), Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Pictures at an Exhibition), King Crimson (Court of the Crimson King.) ...

Jethro Tull “Thick As a Brick”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#221 in the Series) is Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick. There’s a song I really like on this album. It’s called ‘Thick as a Brick.” OK, as Jethro Tull fans know, that is the only song on this album.  Part I and Part II. There’s really not much to say here.  So I’ll just list the usual info and get out of the way.  I have the complete album below. It’s broken into five parts. I’ll add a few Tull favorite’s as well. But in true ‘Cool Album of the Day’ tradition, maybe not one’s that you’d expect! (Be SURE to check out ‘Teacher” It’s from 1970 and the quality looks like...

Pete Townshend “White City: A Novel”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#207 in the Series) is Pete Townshend, White City: A Novel White City was one of my favorite Pete Townsend projects.  It told the story of about a low income area near West London of White City. It lets us see into all the expected trappings that one would find there. Prostitution, drugs, racial issues etc. David Gilmour added some wonderful guitar work to the track he co-wrote with Pete. It’s called ‘White City Fighting.’ There was a 60 minute companion movie released that stared Townsend.  There was also a fantastic concert video released for the tour.  There were two versions. A shorter, 60 minute version that was hit slanted and another 90...

Focus “Moving Waves”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#197 in the Series) is Focus, Moving Waves. Focus was a Dutch seventies band that featured the keyboards and vocals of Thijs van Leer and the wonderful guitar work of guitarist Jan Akkerman.  The other two band members were Cyriel Havermans on bass and Pierre van der Linden on drums. Their second album was titled Focus II. Here in the United States it was known as Moving Waves. Moving Waves included one of the most original hits songs in US history, of course that would be “Hocus Pocus.” The music was quite experimental sounding even without a yodeling falsetto based vocal track. This was head of its time when this was released in...

Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On?”

Today’s Cool Album of The Day (#168 in the Series) is Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On? I have been neglect in my lack of Rhythm and Blues on our listings. I’m changing that today with what is arguably the best Rhythm and Blues album of all time. We usually stay away from blockbuster albums as well.  This album is just so good that sometimes gotta do what you gotta do! In fact, looking at the numbers, this album wasn’t a blockbuster.  It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Album Charts.  However, it did spend nine weeks at #1 on the R+B Charts. I see it on tons of lists of best albums of all time.  In fact it’s ranked...

The Tubes “Remote Control”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#162 in the Series) is the Tubes, Remote Control Remote Control, 1979 was the album where The Tubes decided to tone down the outrageous and wackiness at least a little.  Well, not as outrageous, but a heck of a satire on the overgrowth of television. So there might not have been anything as memorable as “White Punks on Dope” from their debut, but overall, this is a great Tubes album. Besides toning down the crazy, they also wanted to tighten up the sound some. Well how would you do that in the late Seventies, or late eighties or ever for that matter. You make a phone call and ask Todd Rundgren to produce...

The Decemberists "The Crane Wife"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#156 in the Series) is The Decemberists, The Crane Wife. The Decemberists are one of the more current bands that I’ve written up here on Cool Album of the Day. They have been a band since 2001 and actually began getting known about 2005. This coinciding with their move to a major label. They hail from Portland, Oregon.  The band’s name refers to The Decembrists revolt in Imperial Russian.  Many, including band leader Colin Meloy view the 1825 revolt as a communist revolution. The Crane Wife album was inspired by a Japanese folk tale.  And you thought Rock and Rollers were shallow people! This was the band’s first album for Capitol Records.  It...

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