Category: Albums of 1986

Graham Nash “Innocent Eyes”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#472 in the Series) is Graham Nash, Innocent Eyes. I’m curious how many people even heard of this album much less remember it and even much less, even liked it!  It wasn’t won of Graham’s better known albums, far from it.  I liked it, and I want to tell you about it, that’s really all that matters I guess. This was 1985 and 1986.  Graham didn’t really have much to do. His constant musical partner David Crosby was…. How can I put it nicely, ‘not available at this time.’  So he decided to record a solo album.  He’d done three already. The first was Songs For Beginners in 1971. This album did quite well....

Daryl Hall “Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#459 in the Series) is Daryl Hall, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. This is the second Daryl Hall solo release that we’re featuring; we also took a look-see at Sacred Songs.  That album had a heavy dose of Robert Fripp and definitely had a unique sound to it. Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine is a much more traditional sounding album that you’d expect from Daryl Hall. This one is plentiful with blue eyed sound and ballads. The album kicks off with the most well-known song off the bunch. That would be “Dreamtime.” In fact, “Dreamtime” is the biggest hit of Daryl Hall’s solo career.  It reached #5 on the...

Luther Vandross “Give Me the Reason”

Posted 07 Jul 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Soul/R+B

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#427 in the Series) is Luther Vandross, Give Me The Reason In late 1985, early 1986 I had a chance to see Luther Vandross in Chicago at Rosemont Horizon.  Well, at least I think that’s where it was.  That was a long time ago. He was just about ready to cross over.  That’s one thing I remember about the concert. He was still just a Soul/R+ B star at that time. I know for sure that he hadn’t crossed over yet!  I do remember it was a great concert. Besides Luther, The Isley Brothers and Starpoint were also on the bill. It was fun seeing Ernie Isley wale on that classic solo on...

Paul Barrere’s Bluesbusters “Accept No Substitutes”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#406 in the Series) is Bluesbusters, Accept No Substitute I was really missing Little Feat in the mid-eighties when I first heard about The  Bluesbusters.  Like a good ol’ bowl of crawfish etouffee, let’s say they really hit the spot. If you don’t know about them, let me clue y’all in.  The Bluesbusters featured five very talented musicians that made their name mostly in other acts.  Paul Barrere was of course a lead vocalist, guitarist, slide guitarist in Little Feat.  On Keyboards was the late T.Lavitz. T spent most of his time in another great band, The Dixie Dregs.  Freebo was on bass. He previously added the boogie to the woogie of Ms....

Steve Kilbey “Unearthed”

Posted 19 May 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Alt-Rock

Today’s Cool Album of the Day(#379 in the Series) is Steve Kilbey, Unearthed Steve Kilbey, Steve Kilbey….where have I heard that name you may be asking yourself. Well, he’s British born lead vocalist for the Australia band, The Church, as in “Under the Milky Way Tonight” fame. This was released in 1986. It was the first of eight solo albums that Steve has done to date.  This was from a period when a few members of The Church decided to do some solo efforts.  Guitarist, Marty Wilson-Piper would release In Reflection as well. One of the reason’s that I’m featuring this album is because one of the great songs on the disc is called “Judgment Day.” I figured I’d...

Ministry “Twitch”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#343 in the Series) is Ministy, Twitch Ministry was quite the big deal in Chicagoland in the early 80s. They released a number singles and EPs while still a club band.  Some of them got them some nice air-play.  It was big news when they signed with Arista and and in 1983 when they pumped out their debut album, With Sympathy?  Supposedly, band leader Alain Jourgensen was never happy with that album.  Maybe he was trying to tell us something with that title?  Me, I loved With Sympathy. I don’t think they ever released a better album. After its release, Jourgensen had an ugly break up with Arista. He turned Ministry into a...

Paul Simon “Graceland”

Today’s Cool Album oF the Day (#329 in the Series, and #5 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Paul Simon, Graceland. I think by now this album has suffered from, what I call, “title fatigue.”  Your first reaction might be, meh.  I want you to think back to 1986 when this was just released.  Think about how different sounding it was. This album was quite the departure for Paul Simon. He brought in Joseph Shamabala and guitarist Ray Phiri plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo to completely change his sound.  His use of African rhythms and harmonies were such a surprise.  And it worked! To the tune of Grammy Award for Album and Record of the year it worked! There was...

World Party “Private Revolution”

Posted 29 Dec 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#239 in the Series) is World Party, Private Revolution. Private Revolution is the second World Party album that we’ve featured.  We previously featured the magnificent Goodbye Jumbo album way back.  This album is nearly as strong. World Party is, of course, former Waterboys’ keyboard/guitar player Karl Wallinger’s band. What’s the most well-known track here? Of the original tunes I’d say ‘Ship of Fools.’ They also do a ‘true to the original’ version on Bob Dylan’s ‘All I Really Want to Do.’ We can’t forget a few other strong tracks that need mentioning. The title track, ‘Private Revolution,’ along with ‘All Come True’ and ‘Making Love to the World’ also notes special mention. Private...

Pretenders “Get Close”

Posted 22 Nov 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#201 in the Series) in The Pretenders, Get Close. Get Close was The Pretenders fourth album. It was released in 1986.  It was the first album with the new rhythm section of Blair Cunningham on drums and T.M. Stevens on bass.  Robbie McIntosh and, of course, Chrissie Hynde were on guitar.  Original drummer Martin Chambers did play a few tracks on the album and would return to the band a few years later. It yielded a couple well known hits as well, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “My Baby.” “Don’t Get Me Wrong” featured a great video that featured a takeoff on the 60s British spy-drama The Avengers. The redo of a Jimi...

Steve Earle “Guitar Town”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#182 in the Series) is Steve Earle, Guitar Town. His first and still my favorite. I saw him at the Park West shortly after his second album; Exit 0 was released. But I always liked this one. The Chicago market was onto Steve Earle pretty early thanks to WXRT.  They played this album from day one, If not earlier.  What’s a great thing about Steve Earle too is that he’s never forgotten that. He’s repaid the favor to them many times over.   They were not the only help he had here.  Steve Dahl was onto him early as well. “Guitar Town,” plus “My Old Friend the Blues” and “Someday” were some of the...

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