Category: 70s

Billy Joel “The Stranger”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#474 in the Series and # 26 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Billy Joel, The Stranger. We don’t feature greatest hits albums here on “Cool Album of the Day.” I swear we don’t! Yeah, I know this had about five of them on it, but it’s not a greatest hits album, I promise, it’s not! The Stranger was released in 1977 and houses some of Billy Joel’s most well-known songs. It just might have been the peak of his career.  It answers “yes” to the question about “Standing the test of time.”  Many of these tracks are part of his live shows to this day.  Many of these songs are still being...

The Ramones “It’s Alive”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#470 in the Series #46 in the Live Saturday Night Series) is The Ramones, It’s Alive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Ramones performed 2,263 concerts in their career.  They picked one of the best to record and use as a live album and eventually a concert video. The show was New Year’s Eve in 1977.  It would take until April of ’79 to get this released. The double album contains 28 songs and there’s not a bad one in the mix. When this was recorded the band had released three classic albums, The Ramones, Ramones Leave Home and Rocket to Russia.  Those three albums are represented heavily on the live...

The Doobie Brothers “Minute By Minute”

Posted 16 Aug 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#467 in the Series) is The Doobie Brothers, Minute By Minute. Ever since I’ve been around music, or sold music, or reviewed music or even just listened to music, there has always been one argument that has topped the charts in polarization.   That is The Doobie Brothers, “with or without Michael McDonald?”  People go nuts about this. Let me give my feelings. I’m one of those that actually digs both versions.  I was always a big fan of the earlier Doobie Brother music. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (with-out McDonald) is easily my favorite album by the band.  Minute By Minute (with McDonald) is probably my second favorite.  I tell what...

War “The World is a Ghetto”

Posted 15 Aug 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1972, Albums of the 70s, Funk, Soul/R+B

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#466 in the Series) is War, The World is a Ghetto I’m not sure if you heard that Jerry Lewis is no longer hosting the Labor Day Telethon.  The news got out last week.  Prior to that, it was announced that the show would not be its usual 21 hours.  Starting this year, it’s only going to be on for six hours.  I’m really bummed about this.  I really got a kick out of the stuff that would happen about three or four in the morning.  It could get really interesting at times.  One of the things that I’d see every year was War playing about a 10 minute medley of all their...

The Edgar Winter Group “They Only Come Out at Night”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#465 in the Series) is The Edgar Winter Group, They Only Come Out at Night. This was a pretty big deal when I was in 8th grade.  I always remember walking across the street because my friend Joe Moncada bought a couple new albums.  To this day I remember it was this and Curtis Mayfield, Super Fly. They Only Come Out at Night was a HUGE album for Edgar Winter and his band in 1972. It contained two well known songs.  They were the instrumental “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” The Edgar Winter Group was quite the band. Many of the names were or became quite well known.  Rick Derringer and Ronnie Montrose were...

Wet Willie ‘Keep on Smilin’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#461 in the Series is Wet Willie, Keep On Smilin.’ There’s often a common theme among many of the write-ups that I do. That theme is how an album stands up to time. Mind you, that usually has little to no effect on what I write because I try to write about how I felt about an album when it was released. How it fit into the times, what was on the radio, how it affected what was happening in my life etc. This is one that stands up to time much better than most. Often it’s not the band’s fault if something sucks now that was good once before, it’s more about how my...

Bad Company “Run With The Pack”

Posted 07 Aug 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1976, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#458 in the Series) is Bad Company, Run With the Pack. No, it’s not their most popular album, no, it’s not their first album, and no, it’s not their classic album, it’s just the album that we happen to be featuring today.  And it’s one I like as well. It was though, the album they were supporting for the tour in which I saw them, more on that later. I could have easily featured their debut, but we actually could not, that one will have to be saved for a future “Whale Wednesday” feature.  For those not familiar with the term, on Wednesdays we also do some big hitter album, hence the name....

Be-Bop Deluxe “Sunburst Finish”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#454 in the Series) is Be-Bop Deluxe, Sunburst Finish. Create a list of 1970’s guitar heroes. Hendrix, Clapton, Richards, Schenker, Gallagher, Ronson, Jones, etc… Be-Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson wouldn’t get much mention. He should. Be-Bop Deluxe was a band formed in England in 1972. Classification of Be-Bop is a difficult proposition. In 1972 Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones dominated much of the rock world. Perhaps the most logical comparison may be that Be-Bop Deluxe was a poppier version of Roxy Music. Nelson was definitely the straw that stirred the Be-Bop drink. While each member of the band contributes mightily to the sound, every song builds to a burst...

Carly Simon “No Secrets”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#453 in the Series) is Carly Simon, No Secrets A “Whale?” You’re actually putting this album in the “Whale Wednesday” category? If you’re questioning that, then you weren’t around in the late 1972 or early ’73.  If you were, you’d have remembered how big this album was. Singer-songwriters were all the rage at this time. A year and a half earlier, Carole King was top of the charts forever it seemed with her masterpiece “Tapestry.” That album was released in March on ’71 and she actually released another album, Music before ’71 was out. Carly’s No Secrets was not another Tapestry, but it may just have had a bigger hit than anything of...

Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The Most Complete Listing of Shows from the 60s thru the 90s

Posted 29 Jul 2011 in 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Live, Music + TV News

Ah the Aragon Ballroom. This is a fun listing for the old Rock ‘n’ Rollers that visit the Cool Album of the Day site. Here’s a list of just about ever show that was held at the Aragon Ballroom in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  If you went there, have fun looking thru this list.  Look for the shows that you saw. Feel ‘bummed’ about the ones you missed. Be angry about the ones that you would have checked out but you didn’t know about, until now. I’ve combined different listings to form this list. I’ve even contacted band members and did poster research to find others. It’s the best list on the ‘net! If you were never at...

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