Category: Albums of the 70s

Atlanta Rhythm Section "Red Tape"

Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Red Tape.” Kind of a forgotten band here. Atlanta Rhythm Section was all over the radio in the late 70’s early 80’s. ‘Red Tape” was a little before that. This album was released in 1976. Some of the best tracks were ‘Jukin/San Antonio Rose, Free Spirit’ and especially ‘Mixed Emotions.’ Recorded in Doraville, Georgia and released on Polygram, “Red Tape” peaked at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while the only single to chart, ‘Free Spirit’ reached #85. Track listing “Jukin’/San Antonio Rose” (Buie, Nix, Wills) – 3:43 “Mixed Emotions” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 3:20 “Shanghaied” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 2:14 “Police! Police!” (Buie, Cobb, Nix) – 3:11 “Beautiful...

Heartsfield "The Wonder of it All"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (A Milestone! #100 in The Series…hold the applause please, thank you, thank you.) is Heartsfield, The Wonder Of It All. Today we are going to celebrate the music of Heartsfield. Well anyone that knows me knew that a Heartsfield album was coming sooner or later. I decided awhile back to make it entry #100. Heartsfield was one of, if not the main reason for my love of music and for me making a career in music for what were many years and coming from many different angles. The members remain some of my closest friends for well over 30 some years now. They’ve been a major influence to much of the music I did, and...

Hounds "Unleashed"

Posted 28 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Hounds, Unleashed. Well, I’ve been holding off featuring albums by friends but I figured what the heck. So today we’re going to run with, from Chicago’s South Suburbs, The Hounds, Unleashed. In the mid-seventies, Friday at 5:00pm on WXRT could only mean the spinning of one song, a tradition that continued for quite a few years. That was the playing of The Hounds, ‘Drugland Weekend.’ I’m not sure how long this tradition continued, but my guess would be from about ‘76 thru ’78. Interesting enough, it wasn’t the version from ‘Unleashed’ that ‘XRT used to play. It was a demo that was used to show their chops. It helped grab them a two album...

Steve Goodman "Somebody Else’s Troubles"

Today’s Cool Album of The Day is Steve Goodman, “Somebody Else’s Trouble.” We’re going back to the Singer/Songwriter genre today.  If you look up Singer/Songwriter in the dictionary you’d see Steve Goodman’s face on the description. He was one of the best. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone 26 years now. “Somebody Else’s Troubles” was Steve’s third album.  It’s full of goodies! The album starts with one of his most well known songs, “The Dutchman.” It’s one of the few hits that Steve did not write.  It was written by Michael Smith. Other tracks you might know include ‘Lincoln Park Pirates, Chicken Cordon Blues,’ and of course the title cut, ‘Somebody Else’s Troubles’ which features an uncredited Bob Dylan...

U.K. "U.K."

Posted 27 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Prog-Rock

Today’s Cool Album of The Day is UK, “UK” One of the best ‘supergroups’ of their day. U.K was of: John Wetton, (King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music) bass, vocals; Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis) drums and percussion; Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa) violin, keyboards and electronics and Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine, Gong) guitars. The some was as big as the parts on this 1978 release. The best known track was the single ‘In The Dead of Night.’ ‘Alaska’ and ‘Time to Kill’ also got some play. U.K. was produced by U.K and reached #65 on the Billboard US Charts. Track listing Side one “In the Dead of Night” (Eddie Jobson, John Wetton) – 5:38 “By...

Roy Buchanan "Roy Buchanan"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#90 in the Series) Is Roy Buchanan’s self titled debut, Roy Buchanan. Have you heard this guy play guitar? I can never say who’s the best guitar player to walk the planet. But I can tell you who I think would be in the team picture. Roy Buchanan would be in the team picture! Roy Buchanan was released in August of 1972. It’s a great blues album. It features what I think was Roy’s best song, ‘The Messiah Will Come Again.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been 22 years since Roy left us. Personnel Roy Buchanan   Guitar, Vocals Ned Davis            Drums Dick Heintze       Organ, Piano Teddy Irwin        Guitar (Rhythm) Chuck Tilley        Vocals...

David Grisman "Hot Dawg"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is David Grisman, “Hot Dawg.” What a wonderful sounding piece of music. Not really bluegrass, but pretty close. David calls his music, Dawg Music. This was an album that I could listen to front to back day after day. David, mandolin, was performing with a quintet during this period. Band members included, Tony Rice on guitar, Darol Anger on violin, Mike Marshall on violin and mandolin, and Tony Phillips on bass. All heavyweights! Highlights include ’16…16, Dawg’s Bull,Minor Swing’ and ‘Neon Tetra.’ But listen to the whole album. You won’t be disappointed. “Hot Dawg” reached #14 on the Billboard Jazz Charts early into 1979. Personnel David Grisman – mandolin Tony Rice – guitar...

Dire Straits "Dire Straits"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1978, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool album of the Day is the Dire Straits debut album, “Dire Straits.” Do you remember the first time you heard this album? The very first time you heard it? You just might. Why, because you KNEW this was something special. You KNEW, this was one of those bands that was going to be around for a long time. You KNEW they were going to be making special music for a long time. That was in 1978. You were right. If not Dire Straits, but leader Mark Knopfler is still releasing viable, relevant music 32 years later. The first song I heard was the single, ‘Sultans of Swing.’ Funny enough, The very first time I heard it I...

Santana "III"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is Santana’s, “Santana III” BY FAR, my favorite Santana album. This album featured the original Santana band of Carlos on guitar, Michael Shrieve on drums, Dave Brown on bass, Jose ‘Chepito’ Areas on timbales and Michael Catabello on percussion. However, it also was the debut of a 17 year old guitarist named Neal Schon. This was the first time Carlos recorded with a second guitar player. The results were outstanding, Listen to the ending of the track “Toussaint L’Overture.” Carlos and Neal conclude the songs with a great duel. The story is told that they each recorded their part without the other being present. One would lay down a track, the other would...

Thin Lizzy "Fighting"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1975, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Thin Lizzy’s Fighting. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Everybods knows the Jailbreak album. This preceded it and yes, it was better. I became a huge fan if this album pretty much for one reason. ‘XRT played the crap out of it. This was in ‘XRT’s early days. They weren’t even a 24 rock station until about time. They used to call Thin Lizzy the ‘House Band.’ Back at that time. The best known song was the, some what of a title cut you could say. It was called “Fightin’ My Way Back.'”I’ll attach it to the end of this rant. Phil Lynott’s best work was on this album. A less commercial sounding than “The...

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