Category: 60s

The Guess Who “Canned Wheat”

Posted 26 Jan 2012 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#615 in the Series) is The Guess Who, Canned Wheat How about a little Guess Who for today’s Cool Album of the Day, eh?  It’s actually about time we got to this great Canadian band considering they’re one of the better bands to emerge from the late 1960s. I’ve wanted to do a piece on them for quite some time but I had to go back and give their stuff another listen. I was a fan of theirs when they were current, but most of the time the only album of theirs and I had was The Guest Who, Greatest Hits. You might not be aware but we do not cover greatest...

Bobby “Blue” Bland “Two Steps From the Blues”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#613 in the Series) is Bobby “Blue” Bland, Two Steps From the Blues Released in 1961, the Bobby “Blue” Bland masterpiece, Two Steps From the Blues is generally considered to be a classic in the blues genre and a must-have disc on your own personal desert island.  While this recording is not an original “album” in the strictest sense of the word since in keeping with a common practice of the day it is actually a compilation of singles, it is a perfect, soulful, bluesy, passion-filled representation of an iconic bluesman at the absolute peak of his powers. Not your prototypical blues artist, Bobby doesn’t play an instrument like Buddy Guy or...

Fred Neil “Fred Neil”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#603 in the Series) is the self-titled release from Fred Neil (Capitol) What about old Harry Nilsson, brilliant wasn’t he? Although he was never one for performing live, he more than made up for it by making some superb music in the studio. He was a wonderful singer and an absolutely top-notch songwriter. It’s one of those strange and ironic quirks of fate then that Harry, probably best known to the public at large as the singer of two fantastic hit singles, didn’t actually write either of them himself. Which brings us neatly enough to the main subject of this piece, Fred Neil. Well, in a minute anyway………. Nilsson’s biggest hit, a...

Mason Proffit “Wanted”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#598 in the Series) is Mason Proffit, Wanted. The Mason Proffit name is quite well known in these Chicago parts. I’m really not so sure outside of this market. I look forward to hearing from those not in our backyard. Mason Proffit was a mid to later 60s to early 70s band that was founded and fronted by the Talbot brothers, Terry and John-Michael. They both played guitar and supplied the writing and the vocals. They were actually one of the originators of country-rock.  It would be nice to see their name included more when someone tosses out names on the subject.  They really should be recognized more. One song that you may...

Woody Allen “Stand-Up Comic (1964-1968)”

Posted 25 Nov 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1964, Albums of 1968, Comedy, Live

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#561 in the Series and #59 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Woody Allen, Stand Up Comic (1964-1968) We’re really going to go into a different direction today as we’re going to feature our first comedic album.   Yeah, and I’m sneaking it in as a “live” one as well, mainly because it indeed is a recording of three live stand-up routines. This is very early Woody Allen, very, very early. “Stand-Up Comic” is a compilation of three performances from 1964 thru 1968. The first part was recorded at Mr. Kelley’s in Chicago in ’64. Part two was from the Shadows in DC the same year while the last part was 4...

“Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey Goodbye”…Songwriter Paul Leka has died.

Posted 23 Oct 2011 in 60s, Music + TV News

  George Leka, the brother of songwriter Paul Leka, recently announced that his brother has passed away.  According to the announcement, Paul succumbed to lung cancer on October 12th .  He died in hospice in Sharon, Ct. He was a typical Tin Pan Alley songwriter, writing songs in the Brill Building by day, and playing in clubs in the evening.  Steam’s (Na Na Hey Hey) Kiss Him Goodbye is the song that he’s now well known for, but it wasn’t his largest charting hit, far from it, that distinction would fall upon the Lemon Piper’s “Green Tambourine.” He also was a producer, he produced Harry Chapin’s Verities and Balderdash album that included the #1 single, “Cats in the Cradle.”...

Laura Nyro “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#529 in the Series) is Laura Nyro,  Eli and the Thirteenth Confession Laura Nyro is Randy Newman without the Disney movie soundtracks. Known more for the songs she has written for other people that have gone on to become monster hits than her own releases, her musical output rivals only Carole King as one of the greatest singer song -writers of her generation and a hit-making machine.  A partial list of Laura Nyro penned hits includes “Stoney End” for Barbra Streisand, “Eli’s Coming” for Three Dog Night, “Wedding Bell Blues” for The Fifth Dimension, and the fantastic “And When I Die”, that became a monster hit for Blood Sweat and Tears. The real...

James Gang “Yer’ Album”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#515 in the Series) is The James Gang, Yer’ Album Contrary to what popular opinion and what Don Mclean will tell you, the music did not die on February 3rd 1959 when the plane carrying The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly crashed into an Iowa corn field.  In reality “The Day the Music Died” was actually that fateful day in 1977 that the novelty song “Disco Duck” made it to number one on the billboard charts.  Sure there had been other apocalyptic signs that rock music had “jumped the shark” and was destined for decades of mediocrity, not the least of them being the popularity of Air Supply, the song “Horse...

Steppenwolf “The Second”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#511 in the Series) is Steppenwolf, The Second How do you follow up “Born To Be Wild”  and “The Pusher”? You release “Magic Carpet Ride” and Don’t Step on the Grass Sam” of course.  With their eponymous album Steppenwolf, John Kay and the boys established themselves as the cream of the stoner boogie-rock crop of bands that included Black Oak Arkansas, Mountain, Brownsville Station, Moby Grape, Foghat, and many others . The appearance of “Born to be Wild” in the film Easy Rider also didn’t hurt in cultivating their image as the ultimate biker and party band. Steppenwolf’s follow-up album, boringly but accurately released as Steppenwolf, The Second was in many ways a...

The Band “Music From Big Pink”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#494 in the Series) is The Band, Music From Big Pink. No, The Band’s 1969 album titled The Band, was not their debut album. That distinction would be given to their 1968 release, Music From Big Pink. I know we have a ton of followers of The Band that visit our site. Yeah, I knew you knew, but many actually don’t. Quite a few people actually. Last week we looked at a great debut album from The Pretenders. We spoke about how that was one of the best debuts in music history.  This one is also in that team picture. When that Pretenders album hit the streets, they were a new act for...

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