Sunday, February 14, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Heart (2/14/76) 34 Years!


Heart. A debut album from a sister act. Two hotties in longing poses on the cover. Dreamboat Annie, the title. Released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1976. How perfectly arranged! (Find Heart’s playlist here).

It didn’t take long to discern that this was no fluff-stuff. Nancy and Ann Wilson shot Cupid’s arrow dead on - pure, straight-ahead rock from a female perspective. Yes, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett snarled and rocked harder, but Heart covered all the bases. Hard rock with harmonies (“Magic Man” and “Crazy On You”, both now classics), dreamy-folksy love songs (the title track), and sweet female vocalist MOR pop-rockers (“I’ll Be Your Song”), even though they never made the soft-rock AM radio charts (but should have).

The debut topped out at #7 on the album charts in the US and launched what became one of the most important female rock acts (and attractive sisters, no less) in the 70s and 80s. Dreamboat Annie is available on CD, LP or mp3 at Amazon. Downloads for iPods are on iTunes.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Black Sabbath (2/13/70) 40 Years!


“Play me loud!” should have been painted across the cover of Black Sabbath, the eponymous first album by the band that achieved near-universal credit for introducing “heavy metal” music to the world. It was released in the U.K. on February 13, 1970 - a Friday, no less! - and three months later in the U.S. (Check out the Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne playlist in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault).

The monotonous rhythm of Ozzy and his bandmates’ macabre sound was best heard on a Victrola when played louder than anything our parents would approve of – louder than even the poppy, hand-holding Beatles’ songs from just a short six years earlier. Murky, dripping with occult imagery and morbid lyrics, Black Sabbath came with three individual tracks and two lengthy multi-song pieces oozing dark satanic themes and droning rhythms. “Kids, where are you?” was the question. “We’re in there, Mommy” the response.

Dankly dungeonous, Black Sabbath had an auspicious debut for over a year on the US charts, peaking at #23 and selling a deadly million copies. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #241 on its list of the Top 500 albums of all-time.

Black Sabbath is available on CD, LP or mp3 at Amazon. Unfortunately for metal-Podders, it's not on iTunes. (Incidentally, Black Sabbath is one of only a handful of rock and pop albums where the band name, the album name and the title track are all the same. Can you name any others?)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (2/4/77) 33 Years!

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released today in 1977 (click here for my FM playlist). Coming 18 months after 1975’s eponymous Fleetwood Mac, the album completed the transformation of the band from a late-60s, moderately successful British blues-rock outfit to a juggernaut, pop-rock phenomenon. Within months of its release, the LP shot to the top of the charts and spawned four U.S. Top 10 singles (“Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun”). It’s full of classic 70s vocals and jingle-jangle guitar licks, not to mention thinly-disguised references to the romantic inner turmoil that was beginning to pull the band apart. Original (and the lone remaining) founder Mick Fleetwood was enduring a messy divorce, caused in part by his affair with new singer Stevie Nicks, whose relationship with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was unraveling, and bandmembers John and Christine McVie were separating and headed for divorce as well.

The rock star version of Peyton Place didn’t stop Rumours from quickly becoming the one of the best-selling albums of all-time. To be a part of the amorous sub-plot, you’ll find Rumours available as a CD or individual mp3 downloads on Amazon (click here) and as $.99 download tracks for iPods and mp3 players on iTunes (click here).

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Pretenders (1/19/80) 30 Years!

Punk was cresting and the New Wave was just beginning to swell when the Pretenders (see my playlist here) floated their eponymous debut on January 19, 1980. Pretenders was one of those bridge-the-gap albums that clearly spanned the divide between the loud, raw energy of 70s British punk and the subtler, synthesized post-punk sounds of the 80s.

Ohio native Chrissie Hynde assembled her band in 1978 in London, where she’d been a music critic and aspiring songwriter. The band released several singles in 1979 and generated enough enthusiasm to produce a full album. The nucleus of Pretenders is several of those early tracks, including the cover of the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing,” the glorious pop-rocker “Brass In Pocket” (#14 single in 1980) and a re-recorded version of staccato “The Wait” (a Dr. Rock favorite). Seven new songs round out the affair, notably a rolling “Tattooed Love Boys,” a jangly love song in “Kid” and a pop-based but still edgy “Mystery Achievement.” On all tracks, frontwoman Hynde’s beautifully confident, rich voice reaches above but still complements the riffs and solo spurts supplied by guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and the driving rhythm from bassist Peter Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers. (Sadly, Honeyman-Scott and Farndon would die from drug overdoses less than a year apart in 1982 and 1983).

Pretenders reached #1 on the U.K. album charts (#9 in the U.S.). I’ve included it as #10 on Dr. Rock’s Best Debut Albums (click here for the list) and #2 on my Top 25 Albums for 1980 (click here). Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #155 on their Top 500 Albums of All-Time. That should tell you enough about its place is your collection. Pretenders is available for download on iTunes (click here) and can be purchased as a CD or mp3 downloads from Amazon (click here).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

 

Album of the Day: Led Zeppelin (1/12/69) 41 Years!

The original (and many believe still the best) heavy metal band, Led Zeppelin (click here for my LZ playlist) was formed in mid-1968 by ex-Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page, who recruited John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant to his band when his dream of a supergroup featuring himself, Jeff Beck, Keith Moon and John Entwistle failed to materialize. By summer’s end they’d played several dates in Scandinavia as The New Yardbirds, then changed the band’s name and secured a recording contract and fat advance from Atlantic Records.

Led Zeppelin’s debut album was recorded in a total of 36 hours in several sessions during October 1968 and released on January 12, 1969. It’s a great blend of different styles and moods, with most of the songs coming from the band’s set lists from the just-completed Scandinavian tour. Notable tracks are two decent Willie Dixon blues covers (“You Shook Me” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby”), a longer, tougher blues-rock original by Jimmy Page (Dazed And Confused"), the frantic, punk-precursor “Communication Breakdown,” a sweetly folksy acoustic instrumental “Black Mountain Side” and the rolling “How Many More Times.” The lone single, “Good Times Bad Times” reached #80 on the U.S. Billboard charts in the U.S. and is #19 on my 25 Best of Led Zeppelin playlist.

Led Zeppelin is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD and mp3 downloads from Amazon (click here).

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 13 - 19)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Dec 13
1940 ● Tony Gomez → Foundations
1945 ● Robert Martinez → ? and The Mysterians
1948 ● Andy Peebles → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jeff "Skunk" BaxterSteely Dan, Doobie Brothers
1948 ● Ted Nugent → Amboy Dukes, solo
1949 ● Randy Owen → Alabama
1949 ● Tom Verlaine → Television
1950 ● Davy O'List → The Nice, Roxy Music
1952 ● Berton Averre → The Knack

Dec 14
1932 ● Charlie Rich → "The Most Beautiful Girl" (1973)
1937 ● Warren Ryanes → Monotones
1943 ● Frank Allen → Searchers
1946 ● Jackie McAuley → Them
1946 ● Joyce Vincent-Wilson → Tony Orlando & Dawn
1947 ● Anna Marie "Patty" Duke → "Don't Just Stand There" (1965), TV show
1949 ● Cliff WilliamsAC/DC
1958 ● Mike Scott → The Waterboys
1958 ● Peter Stacy → Pogues

Dec 15
1915 ● Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) → "Milord" (1959)
1921 ● Alan Freed → Radio DJ, coined term "rock and roll"
1933 ● Jesse Belvin → "Goodnight My Love" (1956)
1939 ● Cindy BirdsongThe Supremes
1942 ● Dave ClarkDave Clark Five
1946 ● Harry Ray → Moments
1946 ● Carmine Appice → Vanilla Fudge
1955 ● Paul SimononThe Clash
1958 ● Don Johnson → Actor (Miami Vice), singer

Dec 16
1931 ● Karl Denver (Angus Murdo McKenzie) → "Wimoweh" (1961)
1943 ● Tony HicksThe Hollies
1946 ● Benny Andersson → ABBA
1949 ● Billy GibbonsZZ Top
1972 ● Michael McCary → Boyz II Men

Dec 17
1936 ● Tommy Steele (Thomas William Hicks) → "Rock With The Caveman" (1956)
1937 ● Art Neville → Neville Brothers
1938 ● Carlo Little (Carl O'Neil Little) → First Rolling Stones drummer
1939 ● Eddie KendricksTemptations
1942 ● Paul Butterfield → Butterfield Blues Band
1947 ● Simon Bates → BBC Radio DJ
1948 ● Jim Bonfanti → The Raspberries
1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Free, Bad Company, Queen
1950 ● Carlton "Carlie" Barrett → Wailers
1958 ● Mike MillsR.E.M.


Dec 18
1938 ● Bryan James "Chas" Chandler → The Animals, producer (Jimi Hendrix)
1941 ● Sam AndrewBig Brother & The Holding Company
1942 ● Les Cauchi → Del Satins, Brooklyn Bridge
1943 ● Keith RichardsRolling Stones
1953 ● Elliot EastonThe Cars, New Cars
1963 ● Greg D'Angelo → White Lion
1966 ● Steve Dullaghan → Primitives

Dec 19
1918 ● Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) → New Orleans blues pianist
1940 ● Phil Ochs → "I Ain't Marching Anymore" (1965)
1941 ● Maurice White → Earth, Wind & Fire
1944 ● Zalman "Zal" YanovskyLovin' Spoonful
1944 ● Alvin Lee → Ten Years After
1945 ● John McEuen → Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1958 ● Limahl (Christopher Hamill) → Kajagoogoo

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (December 6 - 12)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Dec 06
1920 ● Dave Brubeck
1943 ● Michael George "Mike" SmithDave Clark Five
1944 ● Jonathan King → "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" (1965)
1947 ● Kim Simmonds → Savoy Brown
1947 ● Miroslav Vitous → Weather Report
1952 ● Randy Rhoads → Quiet Riot
1956 ● Peter BuckR.E.M.
1961 ● David Lovering → The Pixies
1962 ● Ben Watt → Everything But The Girl
1970 ● Ulf Ekberg → Ace Of Base

Dec 07
1942 ● Harry Chapin
1942 ● Mike Nolan → Bucks Fizz
1949 ● Tom Waits
1958 ● Timothy Butler → Psychedelic Furs

Dec 08
1921 ● Johnny Otis (John Veliotes)
1925 ● Sammy Davis, Jr.
1925 ● Jimmy Smith → Jazz player
1939 ● Jerry Butler → The Impressions, solo
1942 ● Bobby Elliot The Hollies
1943 ● Jim MorrisonThe Doors
1944 ● Mike Botts → Bread
1946 ● Graham Knight → Marmalade
1947 ● Geoff Daking → Blues Magoos
1947 ● Gregg AllmanAllman Brothers Band, solo
1949 ● Ray Shulman → Gentle Giant
1950 ● Dan Hartman → Edgar Winter Group
1956 ● Warren Cuccurullo → Duran Duran
1957 ● Phil Collen → Def Leppard
1959 ● Paul Rutherford → Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1962 ● Marty Friedman → Megadeath
1966 ● Sinead O' Connor

Dec 09
1934 ● Junior Wells
1941 ● Sam Strain → The O'Jays
1941 ● Dan Hicks → Hot Licks
1943 ● Kenny Vance (Kenneth Rosenberg) → Jay & The Americans
1943 ● Rick DankoThe Band
1944 ● Neil Innes → Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
1944 ● Shirley Brickley → The Orlons
1950 ● Joan Armatrading
1955 ● Randy Murray → Bachman Turner Overdrive
1957 ● Donny Osmond
1958 ● Nick Seymour → Crowded House
1969 ● Jakob Dylan → The Wallflowers
1972 ● Geoff Barrow → Portishead
1972 ● Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) → Green Day

Dec 10
1910 ● John Hammond Sr.
1926 ● Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)
1941 ● Chad Stewart → Chad & Jeremy
1946 ● Ace Kefford → The Move, solo
1947 ● Walter Orange → Commodores
1948 ● Ralph Tavares → Tavares
1948 ● Jessica Cleaves → Friends of Distinction
1951 ● Johnny Rodriguez
1958 ● Paul Hardcastle → "19" (1985)
1972 ● Scot Alexander → Dishwalla

Dec 11
1926 ● Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton)
1940 ● David Gates → Bread
1944 ● Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley)
1954 ● Jermaine JacksonJackson 5
1958 ● Nikki Sixx → Motley Crue

Dec 12
1915 ● Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra
1932 ● Charlie Rich
1938 ● Connie Francis (Conetta Rosa Maria Franconera)
1940 ● Dionne Warwick
1941 ● Terry Kirkman → The Association
1942 ● Mike Heron → Incredible String Band
1943 ● Dave Munden → The Tremeloes
1943 ● Dickey BettsAllman Brothers Band
1943 ● Grover Washington Jr.
1944 ● Rob Tyner → MC5
1945 ● Tony Williams → Jazz drummer
1945 ● Alan Ward → Honeycombs
1946 ● Clive BunkerJethro Tull
1947 ● Ralph Scala → Blues Magoos
1947 ● Vin Scelsa → FM radio DJ (WNEW-fm New York)
1948 ● Ray Jackson → Lindisfarne
1949 ● Paul Rodgers → Free
1957 ● Cy Curnin → The Fixx
1957 ● Sheila E. (Sheila Escovedo)
1959 ● Belouis Some → "Some People" (1985)
1963 ● Claudia Brucken → Propaganda
1963 ● Eric Schenkman → Spin Doctors

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Monday, November 30, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Pink Floyd (11/30/79) 30 Years!

Only Pink Floyd could release a double-sided concept album filled with dark themes of personal despair, narcissism and condescension, and then sell millions of copies and find the album ranked as one of the best of all time. They did, and resoundingly. The Wall (November 30, 1979) is one of Floyd’s best and one of the hottest (for good reason) double albums of all time. It’s pure late-life Floyd: moody, rhythmic and spacey, but punctuated with top-classics like “Comfortably Numb,” “Run Like Hell”, “Hey You” and “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2” (a #1 single). Bandleader Roger Waters penned all of the material (with occasional help from bandmate David Gilmour and others). That proved to be the beginning of the end for Pink Floyd. Their next album, aptly-named The Final Cut, was the last that Roger Waters composed in its entirety and his swan song with the band.

The Wall is ranked #87 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time. It’s available as a CD from Amazon (click here) and as download tracks on iTunes (click here).

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

 

This Week's Birthdays (November 22 - December 5)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Nov 29
1933 ● John Mayall → Bluesbreakers
1940 ● Chuck Mangione → Jazz trumpeter
1940 ● Denny Doherty → The Mamas & The Papas
1941 ● Jody Miller → Queen Of The House
1944 ● Felix CavaliereThe Rascals
1947 ● Ronnie Montrose → Edgar Winter Group, Montrose
1954 ● Barry GoudreauBoston
1958 ● Michael DempseyThe Cure
1965 ● Wallis Buchanan → Jamiroquai
1968 ● Jon Knight → New Kids On The Block
1968 ● Martin Carr → Boo Radleys

Nov 30
1915 ● Walter "Brownie" McGhee → Blues guitarist
1929 ● Dick Clark → TV Host, "American Bandstand"
1937 ● Frank Ifield → "I Remember You" (1962)
1937 ● Paul StookeyPeter, Paul & Mary
1944 ● Leo Lyons → Ten Years After
1944 ● Rob Grill → The Grassroots
1945 ● Roger GloverDeep Purple
1953 ● Johnny "Shuggie" Otis, Jr. → Wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" (1977)
1953 ● June Pointer → Pointer Sisters
1954 ● George McArdle → Little River Band
1955 ● Billy Idol (William Broad)
1958 ● Des'ree (Desiree Annette Weeks)

Dec 01
1934 ● Billy Paul (Paul Williams) → "Me & Mrs. Jones" (1972)
1936 ● Lou Rawls
1938 ● Sandy Nelson → Drummer, "Teen Beat" (1959)
1944 ● Eric BloomBlue Öyster Cult
1944 ● John DensmoreThe Doors
1945 ● Bette Midler
1946 ● Raymond "Gilbert" O'Sullivan → "Alone Again Naturally" (1972)
1951 ● Jaco Pastorius → Weather Report

Dec 02
1941 ● Tom McGuinness → Manfred Mann
1942 ● Ted Bluechell → The Association
1952 ● Michael McDonaldDoobie Brothers, solo
1960 ● Rick Savage → Def Leppard
1968 ● Jimi Haha → Jimmie's Chicken Shack
1968 ● Nate Mendel → Foo Fighters
1970 ● Treach (Anthony Criss) → Naughty By Nature

Dec 03
1940 ● Jim Freeman → Five Satins
1948 ● John "Ozzy" OsbourneBlack Sabbath, solo
1949 ● Mickey Thomas → Elvin Bishop Group, Jefferson Starship
1951 ● Nicky Stevens → Brotherhood of Man
1952 ● Duane Roland → Molly Hatchet

Dec 04
1940 ● Freddie "Boom-Boom" Cannon (Frederico Picariello) → "Tallahassee Lassie" (1959)
1942 ● Bob Mosley → Moby Grape, Frantics
1944 ● Chris HillmanThe Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther Hillman Furay Band
1944 ● Dennis WilsonBeach Boys
1948 ● Southside Johnny (John Lyon) → Asbury Jukes
1951 ● Gary RossingtonLynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band
1959 ● Bob Griffin → BoDeans
1962 ● Vinnie Dombroski → Sponge

Dec 05
1899 ● Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Ford Miller) → Blues singer/songwriter
1932 ● Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman)
1938 ● Jean W. "J.J." Cale → "Cocaine" (1974)
1945 ● Eduardo Delgado Serrato → ? and The Mysterians
1946 ● Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) → "Rock Me Gently" (1974)
1947 ● Jim Messina → Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina
1965 ● John Rzeznick → Goo Goo Dolls

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Friday, November 27, 2009

 

Album of the Day: The Beatles (11/27/67) 42 Years!

Capitol Records released the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour in the U.S. as a full length LP on November 27, 1967, less than six months after their groundbreaking and immensely enjoyable Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album (a shorter 6 song version was released as an EP in the U.K. by Parlophone) was meant to be a soundtrack for a Paul McCartney-directed TV film of the same name, which turned out to be a total bust, was panned by the British press after it aired on Boxing Day 1967 and didn’t air in the U.S. until the mid-70s. But the album did very well in the U.S., becoming yet another #1 album for the Beatles and selling more copies in its first three weeks out than any other Capitol release to that time. Interestingly, the import version in the U.K. only made #31 on those charts.

Side B of Magical Mystery Tour featured five of the Beatles’ great singles from 1967, “Hello Goodbye,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” “Baby You’re A Rich Man” and “All You Need Is Love,” with the sixth, “I Am The Walrus” the last track on Side A. Also on the front side are McCartney’s sobering “Fool On The Hill” and George Harrison’s sweet “Blue Jay Way.”

Despite what its title may imply, Magical Mystery Tour was not a concept album in the vein of its predecessor Sgt. Pepper’s. But it’s a worthy follow-up with similar psychedelic-pop sounds and a wonderful source of the six single tracks and the other two. Magical Mystery Tour is available as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Badfinger (11/26/73) 36 Years!

Badfinger was one of those woulda-coulda bands that had lots of promise but never was able to fully deliver on it. The British power pop group had three gifted songwriters (founder Pete Ham, bassist Tom Evans and guitarist Joey Molland), a potentially powerful record label (Apple Records) behind them, association with and support from label’s founders (the Beatles), a hit single (“Come And Get It,” January 1970) supplied by Paul McCartney, and three straight worldwide Top 10 albums in the early 70s. But by the time Badfinger’s fifth album (including one issued as the Iveys), Ass was released on November 26, 1973, the bottom was falling out. The band had allowed a series of management missteps, they’d gone through one producer after another (including Todd Rundgren) without developing a consistent, sustainable sound, serious friction within the group was developing from frustration with their predicament, and Apple was in financial trouble after the Beatles’ dissolution in 1970. (The pressure eventually proved too much for Ham, who committed suicide less than 18 months after Ass was released).

Ham and his cohorts self-produced Ass, which didn’t help their cause. Plus, it was the last record released by Apple and received little promotional support from the label. But it’s a good early 70s power pop album, slightly harder and faster than the trademark pop-rock harmonies of its predecessor, Straight Up (their best work). Ass is available as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

 

Album of the Day: The Beatles (11/22/68) 41 Years!


The Beatles released two albums on November 22: With The Beatles in 1963 and The Beatles (White Album) in 1968. In the short five years between the two, the Fab Four made a dramatic and incomparable transformation from an up-and-coming rock ‘n roll band playing mostly love songs to an enormously popular, innovative group recording songs based on a wide range of genres and subjects. Musically the two albums were as far apart as anything the Beatles ever recorded. With The Beatles was 14 crisp, mostly upbeat songs. The White Album was a double LP of 30 eclectic tracks with mixed content and styles, from light, folk-based tunes (“Martha My Dear” and “Blackbird”), to vaudevillian novelty songs (“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “…Bungalow Bill”), to out-and-out rockers (“Birthday,” “Back In The U.S.S.R.” and “…Me And My Monkey”) to the wild and edgy “Helter Skelter.”

The White Album was a watershed event for the band and was the beginning of their 18-month dissolution dance that ended in early 1970. It was the last full album on which the band recorded all of the material together. Under the strain of individual egos, divergent musical interests, outside influences, disputes over management and the financial problems at their new business, Apple Records, it’s a wonder that their final two albums, Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970) ever saw the light of day (tracks for 1969’s Yellow Submarine were recorded prior to the White Album).

The Beatles (White Album) ranks #10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 albums and is available as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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This Week's Birthdays (November 22 - 28)

Happy Birthday this week to:
Nov 22
1941 ● Jessie Colin Young (Perry Miller) → The Youngbloods, solo
1942 ● Floyd Sneed → Three Dog Night
1946 ● Aston "Family Man" Barrett → The Wailers
1947 ● Rod Price → Foghat
1950 ● Little Steven Van ZandtE Street Band
1950 ● Tina WeymouthTalking Heads
1957 ● Sharon Bailey → Amazulu
1968 ● "Rasha Don" Norris → Arrested Development

Nov 23
1940 ● Freddie Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers
1954 ● Bruce Hornsby

Nov 24
1898 ● Scott Joplin → Ragtime pianist/composer
1928 ● Michael Holliday (Michael Milne) → "The Story of My Life" (1957)
1939 ● Jim Yester → The Association
1941 ● Donald "Duck" DunnBooker T & the MGs
1941 ● Pete Best → "The 5th Beatle"
1942 ● Billy Connolly → Cover of "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." (1975)
1943 ● Robin Williamson → Incredible String Band
1955 ● Clem Burke (Clement Bozewski)Blondie, The Plimsouls, The Ramones
1957 ● Chris HayesHuey Lewis & The News
1958 ● Carmel McCourt → "Bad Day" (1983)
1962 ● John Squire → Stone Roses

Nov 25
1941 ● Percy Sledge → "When A Man Loves A Woman" (1966)
1943 ● Roy Lynes → Status Quo
1944 ● Bev BevanBlack Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra
1947 ● Val Fuentes → It's A Beautiful Day
1959 ● Steve Rotheram → Marillion
1960 ● Amy Grant
1966 ● Stacey Lattishaw → "Jump to the Beat" (1980)

Nov 26
1939 ● Tina Turner
1944 ● Alan Henderson → Them
1945 ● John McVieFleetwood Mac
1946 ● Burt Ruiter → Focus

Nov 27
1935 ● Al JacksonBooker T. & The MGs
1942 ● James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix
1944 ● Eddie Rabbitt (Edward Thomas) → "I Love a Rainy Night" (1980)
1945 ● Randy BreckerBlood, Sweat & Tears, Brecker Brothers
1948 ● Dave WinthropSupertramp
1959 ● Charlie Burchill → Simple Minds
1960 ● Ashley Ingram → Chairmen Of The Board, Imagination
1961 ● Princess (Desiree Heslop) → "Say I'm You Number One" (1985)
1962 ● Charlie Benante → Anthrax
1962 ● Mike Bordin → Faith No More
1965 ● Fiachna O'Braonian → Hothouse Flowers

Nov 28
1929 ● Berry Gordy, Jr.Motown Records founder
1936 ● Roy McCurdyBlood, Sweat & Tears
1940 ● Bruce Channel → "Hey Baby" (1962)
1940 ● Glen Curtis → Fortunes
1943 ● Randy Newman → "Sail Away" (1972)
1944 ● R.B. Greaves → "Take a Letter Maria" (1969)
1947 ● Gary Taylor → The Herd
1948 ● Beeb Birtles → Little River Band
1949 ● Paul Shaffer → Band leader
1962 ● Matt Cameron → Soundgarden
1968 ● Dawn Robinson → En Vogue

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Genesis (11/18/74) 35 Years!


Genesis was one of the few British rock bands that successfully made the transition from meddling 60s folk-pop-rock through late-60s psychedelic rock to 80s pop-rock superstardom.  Their November 18, 1974 concept album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, was major point along that road and a huge FM radio hit (I remember playing it daily on my radio show at the time).  While well received on air, in the critics’ circles and in stores, The Lamb… unfortunately became the last Genesis album on which Peter Gabriel appeared. Gabriel was the lead vocalist, chief songwriter and stage frontman for the band (he wrote all of the material on The Lamb…).  His departure could have spelled doom, but remaining members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett moved on to greater things, including a string of nine straight U.K. Top 10 albums (8 in the U.S.) before they called it quits in 1992.

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is available as a CD and DRM-free mp3 files on Amazon (click here).

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