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Robin Trower “Bridge of Sighs”

Today’s Cool Album Of The Day (#155 in the Series) is Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs.

Bridge of Sighs was Robin Trower’s gigantic breakthrough album.

He was in Procol Harem until 1972.  This was Robin’s second solo album and it was released in 1974.

It contained many of the songs that people to this day consider the highlights to his catalog.

The title cut, Bridge of Sighs and Day of the Eagle top that list. However, do not overlook Too Rolling Stoned.  That was a rock radio standard as well.

Robin Trower toured recorded and toured as a three piece back in this era.  His bassist/vocalist was James Dewar.  Reg Isidore was on drums.

Bridge of Sighs reached #7 on the Billboard Albums Charts.  It actually stayed in the Top 200 for 31 weeks.

It was produced by Matthew Fisher.  You know Matthew Fisher for creating the wonderful organ sound on Procol Harem’s 1967 hit, Whiter Shade of Pale.

Here’s some great live video’s!!

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

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#151 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 on guitar.  Dan Hartman was one of the main vocalists.

Rick Derringer had a well known solo career punctuated by the hit, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo.  Hoochie Koo hit #1 the next year and featured Edgar on keyboards. (Not to mention it also had Joe Walsh on guitar and Joe Vitale on drums.)

Ronnie Montrose would of course, start the band Montrose with then named, Sam Hagar as his front man.  He then would start performing under his name Ronnie Montrose. This is where we first saw drummer Steve Smith.

Dan Hartman was quite the different story.  He went into the disco world and did quite well for him self.  He had a big hit in 1978 with a song called Instant Replay. (It sucked)

But his biggest hit would be in 1984 song called I Can Dream About You.  It hit to #6 on the Billboard Singles Chart. It was featured in the film Streets of Fire.  It actually didn’t suck.

They Only Come Out at Night was produced by Rick Derringer and also was featured a young up and coming technical director named Bill Szymczyk.  He went on to produce such acts like The Eagles, James Gang and The Who.

They Only Come Out at Night peaked at #3 on the Billboard Album chart.

Frankenstein was a #1 hit. (One of few instrumental #1 hits.)

Free Ride peaked at #14 (One of many songs with vocal to peak at #14)

Check out this great extended live video for Frankenstein. It’s follow by Free Ride.


Pat Metheney Group “Pat Metheney Group”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the eponymous release by “The Pat Metheny Group.”

While I don’t usually pick an artists best work for out group, this time I feel like I did.

I’d always loved Pat Metheny‘s guitar work. I was a big fan of his earlier works like ‘Bright Size Life’ and other releases, ‘New Chautauqua, Watercolors’ etc, but nothing he’s done came close to the ‘Pat Matheny Group’ record.

‘San Lorenzo’ and ‘Phase Dance’ lead the way. Possibly the two best songs Pat has ever recorded.

The band stayed in a nice groove for the next few years. “American Garage” and ”80, 81” were winners and so was the album released by Matheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls.”

Pat changed direction shortly after this. I had a chance to talk to him after hours at Summerfest in Milwaukee in 1980. He mentioned to me that he was going for a new sound. He described it to me as a cross between Ornette Coleman’s trumpet and an elephant! I think you can hear the beginnings of this sound on ‘Off-Ramp.’ He actually decribed it perfectly.

WOW, check out these live versions of ‘Phase Dance’ and ‘San Lorenzo’ that I found!


Frank Zappa “Sheik Yerbouti”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Frank Zappa’s “Sheik Yerbouti.”

What a classic this release was. Contains many of FZ’s best known songs. Bobby Brown, Dancin’ Fool, Jewish Princess, Flakes etc.

It was recorded by one of Frnk’s best lineups. It included Adrian Belew, Terry Bozzio and Patrick O’Hearn.I k…now
many of you have this already .

When was the last time you listened to
it. hopefully this will encourage you to give it a spin


Kraftwerk “Autobahn”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Kraftwerk, “Autobahn.”

Another one of those classic albums that side one was the title track and nothing else.

Hailing from Germany, Kraftwerk “Autobahn” was mainly a synthesizer album.

It did include a bit of flute, guitar and violin but not that much.

It was released in 1974.

The title track was 22 minutes in length. A chopped up three minute version was released as a single and actually made it to #25 on the Billboard charts in the States.

Did you ever have this album?