Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#147 in the Series) is the Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.
This album was a huge deal when it came out in 1976. Punk Rock is Here. CBGBs!!! Malcolm McLaren!!! Johnny Rotten!! Sid Vicious!! ….and on and on and on.
What I remember about this album at the time was that I liked the songs. I think many of them were pretty darn catchy and poppy myself, thank you. Sure they were played with a much harder edge. But there was quite a bit of commercial pop in those tracks. Don’t fool yourself. For a movement that was so ‘anti-establishment’ there sure was a sound and a plan to sell records and make a pile of cash.
But that’s OK. I really liked a ton of songs on this record.
God Save the Queen, Anarchy in the UK, Pretty Vacant are all great tracks.
For those who don’t remember, the Sex Pistols were Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Sid Vicious, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook.
Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols reached #106 on the Billboard Album Charts.
It was produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price
Here’s Pretty Vacant performed on Letterman’s Show in 1996! It’s followed by the original studio version of God Save the Queen.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#141 in the Series) is Rush, 2112.
Every once in a while you have to just go with a good old fashioned rock and roll album.
Rush 2112 fills the bill.
I really liked Rush back in this era. I was a Fly By Night fan, A Caress of Steel fan and then a 2112 fan. The follow up live release All the Worlds a Stage is a fantastic live album that captured that era perfectly. It was a real treat seeing Rush back in 2000 seat venues during that time. Shortly after that, I was done with Rush. I haven’t seen them nor considered buying anything since about 1980. Don’t tell me about Moving Pictures.
Once again, we have an entry that one song is one full side. I never realized how many of those albums I had until we started doing this.
The title cut, 2112 is all of side one. It is broken into seven segments
II: The Temples of Syrinx
V: Oracle: The Dream
VII:: Grand Finally
Side two contains one of Rush’s best songs, Something for Nothing.
2112 was produced by the band, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart along with Terry Brown. Terry Brown also produced such acts such as Max Webster, Klaatu and Voivod.
2112, released in 1976 and reached #61 on the Billboard Charts.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#133 in the Series is) Budgie, If I were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules.
Budgie was a Welch loud rock band that recorded most of their catalog in the 70’s. I always liked them because their sound was always unique to me. A little metal here, a little blues rock here, a little prog-rock here, etc. I always loved bands that you just can not pigeon hole.
They had about six definitive albums. It was not the best reviewed, nor the best accepted, but for some reason I was always partial to Brittania.
The main reason was one song, one that I always loved. (Whenever I had parties I used to find my self putting this song on about 4 am when only the die-hards were left. Some of them still read this. You know who you are!!)
That song was Black Velvet Stallion. It’s an epic eight plus minute song that ends side two. A great song for those that love progressive sounding guitar solos.
A few other tunes that got a little play were Sky High Percentage and Anne Neggen.
All the music here was written my bassist, vocalist Burke Shelly and guitarist Tony Bourge. The band on this album was rounded out by drummer Steve Williams and keyboard player, Richard Dunn.
I remember trying to see Budgie a couple years after this album was released. A couple buddies and myself drove from the far southeast area of Chicago to the far Northwest suburbs. One of my friends was underage. We were trying to get into a club called B’Ginnings. He had a fake ID and got caught at the door. An hour and a half drive for nothing!! I did eventually see them at the Riviera Theater.
If I Were Brittania I’d Waive the Rules was released in 1976.
Here’s Black Velvet Stallion followed by Sky High Percentage. Sorry, I couldn’t find anything live for this album. These are studio tracks.
Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is the debut, self titled album by, “Starcastle.”
Starcastle was a prog-rock band mostly based out of Champaign, Illinois. Their stylings leaned heavily towards the sound of ‘Yes.’ If you’re a fan of ‘Yes,’ you should check out this album. I think you’d like it.
This was released in 1976 on Epic Records. I’m not sure if their impact reached much out of the Midwest. They did get a little more of a bump nationally with their 2nd and 3rd albums ‘Fountains of Light’ and ‘Citadel.’
‘Starcastle’ contains their epic song, ‘Lady of the Lake.’ 10 minutes in length with a few different chapters. I’ll post a link below. As I mentioned, ‘Yes’ fans, check it out.
Every song is a keeper here. No filler tracks as far as I’m concerned.
Terry Luttrell was Starcastle’s lead vocalist. He was the original lead singer in REO Speedwagon (at least on their albums) but was replaced by Kevin Cronin.
Steve Hagler should also be noted for his guitar work.
“Starcastle” peaked at #95 on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts.
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.