Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#149 in the Series) is Dave Mason, Let it Flow.
Dave Mason has put out a big ol’ chunk of good music. From the days he spent with Traffic through a long solo career. His latest album, 26 letters and 12 Notes is as good as anything he’s done. It’s too bad radio didn’t go near it. He commented from the stage at a recent show I saw, It’s like ‘I’m Selling Encyclopedias to them.’
Let it Flow was released in 1977. Yup, that’s 33 years ago folks!
It contained his biggest hit. ‘We Just Disagree.’ I think it’s one of the best divorce songs ever written.
Memorable moments here include So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away), Let it Go, Let it Flow, Spend Your Life With Me and Mystic Traveler,.
I was surprised to read that Let it Flow only hit #37 on the Billboard Top Album Charts. I would have bet big bucks that it would have been much higher than that.
Three singles charted. We Just Disagree peaked at 12. I would have thought that was higher too. Let It Go, Let it Flow peaked at 45. So High hit to 89.
It was produced by big time producer Ron Nevison. (Bad Company, UFO, Zep Physical Graffiti, Starship, Heart, Chicago.
As alluded to earlier, I had a chance to see Dave Mason recently, He was outstanding. He played a tiny 400 seat venue. He played everything from Feeling All Right, 40,000 Headman, Only You Know and I Know, Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave (a real highlight!) World in Changes (opening song). He encored with Dear Mr. Fantasy and All Along the Watchtower.
If you have the chance to see Mr. Mason, Go. . He’s highly recommended. But be for warned. You might not recognize him. He looks REALLY different. As you can see below.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#143 in the Series) is 801, Listen Now
Some times you have to pull one out that I bet no one has listened to in years! I’m guessing that’s true for 801.
When was the last time you pulled this one off the shelf? There even a good chance that you never even heard of this one.
801 is a band put together by Phil Manzanera, Phil is best known as lead guitarist for one of my favorite bands, Roxy Music.
Roxy would take time off now and then and like most bands, many members would work on solo projects. This was Phil’s
It took two years to record. He started in 1975 and finished in 1977. Oddly enough, while working on putting this together, 801 released a live album in 1976 called Listen Live.
Phil recruited a ton of great players for Listen Now. When I put this together, I was shocked to see that one of my favorite vocalists Tim Finn! Who knew!!
Here’s a list of some of the others. Brian Eno, Rhett Davies, Mel Collins, Simon Phillips, Eddie Rayner(!!!!), Eddie Jobson, Lol Crème and Kevin Godley.
The two songs that received the most airplay were the first two tracks on the disc.
Listen Now and Flight 19.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#126 in the Series) is Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station.
You hardly ever hear people mention this album when they talk about the Dead, well maybe a little but it doesn’t get it due.
Side one of Terrapin Station five songs. The most known songs being Estimated Prophet and two cover tunes, Dancing in the Streets, and Samson and Delilah.
What Terrapin Station is known for is the full sided title track that is side two.
The sixteen plus minute song, and one that was performed in it’s entirety many times by the band.
It’s broken into six parts.
Lady With a Fan
At a Siding
The 1977 Arista release was produced by Keith Olsen. It was one of the few times that the Grateful Dead used an outside producer. Keith also produced bands like Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Ozzie Osbourne. So he was quite the interesting choice to say the least.
On an personal note regarding Terrapin Station. Sonor drums had just released a new drum line right before the recording sessions began. The first two kits were ordered by The Dead’s Mickey Hart and a good friend of mine, Shadowfax drummer, Stuart Nevitt.
Stu’s kit arrived first. Mickey Hart wanted to use these drums on the album so he borrowed Stu’s to do the sessions. Well, at least I thought it was cool.
Terrapin Station peaked at #28 and was certified gold in 1987.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#123 in the Series ) is the debut album by “Cheap Trick.”
Yeah, I know Cheap Trick’s “In Color” was a spectacular grouping of music, but I don’t want to hear how it’s better than they’re debut simply titled “Cheap Trick.”
“In Color” had some wonderful tracks, memorable ones indeed. But it didn’t have the edge and rawness that the first album had.
They were released just a short time apart. Seven months apart to be more precise.
Highlights from “Cheap Trick” include ‘Hot Love, He’s a Whore, Oh, Candy, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece.’ A great ballad in ‘Mandocello’ plus ‘ELO Kiddies’ and my favorite ‘Taxman, Mr.Thief.’
I’ve long said that Robin Zander is one of the best pure rock singers I’ve ever heard. If you want to hear a great example of that, listen to ‘Taxman.’
Guitarist Rick Nielson was the main songwriter here. Drums were handled by the great Bun E. Carlos, bass, Tom Petersson.
“Cheap Trick” was recorded at the Record Plant in NY and was produced by Jack Douglas.
On May 1st 1998 Cheap Trick performed this album in it’s entirety at Metro in Chicago. Yup, Ahhhhh, I was there!
This is one of the main reasons that I’ve decided to do this blog, column whatever. To point out ditties like this. I have a feeling that many people did not know this gem existed.
It’s the first solo release by Daryl Hall of ‘Hall and Oates’ fame. I don’t know if DH is the best rock vocalist of all time, but he’s in the team picture.
This was recorded in 1977 but not released until 1980. The wonderful RCA records held the album because is was ‘not commercial enough.’ I guess ‘very good’ just isn’t a good enough reason for a label to release something. I think it was just too different for their brain trust and they didn’t know what to do with it.
Here’s what this album was all about. It was part of a music trilogy that included two other releases. The first was Peter Gabriel’s 2nd album (The one with the scratching on the cover), Daryl Hall was part two. The final piece of the trilogy was Robert Fripp’s Exposure. Fripp played and produced all three. Hall sang on Fripp’s. Hall co-wrote a song on Gabriel’s etc etc. It was quite the interesting project.
It’s pretty hard to find. I believe it’s been out of print for years. Recommended track. “Gotta Have Something in 4/4 Time.
Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Pink Floyd, “Animals.”
Well, I thought it was time to pull out a big hitter. So it’s Pink Floyd today.
“Animals” is basically three biting political satire songs. Pigs, Dogs and Sheep.
It’s mainly a Roger Waters album as he wrote the entire album except for ‘Dogs’ which he co-wrote with David Gilmour.
The album opens and ends with a short into/exit song called, Pigs on The Wing. If you had the 8-Track of “Animals” you’d know that these are looped together to form one song. Nice touch.
“Animals” was also the catalyst for one of Pink Floyd best tours. This was when we were first introduced to the flying pigs.
It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 US Charts.
Here’s a pretty tasty live version of ‘Dogs’ by Roger Waters and his band.
Today’s Cool Album of the day (#68 in The Series) is the debut self titled solo release from “Steve Winwood.”
This is the ‘forgotten’ Steve Winwood album. But it is easily my favorite.
Steve released many more popular albums than this one. But this was the one that I still find myself playing.
It featured some absolutely wonderful Winwood tunes. My favorite being ‘Vacant Chair.’ Other highlights include, ‘Hold On’ and ‘Time is Running Out.’
Some fine musician on this 1977 album include Willie Weeks on bass and Andy Newmark on drums.
If you’re not familiar with ‘Vacant Chair’ or ‘Hold On’ you can give them a listen here.