Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#153 in the Series) is Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust.
When you’re in a crappy mood there is nothing better than popping on a good ol’ Nick Lowe disc!
We already did Rockpile about four months ago. Rockpile was, of course, the joint effort of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. This was Nick on his own. Well supposedly it was. However, even though it’s a Nick Lowe album, the band lineup is the same as the Rockpile album. Nick on bass, Dave Edmunds on guitar, Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums. Elvis Costello added harp to American Squirm.
There are 11 tracks totaling 33 minutes of music here. Or as one of my friends says, Get to the point, get it done and get onto the next song!’
The first song was probably the song that Nick Lowe was most identified by. Cruel to be Kind. A great ditty as we would say. It was written by Nick and here’s a name you might have forgotten, Ian Gomm!
You may have also heard such songs as Cracking Up, Big Kick, Plain Scrap, Born Fighter and of course, Switchboard Susan.
Labour of Lust was released in 1979 and produced by Nick Lowe.
The album did not chart in the USA even though Cruel to be Kind hit number 12 on the Billboard Singles Chart.
Here’s Cruel to be Kind from Live at Daryl’s Place. I followed it with the original promotional video. Look for ‘then wife’ the lovely Carlene Carter! I’ve never done two versions of a song before. I’ll make an exception for a pop masterpiece.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day ( #150 in the Series) is Steely Dan, Katy Lied.
Last year Steely Dan did a tour where they played one of three albums in their entirety. They would ‘hunker down’ in town for four nights. The first three nights they would play either The Royal Scam, Aja or Goucho. The fourth night would be requests. Unfortunately, they didn’t play my favorite Dan album, Katy Lied.
Don’t get me wrong, I love those other three releases. But give me Katy Lied.
I could list nearly every track as a favorite. How can you choose from Black Friday, Bad Sneakers, Doctor Wu, Chain Lightning. Everyone’s Gone to the Movies or Any World (That I’m Welcome To)
Steely Dan has always been two men, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. They would surround themselves with some of the best hand picked musicians every time they would enter into a new project.
Katy Lied had some wonderful players.
Michael McDonald was all over this record with his distinctive backround vocal sounds. (I one heard a disc jockey say Michael McDonald’s voice sounded like trying to start a car on a freezing morning. I had to laugh along but I like it.)
Numerous guitar players were asked in. Rick Derringer added the solo to Chain Lightning, Larry Carlton played on Daddy Don’t Live in That City No More. Elliot Randall could be heard on Throw Back the Little Ones. Dean Parks appeared on Rose Darling.
Drums were handed by Jeff Porcaro. When you have Jeff Porcaro you need not look elsewhere.
Katy Lied, 1979, was produced by Gary Katz.
It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Album Charts
Black Friday hit #37 on the Billboard Singles Charts.
Here’s a couple live tracks. Bad Sneakers and Black Friday.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#128 in the Series) is Nils Lofgren, Nils.
Nils is the sixth solo album by guitarist Nils Logren, and and the fourth studio release.
Nils came to prominence as a member of Crazy Horse and before that, Grin.
He’s been a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band for over 25 years.
Nils was my favorite for a number of reasons but mainly for No Mercy. No Mercy is a boxing song written from the viewpoint of the victorious boxer as he feels sorrow for his soon to be defeated opponent. It’s quite the unique song.
But there indeed many great pieces of music here. Others include I’ll Cry Tomorrow, and a great ballad in Shine Silently. Randy Newman’s Baltimore is another gem.
Nils was produced by Bob Ezrin. It was released in 1979. It peaked at #54 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.
Short and Sweet today. It gives you more time to go listen to music!