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.
This is one of those albums that did not include a disappointing track. I hadn’t listened to a new Cocker release in years when a promo of this arrived in my mail one day.
The most well known song was Randy Newman’s ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On.’ Sure, it still provides for some great video memories for many, but it was hardly the best song.
Give me JC’s reading of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues. Or maybe the opening cut, ‘Shelter Me.’
Not only are there great songs here, but Joe also brings them to life with a number of great musicians. They include one of my favorite guitarists of all time, Neal Schon, Jeff Lorber plays keyboards, Mel Collins on Sax, Bernard Edwards,bass.