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Santana “III”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is Santana’s, “Santana III”

BY FAR, my favorite Santana album.
This album featured the original Santana band of Carlos on guitar, Michael Shrieve on drums, Dave Brown on bass, Jose ‘Chepito’ Areas on timbales and Michael Catabello on percussion. However, it also was the debut of a 17 year old guitarist named Neal Schon.

This was the first time Carlos recorded with a second guitar player. The results were outstanding, Listen to the ending of the track “Toussaint L’Overture.” Carlos and Neal conclude the songs with a great duel. The story is told that they each recorded their part without the other being present. One would lay down a track, the other would come in later in the day and listen. Then they would lay down an answer, Great stuff!

The best known song on the album is ‘No One To Depend On.’ ‘Everybody’s Everything” was the second single.

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Journey “Journey”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the self titled ‘Journey’ debut, “Journey.”

In 1975 this was my favorite band. This was one of the albums that I would taken to the moon or a desert island.

For those of you that only know Journey from the CRAP that they put out beginning in 1977 or 1978, you might think I’m crazy. But no, this was 1975.

Journey began in ‘73 or ’74. Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon had been, respectively, keyboard, lead singer and second guitarist in Santana.

In fact, Schon was only 16 or17 years only when he joined Santana in 1971.

Drums where handled by Aynsley Dunbar with Ross Valory on bass. Prairie Prince was shortly in the band but left to join another San Francisco area act, The Tubes.

The thing to remember here is that the first three Journey albums Journey, Look Into the Future, and Next) had very, very little in common with what they sounded like after they added a certain lead singer.

The early work contained some wonderful jazz rock, space rock, long guitar pieces etc. It was wonderful.

Give a listen to tracks like ‘Of a Lifetime, Topaz, or Mystery Mountain and see why it’s “Today’s Cool Album of the Day.”

These are from 1980. Best I can do. But here’s ‘Of a Lifetime’ and ‘Kahoutek’


Joe Cocker “Cocker”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Joe Cocker’s 1986 release, “Cocker.”

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.