Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#151 in the Series) is The Edgar Winter Group, They Only Come Out at Night.
This was a pretty big deal when I was in 8th grade. I always remember walking across the street because my friend Joe Moncada bought a couple new albums. To this day I remember it was this and Curtis Mayfield, Super Fly.
They Only Come Out at Night was a HUGE album for Edgar Winter and his band in 1972.
It contained two well known songs. They were the instrumental Frankenstein and Free Ride.
The Edgar Winter Group was quite the band. Many of the names were or became quite well known. Rick Derringer and Ronnie Montrose were on guitar. Dan Hartman was one of the main vocalists.
Rick Derringer had a well known solo career punctuated by the hit, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo. Hoochie Koo hit #1 the next year and featured Edgar on keyboards. (Not to mention it also had Joe Walsh on guitar and Joe Vitale on drums.)
Ronnie Montrose would of course, start the band Montrose with then named, Sam Hagar as his front man. He then would start performing under his name Ronnie Montrose. This is where we first saw drummer Steve Smith.
Dan Hartman was quite the different story. He went into the disco world and did quite well for him self. He had a big hit in 1978 with a song called Instant Replay. (It sucked)
But his biggest hit would be in 1984 song called I Can Dream About You. It hit to #6 on the Billboard Singles Chart. It was featured in the film Streets of Fire. It actually didn’t suck.
They Only Come Out at Night was produced by Rick Derringer and also was featured a young up and coming technical director named Bill Szymczyk. He went on to produce such acts like The Eagles, James Gang and The Who.
They Only Come Out at Night peaked at #3 on the Billboard Album chart.
Frankenstein was a #1 hit. (One of few instrumental #1 hits.)
Free Ride peaked at #14 (One of many songs with vocal to peak at #14)
Check out this great extended live video for Frankenstein. It’s follow by Free Ride.
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.