Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
I love this record just because I never could figure out what in the Hell they were up to! Mystery in music is a good thing! Pop Schmock, but interesting with titles like Life Is A Dream," and "Daydreaming," with awkward horn arrangements! Better than the whole Windham Hill catalogue!
Although I've already put two other Jefferson Airplane records on this list, "After Bathing At Baxter's" is my favourite Airplane album! It is perfectly crazy from start to finish!
The most beautiful, and one of the best songs on the record is the shortest, and the only one written by unheralded bass player Harvey Brooks called "Harvey's Tune!" This is a great LP!
This is another one of those records that doesn't get enough creds for being weird ahead of it's time! It's not always comforting, but then, "Reality Is Only Temporary!"
The greatest and most original cover band ever!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Super talented group of guys that included Al Kooper on Keys and vocals, Tommy Flanders on vocals, Danny Kalb playing guitar, Steve Katz on guitar and vocals, Andy Kulberg playing bass and flute, and Roy Blumenfield on drums!
Blues Breakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton (1966)
When it comes to British blues, it doesn't get much better than this, with John Mayall on vocals, keys, and Harp, Slow Hand Clapton on guitar, Fleetwood Mac's John McVie on bass, and Hughie Flint on the traps! It might be the blues, but it's rock solid!
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - "East - West" (1966)
With songs written by everybody from Mike Nesmith to Muddy Waters, two amazing guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, a 13 minute epic psych title song, and a great cover, this album has it all! Paul Butterfield on harp and vocals, Mark Naftalin on keys, Jerome Arnold on Bass, and Billy Davenport on Drums!!
"Spider" John Koerner, Tony "Little Sun" Glover" and Dave "Snaker" Ray - "Lots More Blues, Rags and Hollers" (1964)
Folk Blues at it's finest hour!
Climax Chicago Blues Band - "Tightly Knit" (1971)
Before they became the Climax Blues Band, they were known as the Climax Chicago Blues Band! This is not my favourite cover by any means, but the music inside is good enough to make up for it!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Here's five records by 5 guys that all have that comfortable 'sit down, kick your heels up, and relax' style of American music that's not Country, and I like them all!
First up from Oak Grove, Louisiana is the great Tony Joe White and his second album made in 1969 called ...."Continued!"
J.J. Cale hailed from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and this was his first record released in 1971. It was called "Naturally" and is just one of J.J.'s many fine records!
Singer, songwriter Bobby Charles was born in Abbeville, Louisiana, and was one of the early purveyors of a genre of music called Swamp Pop! This 1972 self-titled album was just stylish!
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks aka Mr. Taj Mahal, was born in Harlem, New York! Taj has so many wonderful records, it was hard to just pick out one, but "Satisfied And Tickled Too" from 1976, has got Taj's classic version of one of my all-time favorite songs on it, "Ain't Nobody's Business!"
Jesse Winchester was also born in Louisiana at Barksdale Army Air Field, outside of Bossier City! I think I'm starting to see a pattern here! This 1977 album titled "Nothing But A Breeze," is just that, and it breezes along quite nicely enough to be on this list!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Joe Cocker's 1969 album called "Joe Cocker!" is nothing less than great! Nobody does a cover tune like Joe!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Lenny Bruce - "Lenny Bruce Is Out Again" (1965)
I got this record years ago in a Thrifty Drug store for 99 cents! I've still got it! Lenny died for your sins, and your right to say fuck without having to go to jail!
David Peel and the Lower East Side - "Have A Marijuana" (1968)
I was always surprised that David didn't go to jail for recording this record!
Oscar Brand - "Brand X" (1976)
Revered folk singer sings shocking bawdy songs with really nasty lyrics!
Sky Saxon Blues Band - "A Full Spoon Of Seedy Blues" (1967)
Re-inventing themselves one more time, The Seeds emerge as a blues band!
The Smothers Brothers - "Mom Always Liked You Best" (1965)
My Mom and Dad took me to see The Smothers Brothers when I was a little kid! They were the best in clean and intelligent humor!!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Well, I'm a third of the way through now, that only took forever, so here's five rockers to wrap it!
Big Brother and the Holding Company (1967) - Janis only made so few records, how can it not be included?
Bodacious Df (1973) - Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin decides to do his own thing and it works great!
Savoy Brown - Raw Sienna (1970) - Another great blues rock LP from Kim and the boys!
The Seeds - Web Of Sound (1966) - Once again recreating themselves, the side long "up In Her Room" is too much, but wasn't everybody doing one of these 15 minute songs back then. You never knew what you were getting when you put a Seeds album on for the first time!
Steppenwolf (1968) - I love Steppenwolf's first album! Ballsy stuff! "Sookie Sookie" is a great song, "The Pusher," and "Born To Be Wild" are both on here too!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
In the mid to late 1970's I became completely disenchanted with music! A lot of Rock and Roll started sucking, and the sound of the Disco beat was becoming almost unavoidable. As a college D.J. on the tiniest station ever, I was allowed to hear and play some music that wasn't being played anywhere on the radio where I was, and the most exciting new genres of music were Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock and Jazz Fusion! Here's five awesome examples! On Rolling Stone's list? Highly doubtful!
From 1975 - Here's a classic Jazz Funk LP by Saxophonist Joe Farrell - "Canned Funk"
This 1973 album by Drummer Billy Cobham featured Tommy Bolin on guitar and it shreds! "Spectrum"
Another fantastic record from 1975 was Guitarist Joe Beck's LP titled simply "Beck," with David Sanborn on sax during some of his most innovative years! Also, this genre of music had some of the weirdest album cover art you have to admit!
Recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios, Bassist Stanley Clarke's 1974 self-titled LP marked a new era in electric bass. With Bill Connors on guitar, this jazz record rocks!!
Back to 1975 and Drummer Tony Williams album called "Believe It! Tony played with Miles Davis as a teenager he was so talented, but Tony wanted to rock, and The Lifetime was more than willing to cooperate! Allan Holdsworth proves he's one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and you can believe it!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Here are five more albums I love!