The band’s biggest hit (and 1980s’ staple), “Centerfold” brought them the commercial success which proved a bit elusive in the prior decade. Most people assumed J Geils was the singer. He was not. That was Peter Wolf.
This album was the band’s 7th studio effort, released in 1975. This was another DJ promotion copy, stamped with not for sale, yet here it is purchased on the secondary market. Decent record. Kind of rock, rhythm and blues. Side two really has more of the guitar work, but regardless, this album definitely showcased the band and stood out from the other music of the decade.
In tribute to J Geils, here is with “Mean Love” with a blistering guitar solo.
Yesterday, on Christmas, a Russian military aircraft crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on board. Among the passengers were 68 members of the famed Alexandrov Ensemble, formerly known as the Red Army Choir. Authorities are still working out the details of the crash but this is very bad for Russia and its arts.
Besides his work with ELP, he was also known for his work with King Crimson. He was a giant in the world of progressive rock. He was also paid tribute to by Homer Simpson.
If it were not for the fact that I am totally spread thin and need to be in three places at once, I might have spent a bit more time on this post. But this is not the case and I need to make this brief. Here is an excerpt from the Pictures from an Exhibition album I posted earlier this year. From that effort, here is two pieces i did not post. You can search for in on this site for more information.
Two big names in music died over the weekend. Friday, we lost Leonard Cohen and Sunday, we lost Leon Russell. I have no Cohen albums. I thought about posting somebody doing a version of his work, but changed my mine. I do however, have something for Russell.
Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Vee had 38 singles in the Top 100, 10 of which made the top 20. His bigger hits include “Take Care Of My Baby”, “The Night Has 1,000 Eyes”,and “Rubber Ball” which was posted earlier this month by Jimmy Osmond. He also toured with a young Bob Dylan, before Dylan got famous. As a result, Dylan regarded Vee pretty highly, both personally and professionally.
For a tribute sample, I pulled this record I got somewhere for free by Vee and The Crickets, Buddy Holly’s old band. It is quite fitting as Vee’s career took off after the death of Holly.
Vee was part of a hastily assembled band, The Shadows, put together to play the show in which Holly was supposed to play the night after his crash. This performance would start the chain of events that made Vee a star.
The record itself is very good. Released in 1963, it is a collection of popular rock and roll song of the time with songs from Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley among others. Here in tribute is “Well… Allright”, a Holly song that was also covered by Blind Faith.
Born in 1933 in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, Shepard was raised near Bakersfield, playing in an all female band when she was discovered by Hank Thompson. She signed to Capitol Records in 1952 and joined the Opry in 1955.
A true pioneer of country music, as well as one of the influential female singers behind Kitty Wells, she released 24 records and 73 singles to the Hot Country Charts during her career. When she retired from the Opry last year, she was the first female member with six decades of service in the institution.
A note of interest, she married Hawkshaw Hawkins in 1960. Hawkins would die three years later in the plane crash that killed Patsy Cline.
This record was purchased for one dollar. It was a double record that for some reason, followed a logical side/record allotment (i.e. side 1/2 on one record and 3/4 on the other). It was a sampler of the big country hits of the time from the Capitol label.
It includes such stars as Glen Campbell, Sonny James, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Bobbie Gentry, Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, and Ferlin Husky. It also featured rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson. Many hits songs are contained here including ” Ode to Billy Joe”, “A World of Our Own”, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”, and “Gentle On My Mind”. Overall, it is a good pick for $1.
Here from that record is Shepard with her 1967 resurgence hit, “Heart We Did All That We Could”. Note the light fuzz on the track.
Born Cecil Bustamente Campbell in Kingston Jamaica, Prince Buster was influential in the sound system world of Jamaican music. He pioneered ska and rocksteady in the 1960’s. Moreover, without him, there would be no UK ska revival of the late seventies. Madness took their name from one of his songs and the Specials liberally borrowed from him. Both bands also covered his songs extensively.
I had this 7″ of his in my collection so I am posting it in honor of his passing. From 1967, here is Prince Buster’s “The Ten Commandments”. The B-side of this was “Don’t Make Me To Cry”.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Easter Rebellion in Ireland, when a rag tag group of volunteers hung the Irish flag over the GPO in Dublin. The rebellion was short lived and its leaders were executed but it started the flame that led to the province becoming a nation once again.
I was going to play this album last month during St Paddy’s Day but decided to hold off until today. Here is the Clancy Brothers with a Medley to commemorate what was at the time the 50th anniversary of the uprising. It includes “The Foggy Dew”, O’Casey’s “Drums Under The Windows” and Yeats’ “Easter 1916”. I have heard better medleys on this from the Clancy’s but this will have to do.
I planned to do a better post for this but it is Sunday and I am lazy today.
With 38 #1 hits, Haggard was a legend. He helped define the Bakersfield sound at a time when all country music came from Nashville. He also helped popularize the Outlaw Country movement. Haggard, himself a small time criminal before his recording days, was influenced by Johnny Cash’s visit to San Quentin in 1958. Haggard was a guest of the institution at this time.
Haggard, who died of pneumonia, had been making plans to tour with Willie Nelson . The two had recorded an album in the last year.
I got this early “Best of” compilation for a dollar. This was and probably still is on the jukebox at Big Star Bar as well as many others. In tribute to Haggard, here is my favorite song of his, which is somewhat biographical regarding his time in the pokey, “Mama Tried”.
RIP, Merle Haggard, one of the last of the true country legends.
Emerson was one of the most talented pianists / keyboardists to play music period, not just within the prog rock genre. His flair or showmanship along with his technical ability made him stand out from his peers.
Personally, I think this early performance at the Isle of Wight, which put them collectively on the map. It was only 6 days after their first performance as Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
This album was one dollar. The record says it was recorded at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 1977 although Wikipedia suggests not all songs were from the Montreal show. It is a decent album and has some very good moments from the tour. It was released in 1979.
From the album, here is the show intro followed by ELP’s take on Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”.RIP. Keith.