Content tagged 'Rock'
Vanilla Fudge (Album of the Day)
In an era of Strawberry Alarm Clocks and Chocolate Watchbands, Vanilla Fudge stood out as one of the heaviest rock bands, paving the way for such groups as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Deriving their name from an earlier affinity for white soul, Vanilla Fudge made their self-titled 1967 debut on Atco Records, serving up psychedelicized covers of recent songs by the likes of The Beatles ("Eleanor Rigby") and The Supremes ("You Keep Me Hangin' On"), the latter reaching the Top Ten. The stretched-out tempos, thundering rhythms and Hammond organ work may make this set seem a bit like an oldies station on acid, but the musicianship is top-notch throughout (bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice both went on to play with Jeff Beck). The Gold-certified VANILLA FUDGE is a piece of rock history that still sounds sweet.
Wind And Wuthering (Album of the Day)
Forty years ago this month, Genesis' WIND AND WUTHERING blew into record stores. The eighth studio set from the U.K. band would prove the last with guitarist Steve Hackett, who with the core trio of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist Mike Rutherford and vocalist/drummer Phil Collins brought the group's progressive rock phase to a memorable close. A touch less whimsical than its predecessors, the album features Genesis' first U.S.-charting single ("Your Own Special Way"), loads of moody atmosphere and some of the most brilliant instrumental work of the band's career (as on the dazzling epic "One For The Vine"). Banks himself cites the Gold-certified WIND AND WUTHERING as a personal favorite, noting with pride "It's definitely the most musically complex of all our albums, and it has a mysterious quality to it."
Eliminator (Album of the Day)
A blues-rock trio from Texas was hardly the stuff of MTV stardom, but somehow the beards, babes and custom cars made ZZ Top videos irresistible, and 1983's ELIMINATOR became a huge hit. It didn't hurt that the Warner Bros. collection paired the band's trusty guitar riffs with synthesizer sounds then in vogue – or that Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard had come up with one of their best-ever sets of songs. Even without their distinctive visuals, “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin'” were stone classics, and the other eight originals weren't far behind. Gibbons was born on this day in 1949, and we'll celebrate the guitarist's birthday with the Diamond-certified ELIMINATOR.
Bella Donna (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Legendary Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks joined producer Jimmy Iovine to begin recording her solo debut, BELLA DONNA, following the release of the Mac's TUSK and its subsequent tour. Nicks' 1981 collection was quickly certified platinum thanks to classics like “Edge Of Seventeen,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “Leather And Lace” (with Don Henley). Rhino's new triple-disc deluxe edition of the album uncovers unreleased versions of “Edge Of Seventeen” and “Leather And Lace,” as well as rarities like “Blue Lamp” from the Heavy Metal Soundtrack and “Sleeping Angel” from the Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack. BELLA DONNA: DELUXE EDITION also includes a concert from 1981 that features performances of songs from the album along with several Fleetwood Mac favorites.
The Rutles (Album of the Day)
Subhuman Race (Album of the Day)
Buffalo Springfield (Album of the Day)
Fifty years ago today, Buffalo Springfield released their self-titled debut for Atco Records. The quintet was a supergroup in hindsight, with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay among the line-up, and this landmark album brims with outstanding songs, stirring vocals and fiery guitar work. The set presents the sometimes-fractious band at its most cohesive on such soon-to-be classics as “For What It's Worth” (a Top Ten hit inspired by the Sunset Strip riots), “Sit Down I Think I Love You” and “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong.” Created as folk-rock was about to branch off into country-rock, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD inspired scores of followers, but few others ever captured the excitement heard on this 1966 collection.
Love (w/Bonus Tracks) (Album of the Day)
Led by quixotic singer-songwriter Arthur Lee, Love was the first rock act signed to Elektra Records, and helped set the scene for the groovy Sunset Strip sounds of the mid-1960s. The quintet's eponymous debut offers a heady mix of garage and folk-rock; such fiery originals as “Can't Explain” and “My Flash On You” are perfectly balanced by moody ballads like “A Message To Pretty” and “Signed D.C.” The latter song can be heard in an alternate version, along with non-LP B-side “No. Fourteen,” on the bonus track version of this seminal set. It's more than just a perfect time capsule of its era – with its mind-expanding spirit, LOVE is what the world needs now.
Sail Away (Album of the Day)
Randy Newman's debut album featured orchestral arrangements, 12 SONGS a rock band setting, and a live follow-up was just the singer-songwriter and his piano. “Then came SAIL AWAY, in which I combined the three elements that made the earlier albums such failures,” joked Newman of his third studio collection. While not a commercial hit on release (it's been a consistent seller in years since), the 1972 Reprise release drew reams of critical praise, and justifiably so. From the opening title track to closing “God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind).” this is among the darkest, funniest and most insightful set of songs ever recorded. SAIL AWAY was named one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, and we'll give the sardonic masterpiece another spin today in honor of Randy Newman's birthday.