Content tagged '70s'
America (Album of the Day)
Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek met as teenagers in London, where their fathers were stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Though one of them was English, the trio christened themselves America, and their sound owes much to the soft rock then becoming popular on the U.S west coast. The band's self-titled debut for Warner Bros. features rich harmonies and inventive acoustic guitar work on a fine set of originals including “Sandman” “Three Roses” and “I Need You.” The collection was originally released at the end of 1971, but after the group's “Horse With No Name” topped the U.S. singles chart, that track was quickly added to the album, which itself reached No. 1 and went platinum. Today we'll give another spin to one of the very best '70s soft rock albums in celebration of AMERICA.
40 (Album of the Day)
Following its self-titled debut in 1977, Foreigner went on to record some of rock’s most enduring anthems; the group has 10 multi-platinum albums to its credit and is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales in excess of 75 million. Rhino celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of rock’s most popular acts with the new career-spanning compilation 40, a double-disc set that features 40 hits from 40 years. The collection brings together the best songs from Foreigner’s nine studio albums, including all 16 of its Top 30 hits: “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded,” the #1 smash “I Want To Know What Love Is” and more. All prior recordings have been remastered, and 40 also features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, “Give My Life For Love” and a new version of “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.”
Foghat Live (Album of the Day)
The 1970s represented a golden age for both arena rock and live albums, and the two intersect to magnificent effect on FOGHAT LIVE. The half-dozen songs on the 1977 Bearsville collection push blues 'n' boogie into overdrive, offering plenty of room for "Lonesome" Dave Peverett's rafter-rattling vocals and Rod Price's slide guitar to stretch out. Recorded at the peak of Foghat's popularity, the concert included all their best-known songs (“Slow Ride,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Fool For The City”) with fresh arrangements that often surpass the studio versions. Released 40 years ago this month, the double-Platinum FOGHAT LIVE was the U.K. quartet's best-selling album, and one listen makes it easy to hear why.
Prince (Album of the Day)
Prince was far from a household name when he released his eponymous second album, but in hindsight, the bold combination of R&B, funk and rock that would make him a global superstar was already coming into place. PRINCE was virtually a one-man-show, and the performer displayed significant growth as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist in the short time since his debut. “I Feel For You” would later provide a hit for Chaka Khan, and with “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” released on this day in 1979, Prince scored his first Top 40 single. If the lyrics are less explicit than they would soon become, these songs are no less sexy, coaxed along by seductive vocals and some dazzling guitar work (check out the riffage on “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”). PRINCE certainly hints at future glories, but the Platinum-certified collection is also a mighty fine listen in its own right.
CANDY-O (EXPANDED EDITION) (Album of the Day)
Following the massive success of The Cars' multi-platinum debut, the quintet teamed up once again with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen) to record CANDY-O. The album was released in the summer of 1979 and became a huge hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard album chart and eventually earned quadruple-platinum certification in the U.S. alone. The 11 tracks include such favorites as “It's All I Can Do,” “Dangerous Type” and “Let's Go,” which was the band's first Top 15 hit on the Billboard singles chart. The new CANDY-O: EXPANDED EDITION adds seven bonus tracks; among the highlights are unreleased alternate mixes of "Let's Go" and "Lust For Kicks," as well as the previously unissued song "They Won't See You (The Northern Studios Version)."
Earth, Wind & Fire (Album of the Day)
Earth, Wind & Fire had a long string of R&B and pop smashes for Columbia in the 1970s and 1980s – so long, in fact, that many forget the band started out on Warner Bros. Drawing their name from leader Maurice White's astrological sign (Sagittarius), the group and its 1971 debut EARTH, WIND & FIRE served up humanistic lyrics and an inclusive musical vision well-described by those three elements. Featuring a 10-piece lineup including top Chicago and L.A. instrumentalists, these seven songs hew closer to raw funk than the group's later output, but “Fan The Fire,” minor hit “Love Is Life” and closer “Bad Tune” show EWF's playing was already sublime. The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on this day in 1995, and anyone interested in their work beyond a best-of ought to give EARTH, WIND & FIRE a listen.
I Got A Name (Album of the Day)
By the time of I GOT A NAME, Jim Croce's name was well established as a hitmaker and storyteller par excellence. Unfortunately, this fifth album would prove to be his last - the beloved singer-songwriter died in a plane crash on this day in 1973, a few months before the collection's release. While the tragic circumstances may have influenced sales of the Cashman-West-produced set (which reached No.2 on the Billboard chart), the high quality of the 11 tracks were sufficient to ensure success. The classic title number (originally recorded for the film The Last American Hero), “I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” and “Workin' At The Car Wash Blues” were all Top 40 singles, and even the deepest album cuts shine with humanity and fine craftsmanship. As we remember Jim Croce, I GOT A NAME is a poignant reminder of the enduring appeal of his music.
Vol. 4 (Album of the Day)
"For me, SNOWBLIND was one of Black Sabbath's best-ever albums – although the record company wouldn't let us keep the title,” noted singer Ozzy Osbourne of VOL. 4. The original title track is a nod to the British quartet's cocaine binge during the set's recording at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, but the other nine songs show the band on a creative binge. With the group – guitarist Tony Iommi in particular – taking the reins of production, the arrangements are more varied than ever; from keyboard ballad “Changes” to the thundering “Supernaut” to the neo-classical instrumental “Laguna Sunrise,” this is Sabbath at their most ambitious and eclectic. Released 45 years ago today, VOL. 4 has been cited by the likes of Kerrang! and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, and we're in total agreement.
Sparks (Album of the Day)
Rock's favorite pair of oddballs, Sparks was formed in the late 1960s by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, on keyboards and vocals, respectively. The duo started out as Halfnelson, and it was under that moniker that they entered the studio with producer Todd Rundgren to cut their eponymous debut for Bearsville. The 1971 album failed to connect in the marketplace until the boys changed their name to Sparks, signed with Warner Bros. and reissued the set a year later – at which point SPARKS earned a minor regional hit (in Alabama, of all places) with “Wonder Girl.” Guitarist Earle Mankey, his bassist brother Jim and drummer Harley Feinstein fill out the sound on these 11 originals, and the band is as tight as it is quirky. The clever lyrics, falsetto singing and willingness to mash-up pop genres that would make the Maels cult heroes are in full bloom on SPARKS, and we'll give the set another spin now to wish Russell a happy birthday!
Tusk (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
After RUMOURS became one of the biggest sellers of the 1970s, Fleetwood Mac earned creative carte blanche for their next album and put it to good use on TUSK. The expansive 1979 collection is the most experimental release in the Mac catalog, though the music remains highly accessible - both “Sara” and the title track were Top Ten singles, and the Grammy-nominated album sold more than four million copies worldwide. The Deluxe Edition of the seminal set delves deep into the vaults with five CDs including the remastered original, an alternate version of the album made up of session outtakes (most previously unissued), an assortment of singles, demos and remixes, and two discs of unreleased performances from London, Tucson, and St. Louis stops on the supporting tour - a more than brilliant way to celebrate Lindsey Buckingham's birthday.