Content tagged 'Rock'
Song Cycle (Album of the Day)
If working side-by-side with Brian Wilson on the follow-up to The Beach Boys' PET SOUNDS didn't intimidate Van Dyke Parks, nothing would, and the singer-songwriter's 1967 debut is among the most ambitious recordings of that epochal year. SONG CYCLE attempts nothing less than to encapsulate all of American popular music, looking back decades to bring bluegrass, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and more into the rock era. Produced by Lenny Waronker, the Warner Bros. concept album pushed label budgets and studio technology to their limits, with elaborate orchestral arrangements coloring Parks' impressionistic snapshots of Southern California. Van Dyke Parks was born on this day in 1943, and we'll give SONG CYCLE another spin in his honor.
Paranoid (Remastered) (Album of the Day)
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.”
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (Album of the Day)
As longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have written, recorded and performed some of the most popular and enduring music of all time. The two have now joined together for their first-ever album as a duo, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE. The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined the Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” concerts; the pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. Led by the single “In My World,” the new album features 10 songs cut at Los Angeles' The Village Studios (where Fleetwood Mac recorded several classic albums), and bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined the duo for the sessions. A showcase for their stunning talent, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE will be loved and enjoyed by Fleetwood Mac and music fans the world over.
Long Strange Trip (2CD version) (Album of the Day)
LONG STRANGE TRIP is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision, perpetual innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that made the Grateful Dead one of the most influential musical groups of its generation. The soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed film offers a career-spanning collection of studio and live recordings from the Bay Area band that includes several unreleased performances. Co-produced by director Amir Bar-Lev and Dead archivist David Lemieux, the 2-CD set pairs classic studio tracks like "Ripple" and "Touch Of Grey" with such dynamic live performances as "He's Gone" and "St. Stephen," and the half-dozen previously unreleased cuts include a legendary Fillmore East version of “Dark Star.” Both the film and the LONG STRANGE TRIP soundtrack offer a taste of everything that makes the Grateful Dead magical.
The Envoy (Album of the Day)
Warren Zevon's final album for Elektra Records, THE ENVOY, delivered another dose of the edgy intelligence and sardonic humor that were the singer-songwriter's trademarks. Recorded with such top session players as guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Leland Sklar, along with famous friends including Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley and Graham Nash, the performances are as sharp as the lyrics on these nine originals. Drug dealers (“Charlie's Medicine”), shuttle diplomats (the title track) and Elvis Presley (“Jesus Mentioned”) are among the many fascinating characters - and perhaps stand-ins for personal demons - peopling the 1982 collection. THE ENVOY was released 35 years ago this month, and it's an excellent reminder of how much Warren Zevon's distinctive voice is missed these days.
Ain't Love Grand (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Released 32 years ago this month, AIN'T LOVE GRAND is as sarcastic a title as you're likely to find in the X discography - released just after singer-songwriters Exene and John Doe got divorced, the Elektra collection is filled with emotional turmoil. The set proved transitional in other ways, too, being the final studio album with original guitarist Billy Zoom. And after four albums produced by Ray Manzarek, the quartet brought '80s metal specialist Michael Wagener behind the boards for these sessions. For all the changes, the songwriting remains as brilliant as ever, with highlights including “What's Wrong With Me,” “My Goodness” and minor hit “Burning House Of Love” (which earned the group an appearance on TV's American Bandstand). The Deluxe Edition of AIN'T LOVE GRAND adds four bonus tracks, including demo and extended versions of album cuts and a cover of The Replacements' “I Will Dare.”
Ride The Lightning (Album of the Day)
With their second studio album, lightning struck for Metallica – released on this day in 1984, RIDE THE LIGHTNING would earn the band a label deal with Elektra and set them on the path to heavy metal stardom. Cut in Copenhagen, Denmark with co-producer Flemming Rasmussen, the collection was a major step forward from the quartet's debut; the arrangements display greater harmonic complexity, and James Hetfield's lyrics have broadened in scope to touch upon social issues including the terrors of modern war (“For Whom The Bell Tolls”) and capital punishment (the title track). Metallica's bold sonic experimentation was all the more impressive given that the band's gear had been stolen three weeks before they hit Denmark, and tour commitments gave them less than a month in the studio. Despite these hurdles, RIDE THE LIGHTNING went on to become a thrash metal milestone.
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.