Content tagged 'Rock'
Deep Purple In Rock (Album of the Day)
ZZ Top Fandango [Expanded & Remastered] (Album of the Day)
Waiting For Columbus [Live Deluxe] (Album of the Day)
Time And Again: The Ultimate a-ha (Album of the Day)
The Best of The Specials (Album of the Day)
La Bamba (Album of the Day)
Though he was only 17 when he died (in the same plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper), Ritchie Valens was an inspiration for Latino rockers, particularly in his native Los Angeles. So it's only fitting that when producers of a Valens biopic needed to recreate eight of his songs, they turned to L.A.'s own Los Lobos. While the film includes some fine period music, the new recordings on the LA BAMBA original motion picture soundtrack are truly something special; Los Lobos' versions of “Come On, Let's Go” and the title track became two of the band's biggest hits (Marshall Crenshaw and Brian Setzer also offer wonderful covers of Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran classics, respectively). A feel-good look at the early days of rock 'n' roll, both the movie and its music were successful – the chart-topping LA BAMBA soundtrack was released on this day in 1987.
Chicago 16 (Album of the Day)
Released 35 years ago this month, CHICAGO 16 marked a new era for the legendary band. The 1982 set was the group's first for Warner Bros., and introduced a couple of new members: guitarist Bill Champlin and drummer Danny Seraphine. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first Chicago album produced by David Foster, whose meticulous craftsmanship and adult contemporary instincts put the focus on the septet's gentler side. Singer Peter Cetera's stock rose accordingly, and his ballads “Love Me Tomorrow” and “Hard to Say I'm Sorry” came to define the album – the latter was the band's second No.1 hit. A Top Ten, Platinum-certified smash, CHICAGO 16 set the group's course for the rest of the decade, and with its high-tech sheen and appealing songs, the collection still goes down easy.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Album of the Day)
Air Conditioning (Album of the Day)
Upon the November 1970 release of Curved Air's debut, AIR CONDITIONING, Melody Maker enthused “”At last, something utterly and without doubt a revelation … There's not one boring moment.” It's hard to argue with the U.K. music magazine on that; the 10 originals here blend progressive (“It Happened Today”), classical (“Vivaldi”) and experimental (the band drew their name from Terry Riley's work) influences in consistently inventive ways. Among the first picture discs in rock, the collection features a formidable frontwoman in Sonja Kristina and terrific instrumental performances from guitarist/keyboardist Francis Monkman and violinist Darryl Way. With eccentric arrangements but catchy songs, AIR CONDITIONING may be Curved Air's most accessible album, and it reached the Top 10 in the band's native England.