Date: Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 00:00
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Date: Friday, 30 Nov 2012 00:00
Having apparently exorcised his demons by releasing the cathartic Tonight's the Night, Neil Young returned to his commercial strengths with Zuma (named after Zuma Beach in Los Angeles, where he now owned a house). Seven of the album's nine songs were recorded with the reunited Crazy Horse, in which rhythm guitarist Frank Sampedro had replaced the late Danny Whitten, but there were also nods to other popular Young styles in "Pardon My Heart," an acoustic song that would have fit on Harvest, his most popular album, and "Through My Sails," retrieved from one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's abortive recording sessions.
Date: Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 00:00
Neil Young's most popular album, Harvest benefited from the delay in its release (it took 18 months to complete due to Young's back injury), which whetted his audience's appetite, the disintegration of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Young's three erstwhile partners sang on the album, along with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor), and most of all, a hit single. "Heart of Gold," released a month before Harvest, was already in the Top 40 when the LP hit the stores, and it soon topped the charts.
Date: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 00:00
How I remember Fred Neil is a bit different from how most people remember him, who see him as a blues singer, and remember him as the writer of “Dolphins” (Tim Buckley) and “Every Body’s Talking” (sung by Harry Nilsson in ‘Midnight Cowboy’), and perhaps mentioned as an influence on Bob Dylan, and Stephen Stills guitar playing, or the admiration from Jefferson Airplane (who covered "The Other Side of This Life", a song which Lovin'Spoonful and The Animals also covered) or from David Crosby's.
Date: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 00:00
This is it folks. One of the greatest Neil Diamond albums. It has it all. The laughter, the sorrow, all jam-packed onto one cd at a discount bargain basement price. 'Honey-dripping times' is a nostalgic little ditty about the sweeter moments in life. 'Knackelflerg' is a sped-up love ballad twirling around this carousel we call Life. And 'Holiday Inn Blues' captures the essence of the other side of travelling this great land of ours; leaving the romanticism aside, and getting into the true grit of what being a travelling modern-day minstrel is all about. Buy it and weep.
Date: Monday, 26 Nov 2012 16:35
After a short absence from the nasty world of pop, All Saints could well and truly have been over. The very nature of pop culture dictates that stay out of the spotlight too long, and it will blow out. Luckily, thanks to a delicious William Orbit-produced pop classic - namely the dreamy 'Pure Shores' - the girls were well and truly back on top, ready for stage no. 2 of the All Saints onslaught. 'Saints & Sinners' is significantly different from the girls' 1998 debut. The album is breezier, easier to listen to, and not lost in thick, overly-chunky production.
Date: Monday, 26 Nov 2012 00:00
There's a scene in the film What About Bob in which Bill Murray's character explains the breakup of his marriage by saying, "There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't." Back in the 1960s and 1970s Diamond and the songs he wrote were almost inescapable. Even later, movies such as Pulp Fiction brought his recordings back into popular consciousness. This particular album, while packaged incredibly plainly, includes several of Diamond's best-known 1960s hits, including "Shiloh," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," and "Cherry, Cherry," not to mention "I'm a Believer," a Diamond composition that was a major hit for the Monkees
Date: Friday, 23 Nov 2012 00:00
Recording began in 1966. Smokey Robinson handled much of the production. There is also production from James Dean and William Weatherspoon who would provide material for the The Marvelette's next album. Producers felt that the group needed to offer a sound more mature and developed that contrasted their previous recordings This album contains only two singles: "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (#13 US, # 2 R&B) which was written and produced by Robinson, and its follow-up, a remake of "When You're Young and in Love" (#23 US, #9 R&B, #13 UK) which was the group's only single to reach UK charts. The Marvelettes stopped at #129 US and was more successful on the R&B chart, at #13.
Date: Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 00:00
Tonight's the Night is the debut album by American girl group quartet The Shirelles, released in 1961. It contains the hit song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Although Shirley Owens was the group's main lead singer, Tonight's the Night also features lead vocals by Doris Coley and Beverly Lee; all four members share lead for "Doin' the Ronde". Later on in 1963, "Unlucky" was covered by Dionne Warwick for her debut album. "Boys", which had been the B-side of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and a regional hit on its original release, became better known after it was covered by The Beatles on their debut album Please Please Me in 1963.
Date: Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 21:32
He's a Rebel is the second album issued by girl group The Crystals in 1963, and also the second LP in the Philles catalogue. This was an effort to take an advantage of the monster hit "He's a Rebel" which went to #1 US in 1962, written by Gene Pitney. The song was actually recorded by The Blossoms with Darlene Love on lead vocals and attributed to The Crystals. Notably on the LP is "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)," a withdrawn single by the "real" Crystals group.
Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 00:00
Did the recording history of the Chiffons begin with "He's So Fine" in 1963, or three years earlier, with "Tonight's the Night"? The experts do not seem to agree. What they do agree on is that the group was formed in 1960 at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. Originally they were a trio. The lead singer was Judy Craig (born August 6, 1946) and she sang along with Patricia Bennett (born April 7, 1947) and Babara Lee (born February 6, 1944). A fourth member, Sylvia Peterson (born September 30, 1946), was added in 1962.
Date: Monday, 19 Nov 2012 22:18
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Date: Monday, 19 Nov 2012 00:00
Along with the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas defined the distaff side of the Motown sound in the '60s; their biggest hits, including "Heat Wave," "Dancing in the Street," and "Nowhere to Run," remain among the most potent and enduring dance records of the era.
Date: Friday, 16 Nov 2012 00:00
Please were formed by Peter Dunton and Bernie Jinks in late 1967. They had just returned to Britain from Germany where they had played with Neon Pearl, which also included their third member Jurgen Ermisch. The fourth original member Adrian Gurvitz later co-founded Gun. Unfortunately this line-up left no vinyl legacy or unreleased recordings that have been located behind it. They disbanded in May 1968 when Peter Dunton joined The Flies for whom he wrote both sides of their Magic Train 45.
Date: Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 00:00
This delightful psychedelic artifact is an eclectic, ironic romp through musical styles and show business references, starting with "Welcome to Hollywood." It does show you what Leon Russell was up to before he became a Southwest superstar, and it is also a curiosity in its own right.
Date: Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 00:00
Ilene Rappaport [Lauren Wood] (vocals, guitar, harmonica),
Ilene Novog [aka Novi Novog] (vocals, viola, harpsichord),
Mickey Kapner (guitar, sitar, organ, vocals),
Ernie Eremita (bass, vocals),
Clifford Mandell (percussion, vocals)
Date: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 00:00
Imagine the Mamas and the Papas without the arranging prowess of John Phillips or the powerful voice of Cass Elliot and you get a pretty good idea of what the Deep Six sounded like. During their brief existence, they released one self-titled LP in 1966 on Liberty.
Date: Monday, 12 Nov 2012 00:00
Psychedelic pop band the Nova Local formed on the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina in 1965, comprising singer Randy Winburn, guitarists Joe Mendyk (formerly of the Warlocks) and Phil Lambeth, bassist Jim Opton, keyboardist Cam Schinhan, and drummer Bill Levasseur.
Date: Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 10:00
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