My wife and I were on our Honeymoon in Toronto, staying at the Delta Cheslea Hotel downtown. The clock radio was playing a local station as we were getting ready to head out and experience Canada’s biggest city on our first morning there. Through the tiny speaker next to the bed, a guitar riff grabbed my ear, and I stood motionless, listening to one of the best new songs I had heard in a long time. It was a straight forward R&B tinged rocker, and it kicked! The DJ said it was “Three Pistols,” off “Road Apples,” the new album by local heroes, The Tragically Hip. I made a mental note to check them out further when my new bride and I got back to the U.S.
When the radio station went into a commercial break, I decided to go out on the balcony and take a look out onto Young Street. As I gazed across the road, glaring back at me was a huge record above an even bigger record store – “Sam The Record Man.” I told my wife of only a couple of days then (over 25 years now) that I was going there to get that album by that band before we went back home. She just shook her head, knowing full well that I would. And, on our last day in Toronto, before heading to the train station, that’s what I did.
And that’s how I discovered The Tragically Hip.
T. Rex combined folk rock, psychedelic rock, and glam rock to produce a totally unique sound. The Slider was released in 1972 to and received both critical and popular praise.
The front and back cover photographs were taken by Ringo Starr while he was filming a documentary about the band.
The distinct and powerful voice of Florence Welch helped propel Florence And The Machine’s 2009 debut, Lungs, to number 2 on the UK album charts. But it’s that voice combined with complex musical arrangements that make this album really grab your ear. Not to mention, it is one of the best stereo mixes I have heard in recent years.
Some of the songs have sharp contrasts between the music and lyrics, drawing the listener in with upbeat chords and melodies and then slamming them in the face with lyrics about darker topics, like domestic violence.
The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers in 1971. It was their first album on their own Rolling Stones record label. The album cover was designed by pop artist Andy Warhol and featured a real working zipper.
The album garnered multiple hits for the band and is considered by many to be their best album.
Some bands aren’t really bands at all, but really just one person with amazing talent. The The was really just Matt Johnson…until “they” became so popular that a proper touring band had to be put together in the late ’80s.
I have to admit, I did not like this record the first time I listened to it. The next time I gave it a chance, months later, I was like “WTF was I NOT hearing???”
One of my all time favorite albums now.
Lesson learned: NEVER write off an album after just one listen.
In the 80s, The Cure established themselves as a mainstay, and one of the most popular groups in alternative rock. The double LP, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” was panned by many critics, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the Cure’s most successful albums.
According to Robert Smith, the album almost failed to happen as there was a fire in the building where he had all the as yet unrecorded lyrics written down. He actually went into the burning building to retrieve the them so they would not be lost forever.
You would think that in today’s “connected” world it would be impossible for someone to disappear without a trace, without anyone noticing for years. That’s what happened with Joyce Carol Vincent, who died of natural causes, in her London apartment, in 2003. She wasn’t discovered until 2006.
Her story became the inspiration for the songs on Steven Wilson’s 2015 Grammy nominated album, “Hand.Cannot.Erase.”
Beautifully powerful, yet in the same realm, hauntingly sad.
A modern masterpiece.
One of the best-selling albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was more than just a collection of songs. It was a concept album about things in life that drive us mad.
Death, competitiveness, time, racism, war, and money are all topics covered within the songs.
And other tales from…well, you know where.
The J. Geils Band always considered Detroit to be a second home. Probably because Detroit audiences loved their combination of rock, blues, funk, And soul. Not to mention we love to party – and their ain’t no party like a J. Geils party.
I saw them at Pine Knob, in the days before sound curfews, and they did seven encores before the venue cut the power to the stage (partypoopers).
…hmmmm…maybe that’s why they have sound curfews now.
If you love music, this is for you.
If you love vinyl records, this is for you.
If you love the sound of vinyl records over CDs and MP3s, this is for you.