Monday, March 19, 2018

Playlist for 3/19

Eric Clapton - Life In 12 Bars (Documentary)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lonestar:1984-1989 (Documentary)
Word Is Bond (Documentary)
Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja (Documentary)
Superchunk - What A Time to Be Alive
Calexico - Thread That Keeps Us
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love
Yacht Rock Book - Greg Prato (Book)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Playlist for 3/13

Brandi Carlile - By The Way, I Forgive You
Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary - American Grandstand
I'm With Her - See You Around
Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth
Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One
Charles Lloyd - Passin' Thru
Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tom's Top 20 Albums of 1998

Here we are in 2018, and 1998 still feels like it just happened.  So, let's get nostalgic and take a look at some of the albums that I loved in 1998.

1.  Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
2.  Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
3.  Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
4.  New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
5.  Chris Knight - s/t
6.  Elliott Smith - XO
7.  Outkast - Aquemini
8.  Madonna - Ray of Light
9.  Air - Moon Safari
10.  Maxwell - Embrya
11.  PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
12.  Jay-Z - Vol. 2..Hard Knock Life
13.  Willie Nelson - Teatro
14.  Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
15.  Belle & Sebastian - Boy With The Arab Strap
16.  Hole - Celebrity Skin
17.  Beck - Mutations
18.  Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
19.  Bob Dylan - Live 1966
20.  Mavericks - Trampoline

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Playlist for 3/8

Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas - World of Captain Beefheart
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa- Black Coffee
Jon Savage's 1965 - Various
Beside Bowie: Mick Ronson Story (Documentary)
John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken Live From The Chicago Theatre (Documentary)
Bad Company: 40th Anniversary (Documentary)
Classic Pop Presents Elton John (Special Edition Magazine)
Classic Pop Presents Stevie Wonder (Special Edition Magazine)

Monday, March 05, 2018

RIP Russ Solomon

Tower Records was a special store.  I first became aware of it when I moved to California from Germany in 1975.  I kept hearing about this store in the San Francisco Bay Area that had every record (not that much of an exaggeration) you wanted.  But it was an hour away, and who would drive me there?

The Monterey Peninsula did have one interesting Record store in the 70's, Odyssey Records.  From the inside it seemed to pattern itself after Tower Records.  Like a smaller version.  

It wasn't until the Summer of '77 that I finally made it to Tower.  The first album I bought there was the Isley Brothers' Go For Your Guns.  But I also remember them having a display of that week's Billboard Hot 100 singles.  As someone who had just subscribed to Billboard that year, this was an amazing thing to see.  

Trips to Tower after that were sparse.  Not until 1982, when I got my drivers license did I go back on a regular basis.  And in the years after, started to go monthly.  It was around this time that I began to get interested in Rock 'n' Roll history.  And what better store to stock up on catalog titles then Tower.  Time rolled along and I continued to go there once a month.  But then suddenly it was over.  Tower shut down (I went one last time before they closed).  A victim of the Internet and lower priced stores like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart. 

But we could use a store like Tower nowadays.  CD's are getting hard to find (in my neighborhood anyway), and online has become the only way to shop for them.  The stores that I mentioned above?  They are dwindling their CD sales to the bare minimum titles.  

Tower's not coming back, but Russ Solomon's death Sunday at 92 years old, did bring out a bunch of nostalgic feelings among us avid record buyers.

It was a hell of a record store.

For more on Solomon check out the 2015 documentary All Things Must Pass: Rise and Fall of Tower Records

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Playlist for 3/1

Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
Fall -  Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth A F  (Documentary 1977)
Stax Country - Various
John Prine - September 78
Rick Springfield - Snake King
Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods
James Hunter - Whatever It Takes

Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Shoulda Been A Bigger Hit" Poll (2018 Edition)

Once again I voted in this poll.  This is from a Facebook group I'm part of called I.R.S. ("It Really Shoulda" been a bigger hit!).  In the past they wanted only songs that missed the Top 10. Now it's any song you think should have charted higher.  But I still like the original concept better.  So, all of my choices below peaked outside the Top 10.  Lists can go up to 100 songs. 

1.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2.  Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
3.  Tiny Dancer - Elton John
4.  Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - Fortunes
5.  Take It Easy - Eagles
6.  Always and Forever - Heatwave
7.  At Last - Etta James
8.  Tracks of My Tears - Miracles
9.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
10. I Melt With You -  Modern English
11. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
12. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14. Baby I Need You Loving - Four Tops
15. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
16. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
17. This Magic Moment - Drifters
18. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
19. Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
20. Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
24. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. What I Like About You - Romantics
26. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
27. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
28. Sex Machine - James Brown
29. Operator - Jim Croce
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
32. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
33. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
34. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
35. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
36. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
37. Hold On I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave
38. SOS - Abba
39. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
40. Super Freak - Rick James
41. All My Loving  - Beatles
42. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
43. Fever - Little Willie John
44. For The Good Times - Ray Price
45. It's A Shame - Spinners
46. Wild Night - Van Morrison
47. Lies - Knickerbockers
48. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
49. Piano Man - Billy Joel
50. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
51. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
52. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
53. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
54. Sincerely - Moonglows
55. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
56. So Very Hard To Go - Tower of Power
57. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
58. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
59. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
60. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
61. Wild World - Cat Stevens
62. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
63. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
64. Into The Night - Benny Mardones
65. Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt
66. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
67. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
68. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
69. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
70. Faithfully - Journey
71. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
72. Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers
73. I've Been Lonely Too Long - Rascals
74. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
75. You Are My Lady - Freddie Jackson
76. Strange Magic - ELO
77. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
78. Games People Play - Joe South
79. Just What I Needed - Cars
80. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners
81. My Mistake - Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
82. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
83. Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
84. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
85. Undun - Guess Who
86. Steppin' Stone - Monkees
87. So Far Away - Carole King
88. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
89. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
90. Disco Inferno - Trammps
91. It's My Life - Animals
92. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
93. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
94. Killer Queen - Queen
95. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
96. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
97. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
98. Oye Como Va - Santana
99. Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers
100. Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
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