Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chris Squire

I didn't become a Yes fan until the early 90's.  A friend of mine turned me on to them and the whole Prog Rock genre.  I certainly knew of their music.  But I kept a distance from their non-hits.  Once I started listening to their back catalog I was converted.  I'm guessing my reluctance to embrace Prog was brought on by reading Rolling Stone, Christgau's Consumer Guide and other music mags were dismissive of the genre.

Yet, Prog has outlasted all the critics that took shots at it.  True, the laggards at the Rock Hall waited until 2010 to induct their first Prog act, Genesis.  And only inducted Rush after their fans threatened to take over the place  (not true, but could have been if they waited any longer).    But those two victories were hard fought.  And the genre is still waiting for more of its acts to get in:  Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, King Crimson and of course Yes.  Finally nominated in 2014 after twenty years of eligibility they were again off the ballot last year.  

Chris Squire had an amazing career with Yes.  A founding member who played on all their albums.  The only one their from the beginning.  And his death has shone a spotlight on just how great a bass player he was.  The sad part is that another artist who should have been inducted into the Rock Hall years ago now will get in posthumously.  Squire once said he wasn't losing sleep over the snub. Let's hope his death will shine a new spotlight on Yes and Squire's music.  His was quite a Prog Rock legacy.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Playlist for 6/25

John Anderson - Goldmine
Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
Blur - s/t
Saun & Starr - Look Closer
Miguel - Wildheart

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Dad's Record Collection

My Dad played a big part in my own eclectic tastes in music. So, here's a Father's Day gift in his memory.  Below is a list, as I remember it, of his vinyl collection.  I heard these records many times. Lots of Country and Pop vocalists.  I may be missing a few titles.  Most are from the early 70's.  I've got some of these in my own collection, but many of these are out of print and have never been released on CD or digitally (as of June 2015).

Elvis Presley - Elvis (1973)
Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii
Elvis Presley - Raised On Rock
Elvis Presley - Legendary Performer Vol. 2
Jerry Lee Lewis - Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough
Chuck Berry - San Francisco Dues
Neil Diamond - Tap Root Manuscript
Engelbert Humperdinck - After The Lovin'
Tom Jones - Body and Soul of
Tom Jones - Greatest Hits (bought at concert my parents attended)
Johnny Mathis - I'm Coming Home
Tommy Overstreet - Heaven Is My Woman's Love
Merle Haggard - His 30th Album
Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee
Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December
Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag
Charley Pride - 10th Album
Charley Pride - Sings Heart Songs
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man
Loretta Lynn - Entertainer of the Year
Johnny Rodriguez - All I Ever Meant To Do Was Sing
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Let's Build A World Together
Charlie Rich - Very Special Love Songs
Charlie Rich - Tomorrow Night
Tom T. Hall - In Search Of A Song
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Full Moon
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Jim Ed Brown - Morning
Don Gibson - Snap Your Fingers
Hank Williams Jr. - After You/Pride's Not Hard To Swallow
Jerry Reed - Lord Mr. Ford
Shirley Bassey - Never, Never, Never
Fifth Dimension -Age of Aquarius

(8 tracks)
Rod McKuen - New Ballads
San Sebastian Strings - The Sea
Elvis Presley - Love Letters From
Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell  - s/t

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Playlist for 6/17

Shamir - Ratchet
Debarge - All This Love
Allen Stone - Radius
Brandon Flowers - Desired Effect
Shakey Graves - And The War Came

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Playlist for 6/13

Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv
John Moreland - High On Tulsa Heat
Gibson Brothers - Brotherood
Jerry Lawson - Just A Mortal Man
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - So Delicious
Della Mae - s/t

Monday, June 08, 2015

Playlist for 6/8

Shelby Lynne- I Can't Imagine
Rhett Miller - Traveler
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Minds
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Traveling Kind
Supreme Jubilees - It'll All Be Over

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Playlist for 6/3

Beth Hart - Better Than Home
Chris Stapleton - Traveller
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen - Hold My Beer
James Booker - Gonzo: Live 1976
Van Hunt - Fun Rises Fun Sets
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