Today we have two great Holiday vocal performances. First up is a beautiful Beach Boys song called Morning Christmas. From what I have been able to determine, this song was pretty mostly a solo effort by Dennis Wilson, the most overlooked of the three Wilson brothers that were the foundation for the Beach Boys. Let’s listen…….
Next up is On This Christmas Morning, a beautiful song as performed by the incredible Moody Blues. I think you will like it!
My special gift to you today is Dennis Wilson’s only solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, which was released in 1977. The album was critically acclaimed and provided Dennis with some well deserved attention after being overshadowed by his brothers Brian and Carl for most of his career. In a case of unbelievable irony, Dennis, the only Beach Boy that lived the surfing lifestyle that Brian Wilson wrote about, drowned in 1983.
RIP Dennis! Here is a tribute to Dennis prepared as part of this years 50th anniversary celebration for the Beach Boys.
Today is a big day.
In case you missed it, NASA successfully landed a rover named Curiosity on Mars early this morning. I stayed up till 1:30AM to watch the landing and see the first pictures.
An absolutely amazing accomplishment…….congratulations NASA!
Adding to this festive occasion is the fact that it is time for Long Song Tuesday. How to celebrate??
Of course……how about a little Klaatu! Let’s listen…..
Its pretty funny to look back and remember that a lot of folks thought that Klaatu was the Beatles reunited under a different name. I don’t see the similarity…how about you?
Oh, one more thing…. this is my 150th post! I think that deserves a bonus Klaatu song.
As a lover of all things Canadian I should probably point out that Klaatu is a Canadian band.
Gerard, this Blog’s most loyal reader and commenter, posted a comment regarding Buckingham Nicks. He suggested that we checkout the Coffee House Demos which are available on CD so we all need to be on the look out for that. If you track a copy down, please let me know your thoughts about it.
I also wanted to let everyone know that there is a lot of good Buckingham Nicks music and pictures available from the following site:
To get to the good stuff click the Buckingham Nicks picture at the top of the page. Maybe the most interesting thing on the site are live tracks from the Buckingham Nicks last two concerts before they joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Check them out. You can’t beat the price….its free!
The Outlaws, like Lynryd Skynrd who we discussed in an earlier post, came out of Florida in the late 1960s. There were lots of personnel changes, and aborted recording efforts, before the group was “discovered” by Clive Davis at a 1974 concert where they were the opening act for Lynyrd Skynrd. Clive subsequently signed them as the first act for his new Arista record label and the Outlaws were finally on their way.
Yesterday we talked about the classic dual lead guitar sound from the Outlaws but I didn’t mention that the Outlaws actually had three guitarist. This set them apart from a lot of other southern rock bands, like the Allman Brothers, that only had two. i have to say that seeing the three guitarist lined up across the stage at one of their concerts was quite a sight!
We sampled the Outlaw’s first album yesterday, today we will sample their second (Lady in Waiting) and third albums (Hurry Sundown). These first three albums represent the best that the group had to offer. First up is a change of pace from their second album called Girl From Ohio. This song highlights the group’s country side and their nice vocal harmonies. These harmonies were yet another element of their sound that made it unique.
My favorite Outlaws song is Hurry Sundown which is from their third album. This song includes great harmonies and the wonderful Outlaw guitar sound making it the perfect song…. in my opinion! Let’s listen……
If you enjoyed the Outlaw songs featured over the past two days I highly recommend that you pick up their first three albums. You will not regret it.
A band called the Outlaws continues to perform today but this band, for the most part, is not made up of the musicians that formed the classic Outlaw lineup. Unfortunately many of the original members, like lead singer and guitarist Hughie Tomasson, have died.
Let me know what you think.
Yesterday we had our 1,000th visitor to the blog. I truly appreciate everyone that reads the blog and will continue to work hard to provide you with posts that will make you want to keep coming back.
As we move forward please help by spreading the word to your friends and co-workers that enjoy music. Thanks again to everyone and here is your bonus post!
As you will remember, when we talked about Poco Randy Meisner was kicked out the band before the first Poco album was released. Randy landed on his feet and became part of Ricky Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. This historic video highlights a couple of Ricky Nelson songs from around 1970, with Randy in the band.
We will hear a lot more about Randy in later posts in The California Sound series.
Yesterday you heard the tribute…today I give you the real thing. In my opinion, the best jazz album of all time. As you listen, think about the fact that this album was recorded in a single recording session. Amazing stuff!
One of the key missions of this blog is to introduce readers to great music that they have never heard. In keeping with that mission I have a real treat for you today. Take a listen and then we will chat…
it was 1977 and the Steve Gibbons Band was cool…the music, Steve’s voice, the Band’s look, and the songs all way cool. Their coolness helped me make it through graduate school and I loved the music from their first two albums (Any Road Up and Rollin On). Unfortunately, that coolness never translated into sales, especially in the US. They had a minor hit with Chuck Berry’s Tulane from the Rollin On album and that was pretty much it with regards to commercial success.
To put things in perspective, it’s not like they didn’t get a fair shake, they did. They were managed by the Who management team, Pete Entwistle produced their first album, and they toured with the Who but for some reason they never broke through commercially. As with Elliott Murphy (discussed in an earlier post) the lack of commercial success does nothing to diminish the value of the music of the Steve Gibbons Band. The first two albums for Polydor were excellent and represented their artistic peak. The band soldiered on for a number of years and Steve continues as an active performer to this day but, in my opinion, the magic of those first two albums was never equaled.
I have the two albums on vinyl but luckily for you the two albums are available on Amazon in a two CD re-release by RGF Records. I strongly suggest you pick it up. I think you will enjoy the music as I have over the past 30 years. If you are lucky, some of their coolness might rub off on you.