Content tagged '70s'
Ananda Shankar (Album of the Day)
A nephew of the great Ravi Shankar, Ananda Shankar was himself a gifted sitar player - and perhaps even more dedicated than his uncle to bridging the gap between Eastern and Western musics. Released in 1970 on Reprise, his self-titled debut featured Indian classical tracks side-by-side with sitar-driven instrumental versions of rock hits (“Light My Fire” and a gloriously over-the-top “Jumpin' Jack Flash”). With psychedelic production touches and early Moog synthesizer work (from collaborator Paul Lewinson), it may qualify as an exploitation album, but like the best releases in that vein, its guilty pleasures are many, and hip club DJs have gotten a lot of mileage out of these funky grooves. Rightfully included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, ANANDA SHANKAR is masterfully played and thoroughly enjoyable.
Unattended Luggage (Album of the Day)
A co-founding member of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason is the only constant member of the legendary group, performing on all of their albums as well as all of their live shows. For the first time in over 20 years, Mason's solo albums are available again in the limited edition UNATTENDED LUGGAGE. The new 3-disc boxed set contains 1981 solo debut NICK MASON'S FICTITIOUS SPORTS, 1985's PROFILES (made with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn) and the 1987 British thriller soundtrack WHITE OF THE EYE (also cut with Fenn). Arriving on the heels of rapturously received tour performances with his band Saucerful Of Secrets, UNATTENDED LUGGAGE is a further celebration of Nick Mason and his undeniably significant contribution to music.
The Song Remains the Same (Remastered/Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Led Zeppelin was at the peak of its powers in July 1973 when the group's performances at New York's Madison Square Garden were recorded for the concert film THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME. Cut during the band's tour for then-current studio album HOUSES OF THE HOLY, the soundtrack is packed with electrifying live versions of Zep classics including “Rock and Roll,” “Stairway To Heaven,” “No Quarter,” “Moby Dick,” “Dazed And Confused” and “Celebration Day.” Arriving in stores 50 years after the foursome's first performance together, a new Deluxe Edition of THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME features a 24-page booklet and newly remastered sound supervised by band guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.
Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need (Best Of) (Album of the Day)
During the Grateful Dead's legendary 30-year run, the band often visited its northern neighbors in Portland, Seattle and occasionally even Vancouver. Nonetheless, official live recordings from those cities have been rare until the new PACIFIC NORTHWEST '73-'74: BELIEVE IT IF YOU NEED IT. Excerpted from a larger “complete recordings” boxed set, the 3-CD compilation features some of the best performances by the post-Pigpen lineup in advance of their releases of WAKE OF THE FLOOD and FROM THE MARS HOTEL. Along with highlights from those albums, PACIFIC NORTHWEST '73-'74 includes some of the most famous moments in Grateful Dead live history, among them the Vancouver '73 “Bird Song,” the Portland '74 “Truckin'” jam, and the 47-minute “Playing In The Band” from Seattle '74 – all mastered from the original tapes.
Chicago II - Live On Soundstage (Album of the Day)
Originally released in January 1970, CHICAGO II was a major breakthrough for the legendary rock band with horns and features some of the group's biggest hits, including the Top 10 singles “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World.” Nominated for three Grammy awards and certified double-platinum, the set is also known for several extended song cycles. Chicago went home to its namesake city last year to record a live version of the album at the historic WTTW-TV studios; the performance features every song from that classic collection, several of which haven't been played live since the 1970s. Now available, a collector's edition of CHICAGO II: LIVE ON SOUNDSTAGE comes with the Soundstage performance on CD and DVD, as well as the original CHICAGO II album remixed by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Le Freak" (Album of the Day)
Chic masterminds Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers weren't yet dance music kingpins when Grace Jones invited the pair to New York's Studio 54 in late 1977 – and they were denied entrance to the club because Jones had neglected to notify the doorman. Edwards and Rodgers channeled their frustration into songwriting, and had the last laugh when “Le Freak” became a No.1 hit. Graciously name-checking the notoriously exclusive nightspot (and a predecessor, the Savoy), the song celebrates the joys of dancing the night away, propelled by an insistent guitar riff and the irresistible chant “freak out!” Named one of Billboard's all-time Top 100 Songs in 2013, the multi-million-selling “Le Freak” is one of the greatest anthems of the disco era, and in honor of Nile Rodgers' birthday, it's our Song of the Day.
Tormato (Deluxe Edition) (Album of the Day)
Released 40 years ago, TORMATO was the final album of the 1970s from U.K. prog rock greats Yes. Recorded in London following an exhaustive tour behind comeback set GOING FOR THE ONE, the sessions strained the group - vocalist Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman would depart soon afterward - but resulted in some wonderful music. Housed in a distinctive Hipgnosis-designed cover, the platinum-selling collection features immaculate performances (with several new instruments broadening the quintet's sound) and such strong songs as “Release, Release,” “Onward” and popular single “Don't Kill the Whale.” The Deluxe Edition of TORMATO adds 10 bonus tracks, all but a couple of them non-LP originals.
Summertime Dream (Album of the Day)
Still going strong after more than half a century in the business, Gordon Lightfoot is among Canada's greatest musical exports – he was inducted into the nation's Songwriter Hall of Fame on this day in 2003. SUMMERTIME DREAM captures the singer-songwriter at the peak of his popularity; the 1976 Reprise collection reached #12 on the U.S. album chart, and its success is easy to understand. There are plenty of outstanding originals here, such as “Race Among the Ruins,” “I'm Not Supposed to Care” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” a Top 10 hit whose timeless feel belies the fact that the real-life maritime disaster it's based on happened mere months earlier. Just as important as the top-notch material are the performances, and Lightfoot is in great voice throughout SUMMERTIME DREAM with a backing band (including gifted electric guitarist Terry Clements and pedal steel ace Pee Wee Charles) that sounds equally inspired.
Howard Tate (Album of the Day)
Howard Tate got his start singing gospel in a Philadelphia group that also included vocalist Garnet Mimms, who eventually introduced him to producer Jerry Ragovoy. That partnership resulted in three albums, the second of which is this fine 1972 self-titled set for Atlantic Records; if less well-known than his earlier work for Verve, the collection is an equally effective showcase of Tate's talents. Along with several songs by R&B hitmaker Ragovoy, the dozen tracks include a distinctive version of Bob Dylan's “Girl From the North Country” and a Curtis Mayfield-esque closing number, “The Bitter End,” penned by Howard himself. Top session players frame the alternately sweet and gritty vocals perfectly here, and any fan of funky '70s soul should check out HOWARD TATE.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Rock And Roll" (Sunset Sound Mix) (Album of the Day)
Has it been a long time since you rock and rolled? Led Zeppelin's “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix) is finally available on streaming services for the first time as a standalone single. Evolving from a jam during recording sessions for the quartet's untitled fourth album, the song is aptly titled given that its rhythm and guitar riff were inspired by the '50s rock of such pioneers as Little Richard and Chuck Berry. A big audience favorite since its release in 1971, the anthem opened Zeppelin concerts for years, and was the final encore of the band's 2007 reunion show. Also available as part of the new LED ZEPPELIN X LED ZEPPELIN digital-only collection, “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix) is our Song of the Day.