Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’ (2018)

Long before he signed to Yep Roc in 2013, Tony Joe White perfected his minimalist groove — so much so, his records often seemed like they flowed from the same swamp. Bad Mouthin’, his third record for Yep Roc since 2013, doesn’t necessarily break from that tradition — from its first note, it is quite clearly the work of Tony Joe White — but it does prove a variation on his signature by offering his first album devoted entirely to the blues. Combining blues standards with songs he wrote years ago, White highlights how pivotal the skeletal shuffles of John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed were to his own sound. It’s not just that their respective “Boom Boom” and “Big Boss Man” are covered back to back: it’s how they seem to be the seed of all his down-and-dirty boogie, dating back to the origins of the originals he’s reviving and extending to his weathered, leathery present. The songs are strong but the reason to listen to Bad Mouthin’ is the performance, how White maintains his thick, heavy mood from beginning to end, always sounding compelling through the familiar changes.    AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 Bad Mouthin’
2 Baby Please Don’t Go
3 Cool Town Woman
4 Boom Boom
5 Big Boss Man
6 Sundown Blues
7 Rich Woman Blues
8 Bad Dreams
9 Awful Dreams
10 Down the Dirt Road Blues
11 Stockholm Blues
12 Heartbreak Hotel

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Cher – Dancing Queen (2018)

Dancing Queen is a cover album and the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer and actress Cher, released by Warner Bros. Records on September 28, 2018. It is Cher’s first album in five years, following Closer to the Truth (2013). The album contains cover versions of songs recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, with the title referencing their 1976 song “Dancing Queen”. The album follows Cher’s appearance in the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, based on the music of ABBA.

The album received acclaim from music critics, and was a success commercially, debuting at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 153,000 units, becoming Cher’s highest debut sales week for an album in the United States. Dancing Queen also debuted at number one on the US Top Album Sales chart with 150,000 pure copies, making it Cher’s first number one album on that chart.

1. “Dancing Queen” 3:42
2. “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” 4:11
3. “The Name of the Game” 4:48
4. “SOS” 3:22
5. “Waterloo” 2:52
6. “Mamma Mia” 3:34
7. “Chiquitita” 5:14
8. “Fernando” 3:57
9. “The Winner Takes It All” 4:32
10. “One of Us” 3:53

Wednesday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1971 Part VI

This closing segment of 1971 features the Top 30 Summer and Winter hits.  First we feature the RadioMax Top 30 Summer Hits of 1971 with Nick Proach originally aired in 2003 and the RadioMax Top 30 Winter Hits of 1971 hosted by Dan Varroney from 2009.

 

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy (1978)

Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the single “Werewolves of London”, which reached No. 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.

“Excitable Boy” and “Werewolves of London” were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical “Veracruz” dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz; likewise, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is a fictionalized account of former mercenary David Lindell’s experiences in Africa. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man’s adventures in Cold War-era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships (“Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Tenderness on the Block”), as well as the funk/disco-inspired “Nighttime in the Switching Yard”. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown – Fleetwood Mac Top 55 Hits

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2018, the band was declared MusiCares Person of the Year.

The band was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. They lacked a permanent bass player for the first few months before Green convinced John McVie to join, establishing the first official line-up in time to record their self-titled debut album. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1968. Keyboardist Christine Perfect, who contributed as a session musician starting with the second album, married John McVie and joined the band in 1970. At this time the band was primarily a British blues outfit, scoring a UK number one with “Albatross”, and had lesser hits with the singles “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman”. Personal problems led to original guitarists Green and Spencer leaving, to be replaced by Bob Welch and Bob Weston. By 1974 Welch and Weston had both departed, leaving the band without a primary male vocalist or lead guitarist.

In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he was introduced to folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac soon asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks would also join the band. The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock/folk rock sound and their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the US. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. It also reached the top spot in various countries around the world. Rumours has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album to date. The band went through personal turmoil while recording the album as both the romantic partnerships in the band (John & Christine McVie and Buckingham & Nicks) separated, although the band continued making music together.

The line-up remained stable through three more studio albums, but by the late 1980s began to disintegrate. The first to leave was Buckingham, followed by Nicks in 1991, to be replaced by a series of short-term guitarists and vocalists. In 1993 a one-off performance for the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton featured the five central members back together for the first time in six years, and in 1997 a full reunion occurred. In 1998 Christine McVie retired from touring. The band stayed together as a four-piece consisting of John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 2014 Christine McVie rejoined full-time. The latest studio album by the band was 2003’s Say You Will. A side project known as Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie was released in 2017, containing contributions from the other band members except Nicks. In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band, and was replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House. – Wikipedia

1 Little Lies
2 Tusk
3 Big Love
4 Dreams
5 Everywhere
6 Go Your Own Way
7 Gypsy
8 Hold Me
9 Save Me
10 Seven Wonders
11 As Long as You Follow
12 Don’t Stop
13 Sara
14 Oh Well
15 Albatross
16 You Make Loving Fun
17 Rhiannon
18 Family Man
19 Say You Love Me
20 Man of the World
21 Paper Doll
22 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)
23 Love Is Dangerous
24 Skies the Limit
25 Oh Diane
26 Isn’t It Midnight
27 Peacekeeper
28 Over My Head
29 Think About Me
30 Love in Store
31 Silver Springs (live)
32 The Chain (2009)
33 Need Your Love So Bad
34 Landslide (live)
35 The Chain (live)
36 Love Shines
37 Landslide (2011)
38 Big Love [Remix]
39 Say You Will
40 Tango in the Night
41 Straight Back
42 Black Magic Woman
43 No Questions Asked
44 In the Back of My Mind
45 Fireflies
46 I Do
47 Can’t Go Back
48 Sisters of the Moon
49 Songbird (2011)
50 Sad Angel
51 Warm Ways
52 Not That Funny
53 Angel
54 Hard Feelings
55 Temporary One

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Holiday is the fourth studio album by the American folk rock band America, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in June 1974. The album was produced in London by noted record producer George Martin.

The album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 3 on the Billboard album chart and being certified gold by the RIAA. It produced two hit singles: “Tin Man” reached number 4 on the Billboard singles chart and went to number 1 on both the adult contemporary chart as well as the Radio & Records chart; and “Lonely People” which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard singles chart and also hit number 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Baby It’s Up To You” and “Another Try”. The album was also released on Quadraphonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.

Band Member Dewey Bunnell was thrilled at the prospect of working with Martin as producer. He was quoted as saying that it “was great working with George. It was like we knew each other. We were familiar with the Beatles, of course, and we had that British sense of humor.” In a separate interview, Dan Peek recalled to Circus magazine: “Gerry (Beckley) had been in England, and we’d talked about using George Martin as our producer. He’s such a hot arranger, thinking about all the stuff he’s done. There were several other people we wanted to use, but that idea sort of flashed and George was available.”

It was the recording debut of America’s longtime drummer Willie Leacox, who is in the car in the cover photo.

Hearts is the fifth studio album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1975. The album was produced by Beatles producer George Martin.

This album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 4 on the Billboard album chart and being certified GOLD by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: “Sister Golden Hair”, which went to number 1 on the Billboard singles chart and number 5 on the adult contemporary chart; “Daisy Jane”, which peaked at 20 on the Billboard singles chart and number 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and the funky “Woman Tonight”, which reached 44 on the Billboard singles chart and 41 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks including “Old Virginia”, “Bell Tree” and “Midnight”. The album was also released on Quadraphonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.

The cover was designed by Phil Hartman, who eventually left graphic design to pursue acting, to great success.  – Wikipedia