Wednesday 12pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

May 22, 2019
Editor In Chief

We start our feature of the Top 100 Albums of the 70s.

#100 – The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

L.A. Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Doors, released on April 19, 1971, on Elektra Records. It is the last to feature the group’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died three months after the album’s release. It saw the band continue to integrate elements of blues back into their music, a direction begun with their previous album, Morrison Hotel. It was also recorded without record producer Paul A. Rothchild after he fell out with the group over the perceived lack of quality of their studio performances. Subsequently, the band co-produced the album with longtime sound engineer Bruce Botnick.

“Love Her Madly” was released as a single in March 1971, preceding the album’s release, and it reached the Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and reached number 28 on the UK Albums Charts. An additional single in support of the album, “Riders on the Storm”, also achieved chart success on Billboard and in the UK. Critics Richie Unterberger and David Quantick have both called L.A. Woman one of the Doors’ best albums, citing Morrison’s unwavering enthusiasm in his vocal performance, and the band’s stripped-down return to their blues rock roots.

1. “The Changeling” 4:21
2. “Love Her Madly” 3:20
3. “Been Down So Long” 4:41
4. “Cars Hiss by My Window” 4:12
5. “L.A. Woman” 7:49

1. “L’America” 4:37
2. “Hyacinth House” 3:11
3. “Crawling King Snake” 5:00
4. “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” 4:16
5. “Riders on the Storm” 7:09

Tuesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #83 – Styx – The Grand Illusion (1977)

May 21, 2019
Editor In Chief

The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, it was released on July 7, 1977.

It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself”, and sold over three million copies in the US (Triple Platinum). Along with Pieces of Eight, it is their best-selling album to date.

The album was recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago.

The album cover art, created by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, is an homage to a painting by RenĂ© Magritte entitled “Le Blanc-Seing”.

1. “The Grand Illusion” 4:36
2. “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” 5:29
3. “Superstars” 3:59
4. “Come Sail Away” 6:07
5. “Miss America” 5:02
6. “Man in the Wilderness” 5:51
7. “Castle Walls” 5:59
8. “The Grand Finale” 1:57

Tuesday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #84 – Steve Miller Band – Book Of Dreams (1977)

May 21, 2019
Editor In Chief

Book of Dreams is the tenth studio album by Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1977 on Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan and by Mercury Records in Europe. Three singles were released from the album in 1977 with the first single, “Jet Airliner”, being the most successful.

The album peaked in the top 10 of the trade charts in four countries, including Canada where the album topped RPM magazine’s 100 Albums chart. The album has gone on to become one of the group’s most successful studio albums.

1. “Threshold” 1:05
2. “Jet Airliner” 4:25
3. “Winter Time” 3:10
4. “Swingtown” 3:54
5. “True Fine Love” 3:10
6. “Wish Upon a Star” 3:39
7. “Jungle Love” 3:10
8. “Electro Lux Imbroglio” 0:55
9. “Sacrifice” 5:17
10. “The Stake” 3:56
11. “My Own Space” 3:00
12. “Babes in the Wood” 2:40

Tuesday 9pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #85 – Earth, Wind and Fire – Gratitude (1975)

May 21, 2019
Editor In Chief

Gratitude is a double album by the band Earth, Wind & Fire issued November 11, 1975 by Columbia Records. The album rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Soul Albums charts. Gratitude has also been certified Triple Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

1. “Introduction by MC Perry Jones” 0:21
2. “Africano/Power” 5:56
3. “Yearnin’ Learnin'” 4:16
4. “Devotion” 5:07
5. “Sun Goddess” 7:41
6. “Reasons” 8:23
7. “Sing a Message to You” 1:19
8. “Shining Star” 4:55
9. “New World Symphony” 9:28
10. “Sunshine” 4:24
11. “Sing a Song*” 3:23
12. “Gratitude” 3:23
13. “Celebrate*” 3:06
14. “Can’t Hide Love” 4:10

Friday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #86 – Earth, Wind and Fire – That’s They Way Of The World (1975)

May 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

That’s the Way of the World is the sixth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on March 15, 1975 by Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name. The album rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Soul Albums charts. That’s the Way of the World has also been certified Triple Platinum in the U.S by the RIAA.

1. “Shining Star” 2:50
2. “That’s the Way of the World” 5:45
3. “Happy Feelin'” 3:35
4. “All About Love” 6:35
5. “Yearnin’ Learnin'” 3:39
6. “Reasons” 4:59
7. “Africano” 5:09
8. “See the Light” 6:18

Friday 10pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70s – #87 – Bad Company – Straight Shooter (1975)

May 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English supergroup Bad Company. The album was released in April 2, 1975, a month after the release of the single “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” and four months before the album’s second single “Feel Like Makin’ Love”.

The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.

Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke stated on In the Studio (which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter) that the track “Shooting Star” (which they did not write) was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

1. “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” 3:35
2. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” 5:12
3. “Weep No More” 3:59
4. “Shooting Star” 6:16
5. “Deal with the Preacher” 5:01
6. “Wild Fire Woman” 4:32
7. “Anna” 3:41
8. “Call on Me” 6:03

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Sammy Hagar & The Circle – Space Between (2019)

May 16, 2019
Editor In Chief

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Sammy Hagar calls his band — either his fifth or sixth, depending if HSAS is counted or not — the Circle because this quartet brings him back to where he started. A look at the band’s lineup illustrates why Hagar believes this to be true. Within the Circle, Hagar surrounds himself with some old running mates — notably, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony anchors the group, but Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson also has a prominent place in the band, while drummer Jason Bonham provides a reminder of the Zeppelin influence on Hagar’s earliest band, Montrose. Despite being so strongly rooted in the past, the Circle plays for the present, cranking the amps to 11 and pushing Bonham’s beat toward the forefront. The heaviness is so bracing that the hooky pair of “Bottom Line” and “No Worries” comes as somewhat of a relief halfway through the album; not only are they more melodic, they are nimble, demonstrating that this group of old pros can keep it light if they so choose. For the rest of The Space Between, they choose heaviosity. It’s a forceful, powerful sound that gains a bit of depth thanks to Hagar’s inscrutable social commentary — he’s against a spoiled “Trust Fund Baby” and happy to be a “Free Man” — but for as invigorating as the sheer wallop of the Circle can be, it proves a bit exhausting in the long run.

01 Devil Came to Philly 2:35
02 Full Circle Jam (Chump Change) 3:38
03 Can’t Hang 3:57
04 Wide Open Space 3:46
05 Free Man 4:20
06 Bottom Line 2:43
07 No Worries 3:27
08 Trust Fund Baby 4:15
09 Affirmation 3:20
10 Hey Hey (Without Greed) 2:51

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