Tag: Feature LP

Thursday 10/21/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Santana – Blessings and Miracles

Blessings and Miracles is the twenty-sixth studio album by American rock band Santana. The album was released on October 15, 2021.

  1. “Ghost of Future Pull / New Light” 1:24
  2. “Santana Celebration” 3:18
  3. “Rumbalero” (featuring Salvador Santana and Asdru Sierra) 3:56
  4. “Joy” (featuring Chris Stapleton) 3:46
  5. “Move” (featuring Rob Thomas and American Authors) 2:45
  6. “Whiter Shade of Pale” (featuring Steve Winwood) 4:53
  7. “Break” (featuring Ally Brooke) 5:16
  8. “She’s Fire” (featuring Diane Warren and G-Eazy) 3:32
  9. “Peace Power” (featuring Corey Glover) 4:40
  10. “America For Sale” (featuring Kirk Hammett and Marc Osegueda) 6:13
  11. “Breathing Underwater” (featuring Stella Santana, Avi Snow and MVCA) 3:34
  12. “Mother Yes” 4:35
  13. “Song for Cindy” 3:49
  14. “Angel Choir/All Together” (featuring Chick Corea and Gayle Moran Corea) 3:17
  15. “Ghost of Future Pull II” 1:47

Wednesday 10/20/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything? (1972)

Something/Anything? is the third album by American musician Todd Rundgren, released in February 1972. It was his first double album, and was recorded in late 1971 in Los Angeles, New York City and Bearsville Studios, Woodstock. Three quarters of the album was recorded in the studio with Rundgren playing all instruments and singing all vocals, as well as being the producer. The final quarter contained a number of tracks recorded live in the studio without any overdubs, save for a short snippet of archive recordings from the 1960s.

Rundgren had become confident enough at other instruments beyond his standard guitar and keyboards that he had tackled in earlier releases, and this, coupled with a general dissatisfaction with other studio musicians, led him to temporarily relocate to Los Angeles in an attempt to record an entire album single-handedly. After he had created significantly more material than would fit on a standard LP, an earthquake struck LA. He decided to head back to New York for some live sessions, with the help of Moogy Klingman, to lighten the mood. The final sessions were in Bearsville, where the remainder of the recording and mixing took place, and this created enough material for a double album.

The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold three years after its release. A single taken from the album, “Hello It’s Me”, was a top-five hit in the US in late 1972, and it contained a further hit, “I Saw the Light”. Something/Anything? later attracted critical acclaim as one of the most significant records of the 1970s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 173 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list, and later ranked at number 396 in the 2020 edition. It was voted number 797 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). After Something/Anything, Rundgren moved away from the straightforward pop ballads present on this album to more experimental territory and progressive rock in later releases, beginning with A Wizard, A True Star.

  1. “I Saw the Light” 2:56
  2. “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” 3:50
  3. “Wolfman Jack” 2:54
  4. “Cold Morning Light” 3:55
  5. “It Takes Two to Tango (This Is for the Girls)” 2:41
  6. “Sweeter Memories” 3:36

Side two: The Cerebral Side

  1. “Intro” 1:11
  2. “Breathless” 3:15
  3. “The Night the Carousel Burned Down” 4:29
  4. “Saving Grace” 4:12
  5. “Marlene” 3:54
  6. “Song of the Viking” 2:35
  7. “I Went to the Mirror” 4:05

Side three: The Kid Gets Heavy

  1. “Black Maria” 5:20
  2. “One More Day (No Word)” 3:43
  3. “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” 3:34
  4. “Torch Song” 2:52
  5. “Little Red Lights” 4:53

Side four: Baby Needs a New Pair of Snakeskin Boots (A Pop Operetta)

  1. “Overture–My Roots” “Money (That’s What I Want)” “Messin’ with the Kid” (Mel London)” 2:29
  2. “Dust in the Wind” 3:49
  3. “Piss Aaron” 3:26
  4. “Hello It’s Me” 4:42
  5. “Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me” 3:56
  6. “You Left Me Sore” 3:13
  7. “Slut” 4:03

Wednesday 10/20/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Robert Palmer – Secrets (1979)

Secrets is the fifth solo album by Robert Palmer, released in June 1979. It includes “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” which peaked at No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979, and a remake of the Todd Rundgren song “Can We Still Be Friends”, which peaked at No. 52 in 1980. The album peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and No. 54 in the UK Albums Chart in 1979. Palmer also scored a hit single with “Jealous” which rose to No. 31 in Canada.

The album peaked at No. 19 in the United States and charted in the Top 50 in five other countries.

“Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” – 3:10
“Too Good to Be True” – 2:54
“Can We Still Be Friends” – 3:37
“In Walks Love Again” – 2:45
“Mean Ol’ World” – 3:33
“Love Stop” – 2:57
“Jealous” – 3:15
“Under Suspicion” – 3:25
“Woman You’re Wonderful” – 3:57
“What’s It Take?” – 3:26
“Remember to Remember” – 3:30

Robert Palmer – vocals, production
Pierre Brock – bass guitar
Dony Wynn – drums
Kenny Mazur – guitar
Steve Robbins, Jack Waldman – keyboards

Tuesday 10/19/21 1am ET: Feature LP: The Cars (1978)

The Cars is the debut studio album by American rock band the Cars, released on June 6, 1978, by Elektra Records. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the album spawned the singles “Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, and “Good Times Roll”. It peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

  1. “Good Times Roll” 3:44
  2. “My Best Friend’s Girl” 3:44
  3. “Just What I Needed” 3:44
  4. “I’m in Touch with Your World” 3:31
  5. “Don’t Cha Stop” 3:01
  6. “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” 4:13
  7. “Bye Bye Love” 4:14
  8. “Moving in Stereo” 4:46
  9. “All Mixed Up” 4:14
  10. “Good Times Roll” (live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, November 13, 1978) 3:39
  11. “My Best Friend’s Girl” (demo) 3:52
  12. “Just What I Needed” (demo) 3:27
  13. “I’m in Touch with Your World” 3:28
  14. “Don’t Cha Stop” (demo) 3:19
  15. “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” (demo) 4:05
  16. “Bye Bye Love” (demo) 4:07
  17. “Moving in Stereo” (demo) 5:02
  18. “All Mixed Up” (demo) 4:50
  19. “They Won’t See You” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:56
  20. “Take What You Want” (demo, previously unreleased) 6:04
  21. “Wake Me Up” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:52
  22. “You Just Can’t Push Me” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:27
  23. “Hotel Queenie” (demo, previously unreleased) 3:08

Ric Ocasek – vocals, rhythm guitar
Benjamin Orr – vocals, bass
David Robinson – drums, percussion, Syndrums, backing vocals
Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals
Greg Hawkes – keyboards, percussion, saxophone on “All Mixed Up”, backing vocals

Tuesday 10/19/21 ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Aja (1977)

Aja is the sixth studio album by the American jazz rock band Steely Dan. It was released on September 23, 1977, by ABC Records. Recording alongside nearly 40 musicians, band leaders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker pushed Steely Dan further into experimenting with different combinations of session players while pursuing longer, more sophisticated compositions for the album.

The album peaked at number three on the US charts and number five in the UK, ultimately becoming Steely Dan’s most commercially successful LP. It spawned a number of hit singles, including “Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, and “Josie”.

In July 1978, Aja won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It has since appeared frequently on professional rankings of the greatest albums, with critics and audiophiles applauding the album’s high production standards. In 2010, the Library of Congress selected the album for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. “Black Cow” 5:10
  2. “Aja” 7:57
  3. “Deacon Blues” 7:33
  4. “Peg” 3:58
  5. “Home at Last” 5:34
  6. “I Got the News” 5:06
  7. “Josie” 4:33

Monday 10/18/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Flowers – Icehouse (1980)

Icehouse is the debut album released by Australian rock/synthpop band Flowers, later known as Icehouse, on the independent label Regular Records in October 1980. The title and the artist are sometimes incorrectly swapped, because the band changed their name from Flowers to Icehouse after this album was released. Containing the Top 20 Australian hits “Can’t Help Myself”, “We Can Get Together” and “Walls”; the album made heavy use of synthesizers, which would continue to be used throughout the band’s career. Founder Iva Davies wrote all the tracks including four co-written with keyboardist Michael Hoste, however Hoste was replaced during recording sessions by Anthony Smith. In October 2010, Icehouse (1980) by Flowers was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.

  1. “Icehouse” 4:22
  2. “We Can Get Together” 3:46
  3. “Fatman” 3:53
  4. “Sister” 3:22
  5. Walls” 4:22
  6. “Can’t Help Myself” 4:41
  7. “Skin” 2:41
  8. “Sons” 4:32
  9. “Boulevarde” 3:14
  10. “Nothing to Do” 3:22
  11. “Not My Kind” 3:35
  12. “Send Somebody” 3:42
  13. “All the Way” 3:50
  14. “Paradise Lost 5:53

Iva Davies – vocals; guitar; oboe; keyboards
Michael Hoste – keyboards; piano on “Sons”
John Lloyd – drums; backing vocals
Anthony Smith – keyboards; backing vocals
Keith Welsh – bass guitar; backing vocals
Ian Moss – guitar on “Skin”
Geoff Oakes – saxophone on “Sons”
James SK Wān – bamboo flute

Monday 10/18/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Rush – Counterparts (1993)

Counterparts is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released October 19, 1993 on Anthem Records. After the band finished touring its previous album Roll the Bones (1991) in mid-1992, the members took a break before starting work on a follow-up.

Counterparts reached No. 2 in the United States, one of the band’s two highest-charting albums in the country, and No. 6 in Canada. The first single, “Stick It Out”, was No. 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks. In 1994, the instrumental “Leave That Thing Alone” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Counterparts was remastered in 2004 and reissued in 2013 as part of The Studio Albums 1989–2007 box set. In 2015 it was reissued after being remastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios following a direct approach by Rush to remaster their entire back catalogue.

  1. “Animate” 6:04
  2. “Stick It Out” 4:30
  3. “Cut to the Chase” 4:48
  4. “Nobody’s Hero” 4:55
  5. “Between Sun and Moon” 4:37
  6. “Alien Shore” 5:47
  7. “The Speed of Love” 5:02
  8. “Double Agent” 4:52
  9. “Leave That Thing Alone” 4:05
  10. “Cold Fire” 4:27
  11. “Everyday Glory” 5:11

Geddy Lee – bass, vocals, synthesizer
Neil Peart – drums, cymbals, electronic percussion
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars
John Webster – additional keyboards
Michael Kamen – orchestration and conducting on “Nobody’s Hero”

Sunday 10/17/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Lorde – Solar Power (2021)

Solar Power is the third studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. It was released on August 20, 2021, by Universal Music. Lorde wrote and produced the album with American musician Jack Antonoff, whom she worked with on her second studio album, Melodrama (2017), as well. She opted against CDs for environmental reasons, releasing Solar Power to digital music platforms, streaming services, and as vinyl LPs only.

The album was preceded by Going South, a June 2021 memoir documenting Lorde’s 2019 visit to Antarctica, which she dubbed as the precursor to the album. She stated the title Solar Power was inspired by the trip, and that she “felt like [she] could just chill out and flex a little bit” while creating the record. Three singles were released before the album: the lead single and title track, “Solar Power”, was released on a solar eclipse and entered the charts in various countries, reaching number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart. It was followed by “Stoned at the Nail Salon” and “Mood Ring”, leading up to the album’s release.

Classified by Lorde as her “weed album”, Solar Power is a psychedelic pop and indie folk effort driven by acoustic guitar arrangements, marking a departure from the synth-heavy, dance-oriented music of her previous works. The album’s lyrics revolve around solipsism and summer escapism, mainly focusing on Lorde’s leisure time in her homeland New Zealand, simultaneously expressing her disdain for fame and celebrity culture. The album polarized music critics, who admired Lorde’s matured vocals, but were divided over its songwriting; some reviewers praised the laid-back music and perceptive themes, while the rest considered its sound unfinished and lyrics dispassionate.

Commercially, Solar Power reached number one in Australia and New Zealand, and charted inside the top-10 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It additionally topped the U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums chart. To promote the album, Lorde is scheduled to embark on her third concert tour, titled the Solar Power Tour, starting in February 2022. It will cover Oceania, North America, and Europe. A Māori-language EP, titled Te Ao Mārama, was released on 9 September 2021 as a companion project to Solar Power. It consists of the Māori versions of five tracks from the album.

  1. “The Path” 3:41
  2. “Solar Power” 3:13
  3. “California” 3:11
  4. “Stoned at the Nail Salon” 4:26
  5. “Fallen Fruit” 3:58
  6. “Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)” 3:38
  7. “The Man with the Axe” 4:15
  8. “Dominoes” 2:03
  9. “Big Star” 2:47
  10. “Leader of a New Regime” 1:33
  11. “Mood Ring” 3:45
  12. “Oceanic Feeling” 6:39

Lorde – vocals, songwriting (all tracks)
Jack Antonoff – bass, electric guitar (all tracks); acoustic guitar (1–6, 8, 11, 12), drums (1–3, 6, 7, 11, 12), keyboards (1, 5–8, 11), Mellotron (1, 4–6, 10), percussion (1, 2, 5, 12), piano (1, 3–5), programming (1, 5–8, 11, 12), Wurlitzer electric piano (1, 5, 6), 12-string acoustic guitar (2, 5, 6)
Clairo – background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11)
Lawrence Arabia – background vocals (1, 4, 5, 10, 11)
Marlon Williams – background vocals (1, 4, 5, 10–12)
Phoebe Bridgers – background vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11)
Malay – bass (1, 5–7, 10), acoustic guitar (7, 10), programming (7), keyboards (10)
Matt Chamberlain – drums (1–3, 6, 11), percussion (2, 12), programming (2, 11, 12)
Evan Smith – flute (1, 3, 5, 12), saxophone (1–3, 5, 12)
Cole Kamen-Green – trumpet (2)
Robyn – vocals (6)
Bobby Hawk – violin (9, 10)

Sunday 10/17/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)

Lonerism is the second studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala, released on October 5, 2012 by Modular Recordings. Like the band’s debut studio album, Innerspeaker (2010), Lonerism was written, recorded, performed, and produced by Kevin Parker, with live member Jay Watson contributing on two tracks. Recorded mostly in Perth, Australia, and Paris, France, Lonerism builds on the psychedelic sound of its predecessor and features fewer guitars and more synthesizers and samples. Parker attempted to incorporate his love for pop music into his songwriting for the record through catchier melodies. Many tracks feature ambient sounds recorded by Parker with a Dictaphone. The album’s theme of isolation is reflected in the album cover, featuring an image of a fenced-off Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

Lonerism received critical acclaim, and many critics ranked it among the best albums of 2012. It reached number four on the charts in Australia, number 14 in the United Kingdom, and number 34 in the United States. It has sold over 210,000 copies in the United States, and is certified platinum in Australia and silver in the UK. At the 2013 ARIA Awards, Lonerism won Best Rock Album and Album of the Year, while at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. Three singles were released, including “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, which charted in several countries.

At the J Awards of 2012, the album won Australian Album of the Year.

  1. “Be Above It” 3:21
  2. “Endors Toi” 3:06
  3. “Apocalypse Dreams” 5:56
  4. “Mind Mischief” 4:31
  5. “Music to Walk Home By” 5:12
  6. “Why Won’t They Talk to Me?” 4:46
  7. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” 3:12
  8. “Keep on Lying” 5:54
  9. “Elephant” 3:31
  10. “She Just Won’t Believe Me” 0:57
  11. “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control” 6:01
  12. “Sun’s Coming Up” 5:20

Kevin Parker – production, recording; all vocals and instruments; cover photo
Jay Watson – piano and keys (tracks 3, 9)
Melody Prochet – spoken word (track 11)

Friday 10/15/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer (born October 16, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but left and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters. After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs, refining his skills and gaining a following. After his appearance at a 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and eventually to Columbia Records, which released his first extended play Inside Wants Out. His following two studio albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003)—performed well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his single “Your Body Is a Wonderland”.

By 2005, Mayer had moved away from the acoustic music that characterized his early records, and begun performing the blues and rock music that had originally influenced him as a musician. He collaborated with blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. Forming the John Mayer Trio, he released a live album, Try!, in 2005 and his third studio album Continuum in 2006. Both albums received positive reviews, and Continuum earned Mayer a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting on the World to Change”. That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a Battle Studies World Tour.

After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on his fifth studio album, Born and Raised, which drew inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon. However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and forced him to cancel the planned tour. The album received a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work. Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, which incorporates country music influences. By 2014, he had sold a total of over 20 million albums worldwide. His seventh album, The Search for Everything, was released in 2017. Mayer released his latest album Sob Rock in July 2021.

In 2015, three former members of the Grateful Dead joined with Mayer and two other musicians to form the band Dead & Company. It is the latest of several reunions of the band’s surviving members since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. The band remains active and its tours have been well received.

Friday 10/15/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Zac Brown Band – The Comeback (2021)

“Slow Burn”
“Out in the Middle”

“Wild Palomino”
“Us Against the World”
“Same Boat”
“Stubborn Pride” [feat. Marcus King]
“Fun Having Fun”
“The Comeback”
“Old Love Song”
“Any Day Now”
“Paradise Lost on Me”
“GA Clay”
“Love & Sunsets”
“Closer to Heaven [feat. Gregory Porter]
“Don’t Let Your Heart”

Friday 10/15/21 12:05am ET: Feature LP: Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life (1976)

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth studio album by American singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder. It was released on September 28, 1976, by Tamla Records, a division of Motown. The double album has been regarded by music journalists as the culmination of Wonder’s “classic period” of recording. The album was recorded primarily at Crystal Sound studio in Hollywood, with some sessions recorded at the Record Plant in Hollywood, the Record Plant in Sausalito, and The Hit Factory in New York City; final mixing was conducted at Crystal Sound.

By 1974, Wonder was one of the most successful figures in popular music; Wonder’s previous albums Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness’ First Finale were all back-to-back critical successes. However, by the end of 1975, Wonder seriously considered quitting the music industry and planned to emigrate to Ghana to work with handicapped children. Plans for a farewell concert had begun, but Wonder subsequently changed his mind and signed a new contract with Motown on August 5, 1975. This outlined a seven-year, seven-album, $37 million deal with full artistic control. At the time, it was the biggest recording deal in history.

Songs in the Key of Life was released as a double LP with a four-song bonus EP. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart becoming only the third album to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist at the time. Both the lead single “I Wish” and follow-up single “Sir Duke” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Songs in the Key of Life spent thirteen consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the album with the most weeks at number one during the year. It was the second best-selling album of 1977 in the US. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year at the 19th Grammy Awards. It is the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder’s career. Widely regarded as Wonder’s magnum opus and one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, many musicians have remarked on the quality of the album and its influence on their own work. Additionally, notable musicians have cited it as the greatest album of all time. It was voted number 89 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums and ranked number 4 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

  1. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” 7:06
  2. “Have a Talk With God” 2:42
  3. “Village Ghetto Land” 3:25
  4. “Contusion” 3:46
  5. “Sir Duke” 3:52
  6. “I Wish” 4:12
  7. “Knocks Me Off My Feet” 3:36
  8. “Pastime Paradise” 3:27
  9. “Summer Soft” 4:14
  10. “Ordinary Pain” 6:16
  11. “Isn’t She Lovely” 6:34
  12. “Joy Inside My Tears” 6:30
  13. “Black Man” 8:27
  14. “Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing” 3:48
  15. “If It’s Magic” 3:12
  16. “As” 7:08
  17. “Another Star” 8:08
  18. “Saturn” 4:54
  19. “Ebony Eyes” 4:11
  20. “All Day Sucker” 5:06
  21. “Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call)” 3:55

Stevie Wonder – lead vocals, musician, arrangement, composer, producer
Nathan Watts – bass guitar (4-6, 16, 17, 19, 21), percussion (14), handclaps (16)
Raymond Pounds – drums (4-6)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (4, 11, 12, 18)
Michael Sembello – lead guitar (4, 5, 10, 18, 20)
Ben Bridges – rhythm guitar (4, 5, 9, 18, 20)
Eddie “Bongo” Brown – collinga (1)
Shirley Brewer – backing vocals (4, 14), “Ordinary Pain” reply vocals (10), handclaps (11)
Josie James – backing vocals (4, 17)
Michael Gray – backing vocals (4)
Artece May – backing vocals (4), handclaps (11)
Hank Redd – alto saxophone (5, 6, 10, 13, 17)
Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone (5, 6, 17)

Raymond Maldonado – trumpet (5, 6, 17), percussion (8)
Steve Madaio – trumpet (5, 6, 13, 17)
Renee Hardaway – backing vocals (6, 14)
Bobbye Hall – percussion (8)
West Angeles Church of God Choir – backing vocals (8)
Hare Krishna – backing vocals (8)
Ronnie Foster – organ (9)
Nastee Latimer – percussion (9)
Minnie Riperton – backing vocals (10)
Mary Lee Whitney – backing vocals (10, 16)
Deniece Williams – backing vocals (10)
Syreeta Wright – backing vocals (10)

Linda Lawrence – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Terry Hendricks – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Sundray Tucker – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Charity McCrary – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Linda McCrary – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Madelaine “Gypsie” Jones – “Ordinary Pain” reply backing vocals (10)
Josette Valentino – handclaps (11, 16), percussion (14)
Dave Henson – handclaps (11, 16)
Brenda Barrett – handclaps (11)
Colleen Carleton – handclaps (11)
Carole Cole – handclaps (11)
Nelson Hayes – handclaps (11)
Edna Orso – handclaps (11)
Tucker – handclaps (11)
Susaye Greene – backing vocals (12)
George Bohanon – trombone (13)
Glenn Ferris – trombone (13)

Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble – verbal replies (13)
Amale Mathews – percussion (14)
Charles Brewer – percussion (14)
John Fischbach – percussion (14)
Marietta Waters – percussion (14)
Nelson Hayes – percussion (14)
Dorothy Ashby – harp (15)
Greg Brown – drums (16)
Herbie Hancock – keyboards (16), handclaps (16)
Dean Parks – guitar (16)
Yolanda Simmons – handclaps (16)
Bobbi Humphrey – flute (17)
George Benson – guitar, backing vocals (17)
Nathan Alford, Jr. – percussion (17)
Carmello Hungria Garcia – timbales (17)
Jim Horn – saxophone (19)
Peter “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow – steel guitar (19)
W. G. Snuffy Walden – lead guitar (20)
Carolyn Dennis – backing vocals (20)

Thursday 10/14/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Big Bam Boom (1984)

Big Bam Boom is the twelfth studio album by American duo Daryl Hall & John Oates, released by RCA Records on October 12, 1984. It marked the end of one of the most successful album runs by a duo of the 1980s. RCA issued a remastered version in July 2004 with four bonus tracks. The lead single “Out of Touch” was a #1 pop hit, and charted in several other areas (#24 Hot Black Singles, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts and #1 on the dance charts, #48 in the UK). Another song taken from the album, the Daryl Hall and Janna Allen-penned “Method of Modern Love” reached a high point of #5, and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid,” reached #18.

Musical styles on the album include pop, rock, and dance-rock, with R&B/soul influences. The album had even more of an electronic, urban feel to it compared to their previous albums, combining their song structure & vocalization with the latest technical advances in recording and playing. The album employed some of the most sophisticated equipment ever used in the recording industry at the time.

Big Bam Boom peaked at No. 5 in the United States and sold over three million copies worldwide.

  1. “Dance on Your Knees” 1:25
  2. “Out of Touch” 4:21
  3. “Method of Modern Love” 5:32
  4. “Bank on Your Love” 4:17
  5. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” 5:27
  6. “Going Thru the Motions” 5:39
  7. “Cold Dark and Yesterday” 4:41
  8. “All American Girl” 4:28
  9. “Possession Obsession” 4:36
  10. “Out of Touch” (12″ version) 7:35
  11. “Method of Modern Love” (12″ version) 7:48
  12. “Possession Obsession” (12″ version) 6:28
  13. “Dance on Your Knees” (12″ version) 6:38

Daryl Hall – lead vocals (1–6, 8), backing vocals, synthesizers, guitars, arrangements
John Oates – lead vocals (7, 9), backing vocals, synthesizers, guitars, synth guitar, arrangements

Robbie Kilgore – keyboards, synthesizer programming
Wells Christy – Synclavier programming
Clive Smith – Fairlight CMI
Tom “T-Bone” Wolk – synthesizers, guitars, bass guitar, arrangements
G.E. Smith – lead guitars
Mickey Curry – drums
Jimmy Bralower – LinnDrum programming
Bashiri Johnson – percussion, timbales
Jay Burnett – additional percussion
Charles DeChant – saxophone
Coati Mundi – Spanish vocals

Thursday 10/14/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Rock Of The Westies (1975)

Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by English musician Elton John, released on October 4, 1975. The title is a spoonerism play on the phrase “West of the Rockies”, the album having been recorded at Caribou Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

As with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was also successful (albeit to a lesser extent) in the artist’s home territory of the UK, where it reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart.

  1. “Medley: Yell Help / Wednesday Night / Ugly” 6:15
  2. “Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)” 3:29
  3. “Island Girl” 3:42
  4. “Grow Some Funk of Your Own” 4:47
  5. “I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)” 5:27
  6. “Street Kids” 6:25
  7. “Hard Luck Story” 5:16
  8. “Feed Me” 4:00
  9. “Billy Bones and the White Bird” 4:25
  10. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (featuring Kiki Dee) 4:02
  11. “Planes” 4:31
  12. “Sugar on the Floor” 4:31

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano (all except 8)
James Newton Howard – harpsichord (1), ELKA Rhapsody string synthesizer (1), ARP synthesizer (1, 3), Hohner clavinet (1, 2), mellotron (3), electric piano (4, 5, 7, 8, 9), synthesizers (4, 5, 9)
Davey Johnstone – electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 8), rhythm guitar (2, 6), voice bag (2), Ovation guitar (3), banjo (3), slide guitar (3, 6), acoustic guitar (4, 5), guitar solo (5)
Caleb Quaye – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8), acoustic guitar (3, 4, 5), rhythm guitar (6), lead guitar solo (6)
Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar, backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Roger Pope – drums (1-5, 7–9)
Ray Cooper – tambourine (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), cowbell (1, 9), congas (1, 3, 6, 7, 8), jawbone (1), marimba (3), castanets (4), bell tree (4), vibraphone (4, 5, 8), shaker (8), wind chimes (8), maracas (9), kettle drums (9)
Labelle – backing vocals (1)
Ann Orson – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9)
Kiki Dee – backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6–9)
Clive Franks – backing vocals (8)

Thursday 10/14/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – Sleep Catcher (1978)

Sleeper Catcher is the fourth studio album by the Little River Band, released in April 1978. It peaked at No. 4 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and No. 16 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in May 1979. At the Australian 1978 King of Pop Awards the album won Most Popular Australian Album .

The band is shown on the cover of the album playing the Australian game Two-up, and the Sleeper Catcher is a participant who retrieves bets left behind by a tardy gambler in the game. This is the band’s last album to feature George McArdle on bass.

“Shut Down Turn Off” – 3:51
“Reminiscing” – 4:13
“Red-Headed Wild Flower” – 4:35
“Light of Day” – 8:03
“Fall from Paradise” – 3:59
“Lady” – 4:56
“Sanity’s Side” – 4:14
“So Many Paths” – 4:24
“One for the Road” – 4:01

Glenn Shorrock – lead vocals
David Briggs – lead and Roland synthesizer guitars
Beeb Birtles – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Graham Goble – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, vocal arrangements
George McArdle – bass
Derek Pellicci – Sonor and Syndrums drums, percussion
Vernon Hill – flute
Bob Venier – flugelhorn
Pam Raines – harp
Peter Sullivan – electric and acoustic pianos
Peter Jones – electric piano (2)
Mal Logan – Hammond organ
Rick Formosa – conductor, orchestral arrangements