Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 9am ET

September 26, 2015
Editor In Chief

Dan VarroneyJoin Dan Varroney with Sounds of the 70s today at 9:00 featuring the hits from this week in 1971, 1974, & 1979, including, Lou Rawls, Coven, Doobie Brothers, Undisputed Truth, Cher, Olivia Newton John, Andy Kim, Eric Clapton, John Denver, The Knack, Crystal Gayle,  Sammy Johns, Kiki Dee, Robert John, Night, Donna Summer & Chic. We’ll also feature Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds, Doobie Brothers, and John Denver. 

Feature LP: Elton John – Blue Moves (1976) 8pm ET

May 1, 2013
Editor In Chief

Elton_John_-_Blue_MovesBlue Moves is the eleventh studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in on 22 October 1976. It was also his second double album (after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road), and his first album released by his own Rocket Records Ltd. While giving a concert at Wembley Arena to promote the album, John spontaneously announced “That’s it, this is the last one.” He didn’t say for how long, but he was serious and temporarily left the touring/live performing scene. Kenny Passerelli, Caleb Quaye, James Newton-Howard and Roger Pope left the band after this. Only Davey Johnstone and Ray Cooper remained for John’s next album, A Single Man.

Despite the album’s darker tone and experimental song lineup, it has held up well with critics and in its initial release made it to #3 on the album charts, partly on the strength of the album’s biggest hit single “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word“. (A single version of “Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)” also made it as a top 40 hit). John has played several songs from Blue Moves live. Versions of “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”, “Bite Your Lip”, “One Horse Town”, “Tonight”, and “Idol” have surfaced in various concert appearances through the years.

John has stated that Blue Moves is one of his favourite albums he has ever recorded. It was Gus Dudgeon’s last album produced for almost a decade. The cover art for the album is from a painting by British artist Patrick Procktor. In the US, it was certified gold in October and platinum in December of 1976 by the RIAA.

Cage the Songbird” was a tribute to legendary French songstress Edith Piaf, and a year or so later was covered by Kiki Dee on an unreleased Rocket album, which finally was issued in 2008. (“Songbird” originated as part of the Rock of the Westies sessions, but wasn’t completed during them, probably since the song’s more acoustic, delicate sound didn’t fit with the more rock ‘n roll approach to the rest of the songs that made the Rock of the Westies final lineup.) The Beach Boys turned down “Chameleon”, but members of the group (including Bruce Johnston and Toni Tennille) turned out to sing backing vocals on John’s version. An excerpt from “Out of the Blue” was used for the closing titles on Top Gear up until the end of that Top Gear format (in 2001). This was one of two albums in which Davey Johnstone does not provide backing vocals; 1997’s The Big Picture would be the other.

 Source: Wikipedia

Side one

  1. Your Starter for…” (Caleb Quaye) – 1:23
  2. “Tonight” – 7:52
  3. One Horse Town” (John, James Newton-Howard, Taupin) – 5:56
  4. “Chameleon” – 5:27

Side two

  1. “Boogie Pilgrim” (John, Davey Johnstone, Quaye, Taupin) – 6:05
  2. Cage the Songbird” (John, Johnstone, Taupin) – 3:25
  3. Crazy Water” – 5:42
  4. “Shoulder Holster” – 5:10

Side three

  1. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – 3:48
  2. “Out of the Blue” – 6:14
  3. Between Seventeen and Twenty” (John, Johnstone, Quaye, Taupin) – 5:17
  4. “The Wide-Eyed and Laughing” (John, Johnstone, Newton-Howard, Quaye, Taupin) – 3:27
  5. “Someone’s Final Song” – 4:10

Side four

  1. “Where’s the Shoorah?” – 4:09
  2. “If There’s a God in Heaven (What’s He Waiting For?)” (John, Johnstone, Taupin) – 4:25
  3. “Idol” – 4:08
  4. “Theme from a Non-Existent TV Series” – 1:19
  5. Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)” – 6:43

Feature LP: Elton John Greatest Hits 1970 – 2002 2pm ET

May 21, 2012
Editor In Chief

Following this feature, our 4 Hour Special featuring the Hits of the Bee Gees at 6pm ET

  1. “Your Song”
  2. “Levon”
  3. Tiny Dancer
  4. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)”
  5. “Honky Cat”
  6. “Crocodile Rock”
  7. “Daniel”
  8. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
  9. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
  10. “Candle in the Wind”
  11. “Bennie and the Jets”
  12. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
  13. “The Bitch is Back”
  14. “Philadelphia Freedom”
  15. Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  16. “Island Girl”
  17. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Disc 2

  1. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (with Kiki Dee)
  2. Little Jeannie” (John, Osborne)
  3. “I’m Still Standing”
  4. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”
  5. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”
  6. “I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That”
  7. “Nikita”
  8. “Sacrifice”
  9. “The One”
  10. Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
  11. “Circle of Life”
  12. “Believe”
  13. “Blessed”
  14. Something About the Way You Look Tonight
  15. “Written in the Stars” (with LeAnn Rimes)
  16. “I Want Love”
  17. This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore

Disc 3: Bonus

  1. “Candle in the Wind” (live)
  2. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (with George Michael)
  3. “Live Like Horses” (with Luciano Pavarotti)
  4. “Your Song” (with Alessandro Safina)
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