Feature LP: Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me (I’m Only The Piano Player) 1973 – 9pm ET

Elton_John_-_Don't_Shoot_Me_I'm_Only_the_Piano_PlayerDon’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player is the sixth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released by DJM Records. This was John’s second straight No. 1 album in the US and yielded his first No. 1 single in both the US and Canada: “Crocodile Rock”. “Daniel” was also a major hit from the album, giving him his second Canadian No. 1 single on the RPM Top Singles Chart and just missing the top slot south of the border, stalling at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reaching No. 4 in the UK, one place higher than achieved by “Crocodile Rock”.

According to writer Philip Norman in his early 1990s authorized biography, “Elton,” during a party in Los Angeles, John’s friend Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at the singer, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player”, so naming the album. (The album’s cover photograph, which shows a young couple going to see a fictional movie, “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player, starring Elton John”, also includes a movie poster of the Marx Brothers’ “Go West”, though whether this was an intentional subtle tribute to Groucho is uncertain).

Once again, the team returned to France to record at the Château d’Hérouville, also known at the time as “Strawberry Studios”, which was how the studio was credited in the album’s sleeve. The album featured horns arranged by producer Gus Dudgeon on “Elderberry Wine” (the B-side to “Crocodile Rock”), “Midnight Creeper” and “I’m Gonna Be a Teenage Idol”, the latter of which was inspired by John’s friend, T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan. The horn players were the same ones, in fact, who were used on Honky Château. Paul Buckmaster returned to add strings on “Blues for My Baby and Me” and “Have Mercy on the Criminal”. During his Australian concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1986, John lauded Buckmaster’s work on songs such as “Have Mercy on the Criminal”, calling the string arrangements “revolutionary”.

The album was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, topping the UK and US album charts.Worldwide the album has sold more than 18 million copies. It is one of only two albums to feature just the core band of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson, without percussionist Ray Cooper. The other album is Breaking Hearts in 1984.

An outtake of note was a re-recording of “Skyline Pigeon”, which became the B-side to the single of “Daniel”.

Critics at the time called some of the performances, especially “Crocodile Rock”, derivative, which John freely acknowledged years later. In “His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John” by author Elizabeth Rosenthal, John said “Crocodile Rock” was written as an overt homage to ’50s records, and his vocal intentionally mimicked Bobby Vee. “High Flying Bird” was designed to sound like a Van Morrison record, and “Midnight Creeper” was a tip of the hat to the Rolling Stones.

John toured Australia during 1972 and was so inspired by Daddy Cool’s hit single “Eagle Rock” that, with Taupin, he wrote “Crocodile Rock”. The cover of this album has a photo of lyricist Taupin wearing a “Daddy Who?” promotional badge.

“Don’t Shoot Me…” was also, according to John, the first album during which he felt comfortable experimenting with his vocal performances and style. – Wikipedia

“Daniel” – 3:54
“Teacher I Need You” – 4:10
“Elderberry Wine” – 3:33
“Blues for Baby and Me” – 5:42
“Midnight Creeper” – 3:55
“Have Mercy on the Criminal” – 5:57
“I’m Going to be a Teenage Idol” – 3:55
“Texan Love Song” – 3:33
“Crocodile Rock” – 3:58
“High Flying Bird” – 4:12

Bonus tracks (1995 Mercury and 1996 Rocket reissue)

“Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” – 4:43
“Jack Rabbit” – 1:49
“Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)” – 2:51
“Skyline Pigeon” (Piano version) – 3:56

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Feature LP: Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record (1976) 9:50pm ET

ELO-NWRA New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1976.   The album included the hit singles “Telephone Line”, which became the band’s first gold US single, “Livin’ Thing”, and “Do Ya” (US); and “Rockaria!” (UK). “Do Ya” was an ELO updating of The Move’s late 1972 final US single on United Artists Records. The focus is more on shorter pop songs, a trend which would continue throughout the rest of ELO’s future albums. In 1977, many of the album’s songs were featured on the “Joyride” soundtrack. In 2006, the album was remastered and released with bonus tracks on Sony’s Epic/Legacy imprint. “Surrender” was also issued as a promotional single and an iTunes download single, which entered the top 100 download chart. – Wikipedia

1 Tightrope – 5:03
2 Telephone Line – 4:38
3 Rockaria! – 3:12
4 Mission (A World Record) – 4:25
5 So Fine – 3:54
6 Livin’ Thing – 3:31
7 Above the Clouds – 2:16
8 Do Ya – 3:43
9 Shangri-La – 5:32

Feature LP: Lady Antebellum – 747 (2014) 8:30pm ET

Lady_A_747747 is the sixth studio album by American country music group Lady Antebellum. It was released on September 30, 2014, by Capitol Records Nashville. The album’s lead single “Bartender” reached number 1 on the US Country Airplay chart in early September 2014. – Wikipedia

1 Long Stretch of Love   2:51
2 Bartender   3:18
3 Lie with Me   3:21
4 Freestyle   3:04
5 Down South   4:17
6 One Great Mystery   3:34
7 Sounded Good at the Time   3:06
8 She Is   3:21
9 Damn You Seventeen   4:01
10 747 3:27
11 Just a Girl   3:37
12 Slow Rollin’   3:44
13 All Nighter   3:00
14 Falling for You   3:54

Feature LP: Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear (2014) 9pm ET

Sia 1000 Forms1000 Forms of Fear is the sixth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler, released on July 8, 2014. “Chandelier”, released in March 2014, served as the album’s lead single. On June 2, 2014, “Eye of the Needle” was made available for download with album pre-orders on iTunes Store. The album received positive reviews from music critics, with many critics praising the album’s darker mood, as well as the production and Sia’s vocals and songwriting. – Click Here for More – Wikipedia

1. “Chandelier” 3:37
2. “Big Girls Cry” 3:32
3. “Burn the Pages” 3:16
4. “Eye of the Needle” 4:10
5. “Hostage” 2:56
6. “Straight for the Knife” 3:32
7. “Fair Game” 3:52
8. “Elastic Heart” 4:18
9. “Free the Animal” 4:25
10. “Fire Meet Gasoline” 4:02
11. “Cellophane” 4:26
12. “Dressed in Black” 6:41

Total length: 48:41

Donna Summer – Once Upon A Time Memorial Mix (Womack ReWork) 8p ET

Donna+Summer++1977Greg Womack has put together a Donna Summer Memorial Mix and some Selected Cuts ​from the Once A Upon A Time album.

Once Upon a Time was Donna Summer’s sixth studio album. Released on October 25, 1977 and peaked at No: 26 on the US Billboard 200, No: 13 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No: 24 on the UK Albums Chart. The full double-album charted at No: 1 on the Hot Dance/Disco chart. Once Upon a Time includes the singles “I Love You”, “Fairy Tale High”, “Once Upon a Time” and “Rumour Has It”.
Once Upon a Time, Summer’s first double double album, told a modern-day Cinderella-themed story through the powerful melodies of disco music. The album’s story concept was conceived by Joyce Bogart the wife of Neil Bogart who owned Casablanca Records. Also in the albums creative tank were Susan Munao and Donna Summer, the album was based on an idea by Al Bogatz. The songs were written in collaboration by Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte who also recorded the album at their Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany with arrangements by Bob Esty while electronic arrangements were the work of Moroder.