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Sampler Daze: The WB/Reprise Loss Leaders, Part 10

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by 30daysout

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The world in 1976 looked and sounded a heck of a lot different than it did in 1969.  When you went to a club it was most likely a fern bar.  The ladies wore hot pants and halter tops, men wore stacked heels and checkered pants.  The 1970s had its own stupid haircut: the shag (later replaced by another all-star stupid haircut, the mullet).  Music was becoming more rhythmic and slick, it would be another year or so before we’d call it “disco.”  Music more often than not was made for dancing – even at a fern bar.

And so there was Supergroup, the first Loss Leaders sampler from 1976.  We had come a long way from the first Loss Leader sampler in 1969, from the underground to the dance floor.  The sounds of disco were unmistakable: First Choice updated the Philly Groove for a dance audience, and “Are You Ready For Me?” addresses the Big Question.  In answer, everybody seemed to be ready: even the Doobie Brothers, taking to the dance floor with “Rio,” and even a nominally jazz artist like George Benson gets into the groove with “Breezin’,” the title song for an album that would ride all the way to the top of Billboard‘s pop album charts.  Leon Russell had just gotten married, and he celebrated by cutting a record with his new bride.  Hit singles included Seals & Croft’s “Get Closer,” and former Lovin’ Spoonful leader John Sebastian crooning his No. 1 “Welcome Back.”

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Sneak Preview: Bob Dylan’s Christmas Album

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 by 30daysout

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Bob Dylan will release his first ever Christmas album ‘Christmas In The Heart’ on October 13.  All proceeds will go to helping the hungry through Feeding America and International Charities.  Money raised from the album will feed the homeless on Christmas Day, so think about that before you laugh this off. 

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New Release Alert! “Live Anthology” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 24, 2009 by 30daysout

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“TP and HB” as J.J. Jackson used to refer to them on MTV will release Live Anthology on Tuesday, Nov. 22. However, you will be able to start downloading half the tracks this coming Tuesday. Find out more about the “Superhighway Tour” and the different packages available at Tom Petty’s official website. I guarantee you this will not suck.

Bonus Song Of The Week: “Freeway View” by James McMurtry

Posted in News with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by 30daysout

Since we started our “Song Of The Week” feature on a Wednesday, we thought we’d offer a bonus – this is “Freeway View” from James McMurtry’s new live CD/DVD, Live In Europe, coming out October 9.

A document of his first tour through Europe earlier this year, both the vinyl LP and CD include a DVD with live footage.  McMurtry’s band features Texas guitarist Jon Dee Graham and former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan … “Mac” burns a hole through the middle of the song on this clip!

Pre-order Live In Europe and get it autographed!

Song of the Week: “Relator” by Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by 30daysout


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Sampler Daze: WB/Reprise Loss Leaders, Part 9

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by 30daysout

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If you’ve been with us this long, you already know the Warner Bros./Reprise Loss Leaders series wasn’t about hit records – although the 1970s entries managed to have one or two hit singles on each sampler.  But with the coming of 1975’s I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This, the label rolled out its big guns.  Of the 26 songs included on this two-LP set, six were bonafide Top 20 hits and a few others were FM radio staples.

And another thing about this one – it was aimed squarely at MOR audiences.  Singer/songwriters abound: James Taylor does his No. 5 “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” which was actually an old Motown song; Arlo Guthrie does the No. 18 hit “City Of New Orleans,” which was actually written by Steve Goodman; Gordon Lightfoot offers the No. 26 “Rainy Day People,” which was actually written by Gordon Lightfoot.  Add to that Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” (No. 11), Seals & Croft’s “I’ll Play For You” (No. 18) and the No. 1 smash “Then Came You,” by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners.  “I Can See Clearly Now,” a hit for reggae artist Johnny Nash, pops up here in a version by country singer Rex Allen Jr., the first appearance, I believe, on the Loss Leaders by an artist out of the Nashville stable.

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Rock Moment: “The Mike Douglas Show”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by 30daysout

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Mike Douglas started out as big band singer before heading to the small screen in the 1950s. The Mike Douglas Show debuted in Cleveland as a local show in 1961, but by 1967 after the show moved to Philadelphia, it was in 171 markets and watched by more than six million people each afternoon.

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