Seal's gig at the famous Olympia Theatre in Paris became the subject of a live album and a DVD which showed the gig in its entirety. Seal performed all his hit singles as well as the Jimi Hendrix cover "Hey Joe." The tracks from the live album are all in this week's playlist. Listen in now.
30 years ago today, Joe Walsh released the seventh studio album of his solo career, an effort which didn’t manage to change his commercial fortunes but did offer a title track that has since come to be viewed as one of his signature songs.
The Confessor broke a two-year silence from Walsh, with his previous album, 1983’s You Bought It – You Name It, having left critics less than amused even as it entertained fans and radio listeners with singles like “I Can Play That Rock & Roll” and “Space Age Whiz Kids,” with the latter track also providing Walsh with a minor MTV hit.
38 years ago today, Rod Stewart had a double A-side hit the top of the U.K. charts, which is an impressive but not unheard-of feat, but there’s an added twist in this instance: the songs were from different albums.
Just to be obstinate, let’s start off by talking about “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” a track written by Danny Whitten and originally recorded for Crazy Horse’s self-titled debut, released in 1971. Stewart recorded the song for his 1975 album, Atlantic Crossing, but when the album was released, its first big hit single was “Sailing,” which topped the UK charts in September of that year, and it was soon followed by “This Old Heart of Mine,” which provided Stewart with a second top-five hit from the album.
We’ve got quite the trifecta of albums being reissued on 180-gram vinyl this week, and even though none of them sound a thing like each other, we can assure you that they’re all quite good in their own right.
Morcheeba, Big Calm: A little bit rock, a little bit dance, and a little bit trip-hop (among various other styles), the music of Morcheeba has always fought an uphill battle in the US, where mainstream audiences have a tendency to prefer their artists to start out sounding a particular way and just kind of stay there. In their native UK, however, they’ve got a strong following that’s netted them several hit records, and if there’s one of their efforts that’s considered to be their signature album, it’s this one, which features the hit singles “Part of the Process,” “Let Me See,” “Shoulder Holster,” and “Blindfold.”
Tonight marks the final episode of CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, an event which in turn brings to a close the 33-year late-night career of our man Dave, who kicked off NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. Here at Rhino, it’s hard not to get a little misty when we think back to how many of our artists have turned up on one or both of the programs, which is why we put together a playlist featuring – wait for it – 33 tracks from our catalog which were performed on the show at one time or another.
1994...the Doctor was getting his feet wet in California…the ground started trembling…the World Series called in sick…and OJ made a break for it. Still, it was a decent year.
Given how prominent he’s been in recent years – and particularly so at present, what with a new album (No Pier Pressure) and a new movie about his life (Love and Mercy) – it’s sometimes amazing to recall that there was once a time when Brian Wilson was a virtual recluse. It’s true, though: when Wilson released his self-titled debut in 1988, many were staggered by the fact that he was able to successfully make music at all, let alone produce such a wonderful album.
Granted, in retrospect, the Brian Wilson album was made in the midst of Wilson’s time under the care of notorious therapist Eugene Landy, so it’s hard not to wonder what the end result of the effort might’ve been if Landy hadn’t been involved in the recording process. Still, if you’re a longtime fan of Wilson’s work, you can’t deny that the results were wonderful.
Given his lengthy career, it would be disingenuous to suggest that Jeff Beck has never released a classic live album in his time – in fact, he’s had several, the most successful of which have been 1977’s Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live and 2008’s Live at Ronnie Scott’s – but they’re few enough and far enough between that the release of a new one is always worthy of celebration.
In other words, it’s time to celebrate, because Live + is here.