It’s Ray Manzarek’s birthday, which – like most days – is a perfect day to kick back and listen to The Doors. If you’re of a mind to step a little bit outside the box, however, you might consider investigate some of the material that Manzarek had a hand in creating on the non-Doors front.
1. The Mamas & The Papas, “No Salt On Her Tail”
Manzarek didn’t step outside of his work with Morrison, Krieger, and Densmore very often during the years when The Doors were still a foursome, but he did turn up on the self-titled debut by The Mamas & the Papas, playing organ on the song that led off the album.
39 years ago today, in the wake of declaring themselves too old to rock 'n' roll and too young to die, Jethro Tull released their 10th album and revealed that they'd decided to folk things up a bit.
Recorded in the autumn of 1976, just after the band had concluded their tour in support of the Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! album, Songs from the Wood definitely found Jethro Tull turning in a different musical direction. Indeed, upon its release, Melody Maker acknowledged that it was “definitely unlike anything they have recorded before” and subsequently theorized that “perhaps Ian Anderson has decided to put his money where his often over-sized mouth is, and really attempt to vary the formula.”
This week it’s Alice Cooper vs. Otis Redding! (Wait, what?!?) Don’t worry, it works.
38 years ago today, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and a pair of brothers named Eddie and Alex released their first full-length album as Van Halen.
The cover art for the band's self-titled debut consisted of four photographs - one of each member - taken at the Whiskey a Go-Go, the iconic Los Angeles nightclub that served as a regular haunt for Van Halen during their early years. But we know: you're much more interested in learning something about all of the amazing music that's going on inside that cover.
17 years ago today, Collective Soul released their fourth studio album, an effort which featured a song that was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart for an unbelievable 15 weeks.
When Collective Soul made their full-length debut with Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid in 1993, there was no particular reason to expect the band to do more than thrive in the grunge era and then struggle to survive in the subsequent years. That's not to say anything against the band or their music, only to say that you never can predict the lifespan of any band that arrives just in time to fit into the latest trend on the pop charts. Collective Soul defied the odds, however, and in a ridiculously big way: they've earned a staggering seven #1 Mainstream Rock hits over the course of their career to date.