By the time 1974 had rolled in, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer were worn down. Recording five albums in a three-year span will do that to you, and filling the space between sessions with massive tours that required a convoy of tractor-trailers to cart around your 40 tons of stage equipment … well, that would tend to tucker out just about anyone. They were also worn out with one another; by 1974, each man had little use for the others musically. It seemed as good a time as any to take a break.
Whenever a band releases a new album, it generally inspires fans to take a step back and give a good listen to all of the other albums in the band’s back catalog. As such, since Depeche Mode released their latest LP, SPIRIT, a few months ago, we’re sure you’ll agree this is a perfect time for us to reissue a few more of their albums.
49 years ago today, The Jeff Beck Group performed their first ever show in America, thereby also providing Rod Stewart – who was fronting the band – with his US live debut.
It says something about how early into both Beck’s and Stewart’s careers this momentous occasion took place that their US live debut was as an opening act at Filmore East: they played immediately after a set by Buzzy Linhart’s Seventh Sons and just prior to the evening’s performance by – wait for it – The Grateful Dead.
47 years ago today, The Grateful Dead released their fourth studio album, an effort which found the band’s sound fully focused on the folk-inspired music that Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were bringing to the songwriting table.
47 years ago this week, Bread entered the Billboard Hot 100 with the song that was not only their first top-20 hit but also their first #1 hit.
Written by David Gates, Bread’s primary songwriter, “Make It with You” wasn’t exactly what you’d call a group effort in the studio: the only two members of the band to appear on the track were Mike Botts, who – as ever – sat behind the drum kit, and Gates himself, who was responsible for both lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, and strings.
38 years ago today, The Cars released “Let’s Go,” the first single from their sophomore album, CANDY-O. That the two titles rhymed was probably coincidental, but it’s a nice little bonus, wouldn’t you say?
45 years ago this week, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with their cover of a Carole King classic, one which – you may be surprised to learn – they recorded before James Taylor’s version had even been released as a single.
June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and as much as it sounds like a holiday that would’ve emerged from a record company board room, it’s actually something that’s been on the books since President Jimmy Carter decreed it back on June 7, 1979.
Rhino is celebrating the month by releasing several albums on vinyl – some recent releases, some classics – and here are the details on this week’s batch: