Sunday, August 22, 2010

Music Power

Since I am still on vacation I'm putting this up ahead of time and am heaping on some  K-Tel action with 22  original hits on Music Power released sometime in 1973, I think. It seems that the years from 73 to 78 were the most prolific for the K records especially since a lot of these discs I've been putting up are from 73. I believe that AM radio was still king at the time and there didn't seem to be specialty stations like there is now. There was such a diverse amount of music being played on AM back then. A station might play a Tony Orlando and Dawn song and the next song would be from the Edgar Winter Group. FM was still in it's infancy waiting to grow up and kick AM radio's butt with it's format specialization. Those days are gone but has a bunch of these these slabs of vinyl to remind us of what it was like. Enjoy and homercat be back soon.

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Artist- Title
Olivia Newton-John- Let Me Be There
Dan Goodwin- This is Your Song
Dawn (featuring Tony Orlando)- Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally
Bill Amesbury- Virginia
DeFranco Family- Abra-ca-dabra
Gladys Knight and the Pips- I've Got to Use My Imagination
Crowbar- Million Dollar Weekend
The Incredible Bongo Band- Let There Be Drums
The Edgar Winter Group- Free Ride
Lisle- Shelley Made Me Smile
Al Wilson- Show and Tell
Love Unlimited Orchestra- Love's Theme
Mocedades- Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)
Kool and the Gang- Jungle Boogie
Lighthouse- Can You Feel It
Looking Glass- Jimmy Loves Mary Anne
Ken Tobias- Fly Me High
Abrahams's Children- Goddess of Nature
Gary & Dave- Could You Ever Love Me Again
Helen Reddy- One Way Ticket
Rod Stewart- Oh No Not My Baby
Barry White- Never, Never Gonna Give You Up

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

It's that time of year again. The cat is fixin to head off to Alberta for some much needed R and R. Figurin' since I'm headed for cowboy country it would only be fitting that I should put up some music from native Albertan Corb Lund. Especially since where we're headed is the same area where he was born and raised.

Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer is the fourth album by Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans, released in 2005. The album was certified gold and named Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association in 2006. From songs like ‘Truck Got Stuck’, a story about a bunch of farmers getting stuck in the mud after a huge rainfall, to the song ‘Hurtin Albertan’ whose chorus sings ‘I’m a Hurtin Albertan with nothing more to lose, too much oil money not enough booze’, Lund writes songs Albertans and Canadians can laugh about in their honesty. A great album full of hooks you will be humming all day. Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans boast 22 awards, including Canadian Country Music Association Awards for 2008 Roots Artist of the Year and Juno Awards 2006 Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. They also have been nominated for many other awards, mostly within Canada. Though Corb is gaining recognition down south this is a good example of another Canadian release that needs more yankee exposure.

Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer
Hurtin' Albertan
Buy It

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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Best of British Rock

We watched the movie Pirate Radio earlier this week and I have to say that if you haven't seen it, you should run out and rent it because it's an awesome movie. If you love music as I do then you've got to see this movie. One of the best we've seen in a while. So this movie got me to thinking that I had an old Brit Rock album stashed away in my collection. I found it and upon examination it's one of those as advertised on TV albums. The Best of British Rock is not a K-Tel album but it is from the same era and as you can see from the cover, $6.99 for this 2 record set. It's a Capitol Special Market product and I don't have a clue what year it came out as I couldn't find a date on it anywhere. I would guess early seventies. I was inspired by the awesome soundtrack from Pirate Radio to rip this and upload it for my 9 readers.

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Artist- Title
The Bee Gees- How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Gerry & the Pacemakers- Ferry Cross the Mersey
Hollies- Bus Stop
The Seekers- Georgy Girl
Chad & Jeremy- A Summer Song
Dave Clark Five- Glad All Over
Freddie & the Dreamers- I'm Telling You Now
Manfred Mann- Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Billy J Kramer- Trains and Boats and Planes
Cliff Richard- It's All in the Game
Peter & Gordon- I Go To Pieces

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Artist- Title
Gerry & the Pacemakers- Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Peter & Gordon- A World Without Love
The Bee Gees- I Started A Joke
Swinging Blue Jeans- Hippy Hippy Shake
Chad & Jeremy- Willow Weep For Me
The Seekers- I'll Never Find Another You
Cream- Sunshine of Your Love
Dave Clark Five- Bits and Pieces
Hollies- Stop Stop Stop
Billy J Kramer- Do You Want to Know a Secret
Walker Brothers- The sun Ain't Gonna Shine (anymore)

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Friday, August 13, 2010


Don't you love to listen to music when you can tell the artist is having a ball making the recording. As I was thinking of the old days when MTV used to play videos, I got to thinking about the original VJ's and Martha Quinn popped into my head. Then a song about Martha Quinn called Stuffin' Martha's Muffin by the one and only Mojo Nixon. Mojo was a darling of the early MTV. Until he wrote a song that dissed MTV.(maybe it was that Martha song). Then he was banned from their high falutin TV channel. Now that high falutin' music TV channel is a piece of garbage that hardly has anything to do with music and Mojo is still priceless.

Think of Mojo as a real working class guy. Telling it like it really is. Kinda like Bruce Springsteen without the stick up his ass. I loved Mojo and I am still eagerly waiting for his comeback. If ever music needed Mojo it's now. Hillbilly, rockabilly, politically incorrect and a musician that really speaks his mind and doesn't give a flying fuck what anyone thinks. Yeah, gotta love that. We need that now.

I have done several posts about Mojo over the years just cause you gotta love the scoundrel.  I guess I'm making it my mission to make sure that the word of Mojo gets spread. otis
Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper wound up cutting ties in late 1989; Nixon wanted to form a full backing band, while Roper left the touring life to pursue a solo career that resulted in two albums for Triple X. For his first solo album, Nixon assembled an all-star cowpunk band featuring Country Dick Montana (Beat Farmers), John Doe (X), Eric Ambel (Del Lords), and Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock). The result, Otis, was released in 1990 and caused a stir with the notorious "Don Henley Must Die," a rip on the Eagles frontman turned solo artist. (Two years later, the initially offended Henley shocked Nixon by climbing on-stage in Austin, TX, to perform the song with him; Nixon subsequently called off his fatwa.)  For fans of good old in-your-face iconoclastic rock that doesn't take itself too seriously, this will fill the bill.  Now I did talk about this album a couple of years ago and even offered a download of the whole album but you gotta keep it out there for the people and maybe have them running around trying to track down this out of print gem. Mojo is Mark Twain, Lou Reed, Hunter S. Thompson, Frank Zappa and Howlin' Wolf rolled up into one big burrito and dosed with LSD. For you youngsters just discovering Mojo, start with any Mojo album really, then proceed to ask yourself why there isn't anybody else these days with the same mad rage making music.

Ain't High Falutin'
Rabies Baby

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Lights Out

Peter Wolf ditched the J. Geils Band in 1983 because co-leader Seth Justman turned down a batch of new songs Wolf had written with some other guys, he made the most of it and released the great Lights Out album in 1984. Boasting a huge hit single, the bouncing, machine funk monster title track, and a whole buttload of catchy, candy coated' '80s power pop, the album is one of the hidden gems of the era and sadly out of print. Peter put together an eclectic ensemble to create the record. The album was engineered by Ed Stasium, who produced most of the Ramones' recordings. The musicians involved ranged from hiphop pioneers to marquee name rockers, including, Mick Jagger, Elliot Easton of the Cars, Adrian Belew, G.E. Smith, members of the P-Funk Horns, Yogi Horton, Maurice Starr, and Michael Jonzun, leader of the Jonzun Crew.

Wolf found himself a little success and the J geils Band totally tanked when he left. It amazes me how damn good this album is and how damn hard it is to find now. This is an ear-candy full, melodic record that, darn it, is just great fun to listen to. It is one of those masterpieces that deserves the re-released remastered treatment and those fat cat record execs sit in their golden palaces with their thumbs up their butt ignoring this little gem.

I Need You Tonight
You can buy it here if you're willing to fork out some crazy cash. Prices range from 140 to 300 dollars, or you can ask the homercat for a copy because someone's gettin rich and it ain't Peter Wolf or the record company.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

They Only Come Out at Night

They Only Come Out at Night is the fourth studio album by the Edgar Winter Group. It went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, eventually sold two million copies, and features two of the band's biggest hits, "Frankenstein" (#1 Pop Singles) and "Free Ride" (#14 Pop Singles). The album was released in November of 72, but it wasn't until the next year that either song became big. I remember hearing those two songs on the radio all that summer and  going to the record store and buying Frankenstein on 45. It wasn't until the early 80's when I finally bought a copy of the album only to find that there were 8 more great cuts on the album. Speaking of monsters, just look at the lineup on this album. Rick Derringer produced and played many of the instruments, Ronnie Montrose lead guitar, Dan Hartman vocals and of course the albinoed one himself. In live performances of the song, Edgar Winter further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck, giving him the on-stage mobility and audience interaction of guitar players. Talk about a supergroup.

Alta Mira
When It Comes
Buy It

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