Friday, August 26, 2011

One Fine Morning

One of Canada's most original pop groups ever, Lighthouse was formed in Toronto early in 1969. Their sound was as diverse as their listening audience, and contained cellos, violas, an array of horns and a full percussion section. Similar to Blood Sweat and Tears. Lighthouse was undeniably one of the driving forces of the Canadian pop machine of the '70's. With a total of nine gold records, three platinum and 4 Junos, no other band of the day could touch them. In a time before Canadian radio stations were required to play a minimum of homegrown talent, Lighthouse wasn't affected. Their keen pop sensibility, combined with plain musical talent and clever production styles, helped their light shine brightly, guiding many of today's groups along the way. The title track from their 1971 album One Fine Morning was an international and American hit. Other notable songs on this album include “ Hats Off Stranger” and “ Love of a Woman.”

 I finally acquired this on vinyl about three weeks ago and it's in darn good shape.  I had posted a song from this album back in 2005, but it wasn't my rip.  Now that I finally found a good copy I have my own rip that sounds much better than the one I had.  The horns on Love of a Woman are insane.  Having played trumpet back in the day,  that song left me scratching my head as to how it was possible to hit some of those notes.  They disbanded in 1976 but have since reunited in varying incarnations.  In fact a couple of Albertans I know just saw them a few days ago in Lethbridge, Alberta at the famous Whoop Up days and they reported to me that it was fabulous. Classic Canadian music here that is going for 89 dollars on CD at Amazon.

Love of a Woman
One Fine Morning
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Thursday, August 18, 2011


In 1989 The Smithereens released their third full length albuym titled 11. The title and the cover are an homage to the original 1960 Ocean's Eleven film. This album was their most successful owing to the single A Girl Like You. If you're a fan of Troma movies like The Toxic Avenger, then look for The Smithereens starring as themselves as they were featured as the entertainment in the indoor beach party scene of the Troma film Class of Nuke 'Em High, playing the song "Much Too Much".  Critics loved their first two albums and gave this one a lukewarm reception.  Homercat loved this album and isn't too keen on the first two.  In their early phase these guys were accused of sounding too much like The Byrds and The Beatles. Where the guys in the band kept pointing out that its Marshall Amplifier-heavy live sound was closer to heavy metal than it was to The Beatles. Though The Smithereens are still around, they were yet another victim of the grunge fad of the 90's.

Yesterday Girl
Blue Period
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Friday, August 05, 2011

Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon is one of the most underrated classic rock musicians of all time and those who manage to discover his music often deem him a genius - and with good reason, although he never had much commercial success. Zevon released his self titled second album in 1976. The album was produced by Jackson Browne and has since been labeled a masterpiece in the Rolling Stone Record Guide. By the time this album was released he had already spent 10 years in the biz as a songwriter. When one looks at the credits on the album there is Hall of Fame list of guest musicians who participated. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Everly, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, JD Souther are just a few of the talented folks helping out Warren. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut, but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight and as the guide says, a masterpiece of vinyl.

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All songs composed by Warren Zevon

"Frank and Jesse James" – 4:33
"Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded" – 2:53
"Backs Turned Looking Down the Path" – 2:27
"Hasten Down the Wind" – 2:58
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" – 3:04
"The French Inhaler" – 3:44
"Mohammed's Radio" – 3:40
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" – 2:56
"Carmelita" – 3:32
"Join Me in L.A." – 3:13
"Desperados Under the Eaves" – 4:45

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