Posts Tagged The Who

Album of the Day: Yes (10/15/69)

The eponymous debut album by British prog-rockers Yes is considered to be the first progressive rock album. And Yes the band (for their playlist, click here) is considered to be the most venerable and commercially successful prog-rock band. Their debut album was released on October 15, 1969 in the waning days of psychedelic rock, and just ahead of the big splintering of rock music into a multitude of sounds and genres that made the 70s the best decade for rock music. With their next three albums, Yes became a major and defining force on the progressive side of rock music. But the debut LP didn’t fare well, even though it’s a decent collection of early Yes songs. The biggest reason: Yes was released within a few weeks of several notable late-1969 rock albums by the heavy hitters of the time, including Tommy by The Who, Led Zeppelin II, and the StonesLet It Bleed. By 1973, that would all change.

By the way, Yes includes two very ambitious and interesting covers of songs by the Beatles (“Every Little Thing”) and the Byrds (“I See You”). To download Yes from iTunes or for a CD from Amazon, click here.

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Album of The Day: Roger Daltrey (5/13/77)

A superstar in his own right for his fronting vocals with The Who, Roger Daltrey called on some top-notch songwriters and high-profile friends to support him on his moonlighting solo efforts. His third LP outside the sphere of The Who, One Of The Boys, was released on May 13, 1977. Unfortunately, like all his other solo albums, this one was a worthy effort but mostly a commercial bust.

Roger was not alone in carrying on a parallel solo career during breaks in The Who’s touring and recording schedules. Like guitarist/bandleader Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle, Daltrey issued 12 or more albums between the early 70s and mid-90s, and like the other two never found much success with his solo ventures. But for all three, stepping out from the band’s spotlight gave them a chance to go beyond The Who’s generally hard rock style. On One of the Boys Daltrey explores his own world, including a light country-rocker (“Single Man’s Dilemma” written by former Zombie Colin Blunstone and reminiscent of the New Riders), an exuberant pop-rocker penned by Paul McCartney (“Giddy”), a pounding rocker in the title track, and three mediocre tracks which he co-wrote. There’s some very good stuff here, just not enough to form a cohesive album or grab any but the most serious Daltrey fans (or devoted Who-spin-off collectors, if there is such a thing). Roger’s Under The Raging Moon (1985) is a better bet.

There’s a full 25 track playlist for The Who in the Playlist Vault, and One of the Boys can be purchased as a CD or mp downloads at Amazon.

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This Week’s Birthdays

Happy Birthday this week to:
Oct 18
1926 ● Chuck Berry
1938 ● Ronnie Bright → The Coasters
1943 ● Russ Gigure → The Association
1947 ● Laura Nyro
1961 ● Wynton Marsalis

Oct 19
1934 ● David Guard → Kingston Trio
1944 ● Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) → “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” (1978)
1945 ● Jeannie C. Riley → “Harper Valley PTA” (1968)
1946 ● Keith Reid → Procol Harum
1950 ● Patrick SimmonsDoobie Brothers

Oct 20
1945 ● Ric Lee → Ten Years After
1950 ● Tom Petty
1951 ● Al GreenwoodForeigner
1964 ● Jim “Soni” Sonefeld → Hootie and The Blowfish

Oct 21
1917 ● John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie
1940 ● Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubovitz) → Earth Band, solo
1941 ● Steve CropperBooker T & the MGs
1942 ● Elvin Bishop → Paul Butterfield Blues Band, solo
1947 ● John “Rabbit” Bundrick → Free, solo, The Who
1952 ● Brent MydlandGrateful Dead

Oct 22
1942 ● Annette Funicello
1942 ● Bobby Fuller → Bobby Fuller Four
1945 ● Leslie WestMountain, West Bruce & Laing
1946 ● Eddie BrigatiThe Rascals

Oct 23
1939 ● Charlie Foxx → “Mockingbird” (1963)
1940 ● Fred Marsden → Gerry & The Pacemakers
1943 ● Greg Ridley → Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth
1956 ● Dwight Yoakham
1959 ● Weird Al Yankovic

Oct 24
1930 ● The Big Bopper (J. R. Richardson)
1936 ● Bill WymanRolling Stones
1944 ● Ted Templeman → Producer
1950 ● Dale “Buffin” Griffin → Mott The Hoople

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Album of the Day: Yes (10/15/69)

316ZDSWKM0L._SL160_The eponymous debut album by British prog-rockers Yes is considered to be the first progressive rock album. And Yes the band (for my Yes playlist, click here) is considered to be the most venerable and commercially successful prog-rock band. Their debut album was released on October 15, 1969 in the waning days of psychedelic rock, and just ahead of the big splintering of rock music into a multitude of sounds and genres that made the 70s the best decade for rock music. With their next three albums, Yes became a major and defining force on the progressive side of rock music. But the debut LP didn’t fare well, even though it’s a decent collection of early Yes songs. The biggest reason: Yes was released within a few weeks of several notable late-1969 rock albums by the heavy hitters of the time, including Tommy by The Who, Led Zeppelin II, and the Stones’ Let It Bleed. By 1973, that would all change.

By the way, Yes includes two very ambitious and interesting covers of songs by the Beatles (“Every Little Thing”) and the Byrds (“I See You”). To download Yes from iTunes, click here. For a CD from Amazon, click here.

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This Week’s Birthdays

Happy Birthday this week to:
Oct 04
1929 ● Leroy Van Dyke → “Walk On By” (1962)
1947 ● Jim FielderBlood, Sweat & Tears, sessions
1957 ● Barbara K. MacDonald → Timbuk 3
1962 ● Jon Secada

Oct 05
1936 ● George Jones Jr. → The Edsels
1938 ● Carlo Mastrangelo → The Belmonts
1942 ● Richard StreetThe Temptations
1943 ● Steve Miller
1947 ● Brian JohnsonAC/DC
1949 ● Brian Connolly → Sweet
1954 ● Bob Geldof → Boomtown Rats
1957 ● Lee Thompson → Madness

Oct 06
1917 ● Bob Neal → Early Elvis Presley manager
1946 ● Millie Small → “My Boy Lollipop” (1964)
1950 ● Thomas McClary → The Commodores
1951 ● Kevin CroninREO Speedwagon
1954 ● David Hidalgo → Los Lobos

Oct 07
1941 ● Tony Sylvester → The Main Ingredient
1945 ● Kevin Godley → 10CC
1949 ● David HopeKansas
1951 ● John “Cougar” Mellencamp
1953 ● Tico Torres → Bon Jovi
1968 ● Thom Yorke → Radiohead
1968 ● Toni Braxton

Oct 08
1934 ● Doc Green → The Drifters
1942 ● Reese Francis “Buzz” Clifford → “Babysittin’ Boogie” (1961)
1948 ● Johnny Ramone (John Cummings)The Ramones
1949 ● Hamish Stuart → Average White Band
1950 ● Robert “Kool” Bell → Kool & The Gang
1965 ● C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward)The Ramones

Oct 09
1937 ● Pat Burke → The Foundations
1939 ● Overton Vertis “O.V.” Wright → “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (1964)
1940 ● John Lennon
1944 ● John EntwistleThe Who
1948 ● Jackson Browne
1969 ● Polly Jean “P.J.” Harvey
1975 ● Sean Ono Lennon
1984 ● Nona Hendryx → Labelle

Oct 10
1946 ● John Prine
1946 ● Keith Reid → Procol Harum
1953 ● Midge Ure → Ultravox
1954 ● David Lee RothVan Halen
1961 ● Martin Kemp → Spandau Ballet
1967 ● Mike Malinin → Goo Goo Dolls

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