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ZZ Top, Rio Grande Mud, 1972 on London Records

Second album from the Texas blues/rock trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard. London Records basically represented Decca in the US from 1947 to 1980. I…

Wall of Voodoo, Ring of Fire (Remix) / The Morricone Themes (Live), 1982 on Index

12″ single from Stan Ridgway and Wall of Voodoo. The live tracks were recorded live at “The Barn” (Barstow CA?) November 22, 1980. Not sure why they chose…

Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line, 1971 on Hilltop / Pickwick.

Labelled as Pickwick/33 on the cover, by arrangement with Share records, but then with Hilltop yellow labels – discount reissue of material previously released on Sun Records. (Share…

John Mayall, Jazz Blues Fusion, 1972 on Polydor

Mayall is joined here by Larry Taylor, Freddy Robinson, Ron Selico, Clifford Solomon and Blue Mitchell – adding sax and trumpet to his traditional blues approach. Recoded in…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Hard Travelin’: songs by Woody Guthrie and others, 1977 on Fantasy

This is really a 2xLP reissue of two Prestige records: Jack Elliott Sings The Songs of Woody Guthrie (1960) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (1961). Fantasy purchased the catalog…

Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On, 1971 on Tamla.

My copy is a late 90s reissue on 180g vinyl with replicated artwork, which I picked up at a record fair at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. This…

Michael Jackson, Thriller, 1982 on Epic

I remember listening to this right when it came out. I was young enough to not yet know I was supposed to reject Michael as too popular or…

The Isley Brothers, 3+3 featuring: That Lady, 1973 on T-Neck

The Isley Brothers is one of those bands i didn’t know well but have started to appreciate more as I collect vinyl – whenever i find a record…

Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters, 1971 on Chess Records.

2xLP collection of songs from 1948 to 1964 – hugely influential post-war era Chicago blues. Liner notes by Pete Welding. There are a ton of Muddy Waters compilations…

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker, Groovin’ High, 1974 on EMUS

EMUS was a label that bought rights from bankrupt (or nearly so) labels and reissued them. These recordings were made in 1947 in NYC. Personnel here also includes…

Eurythmics, In the Garden, 1981 on RCA

Many folks know Eurythmics only through a small set of hits – Sweet Dreams most notably, maybe a few others – but their output is really outstanding across…

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Butt Rockin’, 1981 on Chrysalis

Kim Wilson, Jimmy Vaughan, Keith Ferguson, and Fran Christina, joined by the Roomful of Blues horn section. Produced by Denny Bruce, this was their third LP. I feel…

Buckingham Nicks, Buckingham Nicks, 1973 on Polydor

Self-titled debut (and only full-length) by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, before they joined Fleetwood Mac. It was produced by Keith Olson and mostly features songs written by…

Pink Floyd, Live at Knebworth 1990, 2021 on Pink Floyd Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Although the concert recorded here is from 1990 (“Recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on 30 June 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and…

Bauhaus, The Sky’s Gone Out, 1982 on A&M / Beggars Banquet.

I’m a bit late for World Goth Day here, but I definitely went through a hardcore Bauhaus phase – listening to the 1979-1983 compilation (volume one with white…

Huey Lewis and the News, Sports, 1983 on Chrysalis

Pretty hard to ignore this LP if you were listening to the radio (or more accurately watching MTV which showed videos then) in the early 80s. I think…

Stephane Grappelli / David Grisman, Live, 1981 on Warner Brothers.

Great combo of two talented musicians: Grappelli on Violin and Grisman on Mandolin. Recorded at the Berkelee Center for the Performing Arts in Boston. Misty, Sweet Georgia Brown,…

Leon Redbone, Mystery Man, 1982 on Accord

Redbones’s fifth LP, and his first (and only) on Accord. There’s not much detail on the source of the material – likely recorded in the early 70s, maybe…

Go Go’s, Vacation, 1982 on I.R.S. Records

This was the sophomore release, following Beauty and the Beat. Lead off single “Vacation” was an unavoidable hit that summer. Cowriting credit on “He’s So Strange” to Leonard…

John Mayall / Jerry McGee / Larry Taylor, Memories, 1971 on Polydor

More blues without drums from Mayall accompanied by Jerry McGee on dobro & guitar and Larry Taylor (from Canned Heat) on bass. Recorded in 1971 in LA. Via…