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5
Dec

Leif Garrett – My Movie Of You (1981)

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Leif Garrett (born Leif Per Nervik; November 8, 1961) is an American singer, actor and television personality. He worked as a child actor then in the 1970s became famous as a teen idol. He received much publicity for his drug abuse and legal troubles.
In 1977, at the ripe old age of 16, Garrett was still acting, making two new films that year and two new television movies, including a lead role in Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion. He was also singing by this point in his career. That same year he signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and released a self-titled debut album. He quickly hit the charts with remakes of the songs “Surfin’ USA” and “The Wanderer.” Teen magazines like Teen Beat and Tiger Beat couldn’t feature enough about the hot pop star. Pull-out posters of Garrett covered young fans’ bedrooms. He appeared to be at the height of his career; no one knew that his demise was drawing ever nearer, even as he stood smiling in the spotlight. Two more albums were released, 1978’s Feel the Need and 1980’s Can’t Explain, before Garrett switched labels, leaving Atlantic for Scotti Brothers; the latter he would soon accuse of controlling his career with a tight rein, allowing him no creative freedom. Garrett was 17 at this point, and enjoying the lifestyle of a rock star when his fall came in the form of a car crash. He was the driver, and a close friend, Roland Winkler, was in the passenger seat. The needless wreck left Winkler in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and a devastated Garrett on a path of self-destruction that would find his career lost in a world of alcohol, heroin, and guilt.
Garrett held on long enough to make two more albums. Same Goes for You in 1979, and then his fifth and last album “My Movie Of You” he released in 1981 with scotti brothers records..
Leif Garrett at the height of his talent, in the 1981 disc, ” MY MOVIE OF YOU ” ! It is a shame that an artist like Leif has stopped recording solo albums since that last LP. The public did not want the biggest teen idol became a mature musician ! And that’s what would happen, so that we can hear his latest solo album.
The songs “Uptown Girl”, “Runaway Rita”, “Just Like A Brother” and “Santa Monica Bay” were released as singles from this album.

 

Tracklist

1.  Runaway Rita – 2:51
2.  Every Night With You – 3:51
3.  Uptown Girl – 3:23
4.  Just Like A Brother – 2:38
5.  Santa Monica Bay – 2:44
6.  Mo Mo Way (Momoe) – 3:47
7.  I Don’t Want To Want You – 3:42
8.  Missin’ You – 3:33
9.  Feels So Right – 3:11
10.  Movie Of You – 3:38

Credits

Notes
Released: 1981
Genre: Pop
Lenth: 33:33

Label – Scotti Bros. Records

4
Dec

Guns ‘N Roses – Live Era ’87 – ’93 (1999)

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Live Era ’87–’93 is a double live album by the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on November 23, 1999. The record was the first official Guns N’ Roses release since “The Spaghetti Incident?” released on the same day in 1993. Guitarist Slash notes that the album is “not pretty and there are a lot of mistakes, but this is Guns N’ Roses, not the fucking Mahavishnu Orchestra. It’s as honest as it gets.”
The dates and locations of the tracks are not revealed in the liner notes, and are only referred to simply as being “Recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993”. However, the majority of the tracks on the two CDs are believed to be sourced from the Use Your Illusion Tour of 1991-1993.
Axl Rose is alleged to have communicated through intermediaries with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan in selecting the track list. In an interview Slash stated that “the live album was one of the easiest projects we all worked on. I didn’t actually see Axl, but we communicated via the powers that be.”
Two former members who play on the majority of the tracks, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, are not credited as band members in the liner notes, but as “additional musicians”, while original drummer Steven Adler, who plays on only three tracks on the album, and Izzy Stradlin, who plays on only six songs, are credited as “main band members.”
Two popular live songs, “Live and Let Die” and “Civil War“, which were both played heavily during the Use Your Illusion Tour, are omitted from this release, while songs that were played to a much lesser extent on the tour (“Pretty Tied Up” and “Move to the City”) are included.
The Japanese and vinyl versions of the album contain a rare performance of “Coma“.
The double-disc Live: Era ’87-’93 was designed to do two things — satiate die-hard fans longing for old-school GNR, while clearing decks for a new studio album. It sounds good in theory, yet it suffers in its execution, since it relies on tapes “recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993.” That’s not what GNR fans want — they want the band in its nervy late-’80s prime, when it seemed like they could self-destruct at any second. Live: Era ’87-’93 offers the polar opposite with slick, professional tracks that sound pieced together from various performances. Axl‘s vocals are not only distant — as though they were sung in a booth, separate from the band — but also amazingly mannered, sounding for all the world as if they were redone in the studio. Meanwhile, the band’s performances are either brushed up or heavily edited, so it’s impossible to tell if any of this was recorded during Appetite-era shows. Certainly, much of this derives from the Illusions tour: there are backing vocals, horns, and just what every fan wants — lots and lots of Dizzy Reed. And if that isn’t indicative of Axl‘s mindset, there is the priceless moment on “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” when he shrieks “Gimme some reggae!” and the band collapses in a sunsplash groove. So, this is heavy on Axl pretensions and short on pure, brutal rock & roll. At its best, it may come closer to vintage GNR than the Illusions did, but the missing ingredients are all too apparent, and in this context, their absence is all the more painful.

 

Tracklist

Disc one
1. “Nightrain” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Stradlin’/Slash/McKagan – 5:18
      Concert: Las Vegas, USA; January 25, 1992
2. “Mr. Brownstone” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Stradlin’/Slash – 5:42
      Concert: London, UK; August 31, 1991
3. “It’s So Easy” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) McKagan, West Arkeen – 3:28
      Concert: Paris, France; June 6, 1992
4. “Welcome to the Jungle” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Slash – 5:09
      Concert: Buenos Aires, Argentina; December 6, 1992
5. “Dust N’ Bones” (from Use Your Illusion I, 1991) Stradlin’/McKagan/Slash – 5:05
     Concert: New York City, USA; May 16, 1991
6. “My Michelle” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Stradlin’ – 3:53
     Concert: London, UK; August 31, 1991
7. “You’re Crazy” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Stradlin’/Slash – 4:45
      Concert: Tokyo, Japan; December 10, 1988
8. “Used to Love Her” (from G N’ R Lies, 1988) Stradlin’ – 4:17
      Concert: Tokyo, Japan; December 10, 1988
9. “Patience” (from G N’ R Lies, 1988) Stradlin’ – 6:42
      Concert: Mexico City, Mexico; April 24, 1993
10. “It’s Alright” (Black Sabbath cover) Bill Ward – 3:07
       Concert: Houston, USA; September 4, 1992
11. “November Rain” (from Use Your Illusion I, 1991) Rose – 12:29
       Concert: Tokyo, Japan; February 22, 1992

Disc two
1. “Out ta Get Me” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Stradlin’/Rose/Slash – 4:33
      London, UK; June 28, 1987
2. “Pretty Tied Up” (from Use Your Illusion II, 1991) Stradlin’ – 5:25
      Tokyo, Japan; February 22, 1992
3. “Yesterdays” (from Use Your Illusion II, 1991) Rose/Arkeen/James/McCloud – 3:52
      Las Vegas, USA; January 25, 1992
4. “Move to the City” (from Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, 1986) Stradlin’/James/Chris Weber – 8:00
      Tokyo, Japan; February 22, 1992
5. “You Could Be Mine” (from Use Your Illusion II, 1991) Stradlin’/Rose – 6:02
      Buenos Aires, Argentina; July 17, 1993
6. “Rocket Queen” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Slash/McKagan – 8:27
      Las Vegas, USA; January 25, 1992
7. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/Stradlin’/Slash – 7:25
      Paris, France; June 6, 1992
8. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan cover from Use Your Illusion II, 1991) Dylan – 7:27
      London, UK; April 20, 1992
9. “Don’t Cry” (from Use Your Illusion I, 1991) Stradlin’/Rose – 4:44
      Tokyo, Japan; February 22, 1992
10. “Estranged” (from Use Your Illusion II, 1991) Rose – 9:52
        Tokyo, Japan; February 22, 1992
11. “Paradise City” (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987) Rose/McKagan/Slash/Stradlin’ – 7:21
        Las Vegas, USA; January 25, 1992

 

Band members

Additional musicians

  • Matt Sorum – drums, backing vocals (1991-1993)
  • Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar, co-lead guitar on “Nightrain”, acoustic guitar on “Patience”, backing vocals (1992-1993)

Backing musicians

  • Teddy Andreadis – backing vocals, harmonica, percussion, keyboards (1991–1993)
  • Roberta Freeman – backing vocals (1991–1993)
  • Tracey Amos – backing vocals (1991–1993)
  • Diane Jones – (1991-1993)
  • Cece Worrall – horns (1991–1993)
  • Anne King – horns (1991–1993)
  • Lisa Maxwell – horns (1991–1993)

Credits

Notes

Release date: November 23, 1999
Recorded: June 28, 1987 and December 10, 1988 – 1991–1993
Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal
Length: 133:02

Label – Geffen Records

4
Dec

Bob Geldof – Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere (1986)

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Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, KBE (born 5 October 1951), is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist and occasional actor. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside the punk rock movement.
Geldof left the Boomtown Rats in 1986, to launch a solo career and publish his autobiography, Is That It?, which was a UK best-seller.
His first solo records sold reasonably well and spawned the hit singles “This Is The World Calling” (co-written with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics).

A year removed from his work organizing the Live Aid concerts to raise money and awareness concerning famine in Africa, ex-Boomtown Rat lead singer Bob Geldof released his solo debut. Deep in the Heart of Nowhere features a host of name performers ranging from Midge Ure (Ultravox) to Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) to Eric Clapton lending a hand.
The lyrics are a bit self-conscious and overreaching at moments, but, with all of the talent on board, the album does have some winning tracks. The single, This Is the World Calling, barely scraped into the charts, but is an anthemic plea to the cosmos with a heavenly background vocal trio of Maria Mckee, Annie Lennox, and Alison Moyet.
“August Was a Heavy Month” and “Love Like a Rocket” both contain fluid, melodic guitar work from Clapton, with the latter being an infectiously catchy lyrical take-off on the Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset.” Unfortunately, the second half begins to waver and the album, overall, is unfocused and less than the sum of some pretty spectacular parts.

 

Tracklist

1. “This Is the World Calling” (Geldof, David A. Stewart) – 4:29
2. “In the Pouring Rain” – 4:30
3. “August Was a Heavy Month” – 5:07
4. “Love Like a Rocket” (Geldof, Stewart) – 5:23
5. “I Cry Too” – 4:25
6. “When I Was Young” – 5:51
7. “This Heartless Heart” – 4:13
8. “The Beat of the Night” – 5:33
9. “Truly, True Blue” – 1:19
10. “Pulled Apart by Horses” – 4:29
11. “Words from Heaven” – 4:40
12. “Good Boys in the Wrong” – 5:18
13. “Night Turns to Day” – 4:53
14. “Deep in the Heart of Nowhere” – 1:19[2]

All songs were written by Bob Geldof, except where noted.

 

Personnel

 

Notes
Released: November 1986
Genre: Pop
Length: 61:35

Label – Mercury Records

4
Dec

Gillan – Glory Road (Limited Edition) (1980)

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Glory Road is the third album by the British rock band Gillan, released in October 1980. The album reached No. 3 in the UK album charts.
Like Mr. Universe, Glory Road put to shame many of the albums Deep Purple recorded after Ian Gillan‘s departure. Play this album next to Purple‘s post-Gillan 1975 release Come Taste the Band, and it becomes clear just how superior some of Gillan‘s solo albums were. Those who like Gillan for melodic yet blistering heavy metal won’t be disappointed by “Sleeping on the Job,” “Unchain Your Brain,” and other inspired, high-octane rockers. A few years later, Gillan would experiment with elements of jazz fusion and R&B/funk, but on Glory Road it is his love of metal and balls-to-the-wall rock that wins out. Next to Mr. Universe, this was Gillan‘s best studio date.
The US version of the album had a slightly different running order and included “Your Mother Was Right” instead of “Sleeping on the Job”. The original UK album came with a free album called For Gillan Fans Only.

 

Glory Road LP
Side 1
1. “Unchain Your Brain” – 3:11
2. “Are You Sure?” – 4:05
3. “Time And Again” – 5:05
4. “No Easy Way” – 6:34
5. “Sleeping on the Job” – 3:11  (Ian Gillan, Colin Towns)

Side 2
1. “On The Rocks” – 6:39  (Gillan, Towns)
2. “If You Believe Me” – 7:33  (Ian Gillan, John McCoy, Bernie Tormé, Mick Underwood)
3. “Running, White Face, City Boy” – 3:11  (Colin Towns)
4. “Nervous” – 3:44  (Gillan, Towns)

For Gillan Fans Only LP
Side 1
1. “Higher And Higher” – 3:42
2. “Your Mother was Right” – 7:23  (Gillan, Towns)
3. “Redwatch” – 3:42  (Bernie Tormé, Mick Underwood)
4. “Abbey of Thelema” – 6:06  (Gillan, Towns)
5. “Trying to Get to You” – 3:17  (Rose Marie McCoy, Charles Singleton)

Side 2
1. “Come Tomorrow” 2:52  (John McCoy, Bernie Tormé)
2. “Dragon’s Tongue” 5:32  (Towns)
3. “Post-Fade Brain Damage” 6:03
4. “Egg Timer” (Vice Versa) 7:11  (Paul Samson, Thunderstick, Chris Aylmer, Bruce Bruce)
5. “Harry Lime Theme” 9:27  (Karas)

All songs written by Ian Gillan, Bernie Tormé and John McCoy, except where noted.

 

Personnel

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released: October 1980
Recorded: Kingsway Recorders, London, UK April–May 1980
Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal
Length: 92:55

Label – Virgin Records

3
Dec

Hipsway – Hipsway (1986)

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Hipsway are a Scottish pop/new wave band.
The band was formed in Glasgow in 1984 by ex-Altered Images guitarist Johnny McElhone on bass, and featuring Grahame Skinner (vocals), Pim Jones (guitar) and Harry Travers (drums). Skinner and Travers had been members of the band Kites with Paul McGrath and Ian McGreevy before Hipsway formed. Their music was characterized by Skinner’s deep vocals and Jones’ rhythmic guitar style. They were quickly signed up by Mercury Records and by 1985 had released their first, eponymously titled album. The album was a moderate success in the UK Albums Chart; while the single, “The Honeythief“, made number 17 in the UK Singles Chart, and also reached the Top 20 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Another song from the album, “Tinder”, became well known in Scotland as the soundtrack to a McEwan’s Lager commercial.
Predictably, the rest of the material on Hipsway fails to match the quality of its sole hit tune. There are some pleasant moments on Hipsway — “Long White Car” and “Ask the Lord” are nice ballads, and “Broken Years” is almost as catchy as “The Honeythief” — but the album is mostly forgettable pop fluff. Hipsway released one more album (the 1989 flop Scratch the Surface) before disbanding. Member Jon McElhone would later become a member of the decidedly more successful band Texas.

 
Tracklist

  1. “The Honeythief” (3:11)
  2. “Ask the Lord” (4:08)
  3. “Bad Thing Longing” (4:08)
  4. “Upon a Thread” (4:06)
  5. “Long White Car” (4:34)
  6. “The Broken Years” (3:14)
  7. “Tinder” (5:13)
  8. “Forbidden” (4:45)
  9. “Set This Day Apart” (5:06)

 

Companies, etc.

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop 
Duration: 52:29

Label – Mercury Records

29
Nov

Paul Carrack – Groove Approved (1989)

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Paul Melvyn Carrack (born 22 April 1951) is an English singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands.
After pulling four singles off of 1987’s One Good Reason, Paul Carrack looked to be on the verge of finally establishing himself as a solo star. Instead, he stumbled with the follow-up, Groove Approved, a solid, workman-like collection that featured only one Top 40 number in “I Live by the Groove.” One suspects that this had less to do with the album’s real commercial potential than with upheavals in the record company, which was being sold by its founders to EMI during this period. Yet, afterward, Carrack went back to working with Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics, putting his solo career on hold.
“Groove Approved” is one of many Carrack’s solo albums. This one by far is one of his finest. The sound of 80’s rock-pop can be heard throughout this album and it’s truly classic. The big songs on here are “Only My Heart can Tell” and “I Live by the Groove.” “Dedicated” is one of Carrack’s best ballads and “I”m on Your Tail” is a blend of rock-pop and soul that sounds like it’s taking place live. “Tip of tongue” is upbeat pop featuring M&M singer Paul Young in backing vocals. My favorite from this album is “Love Can Break your Heart” for its catchy chorus, music, and the backing vocals featuring Daryl Hall and Michael McDonald. Every other song is pretty good, too. After listening to this album it makes you wish you heard these songs earlier!

 

Tracklist

1.  Only My Heart Can Tell – 5:21 
2.  I Live By The Groove – 4:09 
3.  Battlefield – 4:20 
4.  Love Can Break Your Heart – 5:20 
5.  I’m On Your Tail – 6:15 
6.  After The Love Is Gone – 6:23 
7.  Loveless – 4:22 
8.  Tip Of My Tongue – 6:06 
9.  Dedicated – 5:22 
10.  Bad News (At The Best Of Times) – 5:14 

 

Companies, etc. 

 
Credits

 
Notes
Release Date: October, 1989
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Blue-Eyed Soul
Duration: 52:52

Recording Location
Farmyard Studios, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY

Label – Chrysalis Records

28
Nov

Daniel Lanois – Cool Water (1994)

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Daniel Roland Lanois (born September 19, 1951) is a Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter.
Lanois has released several albums of his own work. However, he is best known for producing albums for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Brandon Flowers.
As well as being a producer, Lanois is also a songwriter, musician and recording artist. He has released several solo albums and film scores.
Lanois is probably most respected for his role as a producer, and he creates exquisite blends of sound on the albums he’s produced (from U2’s “Joshua Tree” and Peter Gabriel’s “So” to Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball”). When he records his own music, it bears the same signature sound as those other artists’ albums–a rich layering of instruments and audio textures.
In “Cool Water,” a recording of two 1993 live performances of his own songs, Lanois is stripped of his usual array of producer’s gadgets, the digital effects and synthesizers, the polished mixing that he’s mastered over the years. He performs in pared-down arrangements with just two or three guitars and voices. And he seems to go out of his way to deliver an unpolished final product: amps buzz here, lyrics are flubbed there. Yet the result is on par with his studio recordings in terms of aesthetics, beauty and emotional power. The first of two different renditions of the song “The Maker” on this album, featuring Lanois and one other musician playing guitars and harmonizing their vocals, is especially impressive. The instrumental “Sonho Dourado” soars, raw and minimalist though it is compared to the studio recording. Listening to “Cool Water” makes me admire Lanois’ qualities as a performer every bit as much as I’ve admired his production chops; it also makes me respect his songwriting skills, since not every song can survive the shift from highly produced studio recording to bare-bones live perfomance as well as these do. And oh by the way, if you don’t want to pay through the nose for this rare CD you can always check out the artist’s website for more economical means of procurement

 

Tracklist

1.  The Messenger – 3:45
2.  For The Beauty Of Wynona – 4:38
3.  Still Water – 5:48
4.  The Maker / River Rise – 4:29
5.  Unbreakable Chain – 3:36
6.  O Marie – 2:47
7.  Rocky World – 2:39
8.  Brother L.A. – 4:07
9.  Irish Melody – 3:31

Bonus Tracks: 
10.  The Messenger – 4:20
11.  The Maker / River Rise – 4:19
12.  Rocky World – 2:40

 
Companies, etc.

 
Credits

 
Notes

Release date: March 24, 1994
Recorded live in Toronto, Canada, April 1993.
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Length:  46:49

Label – Big Music/Unofficial Release

27
Nov

I Mother Earth – Dig (1993)

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I Mother Earth, or IME, is a Canadian alternative rock band. The band was at the peak of its popularity in the mid-to-late 1990s. On January 24, 2012, the band ended an eight-year hiatus with an announcement on their official website.
Dig is their debut album, released by Capitol and EMI on August 10, 1993. The album was certified Gold in Canada in its initial run, and stands at platinum today. It also won a Juno Award in 1994 for Best Hard Rock Album.
The album was noted for its metallic sound, balanced with psychedelic-style lyrics and instrumentals, and further backed by Latin percussion. The latter two were often brought into play during lengthy jam sessions.
The Toronto quintet I Mother Earth was the subject of a bidding war as a result of their riveting live performances, which blended their melodic heavy rock with poetry readings and other performance art leanings. Led by brothers Christian Tanna on drums and Jagori Tanna on guitar, the band signed with Capitol and released their Mike Clink-produced debut Dig in 1993.
Dig yielded three moderate radio hits in the driving “Levitate,” the incendiary “Rain Will Fall,” and the kinetic “Not Quite Sonic.” Frontman Edwin was a powerful vocalist who easily cut through the band’s music, which combined traditional hard rock with percussive elements to create a unique style. Other standout tracks included the spacey, Doors-like “So Gently We Go,” and “No One,” which highlighted the Santana-influenced guitar work of Jagori. A heavyweight debut by a dynamic band that showed great instrumental prowess combined with a strong sense of melody.

 
Tracklist

1.  “The Mothers” – 2:34
2.  “Levitate” – 4:57
3.  “Rain Will Fall” – 5:18
4.  “So Gently We Go” – 7:04
5.  “Not Quite Sonic” – 5:55
6.  “Production” – 4:00
7.  “Lost My America” – 6:29
8.  “No One” – 6:56
9.  “Undone” – 5:06
10.  “Basketball” – 5:12
11.  “And the Experience” – 5:54
12.  “The Universe in You” – 8:19

(All songs written by “I Mother Earth”, later revealed to be Jagori and Christian Tanna)

 
Personnel

 
Additional musicians

 
Companies, etc.

 
Credits

 
Notes
Release date: August 10, 1993
Recorded: 1991–92 A&M Studios, Los Angeles; Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park; Studio 56, Hollywood; Red Zone, Burbank; Track Record Studios, North Hollywood
Genre: Alternative rock, alternative metal, funk metal, progressive rock, grunge
Length: 67:50

Label – Capitol Records

26
Nov

Merle Haggard – My Farewell To Elvis (1977)

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My Farewell to Elvis is the 27th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1977, his first for MCA Records. It reached Number 6 on the Country album chart. The single “From Graceland to the Promised Land” reached number 4 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. The album is a tribute to the music of the late Elvis Presley, who died on August 16, 1977.

Haggard, who had previously recorded tribute albums to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, had already started recording an LP of Elvis songs when Presley died at home at Graceland in Memphis in August 1977. Haggard quickly wrote “From Graceland to the Promised Land” and the album was out by October. Haggard had always made his admiration for “the King” known in interviews and, in his 1981 autobiography Sing Me Back Home, recalls meeting Presley at the International Hotel in Las Vegas through guitarist James Burton, who had played on albums by both singers. “I came away disappointed and, for a while, my Elvis image was tarnished,” Haggard wrote.”There was no big deal about the evening in general. I talked to Elvis only a little while. He seemed nervous and not too aware of his surroundings but nothing out of the ordinary happened. He introduced me to Priscilla, who didn’t seem to know who I was. ‘He’s a country singer,’ Elvis told her in a voice I thought sounded a little irritated… I guess that’s why it bothers me so much to have fans put me up like some kind of idol. That’s wrong. We’re all human. None of us can walk on water, even Elvis.

The album features Presley’s old backing vocal group The Jordanaires and drummer Buddy Harman. Ironically, James Burton did not take part in the project. Haggard chose to record only hits, including Presley’s first record “That’s All Right” and his Christmas classic “Blue Christmas.” The album was a success, but it has a polarizing reputation among Haggard fans and critics.

 
Tracklist

  1. From Graceland to the Promised Land” (Merle Haggard) – 2:28
  2. In the Ghetto“(Mac Davis) – 2:55
  3. Don’t Be Cruel” (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) – 1:59
  4. Jailhouse Rock” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:50
  5. Love Me Tender” (Vera Matson, Presley) – 2:42
  6. That’s All Right” (Arthur Crudup) – 2:29
  7. Heartbreak Hotel” (Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Presley) – 2:18
  8. Blue Christmas” (Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson) – 2:23
  9. Blue Suede Shoes” (Carl Perkins) – 2:01
  10. Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Roy Turk, Lou Handman) – 2:48
  11. “Merle’s Farewell to Elvis” (Haggard) – :17

 
Companies, etc.

 
Personnel

 
Notes
Release date: October 1977
Genre: Country, rockabilly
Length: 25:10

Label – MCA Records

24
Nov

Sammy Hagar – Live 1980 (1983)

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Sammy Hagar is a rock vocalist and guitarist. Hagar is known as a solo artist and a former member of several notable bands.
Hagar first came to prominence singing on the first two Montrose albums. Neither charted highly, but the band’s debut proved to be very influential and would ultimately achieve platinum status in the USA, representing one million shipments. Hagar would then become a solo artist with Capitol Records, putting out five studio albums and a live album by 1980.
Live 1980 is a Sammy Hagar live album recorded during the tour promoting his then-newest album, Danger Zone. The album mainly contains tracks from Danger Zone and its predecessor, Street Machine. Hagar live,released about 3 years after it was recorded.At the time of its release he was a big star on Geffen records.
Released after Sammy signed with Geffen records and exploded with the great “Standing Hampton”, this album features poor sound quality but great songs from “Street Machine”, “Danger Zone” and also his days with Ronnie Montrose.You will appreciate this piece of work if you are a true Hagar fan, though if you are you probably already have it.
This is the 1996 Re-issue edition on One Way Records, and this includes a bonus live track, “Someone Out There”, which has not been released elsewhere.

 

Tracklist

  1. “Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)” (Sammy Hagar) – 5:15
  2. “Love or Money” (Hagar) – 3:57
  3. “Plain Jane” (Hagar) – 2:26
  4. “20th Century Man” (Hagar, Gary Pihl) – 3:59
  5. “This Planet’s on Fire (Burn in Hell)” (Hagar) – 5:14
  6. “In the Night (Entering the Danger Zone)” (Hagar) – 1:26
  7. “The Danger Zone” (Hagar) – 5:00
  8. “Space Station #5” (Hagar, Ronnie Montrose) – 4:28
  9. “Someone Out There” (Hagar)  (Bonus track) – 3:42

 

Personnel

 

Credits

 

Notes
Released: 1983
Recorded: 1980
Genre: Hard rock
Length: 31:45

Label – Capitol Records

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