Albums and All That, Starting with the letter A as in Alpha


February 24th, 2020

1 hr 6 mins 54 secs

Season 5

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Jimmy Buffett [01:17]
ABC Dunhill DSD-50183 1974
Still the decent country-oriented Buffett. This one was penned by the Coral Reefer's guitarist Roger Bartlett. Made it to number 25 on the Billboard 200.

Darryl Hall & John Oates [04:42]
"She's Gone"
Abandoned Luncheonette
Atlantic Records SD 7269 1973
To be honest, I really like "Las Vegas Turnaround", the track that precedes "She's Gone" but sometimes you just have to go with the hits. It's possible that somewhere out there in listener land, there is someone who has never heard "She's Gone". Hit #33 on the charts and turned platinum 29 years after its release.

ABBA [10:09]
Atlantic Records SD 18146 1975
Too many tracks to choose from! I almost went with "Hey Hey Helen" but in the I had to send for help. While the album only just dented the Billboard 200 reaching #174, as a single "SOS" made it to #15 on the Hot 100.

Count Basie Orchestra [13:31]
"Jumpin' at the Woodside"
The ABC Collection
ABC Records AC-30004 1976
A 1976 reissue of Count Basie's 1969 Dot Records release Standing Ovation, recorded at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.

Chelsea Wolfe [18:49]
"Crazy Love"
Sargent House SH141 2015
Continuing her evolution, this is one of the more brooding tracks from this excellent Sargent House release. This was also the first Chelsea Wolfe album to chart, making it up to #130. I'll also take this opportunity to let interested parties know that if you have the opportunity to see Chelsea Wolfe live, you should do it.

Kiss [22:21]
"New York Groove"
Ace Frehley
Casablanca Records NBLP 7121 1978
Back in the New York Groove, backed by such NY session musicians as Anton Fig and Will Lee. Of course this album made it well into the Billboard 200, peaking out at 26. It was also certified platinum a month after its release. Of course this is in the pre-Soundscan days, so that just meant that 1,000,000 copies of the album were shipped out, which explains why I picked up this remaindered copy for $1.

Luke Sweeney [25:29]
"Sympathy for the Night"
Adventure: Us
Aerobic International 2014
Speaking of grooves, this track by Bay Area musican Luke Sweeney has a very solid one.

Nilsson [28:30]
Aerial Ballet
RCA Victor LSP-3956 1968
Again, so many great songs to choose from, some of which we'll hear as we progress through the season, but I decided to go with this "One" .^ While this track failed to chart as a single, a year later Three Dog Night would take their rendition all the way up to number 5 on the Hot 100.

Havens, Richie [32:45]
"To Give All Your Love Away"
Alarm Clock
Stormy Forest SFS 6005 1971
A vert solid jam from Ritchie Haven's most successful album, featuring Rick Derringer on electric guitar.

Monty Python [35:37]
"Constitutional Peasants"
Album to the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Executive Version
Arista AB 4050 1975
Seems relevant.

Alison Moyet [38:37]
"Honey for Bees"
Columbia Records BFC 39956 1984
A solo outing from the vocal powerhouse half of Yaz, produced by early 80s mega producers Jolley & Swain. Patti Austin covered this song as a single a year later and took it into the top dance club singles.

Moev [42:48]
Nettwerk 12 NTWK 11 1984
I had almost forgotten about this Canadian synth pop outfit. I had their album Yeah, Whatever once upon a time as a cassette, and then this 12" single recently made it into my collection. Hakuna matata.

The She’s [49:22]
"Eva's Interlude/Anywhere But Here"
All Female Rock and Roll Quartet
Empty Cellar Records EMP 034 2017
Great band, great album, and a great interlude! The vinyl release has a fantastic bookley featuring artwork by women who inspire the band.

Earth, Wind & Fire [54:24]
"Magic Mind"
All n’ All
Columbia Records 34905 1977
Yet still even more hot stuff from Earth Wind & Fire. The gents made it all the way up to number 3 on the album charts and went on to go triple platinum.

Diana Ross [58:09]
"Upside Down"
All the Great Hits
Motown M13-960C2 1981
Defintely enjoying the handywork of Chic's Nile Rodger and Bernard Edwards on this late-disco classic.

Sarah Vaughan [01:02:15]
"It's Delovely"
All Time Favorites
Mercury Wing MGW 12123 1965
Two great classics that taste great together. I'm talking about Sarah Vaughan and Cole Porter.

Music behind the DJ: "Gomez" by Vic Mizzy

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