Monday, March 27, 2017

CD Longbox #20

The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys (1985)




Exclusive photo courtesy of Dirk Digglinator of the Hambonian Archives.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try Again Tomorrow: The Steely Dan - ECM Connection




I'm wrapping up ECM :rarum month over at The CD Project and, as often happens, listening to one album leads to another album leads to another, etc. You know how it is. CD eventually gave way to vinyl and I pulled out my LP of Keith Jarrett's 1974 album, Belonging, and gave it a spin. The third track on the album is titled "'Long as You Know You're Living Yours" - give it a listen and see if it reminds you of a Steely Dan track.



Maybe this one, perhaps:



One person who noticed a similarity was writer David Breskin. In a 1981 interview for Musician magazine, Breskin asked Donald Fagen and Walter Becker about the similarities in a piece published a few months after Gaucho was released:

Musician, No. 31, March 1981, p. 70
Unsubstantiated web rumors (is there any other kind?) have it that Jarrett read the above interview and sued Becker and Fagen for a 7-figure sum and songwriting credit. The case was settled out of court so the money can't be confirmed but when the Steely Dan box set, Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980, was issued in 1993, Jarrett had been given a songwriting credit. And rightfully so, IMO.

Credits from the 1984 CD release of Gaucho (left) and credits from the 1993 box set
(click to enlarge)


I also have a 1998 dts digital surround disc of Gaucho that doesn't give Jarrett credit, taking the credits directly from the 1984 CD release. In other words, I have no idea when all this went down, but I'm guessing sometime between 1984 and 1993.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

List of Billboard 200 Number Two Albums of 1977


While I was putting together a list of my top ten albums of 1977, I was again reminded of the impressive run that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours had atop the Billboard album chart. So I thought maybe the battle immediately beneath the top spot might be worth a look. With the exception of the July 16 issue in which it was in the #3 spot, Rumours spent March 19 - December 24 in one of the top 2 spots. I didn't find the list of #2 albums to be terribly interesting, but since I've done the work anyway, here it is. All the #1 albums spent time in the #2 position, but all the #2 albums didn't make it to the top spot.


Issue Date #1 #2
Jan 8Songs in the Key of LifeHotel California
Jan 15 Hotel California Songs in the Key of Life
Jan 22 Wings over America Hotel California
Jan 29 Songs in the Key of Life Wings over America
Feb 5 Hotel California A Star is Born
Feb 12 A Star Is Born Hotel California
Feb 19
Feb 26
March 5
March 12
March 19Rumours
March 26 Hotel California
April 2 Rumours Hotel California
April 9
April 16 Hotel California Rumours
April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21 Rumours Hotel California
May 28
June 4
June 11The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl
June 18
June 25Book of Dreams
July 2
July 9Barry Manilow Live
July 16 Barry Manilow Live I'm in You
July 23 Rumours
July 30
Aug 6
Aug 13CSN
Aug 20
Aug 27
Sept 3
Sept 10Star Wars Soundtrack
Sept 17
Sept 24
Oct 1Simple Dreams
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22
Oct 29
Nov 5
Nov 12
Nov 19
Nov 26
Dec 3 Simple Dreams Rumours
Dec 10
Dec 17
Dec 24

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Top Ten Albums of 1977

A countdown & overview of my (current) favorite ten albums from 1977

(In alphabetical order by artist)

George Benson In Flight
David Bowie Low
David Bowie "Heroes"
Chic Chic
Earl Klugh Finger Paintings
Bob Marley Exodus
Boz Scaggs Two Down Then Left
Talking Heads Talking Heads '77
Weather Report Heavy Weather
John Williams Star Wars Soundtrack


Simple Dreams
Linda Ronstadt
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1

Top 3 Tracks
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"Blue Bayou"
"It's So Easy"




Book of Dreams
Steve Miller Band
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #2
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #3

Top 3 Tracks
"Jet Airliner"
"Swingtown"
"Jungle Love"




All 'N All
Earth, Wind & Fire
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #3

Top 3 Tracks
"Fantasy"
"Serpentine Fire"
"Be Ever Wonderful"




Out of the Blue
Electric Light Orchestra
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #4
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #5

Top 3 Tracks
"Mr. Blue Sky"
"Turn to Stone"
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"




Too Hot to Handle
Heatwave
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #11
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #13

Top 3 Tracks
"Always and Forever"
"Boogie Nights"
"Too Hot to Handle"




Feels So Good
Chuck Mangione
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #2
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #2

Top 3 Tracks
"Feel So Good"
"Hide & Seek (Ready or Not Here I Come)"
"Maui-Waui"




Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1

Top 4 Tracks
"Dreams"
"You Make Loving Fun"
"Go Your Own Way"
"Gold Dust Woman"




The Stranger
Billy Joel
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #2
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #2

Top 4 Tracks
"Just the Way You Are"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"Only the Good Die Young"




Aja
Steely Dan
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #3

Top 4 Tracks
"Black Cow"
"Aja"
"Peg"
"Deacon Blues"





Saturday Night Fever
Various Artists
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1

Top 4 Tracks
"If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman
"Disco Inferno" by The Trammps
"How Deep is Your Love" by The Bee Gees
"More Than a Woman" by Tavares





These are my personal top albums released in 1977. To be honest, my music at the time came from music on the radio so I wasn't buying albums in 1977. The following criteria was used on a sliding scale I'm not sure even I understand:
  • How often I enjoyed the album at the time of release
  • How often I've enjoyed the album over the past 40 years
  • Overall quality of the album
The top 3 or 4 tracks for each album are solely my opinion and are presented in order of preference.


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