Post Tagged with: "1980s"

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Open” (1980)

There are many reasons to look wistfully back at this ensemble, thinking of how great it would have been to see them perform live. That list is tops out with “Open.”

On Second Thought: Rickie Lee Jones – Flying Cowboys (1989)

On Second Thought: Rickie Lee Jones – Flying Cowboys (1989)

Rickie Lee Jones has produced a series of stellar albums (including her self-titled debut, Pirates and The Magazine, among others) and more than one head shaker (the dismal album Pop Pop and 2009’s Ben Harper train wreck The Devil You Know). Perhaps one of the commonalities regarding her great albums is the use of strong, yet empathetic, producers. Jones’ betterRead More

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “The Bat” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “The Bat” (1980)

A fairly traditional jazz ballad, “The Bat” tells its tale in a slightly unconventional way.

On Second Thought: China Crisis – Diary Of A Hollow Horse (1989)

Walter Becker is the lesser-known half of Steely Dan, yet has a successful career as a jazz producer which extends from 1981 to present day.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Two Folk Songs” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Two Folk Songs” (1980)

I have to admit that intellectually, I was not prepared for 80/81. I had not yet listened to enough jazz music. American Garage, First Circle, Kind of Blue and Weather Report’s 8:30 rounded out nearly my entire listening discography. It just wasn’t enough. And even when I finally took the deep dive, the enormity of this body of music wasRead More

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

The shocking and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has put a spotlight on a growing heroin epidemic in America.

Almost Hits: Gino Vannelli, “Black Cars” (1985)

Almost Hits: Gino Vannelli, “Black Cars” (1985)

Canadian pop crooner Gino Vannelli’s big era was from the mid-70s to the turn of the 1980s. However, like Yes — and this might be the only similarity to Yes — he put out an album in the middle of the ’80s that was not a return to form, but instead a sort of rebirth

On Second Thought: Neil Young – Landing On Water (1986)

On Second Thought: Neil Young – Landing On Water (1986)

Neil Young’s newly released Live at the Cellar Door has me thinking of the period when he was at the height of his powers — and, no, I’m not talking about the oft-praised 1970s era

Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams (1988, 2014 reissue)

Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams (1988, 2014 reissue)

Ask anyone familiar with Lucinda Williams’ music and early on in their reply they’ll almost surely include mention of 1998′s Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, but Williams’ abilities as a singer and songwriter came to full bloom ten years before.

‘It’s really hard to describe’: Hall and Oates came full circle with Temptations reunion

‘It’s really hard to describe’: Hall and Oates came full circle with Temptations reunion

When Daryl Hall and John Oates were asked to perform at the gala mid-1980s reopening of the Apollo Theater, Hall says they immediately thought of appearing with the Temptations. The problem? Their childhood heroes Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin were on the outs.