Monday, July 31, 2017

July 1967: Albert King released the Born Under a Bad Sign album

First posted November 13, 2008. Last updated September 10, 2018.

Born Under a Bad Sign

Albert King

Recorded: March 3, 1966 to June 9, 1967

Released: July 1967

Sales (in millions):
US: 0.5
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): 0.5

US: --
UK: --
Canada: --
Australia: --

Quotable: “One of the very greatest electric blues albums of all time” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Genre: blues

Album Tracks:

  1. Born Under a Bad Sign (8/26/67, #49 RB)
  2. Crosscut Saw (1/7/67, #34 RB)
  3. Kansas City
  4. Oh, Pretty Woman
  5. Down Don’t Bother Me
  6. The Hunter
  7. I Almost Lost My Mind
  8. Personal Manager
  9. Laundromat Blues (6/26/66, #29 RB)
  10. As the Years Go Passing By
  11. The Very Thought of You

Notes: In 1998, Sundazed Records reissued the album with two additional bonus tracks, both written by Albert King. Those tracks are the rare mono single B-sides Funk-Shun and Overall Junction, which originally appeared on the Stax singles ‘Laundromat Blues’ and ‘Oh, Pretty Woman,’ respectively.” WK

Singles/Hit Songs:

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“Albert King recorded a lot in the early ‘60s, including some classic sides, but they never quite hit the mark. They never gained a large audience, nor did they really capture the ferocity of his single-string leads. Then he signed with Stax in 1966 and recorded a number of sessions with the house band, Booker T. & the MG’s, and everything just clicked.” STE They gave King “crossover appeal” WK with their “sleek, soulful sound,” WK “providing an excellent contrast to his tightly wound lead guitar, allowing to him to unleash a torrent of blistering guitar runs that were profoundly influential, not just in blues, but in rock & roll. STE Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have acknowledged how King influenced them. WK

Born Under a Bad Sign collected singles released in 1966 and 1967 as well as additional studio cuts. WK “The concentration of singles gives the album a consistency – these were songs devised to get attention – but, years later, it’s astounding how strong this catalog of songs is: Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, Oh Pretty Woman, The Hunter, Personal Manager, and Laundromat Blues form the very foundation of Albert King’s musical identity and legacy.” STE

“The songs are exceptional and the performances are rich, from King’s dynamic playing to the Southern funk of the MG’s. It was immediately influential at the time and, over the years, it has only grown in stature as one of the very greatest electric blues albums of all time.” STE “It was the great divide of modern blues, the point at which the music was rescued from slipping into derivative obscurity.” WK

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

50 Reasons to Still Listen to "New" Music

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I am continuously frustrated by claims that today’s new music sucks or that rock and roll is dead. Such proclamations are often spouted by people so stuck on their favorites from 25 years ago that they are afraid to let anything new seep through. In response to a recent Facebook post from a friend who said he “quit following any kind of new artists in the late ‘90s,” I put together this list of 50 reasons to still listen to “new” music (i.e. albums released by acts who formed since 2000):

1. Ryan Adams “Heartbreaker” (2000)
2. Adele “21” (2011)
3. Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color” (2015)
4. Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (2009)
5. Arcade Fire “Funeral” (2004)
6. Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)
7. The Black Keys “Brothers” (2010)
8. Bloc Party “Silent Alarm” (2005)
9. Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2008)
10. Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” (2005)

11. Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002)
12. Lana Del Rey “Born to Die” (2012)
13. Duffy “Rockferry” (2008)
14. Florence + the Machine “Lungs” (2009)
15. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (2008)
16. Franz Ferdinand “Franz Ferdinand” (2004)
17. Gorillaz “Demon Days” (2005)
18. Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” (2002)
19. Keane “Hopes and Fears” (2004)
20. Alicia Keys “Songs in A Minor” (2001)

21. The Killers “Hot Fuss” (2004)
22. Kings of Leon “Only by the Night” (2008)
23. Lady Gaga “The Fame” (2008)
24. Kaiser Chiefs “Employment” (2005)
25. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015)
26. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver” (2007)
27. The Libertines “Up the Bracket” (2002)
28. Linkin Park “Hybrid Theory” (2000)
29. M.I.A. “Kala” (2007)
30. Mika “Life in Cartoon Motion” (2007)

31. Mumford & Sons “Babel” 2012)
32. Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park” (2013)
33. My Morning Jacket “Z” (2005)
34. The National “High Violet” (2010)
35. Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” (2012)
36. Pink “M!ssundaztood” (2001)
37. Scissor Sisters “Scissor Sisters” (2004)
38. The Shins “Chutes Too Narrow” (2003)
39. Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour” (2014)
40. Streets “A Grand Don’t Come for Free” (2004)

41. The Strokes “Is This It” (2001)
42. Sufjan Stevens “Illiois” (2005)
43. TV on the Radio “Dear Science” (2008)
44. Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend” (2008)
45. The Vines “Highly Evolved” (2002)
46. The War on Drugs “Lost in the Dream” (2014)
47. Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004)
48. Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” (2006)
49. The XX “XX” (2009)
50. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Fever to Tell” (2003)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Eagles et al: Top 70 Songs

1972 lineup: l to r: Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey

1994 lineup: l to r: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder

Happy birthday, Don Henley! Born on July 22, 1947, he turned 70 this year. He is known both for his solo career and as a singer and drummer with the Eagles. In honor of his birthday, here are the top 70 songs by the Eagles, including contributions from each individual member (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Felder, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon).

1. Eagles…Hotel California (1976)
2. Eagles…Take It Easy (1972)
3. Don Henley…The Boys of Summer (1984)
4. Eagles…Lyin’ Eyes (1975)
5. Eagles…Desperado (1973)
6. Eagles…Best of My Love (1974)
7. Don Henley…The End of the Innocence (1989)
8. Eagles…One of These Nights (1975)
9. Eagles…Take It to the Limit (1975)
10. Eagles…Heartache Tonight (1979)

11. Eagles...New Kid in Town (1976)
12. Eagles…Life in the Fast Lane (1976)
13. Don Henley…The Heart of the Matter (1989)
14. Joe Walsh…Rocky Mountain Way (1973)
15. Eagles…I Can’t Tell You Why (1979)
16. Don Henley with Stevie Nicks…Leather and Lace (1981)
17. Joe Walsh…Life’s Been Good (1978)
18. Don Henley with Patty Smyth…Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (1992)
19. Eagles…The Long Run (1979)
20. Don Henley…Dirty Laundry (1982)

21. Eagles…Peaceful, Easy Feeling (1972)
22. Eagles…Tequila Sunrise (1973)
23. James Gang (featuring Joe Walsh)…Walk Away (1971)
24. Eagles…Witchy Woman (1972)
25. Eagles…Seven Bridges Road (live) (1980)
26. Eagles…Already Gone (1974)
27. Firefall (with Timothy B. Schmit on background vocals)…Just Remember I Love You (1977)
28. Joe Walsh…All Night Long (1980)
29. Glenn Frey…Smuggler’s Blues (1984)
30. James Gang (with Joe Walsh on vocals)…Funk #49 (1970)

31. Don Henley…Sunset Grill (1984)
32. Glenn Frey…The Heat Is On (1984)
33. Glenn Frey…You Belong to the City (1985)
34. Don Henley…All She Wants to Do Is Dance (1984)
35. Don Henley...Not Enough Love in the World (1984)
36. Joe Walsh..A Life of Illusion (1981)
37. Eagles…Please Come Home for Christmas (1978)
38. Eagles…Get Over It (1994)
39. Don Henley…The Last Worthless Evening (1989)
40. Glenn Frey…The One You Love (1982)

41. Randy Meisner…Hearts on Fire (1980)
42. Eagles…Victim of Love (1976)
43. Glenn Frey…True Love (1988)
44. Don Felder…Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) (1981)
45. Eagles…The Last Resort (1986)
46. Don Henley…New York Minute (1989)
47. Eagles…Love Will Keep Us Alive (1994)
48. Glenn Frey…Sexy Girl (1984)
49. Don Henley…I Can’t Stand Still (1982)
50. Randy Meisner…Deep Inside My Heart (1980)

51. Don Henley…Taking You Home (2000)
52. Don Henley…Through Your Hands (1996)
53. Glenn Frey…I Found Somebody (1982)
54. Eagles…James Dean (1974)
55. Eagles…Hole in the World (2003)
56. Poco (with Timothy B. Schmit on vocals)…Keep on Tryin’ (1975)
57. Don Henley…How Bad Do You Want It? (1989)
58. Eagles…In the City (1979)
59. Glenn Frey…Part of You, Part of Me (1991)
60. Randy Meisner…Never Been in Love (1982)

61. Glenn Frey…All Those Lies (1982)
62. Eagles…Learn to Be Still (1994)
63. Timothy B. Schmit…Boys Night Out (1987)
64. Eagles…Outlaw Man (1973)
65. Joe Walsh…Things (1981)
66. Joe Walsh…Rivers of the Hidden Funk (1981)
67. Eagles…How Long (2007)
68. Joe Walsh…Space Age Whiz Kids (1983)
69. Don Henley…Johnny Can’t Read (1982)
70. Eagles…Those Shoes (1979)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Linda Ronstadt: Top 30 Songs

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Born July 15, 1946, in Tucson, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt established herself as a diverse recording artist with a cover-laden repertoire which dipped into pop, rock, adult contemporary, country, Latin, big band, and standards. She put her stamp on songs by Chuck Berry, the Eagles, the Hollies, Buddy Holly, Martha & the Vandellas, the Miracles, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, the Righteous Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, Neil Young, and Warren Zevon. She often recorded with other artists including Emmylou Harris, James Ingram, Aaron Neville, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dolly Parton, Nelson Riddle, and J.D. Souther. In celebration of her birthday, DMDB presents her top 30 songs.

The Top 30 Linda Ronstadt Songs

Blue Bayou

1. Blue Bayou (1977)
2. Don’t Know Much (with Aaron Neville, 1989)
3. You’re No Good (1974)
4. Somewhere Out There (with James Ingram, 1986)
5. Hurt So Bad (1980)
6. When Will I Be Loved (1975)
7. Different Drum (with the Stone Poneys, 1967)
8. Heat Wave (1975)
9. It’s So Easy (1977)
10. The Tracks of My Tears (1975)
11. Ooh Baby Baby (1978)
12. An American Dream (with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1979)
13. That’ll Be the Day (1976)
14. Long, Long Time (1970)
15. Back in the U.S.A. (1978)

16. How Do I Make You (1980)
17. Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (1978)
18. All My Life (with Aaron Neville, (1990)
19. Tumbling Dice (1978)
20. Just One Look (1979)
21. I Can’t Let Go (1980)
22. Love Has No Pride (1973)
23. Get Closer (1982)
24. Love Is a Rose (1975)
25. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (1975)
26. Desperado (1973)
27. Someone to Lay Down Beside Me (1976)
28. I Knew You When (1982)
29. When the Morning Comes (with Hoyt Axton, 1974)
30. She’s a Very Lovely Woman (1971)


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In Concert: Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Venue: Grinders at Crossroads; Kansas City, MO

Opening Act: Kawehi

Wow. Wow. Wow. I posted earlier this week about the dilemma of whether to see Robert Cray or Michael Franti tonight. I chose the latter and, boy, did I choose right.

I've seen maybe 40-50 shows in my life - more than some people, a lot less than others. This, however, was a transformative experience. I've never seen a performer more dedicated to making a connection with the audience. He had maybe an 8YO kid up on stage with him about 2 songs in singing and dancing. I figured it would be the highlight of the show. Boy, was I wrong. There was much more to come.

He told plenty of stories which evoked both tears and laughter. He wandered out into the audience for about a six-song set and then came back out again several more times during other songs.

He often asked the crowd to raise their hands in the air, jump up and down, hug someone, or introduce yourself to a stranger. At one point he pulled nearly a dozen kids on stage to sing and dance with him.

Oh, and this was all done as he sang songs with a very distinct "let's all love one another and get along" hippie vibe.

After the show, as the crew packed up the stage, Franti hung around talking to fans and taking selfies. When I left he was still at it and I imagine he doesn't leave until anyone who wants to hug him, take a picture, or share a story gets their chance.

Sorry all other performers I'll see in the future. Michael Franti has set a new bar which none of you may ever reach.

The Set List (based on Columbia show day before):

1. Light Up Ya Lighter 5
2. Hey Hey Hey (No Matter How Life is Today) 7
3. Yell Fire! 5
4. Hello Bonjour (w/ I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For)
5. The Sound of Sunshine 7
6. Stay Human (Family Affair) 3
7. I Got Love for You 9
8. Crazy for You 9
9. Good to Be Alive Today 9
10. Summertime Is in Our Hands 9
11. Get Myself to Saturday 9
12. We Are All Earthlings 9
13. Hey World (Don't Give Up Version) 6
14. Enjoy Every Second (new song)
15. Life Is Better With You 8
16. I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like) 8
17. 11:59 8
18. I Don't Belong (new song)
19. Say Hey (I Love You) 6
20. My Lord 9


1 Home (1994)
2 Chocolate Supa Highway (1997)
3 Stay Human (2001)
4 Everyone Deserves Music (2003)
5 Yell Fire (2006)
6 All Rebel Rockers (2008)
7 The Sound of Sunshine (2010)
8 All People (2013)
9 Soulrocker (2016)

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 17, 1717: Handel's Water Music first performed

Last updated August 26, 2018.

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350

George Friedrich Händel (composer)

Composed: 1717

First Performed: 7/17/1717

Sales: - NA -

Peak: - NA -

Quotable: --

Genre: classical > baroque


Suite No. 1: 1) Overture in F major 2) Adagio e staccato in D minor 3) Allegro in F major 4) Andante espressivo in D minor 5) Presto in F major 6) Air. Presto in F major 7) Minuet in F major 8) Bourée. Presto in F major 9) Hornpipe in F major 10) Allegro moderato 11)

Suite No. 2: 1) Allegro in D major 2) Alla Hornpipe in D major 3) Minuet in D major 4) Lentement in D major 5) Bourée in D major

Suite No. 3: 1) Sarabande] in G major 2) Rigaudon [Presto] in G major 3) [Rigaudon II] in G minor 4) Minuet [I] in G minor 5) [Minuet II] in G minor 6) [Gigue I] in G minor 7) [Gigue II] in G major

Average Length: 49:50


“Early in his career Handel left Germany, where he resented the limitations of his role. He left for for England, where he hoped that the more cosmopolitan musical life of the capital, subject to market forces led by fashion and popular taste, rather than princely dictate, would offer a more lucrative reception for his stage works. Despite his limited mastery of the English language, Handel made a triumphant entrée into London society. His operas were immensely successful there for a time, and it was for London that Handel composed his two most universally popular orchestral works, the Music for the Royal Fireworks, and the three Water Music suites” (Jameson).

“Both of these were intended for outdoor performance, and were scored for ensembles with complements of woodwinds and brasses that could be heard to good advantage in open air. Moreover, each drew in some measure upon material Handel had already composed. By the time Handel composed his Water Music in 1717, he had been able to fully evaluate the musical trends of his adopted home. He brought to what might at first seem like a rather nondescript assemblage of nautical folk melodies, songs, and country dances what Professor H.C. Robbins Landon has described as ‘far more than the usual international flair; a remarkable fusion of solid German upbringing, Italian training and a thorough acquaintance with French tastes.’ Each piece is a miniature gem with a finely sculpted expressive point, drawing, as Landon indicates, upon the various suite components and types of orchestral writing that Handel had mastered” (Jameson). “The arrangement of the music into three suites may have been intended by Handel originally; with three keys used in the work (F, D, and G), the grouping is natural. Conductors have also ordered the pieces in other ways” (Jameson).

“English monarch King George I held a society river party, probably a sort of eighteenth century equivalent of the ‘photo op,’ on the Thames on July 17, 1717. For this event Handel composed a collection of short, festive pieces, known collectively as the Water Music since the publication soon afterward of a group of them as ‘The Celebrated Water-Musick.’ The original order and grouping of the pieces is not known; not all employ the supernumerary trumpets, horns, oboes, and drums suited particularly to outdoor festive events, and it seems likely that the Suite in G (which employs the softer tones of flutes and strings) was reserved for performance at the ‘choice supper’ reported by the London Daily Courant, held ‘at Lord Ranelagh’s villa at Chelsea, where there was another fine Consort of Musick, which lasted until two (am).’ Of the river-festivities earlier that day, the same newspaper also recorded that ‘many barges with Persons of Quality attended, and so great a number of boats that the whole river in a manner was cover’d; a City Company’s barge was employ’d for all the musick, wherein were fifty instruments of all sorts, who play’d all the way from Lambeth...the finest of Symphonies compos'd express for this Occasion, by Mr. Hendel; which his Majesty liked so well, that he caus'd it to be plaid three times in going and again in the returning’” (Jameson).

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Goldmine Rock Era Hall of Fame

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Goldmine magazine initiated its Rock Era Hall of Fame with its May 4, 2012 issue. Every two weeks they induct ten more acts. The most recent class (volume 97) was inducted on July 1, 2017. Criteria includes a 25-year waiting period, chart success, influence, and common sense. Here are the inductees so far with the magazine’s volume number indicated in parentheses. You can click on the number to go to that volume’s induction class, which includes bios and/or lists of significant songs by the act. Click on the act itself to go to its DMDB Music Encyclopedia entry.










  • Billy Idol (24)
  • Julio Iglesias (62)
  • The Impressions (19)
  • INXS (12)
  • Iron Maiden (25)
  • The Isley Brothers (8)



  • Bert Kaempfert (31)
  • Kansas (35)
  • Carol Kaye (74)
  • KC & The Sunshine Band (36)
  • Tom Kelly (96)
  • Jim Keltner (79)
  • Bobby Keys (82)
  • Chaka Khan (30) with Rufus
  • B.B. King (20)
  • Ben E. King (29)
  • Carole King (11)
  • King Crimson (58)
  • The Kingston Trio (22)
  • The Kinks (8)
  • Kiss (15)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips (15)
  • Kool & The Gang (16)
  • Danny Kortchmar (82)
  • Kraftwerk (72)
  • Bernie Kundell (74)
  • Russ Kunkel (82)
  • Bill Kurasch (74)





  • Billy Ocean (35)
  • Sinead O’Connor (40)
  • The Offspring (48)
  • The Ohio Players (37)
  • The O’Jays (22)
  • Andrew Loog Oldham (83)
  • Roy Orbison (7)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (43)
  • Tony Orlando (30) with Dawn
  • Joe Osborn (76)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (24)
  • Donny Osmond (26)
  • The Osmonds (28)
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan (44)
  • Buck Owens & The Buckaroos (72)


  • Patti Page (30)
  • Earl Palmer (75)
  • Robert Palmer (23)
  • Parliament/Funkadelic (56)
  • Colonel Tom Parker (83)
  • The Alan Parsons Project (37)
  • Dolly Parton (16)
  • The Patti Smith Group (64)
  • Les Paul (52)
  • Peaches & Herb (67)
  • Teddy Pendergrass (72)
  • Freddie Perren (93)
  • Peter & Gordon (56)
  • Peter, Paul & Mary (24)
  • The Pet Shop Boys (19)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (6)
  • Wilson Pickett (21)
  • Pink Floyd (5)
  • Bill Pitman (76)
  • Gene Pitney (25)
  • Pixies (41)
  • The Platters (16)
  • Ray Pohlman (75)
  • The Pointer Sisters (24)
  • Poison (20)
  • The Police (3)
  • Doc Pomus (92)
  • Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (68)
  • Iggy Pop (31)
  • Elvis Presley (1)
  • Billy Preston (41)
  • The Pretenders (20)
  • Lloyd Price (26)
  • Charley Pride (62)
  • Prince (2)
  • Procol Harum (40)
  • Public Enemy (32)






  • UB40 (21)
  • Ultravox (66)
  • Uriah Heep (70)
  • Utopia (53)
  • U2 (1)


  • Frankie Valli (52)
  • Luther Vandross (17)
  • Van Halen (4)
  • Frankie Vaughan (46)
  • Sarah Vaughan (33)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (47)
  • Billy Vaughn (20)
  • Bobby Vee (28)
  • The Velvet Underground (19)
  • The Ventures (29)
  • Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (38)
  • Bobby Vinton (23)
  • The Vogues (69)