Friday, November 28, 2014

Steppenwolf: "Steppenwolf"

Released in 1968,
this was Steppenwolf's
highly successful debut LP.

Includes their mega-hit, "Born to Be Wild,"
plus "Sookie, Sookie" and "The Pusher."

"Berry Rides Again" is also a great track!

If you are not already a fan,
I'm not sure there is much I can say
to convince you of this group's
iconic role in the late '60s
progression of rock music.

If you ARE already a fan,
there's not much I could say
that would change your mind
or add to your knowledge,

How 'bout this:
a) the silver cover made it difficult for an
amateur photographer like myself to get a clean shot of the cover;
b) this album came to me second-hand (garage sale, I think),
so the disturbing, unfortunate red enhancements are not mine.

Read more about Steppenwolf HERE.

Art Direction, Cover and Liner Design: Gary Burden
Photography: Tom Gundelfinger

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Michael Omartian: "White Horse"

Released in 1974,
this was Michael Omartian's first solo LP.
By that time,
he had already begun to build an amazing
career as a session artist,
and this album marks the beginning of 
what became a super-stellar career
as a producer.

this album changed my life.
Everything about it was mind-blowing
(at least to me, at the time).

From this point forward,
I would always be on the lookout
for Michael Omartian's name
in any album credits.
My favorite
was when I found his name among
the dozens of names listed
on the credits for the soundtrack,
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull";
but I have found his name
on many, many, many album credits.

Read more about Michael Omartian HERE.

My favorite track from this LP:

Album Cover Concept: James Fitzgerald
Album Cover Art: Dave Jarvis
Photography: Harry Langdon

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Jazz Crusaders: "Old Socks New Shoes, New Socks Old Shoes"

Released in 1970,
this was "The Jazz Crusaders" eighteenth (18th) album,
thirteenth (13th) studio recording
(plus five live releases);
and their last
as "The Jazz Crusaders."

After this album,
they dropped the "Jazz"
from their name
and were known simply as
"The Crusaders."

This is an entertaining album
nice, easy but soulful and funky,
a great mix of original tunes
and memorable covers of a few then-recent
pop hits.

Read more about The Crusaders HERE.

Photography: Barry Feinstein and Tom Wilkes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin" (debut)

Released in early 1969,
this LP was destined, seriously,
to ROCK 
rock music.

Personally, after 45 years,
this album remains on my Top Ten Albums List.
Every track is a gem,
from their stupendous originals
such as "Good Times, Bad Times,"
"Communications Breakdown,"
"How Many More Times,"
and the iconic
"Dazed and Confused,"
to their stunning interpretations
of Willie Dixon blues classics
"You Shook Me"
"I Can't Quit You, Baby."

Then and now = Fantastic!

Back Liner Photo: Chris Dreja
Cover Design: George Hardie