Content tagged 'Folk Rock'
Past, Present and Future (Album of the Day)
Life And Times (Album of the Day)
If the 1970s singer-songwriter movement is most closely associated with Southern California, the East Coast had a strong representative in Jim Croce. The Philadelphia-born troubadour brought an urban directness and a gentle sense of humor to the music – along with a colorful cast of characters. His fourth studio album, LIFE AND TIMES, profiles a “Roller Derby Queen,” “Speedball Tucker” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (which went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart on this day in 1973). Though no one was better at these amiable story-songs, Croce could also break your heart with intimate ballads like “These Dreams,” and the unerring balance he maintains between these moods makes LIFE AND TIMES one of the performer's very best albums.
Matters Of The Heart (Album of the Day)
Tracy Chapman's breakthrough 1988 debut announced the arrival of a major talent in no uncertain terms, and four years later MATTERS OF THE HEART showed her continued growth as a singer-songwriter. As you might guess from its title, the 1992 Elektra set shifts some of the performer's focus from societal problems to personal concerns, but Chapman's nuanced lyrics and passionate delivery remain as compelling as ever. Stylistically, the collection touches upon blues, jazz and world musics while remaining listener-friendly; several seasoned hitmakers (including members of the Heartbreakers, the E Street Band and Bobby Womack) lend their instrumental skills to these ten originals. MATTERS OF THE HEART celebrates its 25th anniversary today, and this direct and powerful album still cuts straight to the heart.
Songs For Beginners (Album of the Day)
SONGS FOR BEGINNERS may have been the title of Graham Nash’s solo debut, but he was hardly a novice; the singer-songwriter had a long string of hits for The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash under his belt. The 1971 Atlantic collection features plenty of high-profile guests (David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Dave Mason, and Rita Coolidge among them) lending support on 11 fine originals, including topical material like "Military Madness" and hit single “Chicago” and several songs inspired by his recently ended romance with Joni Mitchell. The Gold-certified SONGS FOR BEGINNERS remains one of Graham Nash’s best albums, and to celebrate his birthday we'll give it another spin today.