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Petty on The Drive
Posted:Thursday, 05/15/2014 at 03:05am by Greg Easterling
We are spotlighting Tom Petty today on The Drive. Here in the overnight, it's his second album with the Heartbreakers, You're Gonna Get It, released in May of 1978. It doesn't deviate a lot from Petty's self titled debut but it was an important building block nonetheless with some great songs like "Listen To Her Heart" and "I Need To Know". We listened to the lesser heard Side 1 this time including the title track. Tom's upcoming third album would make all the difference in his career but You're Gonna Get It helped get him there.

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Here's To You Jack!
Posted:Wednesday, 05/14/2014 at 04:05am by Greg Easterling
Today is the birthday of Jack Bruce, the Scottish bass player, lead singer and songwriter who we most associate with Cream although he's done many other things over his long career in music. This morning we featured a side from the 1972 compilation Heavy Cream...and it was...and still is! Jack sang many of Cream's classics, sometimes alternating vocals with Eric Clapton and co-wrote "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room". Side 2 of Heavy Cream began with a nice one-two punch...."I Feel Free" followed by "Born Under A Bad Sign".

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Diver Down
Posted:Tuesday, 05/13/2014 at 04:05am by Greg Easterling
We rocked this morning with the original Van Halen lineup...brothers Eddie and Alex, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth. It was their 1982 release Diver Down, a good record with the plenty of Eddie's guitar antics, rockin'
originals and primo covers, just to underline Van Halen's bar band roots. We listened to Side 1, featured here for the first time today. Highlights included the covers,
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"(Kinks) and "Oh Pretty Woman"(Roy Orbison).

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Happy Birthday Steve
Posted:Monday, 05/12/2014 at 04:05am by Greg Easterling
It's the birthday of Steve Winwood, one of the great voices of rock... and no slouch on the instrumental side for his skills on organ, piano and guitar. We first met him in his teens as the main man for the Spencer Davis Group, giving us the testosterone laden hits, "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm A Man". From there, Steve went on to form the more experimental Traffic and Blind Faith before defaulting to a more commercially oriented solo career. This morning we featured his 1980 comeback LP, "Arc Of A Diver", a nice balance of commerce and creativity. We heard the title track plus the single, "While You See A Chance" as we tracked Side 1 this morning.

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No Control with Eddie Money
Posted:Friday, 05/02/2014 at 03:05am by Greg Easterling
We finished up our week of late night vinyl this am with Eddie Money and his Top Twenty album from 1982, No Control. Eddie had it all going on at this point with a pair of legends, managed by Bill Graham, produced by Tom Dowd of Derek and the Dominoes, Allmans and Skynyrd fame. No Control sold platinum with major airplay for the songs, "Shakin" and "Think I'm In Love". We heard both as we tracked Side 1 for the first time here on our Overnight Album Side.

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5150 Van Halen
Posted:Tuesday, 04/15/2014 at 04:04am by Greg Easterling
It was Van Halen... this time from 1986, another platinum seller and the first one to feature the lead vocals of Sammy Hagar, formerly of the band Montrose with a number of solo albums to his credit. Hagar replaced original Van Halen singer David Lee Roth, not missing a beat and moving in right away to help write material for the upcoming 5150 LP. They came up with a handful of winners that includes "Dreams", "Best Of Both Worlds", "Love Walks In" and the Top Five single, "Why Can't This Be Love". We listened to Side 2 this time.

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Blackmore's Birthday
Posted:Monday, 04/14/2014 at 04:04am by Greg Easterling
We began a new week this morning with a birthday salute to Richie Blackmore, longtime lead guitarist for Deep Purple and a founder of the band. Although he's been gone from the band for several decades now and has been a sometimes controversial figure, he will always be remembered for his tenure during the most fruitful times in the history of Deep Purple. This morning we went back to the early days of the band with Rod Evans on vocals for a side from the Warners compilation Purple Passages which drew songs from Shades Of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn and the third, self titled album. We listened to Side 1 this morning which featured their big early U.S. hit, "Hush" plus their cover of "Hey Joe".

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Dylan's Greatest Hits and Why....
Posted:Friday, 04/11/2014 at 03:04am by Greg Easterling
Today is the anniversary of the date that Bob Dylan made his New York City debut at Folk City back in 1961. It was the most visible start of an amazing, long running career that continues even to this day. It's hard to imagine classic rock without the songs and significance of Dylan through his own classics such as "Like A Rolling Stone", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Blowin In The Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man". And then there's many others who covered his songs and did well....Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Eric Clapton, The Band, Guns n' Roses and more. This morning we put the needle down on a Dutch import version of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, one I picked up in Paris many years ago. It has an additional song on each side compared to the American release. We listened to Side 2 with the "bonus" track, "One Of Us Must Know".

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Allman's Brothers and Sisters
Posted:Wednesday, 04/09/2014 at 04:04am by Greg Easterling
We cruised into midweek this morning with a longtime favorite...the legendary Allman Brothers Band and their 1973 Brothers and Sisters LP. It was a time of major change for the band; the original lineup had been forever altered by the loss of founding members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, both killed in separate motorcycle accidents in the town of Macon, Georgia. Now it was up to Brothers Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts to step and lead. New players Chuck Leavell(keyboards) and Lamar Williams(bass) were added to the lineup pictured on the cover of Brothers and Sisters. Side 1 included the big Betts penned hit, "Ramblin' Man". Other highlights included "Come And Go Blues", a song that Gregg would revisit on one of his next solo albums.

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Guitarist Steve....and Howe!
Posted:Tuesday, 04/08/2014 at 03:04am by Greg Easterling
We paid tribute to Steve Howe this am. It's his birthday. Steve, the longtime guitarist for Yes and also Asia. Actually Steve was not the original Yes guitar player....that was Peter Banks I believe but Howe has been with Yes so long he might as well be the original. Steve is actually pictured on the second Yes record, Time and A Word but didn't fully debut with the band until The Yes Album. He has that soaring, transcendent sound in his playing that can literally lift you off the ground...and your spirits too! This morning we put the needle down on Side 1 of the 1972 Yes classic Close To The Edge, an album the band will be featuring this summer on tour. We listened to the full title track in four parts.

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