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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New Releases 1972.07.10

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of July 10, 1972

Caught my eye:

FRANK ZAPPA – Waka / Jawaka (Bizarre 2094) (LP) (CD)

JOHN CALE – The Academy In Peril (Reprise 2079) (LP) (CD)

HARRY NILSSON – Son Of Schmilsson (RCA LSP-4717) (LP)

CURVED AIR – Phantasmagoria (Warner Brothers 2628) (LP) (CD)

Yet another new Zappa album – so quickly after “Just Another Band From L.A.”! Slightly esoteric John Cale album. Decent Nilsson album (and it came with a poster). Probably my favorite Curved Air album (#3).

Also of interest:

DOOBIE BROTHERSToulouse Street (Warner Brothers 2634)

CONGRESS OF WONDERS – Sophmoric (Fantasy 7018) (LP)

JIMMY WEBB – Letters (Reprise 2055)

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Long John Silver (Grunt 1007)

The Doobie Brothers start to matter. 2nd album from Berkeley comedy guys Congress of Wonders. Singer / songwriter Jimmy Webb soldiers on. Seems to me that the Jefferson Airplane didn’t matter as much as they used to, by the time of this album (which I did not retain a copy of!).

Notable singles:

COMMANDER CODY & HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN – Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar (Paramount 0169)

ARLO GUTHRIE – City Of New Orleans b/w Days Are Short (Reprise 1103)

PINK FLOYD – Free Four b/w Stay (Harvest / Capitol 3391)

RICK NELSON – Garden Party (Decca 32980)

DON BOWMAN – Homecoming b/w Poetic Justice (Mega 0083)

Great A-side for Commander Cody. Classic Arlo Guthrie. Pink Floyd single from “Obscured By Clouds”. Hit single for Ricky Nelson. Nice Don Bowman 45 – “Poetic Justice” is wonderful (and found on the same LP as “Hello D.J.”).



Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: Doobie Brothers

Eccchh! They never mattered! True fact, I did not know what "doobie" meant until about 1980! This knowledge gave me even greater contempt for them, if that's possible.

My favorite Doobie Brother's moment: When the band appeared on "What's Happening" and Rerun (Fred Berry) was coerced into bootlegging their show. Needless to say, by the time the credits rolled, a lesson was learned not the least of which is inner-city black youth give it up for the Doobie Brothers!

My second favorite Doobie Brothers moment: On the first NBC season of SCTV Rick Moranis skewers Michael McDonald by showing him singing backup on a MOR singers music video on the Gerry Todd Show, getting in his car and speeding off to his next session and arriving just in time to sing his drop-ins for a Christopher Cross single. When the Gerry Todd breaks for an ad, McDonald is then singing backing vocals on a local shill spot for Crazy Hy's TV Warehouse! Moranis NAILS McDonald and his propensity to be omnipresent on 1981 radio. Sayeth Michael to Moranis upon meeting him at The Grammys [Moranis was up for comedy release re: The Mackenzie Brothers album]: "That was pretty brutal, man!"

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

D Bros never meant much to me, just worth noting that you can still hear stuff on the radio against your will from the album released in '72.

7:29 AM  

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