In 1970, American teenager Gerry Beckley recorded a handful of demos in and around London, perhaps hoping to find success. He would do so a year later with his band America. Discovering America captures a young man in the process of finding himself and offers up a fun–albeit brief–look at the soon-to-be soft-rock star’s formative years.
We are pleased to give you a glimpse into what life was like on the James Brown tourbus. In this excerpt from former manager Alan Leeds’ new book There Was A Time: James Brown, The Chitlin’ Circuit, And Me, we get a glimpse of those first few days for the new recruit in the James Brown camp.
The troubled founder of Fleetwood Mac began his solo career with The End Of The Game, a bizarre album unlike any of his previous work and one that still confounds a half a century later.
The Recoup’s Song Of The Day for Friday, January 31st is “High As Apple Pie — Slice II” by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, taken from the Real Gone Music release Express Yourself.
Sisters Irene and Doreen Chanter’s sole album as Birds Of A Feather found them in the company of a soon-to-be-famous songwriter and management that had hopes for repeating that success. Their sole album might not have reached those lofty heights, but it is a superb album on its own.
Taken from the Esoteric Recordings release, Atlantic Bridge.
A fun and catchy late 60s outtake that celebrates that most special day of the week: payday!
Welsh progressive rockers Blonde On Blonde overcame the loss of their frontman and visionary, releasing two promising but ultimately commercially unsuccessful albums.
Bobby Bare/Skeeter Davis/Liz Anderson/Norma Jean: Tunes For Two/The Game Of Triangles/Your Husband, My Wife (Morello)
This two-disc set compiles two albums of duets and one album of trio recordings pairing Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Norma Jean, and Liz Anderson, and contains some fine performances from the first decade of Bare’s long, storied career.
Writer Joan Didion’s latest work is a collection of notes from two unpublished essays from the 1970s, and contains an insightful, interesting, and compelling look at the South during a time of transition.