Tag: 1976

Song Of The Day: Neil Young, “After The Gold Rush”

Taken from the Shakey Pictures release, Songs For Judy.

Cilla Black: Surround Yourself With Cilla/It Makes Me Feel Good (SFE/Cherry Red)

The second album in the first installment in the Cilla Black reissue campaign is a satisfying collection of two of her more modest albums.

The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair (Bar/None)

In the mid-1970s, Canadian Elementary school teacher Hans Fenge gathered up the students in his school District and recorded them singing contemporary pop songs. Rediscovered and reissued in 2001, this album has since become a cult classic, and has recently been given a well-deserved vinyl reissue.

Chris Hillman: The Asylum Years (Omnivore Recordings)

In the mid-1970s, former Byrds guitarist Chris Hillman recorded a pair of albums for Asylum Records, his first proper solo releases. Though they’ve always been low key in his vast discography of work over the past 50 years, this reissue shows that their obscurity is not for lack of quality material.

Neil Young: Hitchhiker (Reprise)

Hitchhiker is purportedly an “unreleased Neil Young solo album.” It isn’t really a lost album, though; instead, it’s the document of a quick, one night recording session, where Young played his latest compositions for his friend, David Briggs. It’s a welcomed–albeit way too brief–addition to the Neil Young archives.

Sue Barker: Sue Barker (Playback Records)

Sue Barker was a young, promising Australian soul singer who released her self-titled debut in 1976, and then promptly disappeared. This reissue brings an extremely rare record back from the obscurity, even as it proves a point about how rarity does not equal quality.

Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening (Fantasy)

On A Monday Night is a recently discovered live performance from the Bill Evans Trio, taken from a late-career show. It’s a superb performance, even though there’s an odd tension in the air.

South And West: From A Notebook (Knopf)

Writer Joan Didion’s latest work is a collection of notes from two unpublished essays from the 1970s, and contains an insightful, interesting, and compelling look at the South during a time of transition.

Song Of The Day: Melba Moore, “This Is It”

Taken from the SoulMusic Records release, Standing Right Here: The Anthology (The Buddha and Epic Years).

Song Of The Day: Cluster, “Zum Wohl”

Taken from the Bureau B release, Kollektion 6: Cluster .