Tag: 1986

Soul Asylum: While You Were Out/Clam Dip & Other Delights (Omnivore)

Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum’s third album offered a glimpse of promise for the young band, and soon marked their farewell from the independent rock world. This reissue also includes an odds and ends EP that humorously pay tribute to their new record label.

Song Of The Day: Felt, “Sandman’s On The Rise Again”

Taken from the Creation Records EP, Rain Of Crystal Spires.

Song Of The Day, Felt, “Candles In A Church”

Taken from the Creation Records EP, Ballad Of The Band.

Felt: Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (Cherry Red)

We are dedicating this week to the Creation Records era the wonderful band Felt, whose records were reissued last week. We start with what is easily their masterpiece, a 1986 album that should have been starting point, but unfortunately proved to be their apex. It’s a stunning album that’s as fresh now as it was three decades ago.

Working Week: Compañeros (Cherry Red)

British jazz trio Working Week found themselves with a surprise hit record in 1985, prompting their label to pressure them into making a quick follow-up. That album, 1986’s Compañeros, was the result–a quickly created album of superb, enjoyable, and politically aware jazz/pop songs.

Matt Bianco: Matt Bianco (Cherry Pop)

In 1985, Matt Bianco frontman Mark Reilly faced a crisis when his creative partners left the band shortly after the release of their debut album. He soldiered on, found a new creative partner, and quickly picked up where he left off, delivering a delightful sophomore album that didn’t lose any momentum from the band’s promising debut.

Eric Johnson: Live From Austin TX (New West)

Texas guitarist Eric Johnson’s career was in an odd place in the 1980s; though a superbly talented musician with a Grammy nomination under his belt, he had difficulty finding a proper home for his music. Instead, he focused on his live show, and became a top-notch live act. This concert, recorded in 1988, captures him in his prime, shortly before he scored a surprise commercial hit with his song, “Cliffs Of Dover.”

James: Justhipper: The Complete Sire and Blanco Y Negro Recordings 1986-1988 (Cherry Red)

Manchester-based James’ first forays into the major label world were creatively fruitful but commercially disappointing, not helped by the band’s tendency of self-doubt and frequent hiatuses. This two-disc collection compiles their complete output for Blanco Y Negro, offering its idiosyncratic debut album Stutter and its impressive follow-up, Strip-Mine>

Song Of The Day: Mtume, “Body And Soul (Take Me)”

Taken from the SoulMusic Records release, Prime Time: The Epic Anthology.

Bob Young: Back In Quo Country (HNE Recordings)

Songwriter Bob Young made a name for himself as an ongoing collaborator with British rock band Status Quo. Back In Quo Country released in 1986, is his sole solo album, and is a fine collection of countrified interpretations of his Status Quo work.