Tag: 1987

Bill Nelson: Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights (Esoteric Recordings)

Progressive musician Bill Nelson’s 1987 album was an ambitious double album consisting of minimalistic ambient sonic sketches compiled to form a cohesive whole. This thirtieth anniversary edition offers the set in its entirety, as well as a limited edition seven inch suite and fourteen bonus tracks–adding additional depth to the listening experience.

Tammy Wynette: Sometimes When We Touch/Higher Ground (Morello Records)

The Eighties proved to be a fallow period for a lot of classic country musicians, Tammy Wynette included. These two late-period records are exceptions to the rule; one, a fine take on contemporary sounds; the other, a true retro country record that featured an all-star cast.

Tammy Wynette: Sometimes When We Touch/Higher Ground (Morello Records)

The Eighties proved to be a fallow period for a lot of classic country musicians, Tammy Wynette included. These two late-period records are exceptions to the rule; one, a fine take on contemporary sounds; the other, a true retro country record that featured an all-star cast.

Song Of The Day: Tom Armstrong, “Thunder Clouds”

Taken from the Tompkins Square release, The Sky Is An Empty Eye.

Song Of The Day: Steve Dawson, “All I Want”

Taken from the Angel Air Records release, Pandemonium Circus.

How We Live: Dry Land (Esoteric Recordings)

How We Live was the second-chance band of an artist whose first band had been screwed over by record label politics. That this new band would soon face the same fate is frustrating, but the story of How We Live does have a happy ending–and a rare third chance for success in an industry that is resistant to giving anyone a second chance. That their sole album Dry Land happens to be one of the finest lost jewels of the Eighties only makes this story even more (bitter)sweet.

How We Live: Dry Land (Esoteric Recordings)

How We Live was the second-chance band of an artist whose first band had been screwed over by record label politics. That this new band would soon face the same fate is frustrating, but the story of How We Live does have a happy ending–and a rare third chance for success in an industry that is resistant to giving anyone a second chance. That their sole album Dry Land happens to be one of the finest lost jewels of the Eighties only makes this story even more (bitter)sweet.

3AM Eternal: The Church, “Destination” (1987)

The story of a creepy little song on a pen-pal’s enigmatic mix tape, and a years-long mystery.

3AM Eternal: Gerard McMann, “Cry Little Sister” (1987)

Major-label “goth” anthem from the 1980s, but it–and the film it came from–served as a gateway drug to a generation of Goth kids….

3AM Eternal: Foreigner “Say You Will” (1987)

One of Foreigner’s final chart-topping singles marked a distinctive change in their sound, but still lives on as a familiar FM radio staple.