26/5/20 – MARTY’S DAILY ALBUM PICKS

So, music today c/- Nicklas started with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Solar Fire from 1973. I’ve had this album since then and it features Bob Dylan’s Father Of Day Father Of Night as the opening track. It’s what I call a ‘warm progressive’ album. It doesn’t freak you out with weird timings or gratuitous solos (although I like gratuitous solos, just as long as they are slow). This version doesn’t have their nod to Gustav Holst’s Joybringer but you can surely hear that as a bonus track on a CD reissue.

Next came Blue Oyster Cult’s Secret Treaties (1974). It’s another record I’ve had since then and played it to death. Later on in the seventies I saw them live not in Liverpool but at Manchester Free Trade Hall. At the end they were all in a line playing guitars, jamming, it was a memorable sight and I’ve never seen a band do that before or since. The opening track is Career Of Evil with lyrics by Patti Smith who at the time was the girlfriend of keyboard player and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier. The rest of the lyrics on the album are (unusually) written by rock critic Robert Meltzer and producer Sandy Pearlman. A must have for fans of smart guitar Rock.

Next came Welsh heroes of Progressive Psychedelia (later mixed with San Francisco’s West Coast sound), Man, with their album 2oz Of Plastic With A Little Hole In The Middle (1969). It’s a trip! In those days they were just exploring with the music, with the sounds, with the direction, jamming, listening to their favourite bands of the time and coming up with their own ideas. It was their second album and also the second album they released that year, Revelation was released in January and this album in September. Those were the days – create, play, tour, release albums, repeat. It’s another must have album.

Last but not least, Tangerine Dream’s Encore, a double live album recorded in America in 1977 and released the same year. It features Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann, the same lineup responsible for the studio albums that include Zeit (1972), Atem (1973), Phaedra (1974), Rubycon (1975), Ricochet (1975), Stratosphere (1976), and Sorcerer (1997). It’s a double live album and series of improvisations, their second live outing after Ricochet. It was also the last album with this lineup as Peter Baumann left the band. Spot Jerome on the album cover gatefold. Thanks Nicklas for today’s choices.

The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. See more pictures and read the full post here.