Wednesday, October 31, 2012

40 Year Itch: Some We Missed from Oct '72

Mellow man David Gates takes center stage on Bread's follow up to Baby I'm A Want You, the final album before a 1977 reunion. Guitar Man hit #18 in the album charts thanks to the soft rock numbers like the #11 title track, "Aubrey" (#15) and "Sweet Surrender" (#15). The rest sounds like filler.

The second James Gang album after the departure of Joe Walsh is probably the low point. By the following album Tommy Bolin would be adding some guitar fire, raising the band's fortunes for a few years at least.

Vilified for an album cover that made Don Stevenson giving the finger on Moby Grape's debut seem gentlemanly in comparison, Mom's Apple Pie jams Chicago-style about as competently as Grand Funk Railroad used to rock.

Diana Ross earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of doomed jazz singer Billie Holiday and the soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard charts. The album contains far too many snippets of dialogue from the movie but overall, Ross deserves all the plaudits she received. She's not "doing" Billie. Thank God.

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