This masterpiece of amazing guitar boogie popped up on my radar back in '78 when I was DJing a late-night weekend show on a college FM station as a promo copy. I still have it. Bought it again a year ago as a CD so I could rip tracks onto my PC and portable MP3 player.
When I bought the CD it was $30 and I thought that was steep - it's now $75!!!
"Caledonia" from this record is a surefire cure for depression:
Commander Cody and his Los Planet AirmenI mean obscure, relative to you and where you were in life at the time.
And I DON'T mean obscure as in really odd, just-different-to-be-different music.
These are the top three that pop up in my head. I stumbled onto the Dave Edmunds and Kinks compilation in the late 70's, and Prine in the 90's.
I was in High School for the Kinks and Edmunds. While all my buddies were into these new bands Judas Priest and Van Halen, I was tapping into the 60's stuff; Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, Doors. And then I found these two.
On Prine, I was only aware of him mostly by name, but came home from work one afternoon in 1996 or so and the house was empty and I was beat so I dropped on the couch and turned on the TV and Austin City Limits was on, and here was this guy. Halfway into the first song I ended up sitting up, captured until the end. Love him, his history, and was glad I got to take the family to see him at the Boulder Theater. It was a bit more stripped down with only him, a bassist and one or two others, but we were in the front row.
I can still sing every song on all three of these albums off the top of my head!
Dave Edmunds - Tracks on Wax 4
The Kinks Greatest: Celluloid Heroes
John Prine - Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings
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