Category Archives: Soft Rock

JESSE COLIN YOUNG – The Highway is for Heroes – (Cypress) – 1987

Jesse Colin Young is always welcome on this blog but you have to approach anything released in the mainstream, in the 80s, with trepidation. Yes, yes, I know I whinge about the 80s mainstream but it was, largely, awful. Everything … Continue reading

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JACKIE DeSHANNON – You’re the Only Dancer – (Amherst) – 1977

Keeping up with current sounds is normal for a musician. Where I have a problem with it is if the act have totally changed their sound for the sake of jumping on a trend or sound which wasn't there before. … Continue reading

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FELIX CAVALIERE – Felix Cavaliere – (Bearsville) – 1974

I've nattered on about Cavaliere solo and with his time in the Young Rascals on other posts so check them out for biographical detail and bits and pieces of errr,  whatever. This, here, naturally enough, given the self title, is … Continue reading

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DR HOOK – A Little Bit More – (Capitol) – 1976

Can you ever have enough Dr Hook? Don't answer that. Check my other comments for bio and detail. I have commented on earlier albums than this and later ones but this album is pivotal in some ways as it really … Continue reading

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JACKIE DeSHANNON – New Arrangement – (CBS) – 1975

This one was a good earner for Jackie. Well, not immediately but in 1981. Kim Carnes recorded Jackie's "Bette Davis Eyes" and took it to #1 across the world. So the co-writers royalties would have been nice. Jackie had gone … Continue reading

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FELIX CAVALIERE – Castles in the Air – (Epic) – 1979

Felix Cavaliere was the blue-eyed soul singer of one of the America's finest groups of the 1960s, The Young Rascals. Felix being of Italian heritage is probably brown eyed. Blue-eyed soul is a term used to describe white singers who … Continue reading

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DR HOOK – Dr Hook and the Medicine Show – (CBS) – 1972

This is first album from Dr Hook and it is both a showcase for them and a vehicle for songwriter Shel Silverstein. Songwriters using band or acts to express their music better, perhaps, than they could themselves is not unusual. … Continue reading

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JOHN STEWART – Bombs Away Dream Babies – (RSO) – 1979

From folkie to obscure singer songwriter, to pop hit maker and then back to obscure singer songwriter. Maybe that wouldn't be so bad but the breakdown is, folkie (10 years), obscure singer songwriter (10 years), hit maker (2 years), obscure … Continue reading

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ALBERT HAMMOND – Your World and My World – (Columbia) – 1981

I do have soft spot for Albert Hammond. I'm not sure how that sits with the other stuff I like but every music collection should have  a couple of acts that stand out stylistically from the rest. I have more … Continue reading

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COUNTRY JOE McDONALD – Love is a Fire – (Fantasy) – 1976

Allmusic: "A native of Washington, D.C., McDonald grew up in El Monte, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, where his parents, Florence and Worden, had moved to escape political difficulties in the capital city. Music played an important role through … Continue reading

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