Category Archives: Soft Rock

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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TOMMY JAMES – Midnight Rider – (Fantasy) – 1976

What makes Tommy run? Or rather What makes Tommy sing? James had his moment in the sun in one of the premier US pop rock acts of the mid to late 1960s, Tommy James and The Shondells. A singles band … Continue reading

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DR HOOK – Sometimes You Win … – (Capitol) – 1979

"Sometimes you win …." is a dangerous album title if you half smart critics (myself included) skulking on the sidelines because "Sometimes you lose" is bound to follow. But Dr Hook did in fact "win" with this album as it … Continue reading

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SHAWN PHILLIPS – Second Contribution – (A&M) – 1970

I always feel a little dirty when I listen to  hippie music, though I'm not sure what hippie music is. I like Melanie, Brewer & Shipley, Simon & Garfunkel, The Youngbloods, Jefferson Airplane, The Turtles, Donovan, Country Joe, Arlo Guthrie … Continue reading

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JESSE COLIN YOUNG – Love on the Wing – (Warner Brothers) – 1977

Very early in my blogging I commented on another Jesse Colin Young album. You can search that it you wish though here I will flesh out a few of the points I raised there. Wikipedia: “Jesse Colin Young is an … Continue reading

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DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH – Wind on the Water – (Polydor) – 1975

Sometimes you get two voices that compliment each other well. And that is the case here despite one being American and the other a Brit. Not coincidentally, despite being from opposite sides of the Atlantic, both came from multi vocal … Continue reading

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DR HOOK – Pleasure & Pain – (Capitol) – 1978

Dr Hook. How do I end up here? Answer: A couple of  Stones Green Ginger Wines with ice whilst reading my friends blog which has frequent suitably rustic themes (http://thegoatthatwrote.net/ ). I apologise to him in advance for linking him … Continue reading

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GLENN YARBROUGH – and the Havenstock River Band – (Fable) – 1971

For a folkie, Glenn Yarbrough albums turn up in reasonable frequency in op shops and that’s because he has had some mainstream success.   He success was largely due to the fact that he straddled the bridge between political and … Continue reading

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MICHAEL DINNER – Tom Thumb The Dreamer – (Fantasy) – 1976

Another 1970s singer songwriter.   Clearly there are a million stories out there that need telling.   Dinner put out two albums in the mid 70s, this being the second one. Apart from that there seems to be little information … Continue reading

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ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY – Dowdy Ferry Road – (Big Tree) – 1977

what Frank is listening to #220 – ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY – Dowdy Ferry Road – (Big Tree) – 1977 I knew next to nothing about these guys despite the fact I occasionally see their records in op … Continue reading

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