Saturday, November 25, 2017

PETER IVERS - "TERMINAL LOVE"

Album: Peter Ivers
Title: Terminal Love
Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog: BS 2804
Year: 1976
Genre: new wave
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:--
Concept: --
Cover photo: --
Grade: **** stars



Peter Ivers is definitely an acquired taste.  This album even made Spotify's list of the 101 strangest albums ever released.  That aside the cover art is a hoot.  The photo perfectly captures the pain of love.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

AL GREEN - "LIVIN' FOR YOU"

Album: Al Green
Title: Livin' For You
Label: Hi
Catalog: ASHL 32082
Year: 1973
Genre: soul
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:Tom Daly
Concept: Farmlett, Barsanti & Wood Inc.
Cover photo: --
Grade: * stars



One of Al Green's classic, mid-'70s albums ...   Not one bad song on the set and it's packaged in something that looks like it was drawn by a stoned high school student looking to decorate his Chevy van.  You had to wonder what Green and Hi were thinking and what the album might have done commercially had it been presented in a slightly more elegant concept.

THE REDS - "THE REDS"

Artist: The Reds
Album: The Reds
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4772
Year: 1979
Genre: new wave
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:Amy Nagasawan
Concept: Amy Nagasawan
Cover photo: Tom Drahas
Grade: **** stars



Tons of new wave albums had striking covers and crappy music.  Philadelphia's The Reds debut album featured a striking cover and a decent set of new wave-ish tunes. That made for a winning combination all the way around.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

FRJID PINK - "FRIJID PINK


Artist: Frijid Pink
Album: Frijid Pink
Label: Parrot
Catalog: PAS 71033
Year: 1970
Genre: rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:Victor Kahn
Concept: Victor Kahn
Cover photo: Jeff Bailey
Grade: **** stars



Admittedly, the cover design showing band members Tom Beaudry (aka Kelly Green), Tom Harris, Richard Stevers, and Gary Lee Thompson) sitting on top of a monkey bar set wasn't all that original.  What makes this one stand out are the startling, day-glo colors.  The pink and black are almost retina burning, making for an album package that jumps out at you from a mile away.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

THE L.A. FOUR - "GOING HOME"


Artist: The L.A. Four
Album: Going Home
Label: East Wind
Catalog: EW 1000
Year: 1977
Genre: jazz
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design: Heyglow Kabayashi
Cover photo: Taishi Hirokawa - Brad Elterman
Grade: **** stars



I know that in the mid and late-'70s these guys (guitarist Laurindo Almeida, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Shelly Manne and sax player Bus Shank), were quite popular in jazz circles.  Judging by this album, their work is certainly relaxing, but not particularly my style. 

That said, the Taishi Hirokawa album cover was stunning. Judge for yourself ...

Monday, June 5, 2017

NEKTAR - "DOWN TO EARTH"


Artist: Nektar
Album: Down To Earth
Label: Passport
Catalog: PPSD 98005
Year: 1974
Genre: progressive
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:Pierre Tubbs
Cover photo: Bryce Attewell
Grade: **** stars



This was the first used LP I ever bought and the late Roye Albrighton was the first musician who ever stumbled across one of the BadCatRecords reviews I'd put out there and took the time to send me an email. He was funny and insightful and took some of my criticisms in good nature. All that aside, there's something about Bryce Attewell's cover photo that just perfectly grabbed that mid-'70s zeitgeist (always wanted to use that work in a review).  Yeah, maybe there was a little bit of The Who's "Magic Bus" in the concept, but other than that, these guys just looked like a stoned German and English band.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SAVOY BROWN - "LION'S SHARE"


Artist: Savoy Brown
Album: Lion's Share
Label: Parrot
Catalog: XPAS 71057
Year: 1972
Genre: blues-rock
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Sleeve design:Glenn ROss for QUeens Litho
Cover art: Peter Cross
Grade: **** stars



Okay, I know it was released in the early-'70s, but this one just screams '60s British style to my eyes.  Cross has done a lot of Anthony Phillips' album covers.  He has a web presence at: https://petercrossart.com/