The first two albums from Chicago, when they were still known as Chicago Transit Authority. They only changed their name because they were sued by the…Chicago Transit Authority. Silly bureaucracy. (That was redundant…) Jazz/rock was defined by these two albums. I know they’ve become an oldies act for baby boomers, but these two albums still hold up.
‘Seasons Of My Soul,’ the debut album by Rumer. Her real name is Sarah Joyce, she’s a Brit (although born in Pakistan) and she sounds a bit like one of the great voices of all time, Karen Carpenter. She’s huge throughout Europe and is appearing at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on the 9th of February. Go see her. OOPS. Too late, the show is sold out.
‘Old Ideas,’ the brand new CD from Leonard Cohen. He’s touring and recording because a trusted agent embezzled millions from him, so you kinda get the sense that he’s purely in it for the money. But hey, he’s Leonard Cohen. He can do whatever he wants. Amazing that he’s not well known in the States.
Seal‘s latest, ‘Soul 2.’ Faithful arrangements of some of the best soul songs of all time, including “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Going On,” “Backstabbers” and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” which was a huge 1975 hit for Major Harris. The ’75 version was perhaps the first hit song to have that much moaning in it.
Plenty more, but it’s time for the Super Bowl, gotta run. Giants/Patriots?? Win win!!