John Lennon's song "Imagine" will forever be etched into the consciousness of listeners as the melodic mantra of late-'60s, early-'70s idealism. It also serves as the wistful epitaph of a complex, challenging artist whose life was tragically taken by a deranged fan…
"These love songs are about more than their meaning. They're about the love that these men have for the music, the joy that they find in playing together and the beauty that exists in the act of creation. And, contrary to popular belief, sequels aren't always subservient to the originals. This music is second to none."
Already a member of the Rolling Stones for four years by 1979, Ron Wood issued his fourth solo release, GIMME SOME NECK. Like his first two solo albums (1974's I'VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO and 1975's NOW LOOK), NECK boasts an all star guest list. The list is long, but such renowned rockers as Dave Mason, Mick Fleetwood, Ian McLagan, and such fellow Stones members as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and even the man Wood replaced in the Stones, Mick Taylor, appears. Featured are the previously unheard Bob Dylan original "Seven Days" and the guitar-heavy rocker "Buried Alive." Producer Roy Thomas Baker keeps things simple (unlike his work with Queen and the Cars), which makes GIMME SOME NECK another tasty slice of fun and sloppy rock n' roll.
Jimmy Bo Horne's music is simply too good to be forgotten. This CD is essentially a KC and the Sunshine Band collection with a different vocalist. Harry Wayne Casey and his cohorts wrote, played on, and produced almost everything here, so if you like excellent '70s dance music you will enjoy this. "Dance Across the Floor" is one of the best songs I have ever heard; I can't understand why it wasn't a huge hit back in the day (and who's that familiar voice singing backup? I won't say his name, but his initials are…!) Other fun songs here are "Ask the Birds and the Bees", "Let Me Be Your Lover" (sampled by Stereo MC's for "Connected") and "I Wanna Go Home With You" and "Spank". Horne even manages to coax a listenable performance out of "Close To You". Enjoy!
The Spencer Davis Group may be the most underrated group in the British Invasion. The band had a tight, swinging sound, a nice balance between guitars and keyboards, and a tasty selection of musical influences - not to mention rock's greatest white-soul singer (Stevie Winwood). Their albums featured some of the best British blues and R&B, along with pop-rock to rival what the Beatles were doing at the same time (this was pre-"Sgt. Pepper," after all). Perhaps one day the SDG will finally get their due. Amazon customer.