Note: Please welcome Pat Bobst to our illustrious group of Tune of the Day editors. Pat played guitar with Washington DC’s mighty Kingface back in the day and continues to keep real busy playing out. – LTD
What to say about Be-Bop Deluxe? Not quite appropriate to say that theyâ€™re one of the many criminally under-rated bands to take the stage. They certainly had their day, and made a lasting impression on many of us, and I donâ€™t think any of us â€˜under rateâ€™ them. Bill Nelson is still out there doing pretty amazing things. Circa 1977, a friend with whom I played a lot of music at the time starts telling me to check out this band. Now, this same dude had recently turned me onto Rush. On his say so, Iâ€™d purchased â€˜All the Worldâ€™s a Stageâ€™, and had made peace with Geddyâ€™s vox after that initial full-frontal assault on â€˜Bastille Dayâ€™. Oof. So with another presumably solid recommendation, I head out to purchase â€˜Live In the Air Age!â€™. I pull it out now and again to this day, just not a weak moment on it in my view. I went to see them play live at the old Palladium in NYC sometime in 1978, I believe, and it remains one of the best live performances that Iâ€™ve ever seen. Resin dripping from the ceiling, purple strobes through crystals on the stage, and just pristine sound.
â€˜Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscapeâ€™ is a standout on a release full of standouts. The style, tone, and control are captured beautifully. If this is your first taste, go find more. If this is a re-visit, I hope you enjoyed hearing it again as much as I did today.
- Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Son of A Preacher Man – Ike and Tina Turner
- I Second That Emotion – Grateful Dead (Boston, MA – April 8, 1971)
- Black Queen – Grateful Dead (East Rutherford, NJ – April 16, 1983)
- Wicked Path Of Sin – Old And In The Way
- The Pogues – Honky Tonk Women
- Viola Lee Blues – Grateful Dead
- The Road Goes On Forever – Robert Earl Keen
- Funk #49 – James Gang
- 1973 Gibson J-50 Deluxe
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