Record Of The Day: Abandoned Luncheonette – Hall & Oates

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Sure, I’ve heard the hits, and I was married for years to a big Hall & Oates fan. I also like Hall’s work on Robert Fripp’s album Exposure. But this album was a revelation. Cleverly crafted pop songs with gorgeous production values. You’ll know at least one song — the hit “She’s Gone.” This record is the perfect music for a summer afternoon in 1973, the year both it and I were released. And it sounds pretty darned good now, too.

BUY IT.

PHOTOS: Daryl Shawn with Laura Boswell at Webster’s

“Flamencamericana” guitarist Daryl Shawn played to a very appreciative and attentive crowd at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College, PA, last night. Singer/songwriter Laura Boswell opened for him. It was a wonderful night of music and friendship.

Laura Boswell
Laura Boswell

Daryl and his wife, Deborah, listening to Laura Boswell
Daryl and his wife, Deborah, listening to Laura Boswell

Laura Boswell
Laura Boswell

Daryl Shawn
Daryl Shawn

Daryl Shawn
Daryl Shawn

The "$1 effects pedal"
The “$1 effects pedal”

Daryl Shawn playing with special bridges built by his dad.
Daryl Shawn playing with special bridges built by his dad.

Record Of The Day: The Band – Rock Of Ages

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Take one of the great musical groups of, well, ever. Add arrangements by Allen Toussaint, one of the best arrangers ever to put pen to paper. Throw in a live concert environment. Stir. You’ve got a fabulous live album. This is The Band doing what they did best: playing deep, soulful rock music.

Record Of The Day: Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul

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Stone. Classic.

I mean COME ON, this record has “Chain Of Fools,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and the absolutely deadly “Ain’t No Way,” which my friend bassist John Kennedy describes as “baby-makin’ music.” The band alone is worth the price of admission — Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Womack, Joe Newman, King Curtis, Frank Wess, and many more.

Did I already say “stone classic”?