Midweek Music Moment: Son of Schmilsson, Harry Nilsson

True, Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson was released in the summer of 1972. But with the cover, on which Nilsson appears as Dracula, and the B-horror movie sound effects between the first and second tracks, it seems an appropriate topic for Halloween week — even though I value the album as a tremendous deconstruction of […]

Midweek Music Moment: Aja, Steely Dan

Pristine. That may be the only way to describe the sound quality of Steely Dan’s Aja. When you consider that the album was released 32 years ago today, it says a lot for what was achieved.

I know Steely Dan gets a lot of disrespect from some quarters. Their music — at least their last […]

Midweek Music Moment: No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded

I grew up with Led Zeppelin. I even remember standing in a music store in the Twin Cities in about 1970 listening to “Whole Lotta Love” from Led Zeppelin II speed around me on the latest technological breakthrough, quadraphonic stereo. (Who’d a thunk it would take home theater setups before that concept really took hold.) […]

Midweek Music Moment: Chicago V, Chicago

Thirty-seven years ago hard-core Chicago fans like me thought the rest of the county had finally caught on. In retrospect, what we were seeing was actually the beginning of a new and different path, one that would lead some of us from the band.

On August 19, 1972, Chicago V became the number one album […]

Midweek Music Moment: Bill Chase

You have to be of a certain era for the name Bill Chase to mean much. And it actually could mean something to you in two different contexts. Yet both contexts have an untimely limit. Bill Chase died in a plane crash on August 9, 1974, near Jackson, Minn..

One context is a pure jazz […]