Lovely Recordings Hosted by Gary D'Amato (Part 2)

Thought I would send another batch of things I consider chestnuts of mine...

Bryan Ferry: In Your Mind (E.G. Records, 1997)
As I mentioned in my short bio in my first batch of Lovely Recordings, Roxy Music changed all that I knew about music. This is Bryan Ferry's 4th solo LP, recorded during a hiatus from Roxy Music. Amazingly under appreciated by the critics, this record is, imo, among his finest work. Backed by an all-star crew consisting of Roxy's guitarist Phil Manzanera, drummer Paul Thompson, King Crimson vet and future founder of Asia, John Wetton (blew me away on this record) and one of my all time guitar heroes, Chris Spedding, who is on fire and dominates this record. I was lucky to have caught this landmark show at the old Bottom Line, in June of 77. Side note: little known outside of NYC, Talking Heads opened the show, debuting newest member Jerry Harrison. An excellent recording too, courtesy of Rhett Davies (Roxy's longtime produce and engineer).

Available from Tidal

Roy Harper: HQ (Harvest/Chrysalis/Science Friction, 1975)
Another British artist who never made it across the pond and celebrated in song by Led Zeppelin (Hats Off to Harper) and Pink Floyd (sang the lead vocal of Have A Cigar). Do yourselves a favor and read his bio in allmusic.com. He had so many of the future legends of music playing on his records, it is a wonder that he never made it here. Critically acclaimed in Europe, this album had a host of names; John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Bill Bruford (Yes), Chris Spedding, and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). Not a bad song in the bunch. I play "The Game" a few times a year to this day.

Available from Qobuz

John Cale: HoboSapiens (EMI, 2003)
Released with no fan fare, this is his finest work in years. Never one to follow, he cuts a new musical path to follow. I can listen to this in the car, in the gym, where ever I may be. Makes me happy.

Available from Tidal

Keith Jarrett: The Koln Concert (ECM, 1975)
My introduction to his music, suggested by a friend 40 years ago and I still play it at least once a year. Stunning.

Available from HDtracks

Leon Russell: Leon Russell and the Shelter People (Shelter, 1971)
Session man extradordinaire, brilliant songwriter, the real piano man. The list of hit records he has played on for so many different artists would take up this entire post. I love this record, done as his super stardom was taking off due to Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Everybody wanted him to play on their records. Just fucking cool.

Available from HDtracks

Little Feat: Dixie Chicken (Warner Bros., 1973)
If this doesn't make you smile, you must be dead already. Their finest hour.

Available from Tidal

Hamilton An American Musical: Original Cast Recording (Atlantic, 2015)
Ok ok, this is very new, and yes I was lucky enough to have won the ticket lottery and saw the original cast from the first row over the July 4th weekend with the woman I love. Been playing this in the car ever since and trying to win another pair of tickets to see it again.

Available from HDtracks

Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge/Domino, 1998)
Coming up on it's 20th anniversary, this is another landmark record. Like nothing else in that time and still holds up to repeated listenings. I loved this on first listen and still do.

Available from Tidal

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EmmaThomas88's picture
Great records. I love the one by Neutral Milk Hotel. Also the cover looks cool. Do you know if it's possible to get a vinyl somewhere?
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PalJoey's picture

Worth searching for Leon Russell - Homewood Session on YouTube, to see those musicians in action. One of the backing singers is Claudia Lennear, the Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar'.

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