The Spotlight Kid is the sixth album by Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) and the Magic Band, originally released in 1972. It is the only album formally credited solely to Captain Beefheart. Often cited as one of the most accessible of Beefheart’s albums, it is solidly founded in the blues but also uses instruments such as marimba and jingle bells that are not typical of that genre. The incarnation of the Magic Band on this album was Bill Harkleroad and Elliot Ingber, guitars; Mark Boston, bass; John French, drums; and Art Tripp, marimba. Session drummer Rhys Clark substituted for French on one track, “Glider.”
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Mystery to Me is the eighth studio album by British rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1973. This was their last album to feature Bob Weston. Most of the songs were penned by guitarist/singer Bob Welch and keyboardist/singer Christine McVie, who were playing a major role in edging the band’s sound towards the radio-friendly pop/rock that would make them highly successful a few years later. Although the album only sold moderately and produced no hit singles, “Hypnotized” did become an FM radio staple for many years. In the wake of the Buckingham Nicks lineup’s success a few years later, it achieved Gold status in 1976.
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Future Games is the fifth studio album by British rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1971. It was their first album with guitarist Bob Welch and the first to feature Christine McVie as a full member. Without the 1950s leanings of departed guitarist Jeremy Spencer, the band moved further away from blues and closer to the melodic pop sound that would finally break them in America four years later. After the band completed the album and turned it in, the record label said that it would not release an album with only seven songs, and demanded that they record an eighth. “What a Shame” was recorded hastily as a jam to fulfill this request. A heavily edited version of “Sands of Time” was an unsuccessful single in the United States and some other territories. However, the album did get airplay on FM radio. The title track “Future Games” was later re-recorded by Bob Welch for his 1979 solo album The Other One.
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You’ve got to hand it to Chris Isaak: he knows a great song when he hears it. If you don’t believe that, also check out his rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man”.
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Arranged & conducted by Don Costa for Reprise Records in New York City.
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