Has been a while since I posted my discoveries at Spotify but better late than never. It’s truly amazing to me that so much of the music that I loved and collected as a young adult is easily available at a mouse click nowadays. Let’s talk about a couple of them, shall we?
DONALD FAGEN – Nightfly (1982)
I only got into Steely Dan much later in life but I did pick up singer Donald Fagen’s debut solo album on cassette due to the great press it was getting in the music magazines. It was a sophisticated hybrid of jazz, pop and soul that resonates to this day.
EARTH, WIND & FIRE – I Am (1979)
Now this is an LP I didn’t own. A JC friend lent me his copy and I recorded it on cassette (our version of ‘piracy’) but I’m glad that I can listen to it legally now! 🙂
BOZ SCAGGS – Silk Degrees (1976)
I first learned about Boz Scaggs when I saw his video of “Lido Shuffle” on a ‘pirated’ mix tape of music videos and was bewitched by it straightaway. So I found out that the song came from Silk Degrees and once I purchased the LP, it quickly became one of my favourite albums. Classic!
DIRE STRAITS – Making Movies (1980)
I was fortunate to be old enough to enjoy this band at its peak. A vehicle for the considerable talents of singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits would go on to become one of the biggest bands of the 80s. I remember this LP vividly as it was banned and removed from the stores after I bought a copy. The Ministry of Culture had a problem with the song “Les Boys” – thank GOD too cos this is my favourite Dire Straits LP!
BREAD – Bread/On the Waters/Manna/Baby I’m-a Want You/Guitar Man (1969 – 1972)
As a kid, I recall sitting in the back of my Dad’s Ford Escort listening to the music of Bread – one of first exposure to rock music. Thus, it was amazing to discover that this music is all available for me to enjoy once more.
… still there’s more …