Peachtree Road, an Elton John album from several years ago that I never heard before. I stopped keeping up with Elton decades ago, but his new album with Leon Russell brought me back into the fold. Peachtree sounds similar to the new one, down-homey and quite enjoyable.
I'd never heard of that album either, Gary -- I must look it up. I think Elton John's mass-audience commercial instincts have always obscured his songwriting talent. I loved his first album so much but over the years he's disappointed me. The Leon Russell collaboration was a step back in the right direction!
Lots of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, of all things. The antique mall down the street from where I work had an almost complete collection of their records, mostly in very good condition, and the guy gave me a special price for the lot. I couldn't resist!
Love that Herb Alpert! A great introduction to Latin jazz -- Alpert had incredibly acute commercial instincts.
Pastime Paradise -- Stevie Wonder
Very interesting ! Tim listened to my Stevie Wonder boxset a couple of months ago and found out the true origins of Coolio's 'Gangstas Paradise'. If Weird Al needed permission for a parody, he should have had to contact Stevie !
As far as Herb Alpert, I'll never forget 'Rise' playing during the disco post rape scene on General Hospital in 1979 that cemented the Luke and Laura storyline as a part of pop culture ! It's been replayed a few times since in commemorative reruns. I actually love the song, one of his 5 #1 songs I believe! He definitely had great commercial instincts, as he hit big with 'Diamonds' with Janet Jackson in the later 80s! I'm more familiar with that period because it was when I was growing up but I have his Classics Vol. 1 of his 60s hits and enjoy that quite a lot !
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