Sweet Baby James. I can't tell you how much I love this album. I love a lot of his other work, too. He's always been great, and he's great now. His guitar on Joni Mitchell's, Blue was perfect. Neil Young's Harvest. Carolina In My Mind. He's done a lot of great work. But I think he only made one great album: Sweet Baby James.
"The Grease Band", by the Grease Band. I thought this was their only album for 20 years until a friend sent me a copy of their second album, "Amazing Grease". I listen to this album at least once every couple of months. It never gets old.
Hey Steve, I love that album. It's one of my all time favs. So many great juxtapositions there with the all star cast of supporting musicians. Jorma Kaukonen and Jerry Garcia playing guitar together. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Grace Slick singing and playing together. Some nice Autoharp playing on one track. ..
I was about to nominate another album that was made around the same time with essentially the same musicians - Paul Kantner's first solo album - Blows Against The Empire...
Another cool album that was recorded around the same time, but not released until the nineties, is Another Stoney Evening - David Crosby and Graham Nash recorded live and acoustic.
I don't know the Paul Kantner , shall investigate tomorrow when i sober up , its been a long day !
Love Crosby/Nasn , been after that on CD for a while , heard it online, great stuff.
I don't see Kantner's Blows album qualifying as he also made the subsequent Sunfighter with Grace Slick and the sublime Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun with Grace and David Freiberg.
Anyone who likes Laughing from Crosby's record - a number from which ought to approach the population of the planet- should give a listen to Your Mind Has Left Your Body off Baron Von Tollbooth.
Kantner and Freiberg are still performing under the Jefferson Starship name and playing songs from both Blows and BVT; well worth catching if they come near your town.
Oh yeah, I must have missed Sunfighter and I thought Baron Von Tollbooth was an Airplane album. Been a few years.....
Chris Whitley was great, man! What a loss.....
Fairport Conventions Leige and Lief has been called the greatest British folk/rock album of all time and one of the most influential albums of all time. It came out in 1969 and has stood the test of time because it has that special glow. It was Fairport's 4th album and the first one composed of all traditional folk songs and originals. Fairport has an extensive catalog spanning the decades, but this is the great one, partly because Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny both left the group after recording it. It was a perfect blend of acoustic and electric, folk and rock and roll. Thompson's inspirational guitar playing, Denny's magical singing and Dave Swarbick's mad gypsy fiddling sound just as fresh today as they did when I first heard it on "FM Underground" in 1969.