THE DECEMBER TOP 40 PREVIEW DOES NOT HAVE CHART SPOTS ASSIGNED YET
THIS IS MERELY A PREVIEW 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE
1)SPECTOR (2002) showtime
with Rob Fraboni https://youtu.be/iRA-uVTCQFw
2)Jimi Hendrix Live at the L.A. Forum Number of Discs
5)The Holler Band, U.K. Song:See Straight Through
Really love this sophisticated gliding pop nugget, "See Straight Through" from The Holler Band (Brighton, United Kingdom.) Coming in at 3:36 time-wise, it is simply terrific. Imagine a modern Buzzcocks with Dwight Twilley sensibilities and creative sci-fi sounds all the way around, from guitar, bass and drums. Hard-hitting but poppy, and very well produced. Great stuff.
6)I Am Yours Written by Harriet Schock
Born in early 2021, Holler connected and bonded immediately over their shared love for indie pop/rock. Nine months later and they were putting on their first sell out Brighton Headline. Alongside this, the band recorded their debut single, ‘See Straight Through’, which now has over 30,000 streams on Spotify and has featured on UK and US radio. Combining their separate influences they write energetic indie-pop/rock accompanied with personal and catchy lyrics. 2022 saw two more releases, ‘For The Night’ and ‘Tell Me (What I Want To hear)’ which have a combined total of over 45’000 streams. This year has also seen the band play multiple sold out shows alongside Dutch Criminal Record, The Motive and The Covasettes.
48 years after the gay friendly release of "Let 'Em Love" (found on 1974's Hollywood Town) Harriet Schock composes another LGBTQ anthem, "I Am Yours" (The Harvey Brownstone Story.) What is intriguing is that this essay is a different aspect of the hardships of homosexual life, revealing "the love that shall not be named." * If "Let 'em Love" was an admonition to the world that "as long as you're loving" (a statement from a groundbreaking book on such things from the 1970s,) what's the issue?, "I Am Yours" is about family reaction to a member of that family being homosexual. One fellow from Arlington, Massachusetts was violently beat up by a family member (my photographer, a woman, was in love with him,) while this writer's own siblings walked away (thankfully, my parents did not, actually embracing my late life partner as another son,) - each individual facing their own situation. There are many, many stories that could fill multiple books. Where "Let 'em Love" is a declaration that becomes a chant, a march...empowerment, "I Am Yours" could be a moment in a Broadway play (both titles could fit nicely in such a story,) of the evolution of a gay person in the 50's, 60's, 70's dealing with bringing the subject up to those who are supposed to love them unconditionally. Gary Lynn Floyd's beautiful voice moves from warm and pondering to authoritative, emerging from the cocoon in triumphant fashion. As the YouTube notes: "An intensely personal and emotional song, that speaks to the parents of any child who felt unloved, rejected or disapproved of. Its message is universal."
*The love that dare not speak its name is a phrase from the last line of the poem "Two Loves" by Lord Alfred Douglas , written in September 1892 and published in the Oxford magazine The Chameleon in December 1894. It was mentioned at Oscar Wilde 's gross indecency trial and is usually interpreted as a euphemism for homosexuality (Wikipedia.)
LET 'EM LOVE
On Harriet Schock's amazing 1974 Hollywood Town album there's an LGBTQ song, "Let 'em Love," before such things were in vogue. Sure, there were David Bowie Glam-rock musings, "All the Young Dudes" a hit for Mott the Hoople, but certainly not in the pop mainstream. Hollywood Town, of course, contained the Helen Reddy hit "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" (a former roommate freaking out as I was playing the tune on the piano in 1997 with the window open...because he wanted to hit on the cute cable guy as I was singing...loudly....but I digress....) ...and for Middle of the Road and Top 40 at the time, it may not have been appropriate, even for Bette Midler and Cher, all supportive of the homosexual community. That straight fellows like my friends Buzzy Linhart and Moogy Klingman wrote Midler's signature song, (You Got to Have) "Friends" was lost on Top 40 listeners...it was a "closet" LGBTQ masterpiece...though anyone seeing Barry Manilow (who also recorded it) backing up Midler on piano performing on national television, well, in the day it came off as a friendly song for Pride Day but certainly not a GAY song to the general public. Elton John had evangelists burning his discs when he said that sexually he drew the line at goats. Elton, of course, got the last laugh.
The four minute track on Hollywood Town is elegant pop that fits in perfectly with the album that spawned Reddy's huge hit. Schock's voice is wonderful, warm and friendly, in the era of Karla Bonoff and Laura Nyro, while Tapestry ushered in Carole King's majesty, Bonoff, Schock and even the much-covered Nyro all deserved a higher profile during a time that embraced these master craftsman. Had our old pal Russ Regan had more support from 20th Century perhaps this great Gospel chorus that concludes the song could have been part of a Harriet / Bette Midler tour. Lost opportunities. Yet Hollywood Town remains a desert island disc that has yet to peak and find it's worldwide audience. All good things to those who wait.
LET 'EM LOVE - HARRIET SCHOCK
8)Lucy Morningstar "Butterflies"
"Butterflies" from Lucy Morningstar is cosmic/tropical music for the soul.
The eerie background vocals, the reggae beat, the butterfly mantra seeming
like trance-pop, and clocking in at a very cool 2:27. Like Milli Small's
60's smash, "My Boy Lollipop," "Butterflies" swoops in and out quickly
leaving you craving for more. Perfect for repeated spins
This is the kind of album people used to buy just because the cover art looks so great. Austin based John Inmon is getting rave reviews in the guitar world for his instrumental classic from 2008. Featuring Inmon backed up in the studio by a top band, Songs For Heavy Traffic straddles the borders between Americana, smooth jazz and instrumental pop. Inmon’s originals fit tastefully between a Pat Metheny and Steve Morse guitar sound, but where Inmon really really shines is on his choice of covers. There aren’t many guitarists who could disagree on covering time proven classics like “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” and “In My Life” and Inmon does both Vince Guaraldi and The Beatles proud with his instrumental versions. Inmon’s cover of “Sukiyaki” tastefully enshrines this melodic jewel. The musical antidote after being pummeled on the freeways of life, Songs For Heavy Traffic is a select late night set of tasty guitar tracks. www.MusicRoadRecords.com
11)venus the shocking blue
20)AL BOULTON BAND
BOSSANOVA NUMBER ONE
36)David Hudson with Irene Cara
Love You Forever
Features a totally new side of talents of David Hudson. Known around the world for his didgeridoo recordings using his vocal prowess David has turned his love of roots and country music into an exciting album of original songs penned in collaboration with award winning songwriter Mark mannock and produced by world renowned producer Nigel Pegrum. Highlights inlcude a stunning duet between David and Shane Howard performing Shane's Australian classic 'Solid Rock' and guest appearance by Fame legend Irene Cara from the USA.
38)Jimi Hendrix Live at L.A. Forum 1970 (boot) https://youtu.be/x6HL9ZMmGyI
|A1||Spanish Castle Magic|
|A3||Gettin' Your Brother's Shoes Together|
|A4||Gettin' My Heart Back Together Again|
|B1||Message To Love|
|C||Room Full Of Mirrors|
|D1||The Starbangled Banner And Purple Haze|