The Crusaders

The Crusaders were an American jazz-funk band from Los Angeles that was known throughout its first decade as The Jazz Crusaders, which issued a string of post-bop albums on Pacific Jazz during the 1960s. In 1971, they shortened their name to The Crusaders and issued a string of jazz-funk/R&B albums on Blue Thumb. They scored […]

L.A. Express

L.A. Express was an American jazz-funk band that released four albums between 1974 and 1976, the first two with featured saxophonist Tom Scott. Their first album features keyboardist Joe Sample and guitarist Larry Carlton, who cleared out respectively for Larry Nash and Robben Ford. Members: David Luell, Joe Sample, John Guerin, Larry Carlton, Larry Nash, […]

Joni Mitchell – Hejira (1976)

Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in November 1976 on Asylum. The title is an Islamic word for “exodus,” a departure from one place or situation for another. Across the album’s nine songs, Joni recounts her experiences on three recent journeys, starting with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, a ramshackle […]

Minnie Riperton – Adventures in Paradise (1975)

Adventures in Paradise is the third album by American soul singer Minnie Riperton, released in 1975 on Epic. Tracklist: A1. “Baby, This Love I Have” (4:06) A2. “Feelin’ That Your Feelin’s Right” (4:30) A3. “When It Comes Down to It” (3:24) A4. “Minnie’s Lament” (4:14) A5. “Love and its Glory” (5:13) B1. “Adventures in Paradise” […]

Joni Mitchell – Wild Things Run Fast (1982)

Wild Things Run Fast is the eleventh studio album by Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1982 on Geffen. Tracklist: A1. “Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody” (5:17) A2. “Wild Things Run Fast” (2:12) A3. “Ladies’ Man” (2:37) A4. “Moon at the Window” (3:42) A5. “Solid Love” (2:57) B1. “Be Cool” (4:12) B2. “(You’re So Square) […]

Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)

The Hissing of Summer Lawns is the seventh studio album by Canadian singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1975 on Asylum. The album continues the jazz-folk fusion of her prior album (Court and Spark) and retains L.A. Express as her backing band along with eight additional guests. Joni’s Summer Lawns lyrics cover topics like Fifties nostalgia […]

Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark (1974)

Court and Spark is the sixth album by Canadian singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1974 on Asylum. It features ten originals, including the singles “Free Man In Paris,” “Raised on Robbery,” and the Top 10 hit “Help Me,” an evergreen of soft-rock playlists. This was her first album with groups of backing musicians on every […]

Joni Mitchell – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (1977)

Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell, released on December 13, 1977, as a two-record set on Asylum. A1. “Overture / Cotton Avenue” 6:35 |  | Guitar and Vocal – Joni Mitchell Bass – Jaco Pastorius Drums – John Guerin A2. “Talk to Me” 3:40 |  | Guitar […]

Billy Joel – Piano Man (1973)

Piano Man is the second solo album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1973 on Columbia. Tracklist: A1. “Travelin’ Prayer” (4:10) A2. “Piano Man” (5:37) A3. “Ain’t No Crime” (3:20) A4. “You’re My Home” (3:14) A5. “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” (5:35) B1. “Worse Comes to Worst” (3:28) B2. “Stop in Nevada” (3:40) […]