Shuffling music has its rewards, but there's still nothing like listening to a good old-fashioned album, start to finish — and that's what The Record Player is all about. With every episode, we'll dig into the music of and story behind a single LP, with co-hosts Jeff Giles and Matt Wardlaw ("1991: The Year AOR Ate Itself") and special guests acting as your guides.
Bonus Track: Jim Messina (Loggins and Messina)
On July 15th and 16th, Jim Messina will reunite with his old collaborative partner, Kenny Loggins, for two special shows at the Hollywood Bowl. The concerts are marking the 50th anniversary of the initial show that the duo played at that same venue in 1972.
Messina got on the phone to chat briefly about the upcoming gigs and how the pair are preparing for them. He also shares some thoughts on Kenny's memoir -- and stories of their past together.
There's some Poco chat as well, regarding the beginnings of the group and their reunion in the late '80s for the Legacy album, which produced the hit single, "Call It Love." Messina also shares his love for late Poco vocalist Rusty Young.
Thanks to Jim for the time!
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The Beach Boys - Wild Honey (1967)
Jeff and Matt are joined by Howie Edelson to discuss Wild Honey, the 13th studio release from The Beach Boys. Howie is the creative consultant for The Beach Boys and their company, Brother Records, Inc. and brings a wealth of Beach Boys knowledge to today's discussion.
Howie works with the band and their associates on all aspects of production for their archival releases, including the newly expanded Sounds of Summer, which is being released on June 17. Originally released in 2003 with 30 tracks, the new version now has 80 tracks, with 24 new mixes including four tracks that have been mixed in stereo for the first time.
Edelson wrote the highly informative liner notes for the new collection, which uncover some fascinating history behind the songs. It was a lot of fun to dig into the history of Wild Honey with Howie, while also getting the skinny on what's coming up from the Beach Boys.
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Bonus Track: Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl
Jackyl's Jesse James Dupree is with Matt to discuss his upcoming appearance as one of the experts on The Booze, Bets and Sex That Built America, the new series that premieres Sunday night (06/12/22) at 8pm Eastern on The History Channel.
We also talk about the new Jackyl song, "Get All Up in It (Another Round of Mother Funker)." Watch the music video here.
Jesse shares additional Jackyl news, an Aerosmith story and reflects on the inspiration he took from Metallica. Our thanks to Jesse for the time as always.
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Willie Nile - Willie Nile (1980)
Author and journalist Mitchell Cohen joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Willie Nile's 1980 self-titled debut on Arista Records. The Buffalo, N.Y. singer-songwriter has enjoyed a long career that has been especially prolific in the last decade. Mitchell helps us trace the early days of Nile's career and how it all began.
We also discuss Mitchell's new book, Looking for the Magic: New York City, the '70s and the Rise of Arista Records, which is a fascinating read covering the birth of the label and its initial history as an independent venture. Along the way, we dig into a few additional chapters of Cohen's A&R career including his experiences with Savage Garden and he shares his thoughts on Milli Vanilli.
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Howard Jones - In the Running (1992)
Howard Jones joins Jeff and Matt to discuss the 30th anniversary of his album, In the Running. It was his fifth release and marked a departure from his signature synth-driven style. There was a vulnerability to both the sound and the songwriting which made the record a really engaging listen. To date, it's probably one of his most underrated releases, so it was a pleasure to get a chance to discuss it with Howard.
We also dig into the stories regarding Dialogue, his newest album, which will be released in September. Dialogue is the third album in a planned four album series and Jones tells us about how the series of work developed and has evolved.
Howard Jones will be on the road this summer beginning in June for a series of concerts with Midge Ure. Both artists are touring with a band and this is a bill not to be missed. Visit Howard's website for details on both the tour and the new album.
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Cassingle: Def Piano
It's been a minute since Jeff and Matt have gotten together for a Cassingle. With a holiday weekend looming, it was good to get together and discuss a busy week of new releases. Bruce Hornsby, Def Leppard, Wilco and others have new albums out. Top Gun: Maverick is in the theaters and the fourth season of Stranger Things has just been released.
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