Catch Bull At Four 

Yusuf Cat Stevens releases my favorite of all his albums on September 27, 1972 …

“Any of you guys know how to Madison?”  Rocky Horror turns 45

September 26, 1975 ~ The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California, featuring a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. The movie tanks but now … now it’s a cult classic, with audience members shouting back at the screen and bringing toast, toilet paper, and other assorted items to enhance the viewing experience. Dig it if you can.

 

 

Parallel Lines

Musically, Blondie were hopelessly horrible when we first began rehearsing for Parallel Lines, and in terms of my attitude they didn’t know what had hit them. I basically went in there like Adolf Hitler and said, ‘You are going to make a great record, and that means you’re going to start playing better.'”

Mike Chapman, in an interview for Sound on Sound, recalling Blondie’s initial musical inexperience

Blondie releases their US-breakthrough album — and their most successful album — on September 23, 1978. It’s #140 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Little Criminals

Randy Newman released “Little Criminals” on September 23, 1977 and almost immediately pissed off the vertically challenged across the land. It contains my fav Newman tune, “Baltimore,” which has been covered by Nina Simone, Nils Lofgren, David Gray and many others.

A few of Randy’s friends helped out on the album including Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Henley. J.D. Souther and Timothy B. Schmidt.

Abraxas turns 50

Santana’s second album was released on September 23, 1970.

It’s #207 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2016.

In short — it’s a classic and should be in every music lover’s collection if not — as is often the case with Santana albums — for the album artwork alone.