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CAS: Kansas "Point of Know Return" tonite at 8

kansas_pointofknowreturnKansas seemed to be an unlikely place for American "prog rock" to blossom...sorta like ordering escargot in a Topeka steakhouse.  But the band did roll out of the heartland of America in the mid 70's...with songs that seemed almost biblical--"Dust in the Wind", and "Carry on Wayward Son." Or was that Prodigal son??  And they incorporated a rock n roll violin to boot.  Set sail with their landmark album tonite at 8 on Classic Album Side.
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CAS: Deep Purple "Machinehead" tonite at 8

deep_purple_machinehead"Machinehead"...along with Led Zep 4, and Sabbath's "Paranoid"..make up the Holy Trinity of early British heavy metal albums.  And Ritichie Blackmore gave us the mother all guitar riffs in "Smoke on the Water."  But that's not the only smoking song...vocalist Ian Gillian is powerful, and Jon Lord mounts a mighty organ thruout.  Come "Space Truckin'" with us tonite at 8 on the Album Side.
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CAS: Police "Zenyatta Mondatta" tonite at 8

police_zenyattamondattaTo me, NO band ever sounded like the Police.  They were one of the pioneers of reggae-rock...and each of the 3 members was unique.  Stewart Copeland is one of the best drummers in rock, because he can handle polyrhythms as effortlessly as the standard blues back beat.  Andy Summers, while not as sensational a guitarist as say, Eddie VH, played some complex chord progressions. with cool processing.  And then there's Sting...Zenyatta Mondatta is the album that broke the Police internationally--maybe their BEST album-- and you can hear WHY tonite at 8 on Classic Album Side.
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CAS: Boston "Don't Look Back" tonite at 8

boston_dontlookback1"Second verse...same as the first..!"  The second album from Boston very much followed the blueprint of the hugely successful debut album.   Tom Scholz again meticulously layered the guitars...building the foundations for the "arena rock" years to come.  Plus there's a really cool spaceship..!Uh, yeah..Sample it..tonite at 8 on Classic Album Side.
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CAS: Heart "Little Queen" Tonite at 8

f64775bjm1w1Anyone remember the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point Forest in Novato?? Back in the late 80's, you could transport back in time to lusty wenches and brave jousting knights.  It was a cool setting that now sports condos and a golf course.  But I digress...Ann and Nancy Wilson donned their Renaissance garb for this album cover...huzzah!  And this second album from the band showed that indeed ...these chicks could ROCK!  We'll sample it tonite at 8 on Classic Album Side (CAS).
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Album Side: "Workingman's Dead"

grateful_dead_workingmansdead1My personal favorite album from the Dead..where they stripped down the rambling jams to some tasty roots blues, with a side of psilocybin. "Come..hear..Uncle John's band.."..or Jerry and the boys in this case...tonight at 8, on Classic Album Side (CAS).
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Friday Night Album Side:Frampton Comes Alive

frampton_comesaliveTHE rock soundtrack for the bicentennial year, 1976.  "How does he make the guitar TALK like that??"  "Oh, he's so cute, with those golden curls!" Peter Frampton erupted on the scene with an unconventional DOUBLE LIVE album. Conventional wisdom said it would never sell...a few million copies later, the experts were proven wrong.  Sing along with us tonite at 8 on the Album Side.
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Def Leppard

def_leppard_hysteria2Who remembers the Def Lep "Hysteria" show in the round at the OLD Arco arena?  Nov 1987..newly crowned hometown heroes Tesla opened..lasers..great songs..rockin' guitars..and a drummer who single-handedly changed the way drums are played--sorry.  Crank it up and pour some sugar tonite at 8 on PAS (Perfect Album Side).
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