2-29-12 Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)
January 1972 releases:
Paul Simon “Paul Simon” (Columbia US LP KC 30750); Jerry Garcia “Garcia” (Warner Brothers US LP BS 2582); Jackson Browne “Jackson Browne” (aka “Saturate Before Using”) (Asylum SD 5051); Dave Edmunds “Rockpile” (Regal Zonophone UK LP SLRZ 1026); Blue Oyster Cult “Blue Oyster Cult” (Columbia US LP KC 31063); Flash “Flash” (debut) (Sovereign UK LP SVNA 7251); Linda Ronstadt “Linda Ronstadt” (Capitol US LP SMAS 635); Captain Beefheart “The Spotlight Kid” (Reprise UK LP K 44162); and Ry Cooder “Into The Purple Valley” (Reprise US LP MS 2052).
Of the titles today, I only own Paul Simon, Flash and Ry Cooder – the latter two are the only ones I have on CD.
I had been a Simon & Garfunkel fan. I have never particularly been interested in the Grateful Dead – or solo albums by their members – though I do like the debut solo album by their drummer, Mickey Hart, “Rolling Thunder”. This is the debut album by Jackson Browne, with his hit single “Doctor My Eyes” to be found here. Not sure what’s on this Dave Edmunds album, but I do not ever recall seeing a UK copy of it – or I probably would’ve bought it, as I was a big fan of Love Sculpture. Not a Blue Oyster Cult fan, to speak of. I absolutely love the Flash album, and the single from this album, “Small Beginnings”. I doubt I knew who Linda Ronstadt was in 1972 – I didn’t mind The Stone Poneys. I was great guns with Captain Beefheart in 1969 (“Trout Mask Replica”), but by 1972 – I was out of the pool. I loved the Reprise debut album by Ry Cooder, so this one was an easy purchase in early ’72.
40 years hence, the Flash album is my favorite, from this list. And I like the Ry Cooder album better now than I did then. I don’t listen to a lot of Paul Simon solo work these days, but the debut solo album is the one I would gravitate to. And I would really like to find a reasonably-priced Regal Zonophone UK LP for the Dave Edmunds album!