With the golden anniversary of the Traffic classic Low Spark of High Heeled Boys coming in a special interview here next week In the Studio, we wanted to get the Traffic jam flowing with the ultra-rare “No Spark” unplugged version of the title song performed by Steve Winwood and the late Jim Capaldi in February […]
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In July 1981, Stevie Nicks already was in arguably America’s most popular band, Fleetwood Mac, but her first solo album then, “Bella Donna”, took her career to another level entirely, a fact that was by no means guaranteed and which came at some cost. Stevie spells it all out quite candidly In the Studio while revealing the stories and characters behind “Edge of Seventeen”, “Leather and Lace” with Don Henley, and the timeless duet with Tom Petty on his “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
My interview with the late Tom Petty . Two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991’s “Into the Great Wide Open” , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first post-Traveling Wilburys/ “Full Moon Fever” effort with his own band.
(cont)…It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness, up close and personally, individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence through the modern phenomenon of celebrity, by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week’s classic rock interview subject: ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking “Shock the Monkey” video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S., over 5 million sold; 4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit “Sledgehammer”), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities…(more)
My guest Billy Squier’s 1981 second solo album Don’t Say No sold over three million copies because of songs “In the Dark” , “My Kinda Lover” , “Lonely Is the Night”, & the big hit ” The Stroke”.
But after selling over a million copies of the album “Hints, Allegations,and Things Left Unsaid” primarily on the phenomenon of “Shine” alone, the second album in March 1995 simply under the name “Collective Soul”, and containing “Where the River Flows”,”Gel”,”December(Spit Me Out)”, and the gorgeous “The World I Know” is one of the strongest sets of melodies and tasteful arrangements to come from the era. And it has been remastered and expanded for a special twenty-fifth anniversary edition on both compact disc and double vinyl. Ed Roland is my guest In the Studio.