August 14, 2019 Playlist

"Hope" by Klaatu (1977)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Klaatu "Hope"  1977 (Canada) 
This year for the Hippie Xmas bargain bin vinyl special I dug really deep for ultra-obscure albums of the classic rock era. The most famous artist being played on the show this week could be our CAOTW though Klaatu was never more than a cult curiosity. (Or else it's probably Lalo Schifrin, who scored an incredible number of groovy old movies and TV shows, including classics like Mission: Impossible, Cool Hand Luke, Dirty Harry, and Enter The Dragon.) Three anonymous studio musician/engineers from Toronto recorded five albums between 1976 and 1981 which show their love for Beatles-style psychedelic pop, Pink Floydian space epics and concept albums, and Moody Bluesoid narration and orchestration. There was a brief  "Beatles reunion rumour" attached to the release of their debut album, which made that their best-selling and most well-known album. Hope was their second record, and is much more ambitious - being a full-blown "sci fi rock opera" and including sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra - but it sold a lot less than the first one. Their third album was a return to the more pop-oriented (Beatles-like) debut album, and it's my favorite of all their records - though it sold even more poorly than the second album. You guessed it, albums #4 (tragically awful 80's lamestream Top 40 attempt) and #5 (back to Beatles sounds but on a limited budget and not released outside of Canada) continued the downward slide in record sales.
(N) = New Release
   
Artist Song Album Year Country
HeadstoneDon't Turn Your BackBad Habits1974USA
MandalaEvery Single DaySoul Crusade1968USA
MatrixIn Bed (Rare Earth)
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Matrix1972USA
AuraShow Me The WayAura1971USA
HydraLet Me Down EasyHydra1974USA
 
 
FuseIn A WindowFuse1970USA
The IllusionWhen I Metcha BabyIf It's So1970USA
FrostBlack As NightThrough The Eyes Of Love1970USA
GoodthunderFor A BreathGoodthunder1972USA
   
 
KlaatuWe're Off You KnowHope
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1977Canada
KlaatuAround The Universe In Eighty DaysHope
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1977Canada
KlaatuLong Live PolitzaniaHope
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1977Canada
KlaatuLittle NeutrinoKlaatu1976Canada
   
 
PrismI Ain't Looking AnymorePrism1977Canada
FMOne O'Clock TomorrowBlack Noise1978Canada
EpitaphFresh AirOutside The Law1974Germany
GypsyAround YouIn The Garden1971USA
OsmosisAdriftOsmosis1970USA
Fire & Ice, Ltd.Summertime (loosely based on Gershwin)The Happening1966USA
Paul HornSong With No Words (David Crosby)Visions1974USA
   
 
John Berberian & The Rock East EnsembleThe Oud & The Fuzz (featuring Joe Beck)Middle Eastern Rock1969USA/Armenia
Sabicas with Joe BeckBuleriasRock Encounter1970Spain/USA
Ernie Wilkins & His OrchestraEvil Ways (Santana)Hard Mother Blues1970USA
John KeatingRocket Man (Elton John)Space Experience1972USA
The Brass RingThe Odd CoupleOnly Love1968USA
Lalo SchifrinMachinationsThere's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On1968Argentina/USA
Ray BrownTuesday Afternoon (The Moody Blues)Just Ray Brown1969Australia
The Love GenerationLove Is A Rainy SundayMontage1969USA
   
 
SkyRide Of The Valkyries (Richard Wagner)Sky 4: Forthcoming1982UK
      
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