The Sunday Six

Celebrating music with six random tracks at a time

Welcome to another installment of The Sunday Six! Hope you join me on my first musical excursion in September 2022.

Delicate Steve/Looking Glass

Usually, I like to kick off this recurring feature with jazz, which for some reason seems to be a natural fit for a Sunday, especially during the morning. But it’s also good to shake up things every now and then. So here’s my first proposition for today: Delicate Steve, the stage name of American multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion, who has been active since 2010. His sound has blended elements of progressive rock, folksy twang, African rhythms, surf rock and 1970s pop. Marion is a sought after artist, having collaborated with the likes of The Black Keys, Paul Simon and Tame Impala. Looking Glass is a great-sounding track from Marion’s latest album After Hours released July 8. According to his website, it was “written and recorded on a 1966 Fender Stratocaster that reignited his love for the instrument.”

The Kinks/Living On a Thin Line

After a cool guitar instrumental, the next stop on our trip are the ’80s. If you’re well familiar with my music taste, you may be a bit surprised I picked a tune by The Kinks. After all, I’ve said more than once that while they are among my favorite British bands, I particularly dig their ’60s output. That’s still the case, but there are exceptions. One is Living On a Thin Line. Written by Dave Davies, the tune is from The Kinks’ 21st studio album Word of Mouth, which appeared in November 1984. Man, I love it! Are we going to see a reunion of The Kinks? “We’ve been talking about it,” Ray Davies told The Washington Post in January 2021. “I mean there’s a lot of material and, you know, it could still happen.” Now, you really got me!

Bob Dylan/Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

How do you move from ’80s Kinks to ’60s Bob Dylan? To borrow from a famous ad for sneakers, ‘just do it!’ The year is 1966. In May of that year, Dylan released his seventh studio album Blonde on Blonde, which I think is fair to say is widely considered to be among his best records. His accolades include the induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and a no. 38 ranking in the most recent 2020 update of Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Here’s the terrific opener Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. I just love the sound of the raucous brass band, which is a perfect match to the line, Everybody must get stoned!

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt/After the Gold Rush

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt are three artists I’ve really come to appreciate over the past five years or so. Bringing big acts together for an album doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome, but I feel in this case it worked – for the second time! The case is Trio II, the second collaboration album by these dynamite ladies, which came out in February 1999. While the songs had been recorded in 1994, seven years after the appearance of Trio, it actually took 12 years for these renditions to be released. Why? Label disputes and conflicting schedules. Whatever the reason, this record was worth the wait. Here’s one of my all-time favorites: After the Gold Rush, a tune written by Neil Young who first recorded it as the title track of his third studio album from September 1970. The angelic harmony singing gives me goosebumps every time I listen to the tune. This is so beautiful that it can make me well up!

The Doors/Roadhouse Blues

Okay, it’s time to shake off the goosebumps and kick it up a few notches with a great blues rocker by The Doors. Roadhouse Blues, written by Jim Morrison with the music credited to the band, is the opener of their fifth studio album Morrison Hotel released in February 1970. In case you’d like to read more about the record, fellow blogger Music Enthusiast recently covered it. Songfacts notes, When Jim Morrison got drunk, he liked to sing blues numbers at The Doors jam sessions. This [is] one of the songs he came up with at one of those inebriated sessions. Interestingly, Road House Blues also appeared separately as the B-side to the album’s only single You Make Me Real. Don’t get me wrong: I dig you You Make Me Real. I just find it surprising Road House Blues was a B-side. In my humble opinion, it would have deserved release as its own A-side single. Ladies and gentlemen, from Los Angeles, California, The Doors!

Roger Daltrey/As Long As I Have You

Once again, the time has come to wrap up another Sunday musical excursion. For this last tune, we return to the current century and Roger Daltrey. I trust the longtime lead vocalist of The Who needs no further introduction. What perhaps you may be less aware of is Daltrey’s tenth solo album As Long As I Have You, which came out in June 2018. The soulful record was Daltrey’s first solo effort in 26 years. In September 2015, Daltrey was diagnosed with viral meningitis during The Who Hits 50! North American tour, forcing the band to reschedule the remaining dates until 2016. This almost led Daltrey to scrap his solo album, for which he already had eight tracks. When his longtime partner in crime Pete Townshend heard the songs, he encouraged Daltrey to finish the project. Townshend also offered to play guitar on it. For more information, you can check my review I published at the time. I’ll leave you with the title track, a cover of a tune first released by American soul singer Garnet Mimms in 1964. It was co-written by Bob Elgin and Jerry Ragovoy. Check out Daltrey’s killer voice!

Last but not least, here’s a Spotify playlist featuring all of the above tunes. Hope you find something you dig!

Sources: Wikipedia; Delicate Steve website; The Washington Post; Songfacts; YouTube; Spotify

19 thoughts on “The Sunday Six”

  1. So cool to find another Delicate Steve fan! I saw him last fall at Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia when he opened for the Slip. Great show! His ‘Til I Burn Up album is also good!

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  2. Fine list! I had that Kinks album and liked it back then, though that track was forgotten to me I guess. As to new Kinks…. well, it would be neat but I am not going to Vegas to bet my last dollar on it, they’ve supposedly been working on something for 5 years I think and nothing’s seen the light of day yet. I’d never heard the PArton-Rondstadt-Harris version of ‘After the Gold Rush’ but it’s good…I should get that album. Can’t go wrong with that talent combination.

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    1. You’re probably right we all should be skeptical about a Kinks reunion. Plus, I know one thing for sure: If they’re going to mimic Aerosmith and do some Vegas residency, fugetaboutit!

      As to Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, their harmony singing is out of this world, sounding like an angel choir. That being said, I don’t own any of the Trio albums. I guess I’m fine having access via streaming!

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  3. That Daltrey song is just killer…his voice is so commanding man. I like the Looking Glass song also…cool instrumental…of course I like the rest…that goes unsaid.

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      1. The Daltrey album…if you wouldn’t have written when it came out…I would have guessed 70s because of his voice.
        Yes I like that guitar in the Delicate Steve song!

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    1. You’re right about “Blonde on Blonde” being a great album. I had not listened to it for quite some time. I’m doing so as I’m writing this comment – so good, everything: Dylan’s singing, which can vary significantly, in my opinion; the songs; and the sound. I can see why critics often rank “Blonde on Blonde” as one of the all-time best records!

      I would probably still pick “Highway 61 Revisited” as my no. 1 Dylan album, but “Blonde on Blonde” probably is a close second!

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    1. Thanks, Jeff! It’s always cool to introduce fellow bloggers to new music they like! The harmony singing on the “Trio” and “Trio II” albums is truly angelic – really hard to beat that level of perfection! It also helps that “After the Gold Rush” is one of my all-time favorite Neil Young tunes. I rarely say this when it comes to Neil, I think the three ladies got the edge here!

      I still largely need to check out Roger Daltrey’s solo work myself. Other than “As Long As I Have You,” which I find great all around, I haven’t listened to any of his other solo efforts. I’ve always loved Roger as a vocalist. He still has great pipes!

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