Friday Night 8pm: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Straight Up is the third album by British rock band Badfinger, released in December 1971. Issued on the Beatles' Apple record label, it includes the hit singles "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue". Many reviewers now regard it as the band's best album. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke has referred to it as "Badfinger's power-pop apex".
Production on what became Straight Up lasted nine months, at the start of which the group made an album's worth of recordings with producer Geoff Emerick, George Harrison and Todd Rundgren. Joey also performed with George Harrison at the "Concert for Bangladesh" and on John Lennon's "Imagine" album.
With a special appearance from
Phil Solem of The Rembrandts
Best known for his Top 20 hit " Just the Way It Is, Baby" from 1990 and the 1994 #1 smash hit Theme song from "Friends" that everyone knows called "I'll Be There For You"
Phil will join Joey and band for a special guest performance.
"Gracefully moving back and forth between serene folk-rock (the title cut, still one of McGuinn's most beautiful melodies), sure-footed rock & roll ("Jesus Is Just All Right"), heartfelt country-rock ("Oil In My Lamp" and "Tulsa County"), and even a dash of R&B (the unexpectedly funky "Fido," which even features a percussion solo), Ballad of Easy Rider sounds confident and committed ...the finest work of the Byrds' final period." -All Music Guide
The sound of the Byrds returns to the stage as John York (The Byrds 1968/1969, Sir Douglas Quintet 1966) brings "The Ballad of Easy Rider" on tour in 2017.
"The Ballad of Easy Rider" was a return to chart success for the Byrds, bringing them back into the upper reaches of album and singles charts. The title track is featured in the 1969 film classic Easy Rider. The film, which starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson, was "Born to be a classic. Easy Rider was a touchstone for a generation and for American filmmaking"...so said the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2001 at the time of a DVD issue of the film. Every track on the album received airplay on underground FM-- if it were released today it might be called an Americana classic, but the LP predates the term. Nonetheless, the reason for that thorough FM airplay is simple--top notch songs beautifully rendered by Roger McGuinn, John York, Clarence White, and Gene Parsons, with heartfelt, soulful vocals and classic Byrds harmonies. "Ballad of Easy Rider" was written by Roger McGuinn with Bob Dylan, "Fido" by John York, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" by Dylan, "Deportee" by Woody Guthrie and Marty Hoffman, while "Oil in My Lamp" and "Jack Tarr the Sailor" are traditional classics given the Byrds treatment. "Jesus is Just Alright" (written by Arthur Reynolds) even cracked the Billboard singles chart, and 3 years later the Doobie Brothers resurrected it to massive FM and Top 40 success as the follow up to their breakthrough hit "Listen to the Music."
Expect John and band to showcase "Turn Turn Turn", "Eight Miles High". "Mr Tambourine Man" "My Back Pages" and more from the Byrds catalog.