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My 50 Great but Forgotten and Sadly Ignored Albums # 45 Bombs Away Dream Babies(1979)

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

Bombs Away Dream Babies( 1979) is one of two albums that the Legendary John Stewart has on my list, he could have had 4 but I had to draw a line somewhere. For those who are asking, Who Is John Stewart? Well this album is as good a place to start. John Stewart is a former member of the legendary Folk Group The Kingston Trio and as a solo artist he released 57 albums including Live and greatest Hit releases, he is also the writer of one of the Monkees biggest songs Daydream Believer and wrote runaway Train for Rosanne Cash.

Bombs away Dream Babies was not his most successful album in sales but rewarded him with 3 top 40 hits in North America, Lost Her In The Sun #34 Midnight Wind #28 and his biggest hit Gold which hit #5. This album also featured Stevie Nicks and lindsey Buckingham and was perhaps his most pop oriented album of his career as his previous albums were all steeped in either Folk or the Country Rock sound of the late 60’s and early 70’s, the album itself hit as high as #10 on the billboard top 100 and sold over 1 million copies but sadly today this album is one of the forgotten albums of the 70’s despite who is on it and the fact that it contains more radio friendly songs than any other album that he did in his lifetime.

John Stewart Died in January 2008.

Track Listings For Bombs Away Dream Babies.

  1. “Gold” – 4:26
  2. “Lost Her in the Sun” – 3:51
  3. “Runaway Fool of Love” – 2:32
  4. “Somewhere Down the Line” – 2:52
  5. “Midnight Wind” – 4:30
  6. “Over the Hill” – 3:13
  7. “The Spinnin’ of the World” – 1:42
  8. “Comin’ Out of Nowhere” – 2:03
  9. “Heart of the Dream” – 3:21
  10. “Hand Your Heart to the Wind” – 3:55


My 50 Great but Forgotten and sadly Ignored Albums #46 It’s A Beautiful Day(1969)

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

#46 on this list is the eponymous release by the San Francisco area band It’s A Beautiful Day, released in 1969 this album and the band itself have been relegated to just a footnote on the Great bands of the San Francisco scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s and that is sad because It’s A Beautiful Day contains some memorable music and deserves to be heard again. Fronted by the Husband and Wife team of David and Linda LaFlamme the songs on the disc have a vibrant and unique sound that still sounds good today as the blend of Rock,Jazz,Folk and Classical music go from the melancholy WHITE BIRD to the frantic TIME IS to the progressive rock sound of BOMBAY CALLING, heck even Deep Purple sort of ripped off this sound by using BOMBAY CALLING’S intro as the lead in to their own song Child In Time, albeit at a slower speed. Their unique sound can be traced to their instruments, David LaFlamme used a violen as the lead on many songs while on GIRL WITH NO EYES a Harpsichord was used as the main Instrument.

The album hit #47 on the Charts in North America while the single WHITE BIRD just failed to crack the top 100. Still this is an album that all music fans should give a listen to before making their minds up.  Just a side note, It’s A Beautiful day lost out on appearing at Woodstock because of a coin flip, the story goes that the bands manager could only take one of his groups to Woodstock and as such decided to use a coin flip to decide which one, It’s A Beautiful Day lost and the other band went instead, oh and the other band..SANTANA.

Track Listings.


White Bird

Hot summer Day

Wasted Union Blues

Girl With No Eyes


Bombay Calling


Time Is                                           

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