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We are returning to a better
time when radio played all the great music - GENRES BE DAMNED!
Thousands and thousands of the greatest album rock songs ever recorded.
This is not a classic rock station where they play the same 200 songs over
and over again. This is album rock WXYG.
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Please feel free to suggest your favorite songs to us. We will do
our best to play them for you. We welcome your suggestions and
feedback. Please let us know how we're doing. The folks here
at album rock "The Goat" who by the way are local owners and operators, hope
that you love our new broadcast adventure as much as we love bringing it
to you. Now presenting a new age in broadcast radio - radio that
returns the power of great music TO THE PEOPLE.
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This week's Goat Guest DJ is Don Opp, who is visiting the St. Cloud area
from his home in Northern California. Don personally experienced the
various musical and cultural movements of California during the 1960's and
'70's after fleeing the bleak horizons of central North Dakota for the
lights of LA and the beaches at Malibu. He then a migrated to the San
Francisco area and the wine country of the Napa Valley. You might say that
he drank the pink champagne on ice referred to in the Eagles song "Hotel
Don's playlist will center on that sound and era; from the Eagles to CCR,
to the singer-songwriters of Laurel Canyon, along with The Doobie Brothers
and Don's stories about his time in their circle.
Don happens to be Al Neff's biological father.
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SUNDAY'S LONG PLAY
We hope you’ll tune in Next Sunday evening, October 20th , when The GOAT’S
Feature Album will be “Led Zeppelin ll”.
Led Zeppelin II is the second album by Led Zeppelin, in 1969 by Atlantic
Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations
in both the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969.
The album's production was credited to the band's lead guitarist and
songwriter Jimmy Page, and it was also Led Zeppelin's first album on which
Eddie Kramer served as engineer. It was entirely recorded using the core
band members, Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul
Jones (bass, keyboards) and John Bonham (drums).
The album exhibited the band's evolving musical style of blues-derived
material and their guitar riff-based sound. It has been described as the
band's heaviest album. Six of the nine songs were written by the band,
while the other three were reinterpretations of Chicago blues songs by
Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. One single, "Whole Lotta Love", was
released outside of the UK (the band would release no UK singles during
their career), and peaked as a top-ten single in over a dozen markets
around the world.
Led Zeppelin II was a commercial success, and was the band's first album
to reach number one on charts in the UK and the US. The album's cover
designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording
Package in 1970. On 15 November 1999, the album was certified 12× Platinum
by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales passing
12 million copies. Since its release, various writers and music critics
have regularly cited Led Zeppelin II as one of the greatest and most
influential albums of all time.
Led Zeppelin II was conceived during a busy period of Led Zeppelin's
career from January through August 1969, when they completed four European
and three American concert tours. Each song was separately recorded, mixed
and produced at various studios in the UK and North America. The album was
written on tour, during periods of a couple of hours in between concerts,
a studio was booked and the recording process begun, necessarily resulting
in spontaneity and urgency, which is reflected in the sound.mSeveral songs
resulted from improvisation while touring, including during the
instrumental sections of "Dazed and Confused", and were recorded mostly
live in the studio. The album used a wide variety of recording studios in
the UK and the US. Some of these were ill-equipped; one studio in
Vancouver, credited as "a hut", had an 8-track set-up without even proper
headphone facilities. A more favorable set-up was Mystic Studios in
Hollywood, Los Angeles with Chris Huston engineering. Lead singer Robert
Plant later complained that the writing, recording, and mixing sessions
were done in many different locations, and criticized the writing and
recording process. "Thank You", "The Lemon Song" and "Moby Dick" were
overdubbed during the tour, while the mixing of "Whole Lotta Love" and
"Heartbreaker" was also done on tour. Page later stated "In other words,
some of the material came out of rehearsing for the next tour and getting
new material together."
Recording sessions for the album took place at Olympic and Morgan Studios
in London, England; A&M, Quantum, Sunset, Mirror Sound and Mystic Studios
in Los Angeles; Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee; A&R, Juggy Sound,
Groove and Mayfair Studios in New York City; and the "hut" in Vancouver.
Production was entirely credited to Jimmy Page, with Eddie Kramer
engineering. Kramer later said, "The famous Whole Lotta Love mix, where
everything is going bananas, is a combination of Jimmy and myself just
flying around on a small console twiddling every knob known to man."
Kramer later gave great credit to Page for the sound that was achieved,
despite the inconsistent conditions in which it was recorded: "We cut some
of the tracks in some of the most bizarre studios you can imagine ... but
in the end it sounded bloody marvellous ... there was one guy in charge
and that was Mr. Page." Page and Kramer spent two days mixing the album at
The album was released on October 22, 1969 on Atlantic Records, with
advance orders of 400,000 copies. The advertising campaign was built
around the slogans 'Led Zeppelin – The Only Way to Fly' and 'Led Zeppelin
II Now Flying'. In the United States, some commercially duplicated
reel-to-reel copies of Led Zeppelin II made by Ampex bore the title Led
Zeppelin II – The Only Way to Fly on their spine. Commercially, Led
Zeppelin II was the band's first album to hit No. 1 in the US, knocking
The Beatles' Abbey Road (1969) twice from the top spot, where it remained
for seven weeks. By April 1970 it had registered three million American
sales, whilst in Britain it enjoyed a 138-week residence on the LP chart,
climbing to the top spot in February 1970. In November Ritchie Yorke
reported in Billboard that while the album had achieved "staggering"
sales, as a hard rock record it was considered unsuitable for North
American Top 40 radio stations, who were "dreary and detached from the
mainstream of contemporary rock music".
The album also yielded Led Zeppelin's biggest hit, "Whole Lotta Love".
This song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970, after
Atlantic went against the group's wishes by releasing a shorter version on
45. The single's B-side, "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)", also
hit the Billboardchart, peaking at No. 65 in April 1970. The album helped
establish Led Zeppelin as an international concert attraction as for the
next year, the group continued to tour relentlessly, initially performing
in clubs and ballrooms, then in larger auditoriums and eventually stadiums
as their popularity grew.
Critical reaction to Led Zeppelin II was not positive initially. John
Mendelsohn wrote a negative review of the record for Rolling Stone, in
which he mocked the group's heavy sound and white blues, while writing
that "until you've listened to the album eight hundred times, as I have,
it seems as if it's just one especially heavy song extended over the space
of two whole sides". In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau jokingly
referred to the band as "the best of the wah-wah mannerist groups, so
dirty they drool on demand", while complaining that "all the songs sound
alike", before assigning the album a "B" grade. He nonetheless conceded in
1970 that "Led Zeppelin simply out-heavied everyone" the previous year,
"pitting Jimmy Page's repeated low-register fuzz riffs against the
untiring freak intensity of Robert Plant's vocal. This trademark has only
emerged clearly on the second album, and more and more I am coming to
understand it as an artistic triumph."
On November 10, 1969, the album was certified gold by the Recording
Industry Association of American and in 1990 it was certified 5× platinum
reflecting shipping of five million copies. By November 14, 1999, Led
Zeppelin II had shipped twelve million copies and was certified 12×
platinum by the RIAA. The 2014 reissue of the album helped itself get back
into the Billboard Top 10 when it got to No. 9.
Led Zeppelin II has since been regarded as the quintessential heavy metal
album. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine said it "provided the
blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it". The album was
described as a "brilliant if heavy-handed blues-rock offensive", by
popular music scholar Ronald Zalkind. According to Robert Santelli's The
Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia (2001), Led Zeppelin "had
already begun to move beyond its blues-rock influences, venturing into
previously unexplored hard-rock territories". Blues-derived songs like
"Whole Lotta Love", "Heartbreaker", "The Lemon Song", "Moby Dick", and
"Bring It On Home" have been seen as representing standards of the metal
genre, where the guitar-based riff (rather than vocal chorus or verses)
defines the song and provides the key hook. Such arrangements and emphasis
were at the time atypical in popular music. Page's guitar solo in
"Heartbreaker" featuring rapid-fire runs of notes tapped only by the left
hand, was a major inspiration to the later work of metal soloists and
"shredders" such as Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai.
Since its initial critical reception, Led Zeppelin II has earned several
accolades from music publications, frequently ranked on critics' "best
album" lists. In 1989, Spin magazine ranked the album No. 5 on its list of
The 25 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1990, CD Review ranked it sixth on
their list of top 50 CDs for starting a "pop/rock" library; an
accompanying blurb described the album as "white boy blues with a hard
rock edge". In 2000, Q magazine placed Led Zeppelin II at number 37 in its
list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was
ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest
albums of all time, and 79 in a 2012 revised list. The album was also
included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Tune In and Turn On, next Sunday evening, October 20th, and every Sunday
evening at 8:00 PM for The GOAT'S "The Long Play with Al Neff".
Into the Music is a series of radio profiles which highlights the
artists, events, eras and evolution that shaped the sounds of popular
Into the Music provides listeners with a concise entry-point and guide to
rock, pop, blues & folk music.
Into the Music is created by Hwy. 61 Productions to provide an
informative, entertaining resource for each listener's own mission of
Our goal is to spread the sound and story of music through radio
syndication, to as many people as possible... and help get them more
deeply into the music.
Neff is a 30+-year radio veteran who has been refining the Into the Music
concept for the past decade. He has a Master's degree in Popular Culture
Studies and a black belt in Rock Trivia.
October 14 to October 19, 2019
October 14 - Moody Blues 1
October 15 - Moody Blues 2
October 16 - Tommy Bolin
October 17 - The Kinks 1
October 18 - The Kinks 2
October 19 - Roy Orbison
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