Déjà vu /Against The Wind
This weekend, On The Turntable will feature two lps celebrating lengthy anniversaries. Déjà vu from Crosby Stills Nash & Young celebrates 50 years since its release and Against The Wind from Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band is celebrating 40 years these are two lps that have been a part of my collection since their release.
Déjà Vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first as a quartet with Neil Young. The album was released in March 1970 by Atlantic Records. It topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: “Woodstock”, “Teach Your Children”, and “Our House”. All three singles reached the Top 30 on the Billboard 100. The album’s sales currently sit at over 8 million copies and was ranked number 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time …. Side one features one of my most favorite lyrics … “I feel like letting my freak flag fly …”
This album was one of the most anticipated second albums in history … and, it lived up to its expectations … There is not a bad song on the album … Déjà vu was originally released with a black cover and reissued in 1977 with the brown cover … we are listening to a reissue … I do own an original copy .. however … it was carried to way too many parties and is not really playable anymore … sad, but true … Déjà vu is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die …. Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers the album the 15th best of 1970 and the 73rd best of the 1970’s … Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranks the lp at #8 on its 100 best of 1970 list … Side two features the best song that Buffalo Springfield never recorded …. “Everybody Loves You”
Against The Wind
Bob Seger is a favorite of mine … I grew up in Detroit and have lived alongside Bob’s entire career … Against The Wind is his eleventh lp, released in February 1980 … it is Seger’s only number one album, spending six weeks on the Billboard 200. The album was panned by the critics … however I love this lp … it won the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and another for the best recording package …. Like may Seger albums, and I have them all … there are always a few songs that are not to my liking … but, there are many great ones on this album … Like these three from side one, You’ll Accomp’ny Me and two rockers … Horizontal Bop and Her Strut
Against The Wind was an immediate success, debuting at number two and eventually knocking Pink Floyd’s The Wall from the top spot on the Billboard 200 … I was fortunate to see the tour for this album in Dallas at Reunion Arena … I love introducing friends to Seger concerts …. There is not very many bands that rock in concert like Seger … I have him placed in ‘live status’ with Springsteen, McCartney and others … Bob simply rocks …. Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers Against The Wind as the 71st best lp of 1980 … Digital Dream Door gives it more love by ranking it 28th on its list of the 100 best of 1980 … side two features the title cut, Fire Lake and one of my favorites … Betty Lou’s Getting Out Tonight