Sep 3, 2015

RhoDeo 1535 Goldy Rhox 225

Hello, today the 225th post of Goldy Rhox, classic pop rock. In the darklight a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician (born 31 August 1945). He has received six Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was knighted for his services to popular music.

Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, his professional career started when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; however, the next one, today's mystery album , established him as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Our man continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and the Chieftains. Into his sixties he produced 2 children with  a former miss Ireland and experienced gold digger who at the time was already a grandmother of inspiration....

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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.

Today's mystery album the third studio album by the Northern Irish mystery singer-songwriter. After recording his commercially unsuccessful 1968 album Astral Weeks, our man moved with his wife to an artistic hamlet in upstate New York and began writing songs for today's mystery album. There, he met the musicians he would record the album with at New York City's A & R Studios in 1969. Our man abandoned the abstract folk compositions of his previous album in favor of more formally composed songs on today's mystery album, which he wrote and produced himself. Its lively rhythm and blues music was the style he would become most known for in his career. The music incorporated soul, jazz, pop, and Irish folk sounds into ballads and songs about finding spiritual renewal and redemption in worldly matters such as nature, music, and romantic love. It became both a critical and commercial success, helping establish our man as a major artist in popular music. It has since been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Today's mystery album was released by Warner Bros. on 27 January 1970 in the United Kingdom and on 28 February 1970 in the United States. Its original vinyl release was packaged with an album cover that folded out revealing A Fable, the short tale written by our man's then-wife Janet Planet, about a young man and his gifts. The cover photo was taken by Elliot Landy, the official 1969 Woodstock Festival photographer. In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2003, it was placed at number 65 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Here today the 2008 Japanese remastered version of the album, a copy of which is up for grabs here..   N'Joy

Goldy Rhox 225   (flac 284mb)

Goldy Rhox 225    (ogg 108mb)

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Anonymous said...

Great stuff...but what's the story with there being 2 versions of track 5 Rho??

Rho said...

Hmm not in my file an accidental copying at your end perhaps?

Anonymous said...

No...they are labelled differently and have different running times and are a different size. One is subtitled '(CD Mix)' and is a few seconds longer...