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On May 27, 1977.

On May 27, 1977, “Capricorn” label released “Free Fall”, the second Dixie Dregs studio album. It was recorded 1976 – 1977, and was produced by Stuart Levine.

Personnel:

  • Steve Morse– guitar, banjo, keyboards, guitar synth
  • Allen Sloan – strings, Vvolin, viola, electric violin
  • Andy West– bass guitar
  • Stephen Davidowski – keyboards
  • Rod Morgenstein– drums, percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by Steve Morse.

  1. Free Fall
  2. Holiday
  3. Hand Jig
  4. Moe Down
  5. Refried Funky Chicken
  6. Sleep
  7. Cruise Control
  8. Cosmopolitan Traveler
  9. Dig the Ditch
  10. Wages of Weirdness
  11. Northern Lights
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On May 17, 1996.

On May 17, 1996, John Watson Jr. aka Johnny “Guitar” Watson died aged 61. He was guitarist, singer and songwriter, known as the pioneer of guitar feedback and reverb. His recording career spanned forty years, with biggest success in his funk era, with the albums “Ain’t That a Bitch” (1976), “A Real Mother for Ya” (1977), and “Funk Beyond the Call of Duty” (1977). Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan, collapsing mid guitar solo.

In February 1978.

In February 1978, “Harvest” label released “Drastic Plastic”, the fifth and the final Be-Bop Deluxe album. It was recorded in 1977, at “Chateau Saint Georges” in Juan-les-Pins, in France, and was produced by John Leckie and Bill Nelson.

Personnel:

  • Bill Nelson– lead vocals, electric, acoustic and 12-string guitars, mandolin, guitar synthesizer, piano, percussion
  • Andy Clark- keyboards and synthesizers
  • Charlie Tumahai- bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Fox- drums, loops

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Nelson.

  1. Electrical Language
  2. New Precision
  3. New Mysteries
  4. Surreal Estate
  5. Love in Flames
  6. Panic in the World
  7. Dangerous Stranger
  8. Superenigmatix (Lethal Appliances for the Home with Everything)
  9. Visions of Endless Hopes
  10. Possession
  11. Islands of the Dead

 

In February 1978.

In February 1978, “Mercury” label released “Street Action”, the seventh Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) studio album. It was recorded in 1977, and was produced by Robbie Bachman, Jim Clench, Blair Thornton and C.F. Turner.

Personnel:

  • Robbie Bachman- percussion, drums
  • Jim Clench- bass, electric bass, vocals
  • Blair Thornton- lead guitar, electric guitar
  • F. Turner- guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Rolf Henneman – engineer
  • Jeff Tolman – assistant engineer
  • James Omara – art direction, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Robbie Bachman, Jim Clench, Blair Thornton and C.F. Turner.

  1. I’m in Love
  2. Down the Road
  3. Takes a Lot of People
  4. A Long Time for a Little While
  5. Street Action
  6. For Love
  7. Madison Avenue
  8. You’re Gonna Miss Me
  9. The World Is Waiting for a Love Song

On February 8, 1977.

On February 8, 1977, “Elektra” label released “Marquee Moon”, the debut Television studio album. It was recorded in September 1976, at “A&R Recording” in New York City, and was produced by Andy Johns and Tom Verlaine. In 2003, “NME” magazine named “Marque Moon” the fourth-greatest album of all time. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 128 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Personnel:

  • Tom Verlaine– guitar, keyboards, lead vocals
  • Billy Ficca– drums
  • Richard Lloyd– guitar, vocals
  • Fred Smith– bass guitar, vocals
  • Jim Boyer – assistant engineering
  • Greg Calbi, Lee Hulko – mastering
  • Jimmy Douglass – assistant mixing
  • Andy Johns– engineering, mixing
  • Tony Lane – art direction
  • Billy Lobo – back cover artwork
  • Robert Mapplethorpe– photography
  • Randy Mason – assistant mixing
  • John Telfer – management

Track listing:

All tracks by Tom Verlaine, except where noted.

  1. See No Evil
  2. Venus
  3. Friction
  4. Marquee Moon
  5. Elevation
  6. Guiding Light – Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd
  7. Prove It
  8. Torn Curtain

In January 1981.

In January 1981, “Portrait” label released “Worlds Apart”, the fourth Saga studio album. It was recorded 1977-1981, at “The Farmyard” in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, UK, and was produced by Rupert Hine.

Personnel:

  • Michael Sadler – lead vocals, Moog synthesizer
  • Ian Crichton- guitar
  • Jim Gilmour – lead synthesizer, backing and lead vocals, clarinet
  • Jim Crichton – bass guitar, Yamaha Electric Grand Piano, synthesizer
  • Steve Negus– acoustic and electronic drums, percussion
  • Recorded and engineered by Stephen W Tayler
  • Ian Morais, David Rolfe – assistant engineers
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Track listing:

All tracks by Ian Crichton, Jim Crichton, Jim Gilmour, Steve Negus, and Michael Sadler except where noted.

  1. On the Loose
  2. Wind Him Up
  3. Amnesia
  4. Framed
  5. Time’s Up
  6. The Interview – Jim Crichton, Michael Sadler
  7. No Regrets (Chapter Five)
  8. Conversations – Jim Crichton, Michael Sadler
  9. No Stranger (Chapter Eight) – Jim Crichton, Michael Sadler

 

In January 1978.

In January 1978, “Warner Bros” label released “Open Fire”, the first Ronnie Montrose solo album. It was recorded in 1977, and was produced by Edgar Winter.

Personnel:

  • Ronnie Montrose– guitar, theremin, mandolin, mandocello
  • Edgar Winter- piano, harpsichord, Moog sequencer bass
  • Jim Alcivar- Moog synthesizer, martenot, sequencer programming
  • Alan Fitzgerald– bass
  • Rick Shlosser– drums
  • Bob Alcivar- orchestra arrangement, conductor

Track listing:

  1. Openers – Bob Alcivar
  2. Open Fire – Ronnie Montrose, Edgar Winter
  3. Mandolinia – Ronnie Montrose
  4. Town Without Pity – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
  5. Leo Rising – Ronnie Montrose
  6. Heads Up – Ronnie Montrose, Edgar Winter
  7. Rocky Road – J. Thomassie, C. Brent, J. Smith
  8. My Little Mystery – Ronnie Montrose
  9. No Beginning/No End – Ronnie Montrose