On October 23, 2020, “dBpm Records” label released “Love Is the King”, the fourth Jeff Tweedy studio album. It was recorded in April 2020, at “The Loft” in Chicago, IL, and was produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick.
Jeff Tweedy – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, whistling, design
On October 9, 2020, “Frontiers” label released “The Symbol Remains”, the fifteenth Blue Öyster Cult album. It was recorded February 2019 – April 2020, at “Mercy College Studio A” in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and was produced by Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma and Richie Castellano.
On October 8, 2020, Brian Locking died aged 81. He was musician (bass guitar double bass, piano, harmonica, clarinet) and songwriter, worked as session musician with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Joe Brown, Conway Twitty, Vince Taylor & His Playboys, and Brenda Lee, but was best known as bass player of The Wildcast and The Shadows.
On September 22, 2020, “Anti” label released “Shore”, the fourth Fleet Foxes studio album. It was recorded September 2019 – September 2020, at “The Long Pond” in Columbia County, New York, “Studios St. Germain” in Paris, “Vox Recording” in Los Angeles, “The Diamond Mine” in Long Island City, Queens, “Electric Lady Studios” in Greenwich Village, New York, and was produced by Robin Pecknold.
Robin Pecknold – vocals, instrumental performance, arrangements
Uwade Akhere – vocals
Daniel Rossen – acoustic and electric guitar, piano
On September 18, 2020, “Cat-O-Log Records” label released “Tea for the Tillerman 2”, the sixteenth Yusuf / Cat Stevens album. It was recorded in July 2019, at “Les Studios de la Fabrique” in France, and was produced by Yusuf / Cat Stevens and Paul Samwell-Smith.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – lead vocals, Spanish guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, grand piano, keyboards, harpsichord
Alun Davies – acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Jim Cregan – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
Eric Appapoulay – Spanish guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
In September 1966, “Phillips” label released “Wild Is the Wind”, the sixth Nina Simone studio album. It was recorded 1964 – 1965, in New York City, and was produced by Hal Mooney. In 2020, it was ranked 212 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arranger
Horace Ott – arranger
Sid Mark – liner notes
I Love Your Lovin’ Ways – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
Four Woman – Nina Simone
What More Can I Say – Horace Ott, Wade Brown Jr.
Lilac Wine – James Shelton
That’s All I Ask – Horace Ott
Break Down and Let It All Out – Van McCoy
Why keep On Breaking My Heart – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
Wild is the Wind – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair – traditional
On September 11, 2020, Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert, died aged 77. He was musician (guitar, Hammond organ), singer and songwriter, regarded as reggae pioneer, with six decades long career. He had major influence on popularizing reggae music with songs like “Monkey Man”, “Funky Kingston” and “Pressure Drop”. Even the genre’s name is credited as genesis from his 1968’s song “Do the Reggay”. With his band Toots and the Maytals, he won “Grammy Award” in 2006, for his album “True Love”.