Vinyl Day 4: Herman’s Hermits “Blaze”, The Who “Quadrophenia”, & self-titled Maureen McGovern

I was a bit late on this one, but welcome to Vinyl Day 4 featuring Herman’s Hermits, The Who, and Maureen McGovern. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Herman’s Hermits
Album: Blaze
Year: 1967
Genre: Beat, British Rock
Record Origins: Definitely my mom’s album (she would have been 10 when this album came out).

hermans_hermits_blaze

I remember being around 10 or so and asking my mom if she liked The Beatles when she was younger. She said she did, but Herman’s Hermits were her favorite. I was a bit nonplussed as I did not know who the hell they were.

They are damn good though. Here is “Museum”, with a Donovan (yes, THAT Donovan) writing cred from the Blaze album:


Artist: The Who
Album: Quadophenia
Year: 1973
Genre: Rock, Rock Opera
Record Origins: Slam Dunk’s

the_who_quadrophenia

Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by Pete Townshend.

A film version of Quadrophenia was released in 1979.

Here is a song from the album that everyone should know (and if you didn’t, now you do)– “Love, Reign O’er Me”.


Artist: Maureen McGovern
Album: Self-titled
Year: 1979
Genre: Pop
Record Origins: Mummer and Popper

maureen_mcgovern

Not a huge fan of this album, but Maureen McGovern has a beautiful voice. The album cover also features the most tasteful sideboob/underboob/deep cleavage I have ever seen in my life.

Anywho, this album features the song “Can You Read My Mind”, the theme from the 1978 version of Superman. Enjoy:

Author: Keelin Billue

Chicago-based writer by way of Alabama, New Orleans, and Nashville. Writes primarily about music, sports (sort of), and the topics that piss people off at work and family holidays.

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