Album of the Week: Robbie Robertson – Robbie Robertson

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our irregularly updated #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm. Listen in @tunein at or on the web player.

This week we step back thirty six years to Robbie Robertson’s first solo album from 1987, over a decade after he parted ways with the influential The Band. He rewarded fans for waiting, recruiting an all star team of collaborators including U2, Maria McKee and Ivan Neville. The Guardian described it as “ambitious and cinematic”, a kaleidoscope of great music, moody and never straying back into the blues and country flavours he became famous for as a crucial part of The Band. More known for his guitar playing in the band, here he lets his voice take flight. We’ll enjoy this album as a tribute to his passing last week.

Robbie Robertson July 5 1943 – August 9 2023

Album of the Week: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Against The Wind (1980)

New Zealand Net Radio plays a song from our irregularly updated #albumoftheweek every hour from 9am to 12pm. Listen in @tunein at or on the web player.

We usually highlight a new album but this week we’re stepping back to one of Bob Seger’s pivotal albums Against The Wind from 1980. Following on from three massive albums, this is a slightly more polished album. The ballads are incredible (“Fire Lake” triggered some childhood memories when I heard it again a few years ago, “Against The Wind” is phenomenal musically and lyrically) but there are still some rocking moments (e.g. “Betty Lou’s Gettin’ out Tonight” ). Rolling Stone called it “the worst record Bob Seger has ever made, but an absolutely cowardly one as well”. It can’t have been too bad however is it made number one on the US Billboard 200.

Classic Gold Track: The Rolling Stones – I’m a King Bee

Fifty four years ago the legendary Rolling Stones released their very first album. It is filled with the R&B beloved of the band, with one composition by Jaggers/Richard (Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)). Listen after 2 for a #classicgoldtrack, the Stones cover of “I’m A King Bee” in glorious mono! Listen on @tunein

Classic Album: Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline

We’ll be playing some tracks from this #classicalbum this afternoon to celebrate 49 (yes 49!) years since its release. This album marked yet another phase in Bob Dylan’s career as he fully immersed himself in Country music. Surprisingly perhaps, unlike his transition to electric instruments the shift was welcomed. The album was one of his best sellers of all time and the three singles from the album achieved significant airplay – I Threw It All Away, Lay Lady Lay and Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With you. We’ll play all three this afternoon between 12 and 3pm as Classic Gold tracks. Listen on @tunein

Now Playing Highlight – Just Like A Woman

One distinctive feature of our music blend is the mix of old and new. Every now and then we engage in a bit of nostalgia and press play on a Classic Gold Track. This song is absolutely outstanding, Classic Gold in every possible sense.
Written by the legendary Bob Dylan it was first heard on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, an album often rated as one of the greatest albums of all time. Although this original version by Dylan is great, look out for the cover by UK 60s band Manfred Mann. Their version features German artist and musician Klaus Voormann playing the flute (better known for his association with The Beatles and his photography and design of their Revolver album cover). The 60s cover is the classic although a later variant of the band (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) also covered it.

Like A Prayer

29 years ago today Madonna’s legendary single (and seventh US no. 1) was released. Still sounds just as fantastic today.