Snakes and Ladders is the fourth album by Gerry Rafferty. It was released in 1980, following the success of his previous two albums, City to City and Night Owl. The album charted at No. 15 in the UK but only reached No. 61 in the US. The album was released on CD in 1998 [EMI 7 46609-2] but deleted soon after that, and it got reissued on CD on August 2012 as a 2-CD set with "Sleepwalking." Some of the songs are available on compilation albums. One of the songs, "The Garden Of England", was recorded at Beatles producer George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat. All the songs were original Rafferty compositions, though one – "Johnny's Song" – was a remake of a song which had been previously released by his former band Stealer's Wheel, and another – "Didn't I" – was a remake of a song from Rafferty's 1971 album Can I Have My Money Back.
Although best known from their days in Whitesnake, Bernie Marsden & Micky Moody prove here that good old fashioned blues/rock is far from dead. This album was a taster for their new studio album also being released on Talking Elephant. Here we see the band rocking the stage with classic Whitesnake numbers. Fronted by Johnny Lande Norwegian hard rock and heavy metal singer. Known for being the former vocalist of bands Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Vagabond, The Snakes, and most notably of power metal band Masterplan, as well as for his solo career as Jorn.
The tropical city of Durban has beaches, thousands of city-dwellers, and hundreds of venomous snakes. Simon Keys is not your usual snake handler. His job is to hunt down the world’s most dangerous snakes, but they’re not in the wild - they are in his city. It’s spring and South Africa’s east coast city of Durban is under siege. After six months of hibernation, thousands of deadly snakes breach the city walls in search for a food and a mate. The snake invasion sends a wave of panic across this urban jungle and the city’s last hope falls upon two unlikely heroes—Simon Keys and his wife Nadine.
Though they eventually rose to enormous success in the hair metal era, Whitesnake toiled long in hard rock purgatory as a hard-working, road-ragged group. Little Box 'O' Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982 goes deep into the band's early catalog for the Sunburst label, offering up five studio albums and three live albums from various concert broadcasts, not to mention the 1978 Snakebite EP, which was previously available only on vinyl. Studio albums include Trouble (1978), Lovehunter (1979), Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), and Saints & Sinners (1982).
Frank Zappa's 1977 Halloween concert at New York City's Palladium Theater. All the cameras are on-stage, nothing from out front, which is interesting but doesn't give you that audience perspective. Frank Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Roy Estrada, Adrian Belew, Ed Mann, Patrick O'Hearn, Peter Wolf, Tommy Mars, and "New York's Finest Crazy Persons", contains incredible live performances, back-stage and studio antics, and (too much) brain-melting clay-mation. A must for any Zappa fan.
The followup to the "City To City" followup "Night Owl". This one I think is better.