Spindale Cycle™

Mondays at 8pm

A classic album played in its entirety, because some albums are meant to be played all the way through. (Regrettably, due to Recording Industry Association of America restrictions, The Spindale Cycle is not available online)

It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed.  A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks.  We'll celebrate it with  "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night. 

This 40-year-old classic was Waits' second release, and picks up right where his critically acclaimed Closing Time debut leaves off.  We celebrate his December 7th birthday a night early on WNCW this week.

A WNCW tradition for the Monday before Christmas for over ten years now, this definitive holiday soundtrack was created in 1965 for the treasured A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special.  Vince Guaraldi's piano and arrangements make the perfect soundtrack for conjuring up falling snowflakes ("Skating"), a relaxing holiday spirit ("Christmas Time is Here"), and the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang.  Pass your holiday joys and traditions on to the little ones around us with this one -- that is if you let them stay up this late. 

The reggae world lost a big one last Monday with the passing of Junior Murvin.  Best known for his huge 1976 hit "Police and Thieves" (which was made further popular by The Clash's great cover), Murvin had a beautiful falsetto that (perhaps) belied the hard-hitting, often brutal reality of violence and inequality he sang about.  This album has the classic reggae production stamp of Lee "Scratch" Perry all over it.  As critic Rick Anderson has written, "There may be eight or ten perfect reggae albums in existence, and this is certainly one of them." 

35 years ago saw the release of this gem from The Byrds, with all the elements that they were known for: 60's pop, spacy psychelia, and country-rock.  Songwriting credits here include Carole King, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, but the one with the most to his name here might be Chris Hillman, whose birthday we celebrate this week.