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)

Blues guitarist Freddie King is what we at WNCW consider one of the 3 great Kings of the Blues (along with Albert and of course B.B.)  Freddie rose to popularity in the early 60's with a string of tight, catchy instrumentals.  This album from a 1974 concert in Atlanta includes some choice versions of standards like "Dust My Broom", "Key to the Highway", and "Sweet Home Chicago", and also includes some interesting interview snippets with him. 

We'll try to start saying farewell to summer on Monday night with a trip to the tropical Cape Verde Islands.  One woman is responsible for bringing this island nation's rich musical tradition to the world: Cesaria Evora (8/27/41-12/17/11).  Her Cape Verdean mornas and Portuguese fados, blended with West African percussion, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties, were among the most captivating and beautiful of world music sounds.  No passport needed as we sail to Cape Verde with her 1992 album. 

We celebrate Robert Plant's August 20th birthday this week with Monday night's spotlight on Led Zeppelin's 1973 masterpiece, Houses of the Holy.  Following their series of "I-IV", the band branched out with a few different directions, yet the sound remains the same: classic Zeppelin that is just as incredible 40 years later as it was when it was first released.  "The Rain Song", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "D'Yer Maker", "No Quarter", "Dancing Days", "The Song Remains the Same".... turn it up Monday night! 

Mark Knopfler is featured prominently in our programming this week: We celebrate his birthday Monday night with Dire Straits' 1979 release, in which the band's strong influence of the late J.J. Cale's sound features prominently.  Then this Wednesday it's his new release Privateering for New Tunes at 2, which will finally be released here in the U.S. on September 10th! 

We like to celebrate the life of Jerry Garcia (8/1/42 - 8/9/95) around this time of year, and on Monday night we are pleased to bring you this 1976 release of his.  His 3rd "solo" release, Reflections includes all of the (then) members of the Grateful Dead helping out, as well as JGB mates John Kahn, Nicky Hopkins, Ron Tutt, and Larry Knechtel.  Check out the fine studio versions of "Mission in the Rain", "They Love Each Other", "Comes a Time", and other favorites of the road.  Thanks for the memories, Jerry!