February 25

Today is George Harrison’s birthday. Happy birthday, George, I miss you.

In memoriam let’s have a listen to another wife find from Spokane Public Radio Recordings & Videos Sale: a gold-stamped-promo of Cloud Nine.

cloud 9

Released in 1987 after a five year hiatus, Cloud Nine was a precursor to the Traveling Wilburys era, owing in part to co-production credits to Jeff Lynne. Other dudes credited were Eric Clapton, Elton John, Gary Wright, Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner… wow!

I had this CD back in the day. Listening to it now, 25 years on, it holds up really well! The poppy hit stuff was like visiting an old friend, but one song, Wreck of the Hesperus, knocked me on my butt! It’s a self effacing takedown of celebrity combined with a scathing critique of pot-shot media and critics.

Some things never change…

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