e’ve got that Friday feeling here at GG HQ, and so we’re taking the pedal off the metal, and kicking back for the weekend.
And when it comes to kicking back, it’s hard to beat the American AOR wave that followed the incendiary melting pot of the 1960s.
From the ’70s onwards, bands like Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and a reanimated Stones took their music widescreen, stereo giving them the scope to perfect their sound as much as their songs. This was the era of FM radio, and it grew as the 1980s came around too, thanks to such unashamedly melodic and mellow artists as Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Eagles and Supertramp.
So, following our recent trip back to the ’80s and through some summer classics, plus our trippy hippy shake, light yourself a nag champa, don your faded denims and pilot shades, and, hey, let’s just find out, pretty mama, what turns on your lights.
You can stream or download American Beauty – mixed by GG back when we had a thing called spare time – below. Just remember to go and buy a real album too. Even if it is just down in Vincent’s.
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