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It took a while after I began playing Rock & Roll at the radio station for record companies to begin sending us CD's.
But they did- not too many- after all, I was the only one playing our music (still am), and only for one hour once a week- but enough to keep Engineer Ken Stanley and I fairly up to date with new releases.
We'd split them and take them home to listen.
Occasionally we would play one of these NEW albums all the way through on a show, not an old classic one, just for something different.
Well, Tom Petty's 3rd solo album Highway Companion in 2006, caught Engineer Ken's ear.
So he suggested we do that one.
As I recall, I hadn't even ever heard any of it, but I went along with it.
Hey it was an easy show, any dope can play an album straight through...not much thought goes into that, lol!
As things turned out, we took the chance and the CD was a successful one.
Produced excellently by Jeff Lynne from ELO & The Traveling Wilburys, etc., it topped out at # 4 on the Billboard charts.
It was different from Petty's previous releases, with songs about the road (as suggested by the title) and aging- they were darker but still rocked.
What we have here is a show from 2006, when this album was new, and we will be playing the songs in their arranged order.
Here is the closing half of what turned out to be a fun time for me, with a rather light-hearted, humorous presentation.
And because I never used to pre-read the copy, out of nowhere I came upon a word I was in no way expecting and not prepared to pronounce- if I had taken a moment to slow down it would have been easy, but no, not me.
So listen for the battle between me and that word...the word won, lol!
This is the link to the concluding Part Two, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on January 28, 2012 at 12:17am


You do indeed spread joy, you crack me up, lol!

You started saying ruminative over and over at work?

Either ban the word or ban you from work, lol!
That is insanely funny.


Comment by Jon on January 27, 2012 at 5:21pm

Actually, when I heard that word, I started saying it over and over again (made me look kind of whacked out at work), and most times I was stumbling over it. Guess we just need to band that word forever!

Comment by Jon on January 27, 2012 at 5:20pm

I am here just to spread joy!

Comment by Mike Pell on January 27, 2012 at 4:11pm
It's not even that tough a word, I just never saw it coming and my mouth went one way and I went the other

This is a good album, I wonder why I haven't played it for so long. Oh yeah, forgot I had it! we say in New York City...a pisser, LOL!


Comment by Mike Pell on January 27, 2012 at 4:00pm
They were the good ole days.
I have talked before about how with records you were an active participant.
The theater of having to get up and turn the record over.
Not to mention the considerations of the artist as to how to close side one...and open side two!
No's all one long stream.
Your idea for CD album is a good one, until then I'll have to keep playing actual records, lol!
I think I liked that first song...wasn't that the one that sounded like the Wilburys?
Hey the tension of scrolling down...waiting for the Golden Pell...was almost too much, lol!
Night Driver is an excellent choice.
Thanks for listening and writing bro,
Comment by Jon on January 26, 2012 at 5:06pm

Ruminative? At least you got back on track with that one!

This is a good album, I wonder why I haven't played it for so long. Oh yeah, forgot I had it!


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 26, 2012 at 2:56pm


Hey bro!  I think side two is even better than side one...wait a minute, I mean the second half of the CD is better than the first half.  You know what, I really miss flipping that album.  Those were the good ole days.  You knew that you were getting anywhere from 15-20 minutes of music per album side, and if you didn't have time to listen to the whole dang thing, then you could just listen to one side, which usually flowed well anyway.  Somebody, I mean this, needs to invent and market the CD album.  You pop it in the CD player, after the first 4-6 songs play, it pops back out and you flip it.  It would never happen, but it would be ultra cool.


Back to Petty, like I said, this half was better to me.  I liked every song except the first one, although I didn't hate it.  All the other songs were really strong.  Of course, one really stood out, so the Golden Pell goes to..................................................................




Night Driver.  Way cool song.  I might just pick this album/CD up.  Thanks for the entertainment.

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