Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Days 415-424

Kind of a weird mix of records over my last 10. And quite a few that I forgot I even owned.

Miami Vice- Soundtrack

Yeah I had no idea I owned this. Still not sure why I do. But Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues" is a cool song. It's probably the best thing he's done outside the Eagles. This soundtrack also has Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight", but I always thought that song was kinda hokey.

If we ever have a garage sale, I think this one will end up being a part of it.

Midnight Oil- Diesel and Dust

Again, forgot I owned this record too. I saw Midnight Oil on this tour back in the days when Dallas Alley would have free concerts on Monday nights, so I guessed I liked them at one time.

The only song I felt like it still holds up is this one:

Glenn Miller- A Memorial

Ok, I at least remember buying this record at a Savers for $2 a few years ago, but never put it on until I had to for this blog. Fun record. I hope everyone still knows a good amount of the tunes on this double LP.

Roger Miller- The Return Of

Oh man, I love Roger Miller. He is one of my Dad's favorites so there is definitely some influence there. Back in the 90's, my Dad bought a Roger Miller box set that I pretty much stole from him and played all the time. He asked about it a few times over the years, but I played dumb. Sorry, Dad!

I highly recommend finding this record. It's got the hits "Do-Wacka Do", "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" and his most well known track, "King of the Road". Country music doesn't get much better than this.

Steve Miller Band- Fly Like An Eagle

Whenever you hear Steve Miller Band on the radio, you always hear the same 3 or 4 songs and then you take them for granted. I was reminded how good they were/are after listening to this and the next one up in my collection.

Steve Miller Band- Book of Dreams

It's hard to decide which Steve Miller Band album I like better. Both are so great.

I've only seen Steve Miller Band once and that was back in 1989 when they played on a bill between Santana and ZZ Top at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. They blew both bands off the stage. They are coming around to Austin in September, so I think I'm gonna have to go. Steve Miller is 69 now, but he sure as hell doesn't look it.

Missing Persons- Spring Session M

Another record I forgot I had and when it was it's turn, I wasn't really looking forward to it. I'm sure I only kept it for "Words". Every boy in the 80's loved that video.

But this is a really good album so I was surprised. Now, I don't know much about pop music today, but after listening to this, I began to wonder if the likes of Lady Gaga and Keisha owe Dale Bozzio a tip of the cap. Sure sounds (and looks) like it to me.

Joni Mitchell- Court and Spark

Joni Mitchell- Miles of Aisles

Joni Mitchell- Wild Things Run Fast

I have no idea why there are 3 Joni Mitchell records in my collection. Yes, I know she is a great songwriter, but this is not for me at all. Quite painful, actually. And the live album, Miles of Aisles is a double lp no less. The live album is the only one I remember purchasing because I always liked the song, "Both Sides Now", but I didn't realize it was a live album at the time of purchase. The other two must have come in one of those grab bag boxes I used to buy at Half Price Books. Regardless, none of these records will ever be on my turntable again.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Days 405-414

Well this took me longer than I planned. But, I did it. 10 Pat Metheny records in a row. Whew!

Kinda funny how I first got into Pat Metheny. Have you ever seen that movie Fandango with Kevin Costner? Well, I'm not gonna get into to it, but definitely worth seeing if you haven't. Anyways, and I'll be vague here, towards the end of the movie is a wedding scene. In the scene, Costner's character asks the band if they know the song, "Fandango". The band says they do and begin to play one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.

For the longest time, and I blame my immaturity here (I was 12 at this time), I thought the song really was called "Fandango" and it bummed me out that I couldn't find it anywhere except for in this movie.

So anyways, years pass and then one day as an adult, I catch the movie on HBO one day. Remembering how much I loved the movie and how much I loved that song in particular, I watch it again, but this time watch all they way through the end credits to see who does this "Fandango" tune. Turns out the song is actually called "It's For You" on Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays' record As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls.

This was probably around '97 when I finally "discovered" Pat Metheny's music and have been a big fan ever since. Besides these 10 albums I have on vinyl, I also have quite a bit of his albums on CD as well that have unfortunately never seen the light of day on wax. Hopefully one day.

Anyhow here's a rundown of the 10 on vinyl. I'm not going to break them down. I love them all. But please watch the video at the end of post. Maybe you'll get hooked on his music like I did.

Pat Metheny- Bright Size Life

Pat Metheny- New Chautauqua

Pat Metheny Group- Pat Metheny Group

Pat Metheny- 80/81

Pat Metheny Group- American Garage

Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays- As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

Pat Metheny Group- Offramp

Pat Metheny Group- First Circle

Pat Metheny Group- Still Life (Talking)

Pat Metheny- Letter From Home


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Days 401-404

Thanks to my brother for letting me have a good chunk of his record collection including 3 of these Metallica records. It would have been four, but his copy of Ride The Lightning was only the jacket. Bummer.

Metallica- Kill 'Em All

My brother and I first heard Metallica when we heard "For Whom The Bells Toll" on Q102 in Dallas. He got hooked on Metallica quicker than I did and he bought that record first and then went back and got this one. Jim is 4 years older than me so he "got it" more than I did. I was 10 and still listening to more pop oriented stuff, but I wanted to be accepted amongst him and his friends so I pretended to totally be into it as well. Once I got older and more into music, I started to really like this record more.

Metallica-Master of Puppets

I still say that this is the greatest metal record of all time. 

Metallica- ...And Justice For All

I think this album gets overlooked sometimes because it came out after Puppets and before they mega selling Black album even though it has "One" on it. Great record and the first time I had a chance to see Metallica live. It was the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour with Kingdom Come, Dokken, Scorpions, and Van Halen. Metallica ruled the day.

Metallica- Death Magnetic

Eventually I'll get all of the Metallica records on vinyl (even St Anger). I'm not even sure how I ended up with this one. I sure don't remember buying it. Good record, but I just don't have the relationship with it like I have their 80's material. I need to give it more spins to really appreciate it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Days 399-400

Only listened to two records over the weekend. I thought about waiting to post until I listened to more records, but I'm about to go on a Metallica run and figured those dudes deserve their own post.

Men At Work- Business As Usual

Yeah this record doesn't hold up very well. Even though I loved "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Be Good Johnny" back in the 80's, they both now sound really dated. But I really do dig "People Just Love To Play With Words" and "Down By The Sea".

Metal Church- The Dark

It's cracking me up that Men At Work and Metal Church are on the same blog post, but that's the way it goes.

Good album. My older brother was always more of a Metal Church fan that I was. Really good riffs, but they just seem to be missing that little extra something that kept them from being up there with the Big 4 of thrash.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Days 389-398

    Yes, I've been slacking big time on this blog. But that's not to say that I haven't been listening to records. I have been. And here's a running list of the last 10 records I've listened to. I may be forgetting a record I listened to since I'm writing this away from my record collection. If so, I'll add it in later. Also, I may start doing it this way for a while. Especially since I have 10 or so Pat Metheny records coming up around the bend.

Don McLean- American Pie

"American Pie" is a cool tune, but the rest of the album was a snooze fest.

Meatloaf- Bat Out Of Hell

Two things I can't believe about this record. One, that I only got it for .99 cents and two, that I don't think I had ever listened to it in its entirety before. Great album.

Megadeth- Peace Sells But Who's Buying?

The album that introduced me to Megadeth. Still holds up strong 27 years later.

Megadeth- So Far, So Good....So What?

Not sure why the photos are coming up different sizes, but whatever. This was the follow up to Peace Sells... I didn't really like it that much when it first came out, but I couldn't pass up buying it for $7 at Waterloo.

John Mellencamp- Nothing Matters and What If It Did

Yes, I know it's a "John Cougar" album, but because I am a huge Mellencamp fan, I refuse to call him that. I'll never tire of the song "Ain't Even Done With the Night".

John Mellencamp- American Fool

Even though the big hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane" lead off record, my favorite tune is still "Hand To Hold Onto".

John Mellencamp- Uh-Huh

I was really getting into metal when this album came out so never owned it back in the 80's. But MTV played the shit out of "Crumblin' Down" and "Pink Houses" and I didn't mind them at all. Fave track is "Play Guitar" and "Golden Gates" is just a beautiful song.

John Mellencamp- Scarecrow

Ok this is the album when Mellencamp really got me. "Lonely Ol' Night" is still my favorite song of his. I absolutely love every song on the record. Just a great, great rock n' roll album with a powerful message.

Sidenote: Listen to this album and tell me that Kenny Aronoff isn't a drum god. Dude doesn't get enough credit.

John Mellencamp- The Lonesome Jubilee

Didn't love it as much as Scarecrow, but still like the record a lot. I can't help but dance around like a fool whenever I listen to "Cherry Bomb". I've even stolen some of Mellencamp's dance moves.

John Mellencamp- Big Daddy

You gotta be in the mood for this record since it's folky. I always loved "Jackie Brown" from the moment I heard it, but "Pop Singer" had to grow on me.

Well that's it for now. Hopefully I won't wait another 6 weeks before I post again. Good stuff coming up in my collection.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 388

Bob & Doug McKenzie- Great White North

This is one of my prized possessions in my record collection because of the memories it brings. My brother and I used to listen to this record all the time when we lived in Okinawa and call each other "hoser".

Listening to it in 2013, the bits still crack me up and I still love the song "Take Off" even though it really is outdated. It's still so cool to me that they got Geddy Lee to sing on that song.

Now I really have the urge to watch Strange Brew again. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 387

Michael McDonald- If That's What It Takes

C'mon who we fooling? You and me both know I only own this record because of  "I Keep Forgettin".

Enough said.