Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 10

I left work early and since I'm sitting at home waiting on my sister and her family to show up, I thought I'd kill some time by knocking out one more record before I take a hiatus.

Currently listening to The Alan Parsons Project's The Turn Of A Friendly Card.

Don't really know much about this album other than the hit, "Games People Play". I always dug that song so that's why I picked up this record.

Pretty cool concept record though about a dude's gambling problem. Least that's what I'm picking up.

"Time" is a really great song. Definitely hear some Pink Floyd influence on this track.

Ha! Funny side note, I just took the sleeve out to see if there were any lyrics and it was an April Wine sleeve. We'll get to those guys later.

Ok, this album is a keeper. I have one more Alan Parsons Project lp to listen to this, but that will have to wait. I am interested in picking up some more of their records though. I guess you can label these guys "soft prog-rock". Ain't nothing wrong with that!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 9

Three albums tonight. All by the country band Alabama. The three on the turntable tonight were Feels So Right, Mountain Music, and The Closer You Get.
Now before you call me a dumbass for having these records, let me explain. I grew up with this stuff. Alabama were one of my Dad's favorite bands. "Mountain Music" brings back a lot of good memories of driving around in the car with my Dad. And how can anyone not like "Love in the First Degree"?

I won't get into much detail on these records. I did think all three would probably be cheesy as hell, but I'm still digging it. "Feels So Right" is a great opening tune. Set the whole tempo of the album nicely. I was also surprised that "Changes Comin' On" came in at 6 minutes and 6 seconds. That's unheard of for a country song!

So needless to say, I'll be keeping these three lps. It's good stuff, good memories, and it's always good to have some country records on hand.

Well, I've done this 9 straight days, but now I'll have to take a break. I have family coming in from Georgia tomorrow and they'll be sleeping in the record room. And the same day they leave, Jessica and I will be flying up to Columbia, Missouri to visit her hometown and family for a few days. I really like it up there.

I'll be back on here as soon as we're back in town. I'm looking forward to it. I've become obsessed with doing this. See you in about 10 days.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 8

Listening to the Against All Odds soundtrack tonight. After listening to this record, I've decided to also post whether or not I'm going to keep said record. This one will fall in the not category. Don't get me wrong, I think the Phil Collins' title track is the slow jam of 1984, but it has major scratch issues. Real bummer. The rest of Side 1 is very typical early to mid-80's pop fare. Not that that's a bad thing, just won't listen too it much.
I originally kept this because Peter Gabriel has a track on here, but it must have been a throwaway tune for him. The rest of the first side has Stevie Nicks, Big Country, Mike Rutherford and Kid Creole & The Coconuts. Besides the Collins lighter raiser, the Mike Rutherford tune is probably the best on Side 1.

Side 2 is all instrumental themes performed by Larry Carlton. For those who don't know who that is, he's a smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist. He's put out quite a few solo albums and also played in The Crusaders and Fourplay. Normally I'd think that it's cool to have a whole side of Larry Carlton, but just like the Acoustic Alchemy records I listened to earlier, the 8o's vibe is killing me. Just not a good decade at all for smooth jazz. (I know, most of you are saying there is no such thing as a good decade for smooth jazz!) Way too much synthesizer! But you gotta love that one jam is called "Rock and Roll Jaguar". Awe-some.

So like I said I'm not keeping this record. I might have kept it just for the Phil Collins song if it hadn't had so many skips in it.

For the record, of all the records I've listened to so far, only this one and the last two Aerosmith lps are being tossed.

Well, since it's only 9:50pm, I think I'll move on to the next record. And that record is...Air Supply- Greatest Hits. Suh-weetness! No freaking way am I tossing this record. I had this on cassette when I was 10 and warped that thing. And listening to it now, it still holds up. Seriously, these dudes are the kings of soft rock. And I do love me some soft rock! (As you will see as I continue with my record collection.)

Having the entire Air Supply collection isn't necessary, but this one is a must. Starts off with "Lost in Love" and then escalates from there. "Even The Nights Are Better", "The One That I Love" etc, etc. I'm thoroughly enjoying listening to this again. Especially since the last four records were a bit disastrous.

Thought about going for a third record, but Seinfeld is about to start. Good night.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 7

Woohoo! Last day to listen to an Aerosmith record! As my girlfriend said when she came home from work today, "God, I'm so sick of hearing Aerosmith!"

Tonight I'm listening to Pump. Yes, it sucks, but it's a better album than Permanent Vacation. "Young Lust" and "F.I.N.E." aren't that bad. But oy, this record has "Love In An Elevator" on it so that immediately qualifies for crappy album status. Perry and Tyler each receive demerits for writing that song by themselves. C'mon dudes, I know it made you millions of dollars, but you are better than that.

Listening to "Janie's Got A Gun" right now. The keyboards are just awful on this track. Yeah this was a big hit for them back in the day, but there's a reason you don't hear 80's Aerosmith on classic rock. It just sounds so dated.

Onto side 2 now. I really like the intro to "The Other Side", but then it turns into a whole bunch of suck. I actually forgot that this song was even a single.
I really have nothing else to say about this album good or bad other than I'm glad it's almost over.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 6

Aerosmith- Permanent Vacation

Side 1-
1.Heart's Done Time
2.Magic Touch
3.Rag Doll
5.Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
6.St. John

Side 2-
1.Hangman Jury
2.Girl Keeps Coming Apart
4.Permanent Vacation
5.I'm Down
6.The Movie

Originally I was going to listen to both PV and Pump tonight, but then I smarted up and realized that would be a really bad idea.
So in a nutshell, this album blows. What a bunch of fucking sell-outs getting songwriters to come in and help them out. That's so fucking lame.
I wish 70's Aerosmith would travel through time to 1987 and kick themselves in the ass for coming up with this crap.
The last time I listened to PV was easily 22 years ago when I was 15 and had it on cassette tape. I think I got it from Columbia House. Do they still do that?
I remember really liking "Hangman Jury" a lot back then and I guess it's not too bad. But it still doesn't make up for all the horrible songs on here.
Oy, ok I'm done talking about this shitty album. Let's just put it this way, if Permanent Vacation is your favorite Aerosmith album, you are a fucking idiot.

More torture tomorrow when I listen to Pump. Ugh, at least I'll be able to move on from these guys after that.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 5

Aerosmith records listened to today:
Toys in the Attic

Draw The Line

Done With Mirrors

Being that it's Sunday and I didn't have much going on, I cranked through 4 records today. These 4 records only re-affirmed what I always thought. 70's Aerosmith = great, 80's Aerosmith = mediocre, and 90's and beyond Aerosmith = terrible.

Toys in the Attic is Aerosmith at their best. You got the big hits like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion, but it's the deep cuts that make this so good. Even a track like "Big Ten Inch Record" that I thought I'd hate when it first started, ended up being a great track. For anybody that hates Aerosmith, go back and listen to this record again, and your opinion will change.

Rocks picks up where Toys left off. I can listen to "Last Child" anytime. This record might be their hardest record too. Great riffs throughout. The only drag on this record is the last track, "Home Tonight".
Draw The Line came out in '77 and you can tell that the drugs where catching up to the guys. The title track is really cool and the Joe Perry sung "Bright Light Fright" is a highlight, but overall it sounds like the boys are mailing it in. Nothing else is memorable.

As I'm typing this, I'm just about finished listening to Done With Mirrors. This came out in '85 and marked the return of Perry and Whitford back to the band. Not much of a comeback record though. Most tracks sound like demos and they were like, "alright, sounds good enough".
"Let The Music Do The Talking" is pretty kick ass though.

I have two more Aerosmith records to get through. And I'm not really looking forward to it. Permanent Vacation and Pump.

But if I want to be a collection "completist" and I want to get through this task, I gotta suck it up and do it. Speaking of which, I really want to find their first album now.

Ok, that's it for today. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 4

Aerosmith- Get Your Wings

Side 1-
1.Same Old Song & Dance
2.Lord of the Thighs
4.Woman Of The World

Side 2-
1.S.O.S. (Too Bad)
2.Train Kept A Rollin'
3.Seasons Of Wither
4.Pandora's Box

This is my first time to ever listen to to this album. Ever. Only songs I recognized were "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Train Kept A Rollin'". Really nice album. I like the deep cuts on here a lot. Especially, "Lord of the Thighs". Sucks though that there's some skips on every song on Side 2. I'll have to keep an eye out for another copy of this album.

It's shocking how great Aerosmith were back in the 70's. I mean, they really suck ass now.
Damn, these skips are pissing me off. Oh well, guess you get what you pay for. (.99 cents)

More Aerosmith tomorrow.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 3

Acoustic Alchemy- Red Dust & Spanish Lace
Acoustic Alchemy- Natural Elements

Red Dust & Spanish Lace
Side 1-
1.Mr. Chow
3.The Stone Circle
4.The Rideout
5.Girl With A Red Carnation

Side 2-
1.The Colonel And The Ashes
2.One For The Road
3.Sarah Victoria
4.Red Dust And Spanish Lace

Since it's Friday night and all I'm doing is staying home and playing Wii Bowling, I thought I'd listen to both of the Acoustic Alchemy records I own. Most my friends think I'm a tool for digging this band, but I can't help it, I just do. A little smooth jazz never hurt anyone.

Before I bought these records, I had only heard one Acoustic Alchemy album (The Beautiful Game) that I got as a promo back in 2000. I really didn't dig that album that much, but I couldn't get enough of the song "Trailblazer" off that record.

So the band always kind of stuck with me and I did go see them last year for the first time. It was a pretty cool show. It's not very often you wind up at a smooth jazz show.

Anyways, I found both these records at Waterloo Records for .99 cents each. Too good to pass up. But tonight really is my first time to listen to either.

Can't say that Red Dust & Spanish Lace is that good. I know "Mr. Chow" is/was their big hit, but I think that song kinda sucks. On side one, the last three tracks are really cool though.
On side two, can't say there is much there that I like. "One For The Road" started out really cool, but then this drawn out synthesizer solo happened in the middle of the track that made me lose all interest. Nick Webb (RIP) and Greg Carmichael are definitely playing some kick ass acoustic on here, but your mind does start to wander after a couple of tunes.

Natural Elements
Side 1-
1.Drake's Drum
2.Overnight Sleeper
3.Natural Elements

Side 2-
1.If Only
2.Ballad For Key
3.Evil The Weasel
4.Late Night Duke Street

Ok, I'm just about done listening to the Natural Elements album, and I think the reason why I can't get too excited about either of these records is because they came out in the 80's. Way too much use of the fucking synthesizer! Don't get me wrong, I dig a ton of 80's music if it's done the right way, but not like this. The synths just overshadow that great acoustic playing of Carmicheal and Webb. Like I said, I had only heard one other of their albums, but I don't remember this much synthesizer on it.
I'm not ready to give up on these guys though, If I stumble upon another one of their records (for .99) I'll pick it up.
Between these two, I have to give the nod to the first one. I'll probably listen to that one again. Not too sure about this one.

Back to the rock n' roll tomorrow!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 2

AC/DC - Powerage

Side 1-
1.Rock N' Roll Damnation
2.Down Payment Blues
3.Gimme A Bullet
4.Riff Raff

Side 2-
1.Sin City
2.What's Next To The Moon
3.Gone Shootin'
4.Up To My Neck In You
5.Kicked In The Teeth

Unfortunately, this is the only AC/DC album I own on vinyl. I have the majority of their catalog on my hard drive though.
I found this copy in a box of records for $10 at Half Price Books. It's how I've built up a good chunk of my collection. The sleeve is in really rough shape, but the record itself plays fine. There was one skip on "Sin City", but no biggie.
I think it's safe to say that AC/DC did not put out a bad album with Bon Scott, but this would probably rank near the bottom for Scott-era releases. I love "Rock N' Roll Damnation" and "Gimme A Bullet", but for the three songs that Mark Kozelek covered on one of his solo albums, I felt myself liking his versions better while I was listening to this album. I know, rock n' roll blasphemy.

Alright, I'm having fun with this. All day at work, I couldn't wait to go home and listen to the next record. I even thought about cheating tonight and listening to more than one, but I just started watching that Bruce Willis movie "Surrogates". It'll probably suck.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 1

The Accelerators-The Accelerators

Side 1-
1.Stayin' Up In The City
2.(Why You) Hang Up On Me
3.Two Girls in Love
4.Black Slacks
5.Under Your Wing

Side 2-
1.Ooh Wee
2.You're a Fool
3.What is Real
5.Black & White
6.The Letter

This is a cool record to start this trek off with. Good thing I got rid of that Abba record before I started this!

I actually had this on cd a long time ago when I was going through a phase in my life where I pretty much only listened to "alt-country", so I was pretty stoked when I found it for a buck at Musicmania. I've had it for a few months now, but have only listened to Side 1 before tonight.

I really can't say there is a bad song on this record. Good, fun country rock that was a little before it's time. A little fun fact, Brad Rice was in this band. For those who don't know who he is, he later played with The Backsliders, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, and currently with Tift Merritt.

Favorite tracks are "Two Girls in Love", "Under Your Wing", and "What is Real". The album ends with a cover of The Box Tops "The Letter" which is a little unnecessary.

Alright, record's over and so is this post. One down and a shitload more to go!