Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 33

Jeff Beck- Performing this week....Live at Ronnie Scott's
Beethoven- Symphony no. 9 Op. 125 D-Minor

Two double LP's in one night. That's a lot of listening. And both are mostly instrumental to boot. The Beck album is alright. It's his most recent live album that came out in 2008. I might have been more into if I was in the mood for the jazz fusion rock. I had it on while also doing my fantasy football draft, so mostly it was background noise. If I had listened to it last night after Wired, I'd probably be into more. Really have to be in the mood to listen to that stuff. But still, his guitar playing is amazing on this album as well. Dude is the shit.

For the Beethoven, again, I don't know crap about classical music. But this one is pretty cool. It's funny how I recognized a lot of it from movies. I'm pretty sure one piece was in Animal House. I've seen that movie countless times.
I kinda fucked up and played the second LP first. Wasn't paying attention and just threw it on. Oh well, I doubt I'm missing out on anything by not listening to it in order.
One little skip on Side 2, but I'm going to let that slide. Doesn't take much effort to move the needle.
That's it for tonight. I'm kind of in a weird spot in the B's right now. I have some really interesting listens coming up over the next few days

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 32

The Beatles- 1967-1970
Bad Company-10 From 6
Jeff Beck- Wired

Sorry for the no new posts in two days. Friday night I had to work a double and yesterday, I did listen to a few songs off the Bad Company record, but was too tired to finish it. So today I did 3.

First off, The Beatles album is an immediate throw away. I knew it was in real bad shape when I pulled it out of the Half Price grab bag box, but I thought it was worth holding onto. Oh well, my Beatles collection just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

The Bad Company record I bought at Waterloo on Friday night. I found it for $2.99 so it was too cheap to pass up. Plus I've had "Run With The Pack" and "Bad Company" in my head for a couple of days now. This is the record to own by them if you are just wanting the hits. 9 of the 10 tunes are killer. I could do without "Live for The Music". I'm not opposed to getting some Bad Company catalog, but this will do for now. I'm sure they have some great deep cuts.

Currently listening to the very awesome Jeff Beck record. This dude still just does not get enough recognition. Hell, he's way better than Clapton if you want my opinion. I bet if you asked 10 schmucks under the age of 30 who Jeff Beck is, 7 of them would have no idea. I wonder if there is some sort of bias because he wasn't a singer also. Or that his solo albums are instrumental. I had the pleasure of seeing live once and was totally blown away. Dude will always make my Top 5.
So if you like the jazz/rock/fusion/instrumental, then this is the album for you. I got one more of his to listen to after this, but I'll be pleasantly surprised if it's as good as Wired. Now I need to go get Blow By Blow.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 31

The Beatles- Hey Jude

Today is the first time that this blog has felt like a chore. For one, I'm tired as shit from going out every night this week. Which is highly unlike me. I'm a boring homebody for the most part. That's just how I like it now. And two, like I said last night I'm Beatled out. At least I've never heard this record even though I've heard all the songs on it.

When I found this record, I had never heard of it. But it was put out by Capitol in '72 as a Beatles greatest hits package. I suppose it just never made it on to CD which is why it was new to me. Even some buddies of mine hadn't heard of it.

This record does have some great tunes on it. If I was feeling the Beatles right now, I'd be way more into it. Let me just run down the tracks:
1. Hey Jude
3.Paperback Writer
4.I Should Have Known Better
5.Lady Madonna
6.Can't Buy Me Love
7.Don't Let Me Down
8.Ballad of John and Yoko
10. Old Brown Shoe.

Really though, how the hell do you put together a 10 song Best of Beatles album? That's got to be fucking tough. Alright fuck this, I'm going to bed.

I may be taking tomorrow night off from the blog. I'm covering a shift for a buddy at Waterloo tomorrow night and I'm gonna be even more tired than I already am. Good night.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 30

The Beatles- Abbey Road

Day 30. That's sort of milestone-ish eh?

So I just recently bought this record. I've been noticing lately that I've been putting more emphasis on digging in the A, B, and C sections when out record shopping. Kinda pointless to finish off my Styx collection for example, when I know I probably won't get around to listening to it for another two years or so!
I was just thinking the other day though how lame I am that I don't have any Beach Boys on vinyl. (Couldn't find any in the bins that day either). I did have Pet Sounds for a bit, but I ended up trading it. Oh well, I'll find another one eventually.

So this is my favorite record by The Beatles. It was also one of the first CD's I bought back in 1989 and the album I'm most familiar with by them. I played the crap out of it back then. I really probably haven't listened to this all the way through in at least over 10 years. Still know all the lyrics to every song.

The record plays great though. Good buy for five bucks. But dude, I'm getting Beatled out and I still have two more to listen to before I move on to Jeff Beck. I'd do it tonight, but I'm cranking the new Sword record right now.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 29

The Beatles- Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles-Yellow Submarine

Unfortunately both of these records are going to have to be tossed. Magical Mystery Tour skips on the first two songs of both sides and there is a huge skip on "Hey Bulldog" on Yellow Submarine. Jessica and I are going to attempt to make coasters out of these instead of throwing them away. She saw someone who gives instructions of how to do it online. I think it'll be pretty cool.

I will be on the lookout for better copies of these albums as well as the rest of the Beatles catalog that I don't have.
I did listen to all of Yellow Submarine, and I guess I never have owned this record. I had no idea that Side 2 was all George Martin instrumentals. Then again, I was never a Beatles freak. Great band, just didn't ever geek out about them.

I did pick up the new record by The Sword tonight. They played a free show in the Waterloo Records parking lot. Shit was awesome. I decided to be fanboy and got them all to sign my album. Fuck it, I think it's cool.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 28

Band of Horses- Infinite Arms

Just a slight backtrack since I already listened to the Bangles and one of the Beatles records. My buddy just gave me this today, and I'm pretty happy to be listening to it. I've played it a few times in the store, and have been meaning to buy it, so it's super cool that he came through for me.

Band of Horses were one of those bands for me that I always dug, but never owned any of their stuff. Not sure why, just oversight on my part I guess. That being said, I guess I can't say this is their best album, but I know it's a record that I'll listen to repeatedly. As I'm typing this, "Laredo" is on. This song might be my pick for song of the year. But then I get to Side 2, and "Dilly" comes on. Damn, that shit rules too!

It's kinda funny listening to a record that came out in 2010 that is a single LP with 13 songs on it. The majority of my records are from the 70's and 80's (by choice) and I get used to albums not having more than 10 cuts on it and lasting 40 minutes or so. But I'm not complaining when it comes to this record.

I'll obviously be keeping up with my blog over the next 30 days, but this one will get tons of repeat listens over the next month that I won't mention on here. Can't wait to see them now at the Austin City Limits Festival in October.

Change of subject, I thought I'd tell you about the Asia show tonight since I've mentioned it a couple of other times on here. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pretty amazing that Steve Howe is 63 years old and still rules. And John Wetton still has those golden pipes! But the highlight might have been Carl Palmer's drum solo. I usually find drum solos as an excuse to go to the bathroom, but man, he was incredible. Best drum solo I've seen live this side of Neil Peart.

Back to the Beatles tomorrow. One last note about the Band of Horses album, go buy it. Now!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 27

The Bangles- Different Light
The Beatles- Soundtrack to "Help"

Yeah, I'm not too sure why I have The Bangles record either. It wasn't all that bad listening to it, and I know I'll never personally want to play it again, but I'll keep it in case Jessica wants to hear "Walk Like An Egyptian" again. There is also a pretty decent cover of Big Star's "September Gurls" on here. And of course, "Manic Monday" will be stuck in our heads for a couple of days.

I was actually really surprised that this Beatles record played as well as it did. I bought it for a buck a few months ago, but never played it until now. It had gunk all over it and quite a few scratches, so I was certain that it'd be skipping all over the place and would end up in my trash bin.
But nope, besides one little skip on the title track, it plays fine. The sleeve is pretty beat up, but that's ok. I'm more about the record than I am the sleeve.
Not my favorite Beatles record, but a good one. I can really do without the instrumentals throught the record. Although I will say, the instrumental version of "Can't Buy Me Love" is pretty cool.
And two of my favorite Beatles songs are on here. "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and "Ticket To Ride".

Ok, more Beatles tomorrow if I have time. I'm going swimming and then going to see Asia.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 26

Balaam & The Angel- Live Free Or Die

Any Balaam & The Angel fans out there? No? Anyone know who they are? Yeah, sure seems like I'm the only person that remembers this band. And I love this record. Once I started collecting records again, this was one of the albums that was at the top of my list to find.
So Balaam are a late80's/early 90's three piece from England that were "discovered" by Ian Astbury of The Cult. In fact, these dudes are very Cult-like.
Well since you've never heard of them, they obviously never went anywhere. I think they had a total of 3 albums. But this was the only one I had back then. I won't go hunt for the other two on vinyl, but if I stumble across them, I'll pick them up for sure.
I really can't recall how I got into this band. But I remember this record store near where I grew up in Dallas sold all types of rock t-shirts and I wore that fucking thing until there was nothing left to wear.
I had this album on cassette and cd. One for the car, one for at home. It was 1988. Oh, I bet how you all might remember this band. Remember that scene in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles when they land in Wichita and they share a cab to the motel? The kooky cabbie was playing the single off this album, "I'll Show You Something Special". Which rules, but the way. As does that movie.
This whole album is just great and I lucked out in finding a good copy for only $4.95. All these years later, and I still know the words to every song.
I need to look up and see if these guys are active in any form at all. Everyone else gets back together, why not these dudes? Maybe The Cult came take them out on the road...

Day 25

Avett Brothers- I and Love and You

This is quite possibly and more than likely my favorite album from 2009. And it sure does sound sweet on some vinyl. The album is a double lp on 180 gram vinyl. Nice, thick heavy record.
I really don't think there is a bad tune at all on here. "I and Love and You" is a killer opener. And yeah, I did get kind of sick hearing it on the radio after awhile though.
"January Wedding" is Track #2 and probably my favorite. Tune just gets stuck in my head. As does track #, "And It Spread". Hell, the whole album gets stuck in my head.

My girlfriend and I got the chance to see them last year at a Austin City Limits taping. I think that show just made me dig this album even more. And she really got into them after that show. Now I just need to wait for the rest of their catalog to come out on vinyl. I'm pretty sure this is the only one so far. Could be wrong though.

Well on another note, I finally made it past the A's! And it only took 38 records in 25 days! I'm pretty excited about getting to the B's tomorrow night. It'll probably take me quite a bit longer that the A's to get through. I don't remember right now, but I counted them the other day and it was significantly more that 38. Oh well, this blog is off and running!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 24

The Allman Brothers Band- Enlightened Rogues

I picked this album up the same time I got the last AC/DC I listened to. Wasn't a record I was particularly looking for, but couldn't pass it up for the price.
Good record over all. Love the opening track "Crazy Love". That's the only song on here that I had heard previous. The other track I really dig on Side 1 is the instrumental "Pegasus". Wonder if they ever whip that one out live? Would be cool to see.
Side 2 was just as good if not better. Starts off with "Blind Love" which surprisingly has a co-songwriting credit by Don Johnson. Best song on this album though in my opinion is the album closer / heartbreaker "Sail Away" with Dickey Betts on lead vocal. As crazy as this may be, the more I listen to the Allmans, the more I'm starting to prefer Betts' lead vocal over Greg's. I know, I'm an idiot.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 23

AC/DC- For Those About To Rock We Salute You

It's funny that just the other day I said I was going to get the whole Bon Scott era AC/DC on vinyl and then work on the Brian Johnson era, and here I am listening to For Those About To Rock...
Well what happened is I found it for dirt fucking cheap at Half Price this weekend and couldn't pass it up. The record itself was full of some weird gunk on it, but I knew I could clean it up. Sure enough, it plays great. The first 15 seconds or so of "Evil Walks" that leads off Side 2 is pretty scratchy, but that's it. I can live with that. The sleeve is in really good shape as well.

In a way it's sort of a drag that I'm still back tracking when I'm still on the A's. I'm ready to get to the B's. I also picked up another Allman Brothers Band record so I'll be listening to that tomorrow night. After that it's just the Avett Brothers and then I can move on to the B's.

Anyways, for this album, not much to say that I'm sure you don't already know. It's another classic AC/DC album. I love every track and every track loves me.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 22

Asleep At The Wheel- Texas Gold and Served Live

Asleep At The Wheel is a band I've always known about, but haven't heard much of their stuff. But I always dug them when I'd see them on TV. Mainly, on Austin City Limits. Plus, I played softball with Ray Benson once and he was a really cool guy.

I played these albums back to back while playing a video game and really haven't been paying attention to song titles. But the thing I was doing the whole time was tapping my toes. I especially liked the live album more. There are a lot of tunes I recognize like, "Choo Choo Ch Boogie", "God Bless The Child", "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and "Miles and Miles of Texas". It was cool to hear these songs with a Western Swing slant.

I'm glad I have these records. They are fun to listen to and I'm sure fun to dance to. If only I could dance...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 21

Asia- Asia

Good timing with this one. Hopefully I'm going to see them in concert next Sunday, so it's nice to catch up on the deeper cuts on this album.
First a little history on Asia for those who don't know. Asia were a supergroup that were formed featuring former members of Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
This album was their debut and has the song everyone knows, "The Heat of The Moment" on it as the opening number. My favorite tune is the second single and second track "Only Time Will Tell".
Overall, it is a pretty good album, although a bit too keyboard heavy. Which is funny since Steve Howe is in this band. You'd think there would be long drawn out guitar solos all over this album.
The best thing about this band to me though is John Wetton's voice. I just really dig his vocals. It'll be interesting to see how it sounds 25 years later at next week's show.
So yes, this is an album I'll be keeping. Personally, I think Asia were a joke up until recently. And a lot of that has to do with it being a keyboard heavy band. But I think since the original four members reunited in 2006 and have gone back on tour, there has been a new appreciation for the band, and I for one am looking forward to seeing the show.

AC/DC- Highway To Hell

My first time to backtrack. I bought this a couple of days ago, but was waiting until this weekend to listen to it.
First, let me mention that I do have the entire Bon Scott era AC/DC catalog on my computer. So it's not like I'm not familiar with this album. It's not my favorite AC/DC record (that would be Let There Be Rock) but this one is up there. I mean how could it not with awesome tunes like "Highway To Hell", "Girl's Got Rhythm", "Shot Down In Flames", "If You Want Blood", and "Love Hungry Man" on it?
Every time I go vinyl hunting, I look for AC/DC records. It's a lot harder than it sounds to find used copies in really good condition though. I guess I could always buy new copies, but hell I ain't that rich. Plus, it's fun to hunt.
Needless to say, I was stoked when I found this copy for only $4.99. It's in really good shape too. I really think I'll try to complete my Bon Scott era first and then go find some Brian Johnson era records after that. AC/DC is the band on here that I'll probably be back tracking with the most. So get used to it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 20

Armored Saint- Delirious Nomad

One of the things that I think is cool about doing this is going from a classical album one day to the underappreciated metal awesomeness of Armored Saint. Still don't know why these dudes weren't up there with Metallica and the like for true metal in the 80's. Maybe they should have moved out of L.A. like Lars and the boys did.
Clearly, I dig the hell out of this album. It's the only one of theirs I have on vinyl, but I can listen to John Bush sing anytime. Quite possibly the best metal vocalist alive today now that Dio has passed on. Long live Dio!
I really dig every tune on the album. Standouts are opening number, "Long Before I Die", "Over The Edge", and "Aftermath".
If you like metal and you don't own any Armored Saint, you get a metal demerit.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 19

Argent- In Deep

The only song I knew by Argent before buying this record was "Hold Your Head Up". That song isn't on this record, but I picked this up because I had only known KISS' version of "God Gave Rock And Roll To You". Like most originals, Argent's version is much better.
I also had no idea that Russ Ballard was in this band. I always thought he was just a producer/songwriter.
Argent was just one of those bands that I missed out on. I guess a lot of people did.

Anyhow, I think this is a really cool album that I've listened to a couple of times before. It's just great early 70's British Rock. Not quite sure why they didn't get more popular than they did. Maybe it has to do with Russ Ballard splitting in 1974. One of my favorite songs on this record is "Be Glad" which kicks off Side 2 and is also the longest song on the album coming in at over 8 minutes. Really cool Rod Argent piano solo on this tune.
Even songs like "Christmas For The Free" that I thought I'd hate based on the title is a cool song.
Definitely keeping and will be listening to this record again. I'd recommend you pick it up if you like the 70's rock and roll. I need to get more Argent.

Ataulfo Argenta conducting The London Symphony Orchestra- Espana Volume 2

I don't know the first thing about classical music, but it's always intrigued me and would love to have the time to learn more about it. So anytime I come across a copy in a grab bag, I usually hold onto it. This is one of them.

It's a nice record. Classical is just really interesting to listen to. I've never heard of this conductor, but I read that he was one of Spain's best. I dunno, shit just sounds good to me.!
I'm not going to say much else, because I'm a classical idiot and would just make a fool of myself if I tried talking about it. They need to have a classical music informal class at the community college.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 18

April Wine- The Nature Of The Beast

I had to take yesterday off again. Tuesdays are just so tough to devote time to this experiment. But here am back on it listening to some April Wine.

I only picked this record up because I really dig the song "Just Between You and Me". The rest of the album is kinda, meh. "Tellin' Me Lies" is a cool tune, but the rest of Side 1 is pretty cheesy. Especially the last song "Caught In The Crossfire" with the really bad laser gun sound effects. Pretty funny, actually.

Nothing remarkable on Side 2, but some great song titles. "Big City Girls", "Crash and Burn", "Bad Boys". Them be rock n' roll titles right there.

I probably won't ever listen to this album again all the way through, but I really will put on "Just Between You and Me" from time to time.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 17

Anthrax-I'm The Man 12"

I got this one out of a Half Price grab bag box. Pretty excited when I pulled it out since I'm a huge fan of 80's Anthrax and I did have this on cassette when it originally came out.
Listening to it now, "I'm The Man" is pretty silly, but still fun. Sid 1 has the radio and uncensored versions and then the cover of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" which is damn good.
Side 2 opens with a live version of "I'm The Man" and by this time you are already sick of this song. You can kind of tell they are too. They run through the chorus like they are bored out of their minds.
The other two songs on this side are live versions of "Caught In A Mosh" and "I Am The Law". Interesting side story is that these songs were recorded live at the Arcadia Theater in Dallas, TX in July of 1987. I was 14 at the time, and tried to get into this show, but it was sold out. My buddies got to go so I was stuck by myself until the show was over. Cool thing is was a record store next to the Arcadia at the time and I did get to meet Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna. Nice dudes, but now that I think about it, why the fuck didn't they get me into show? Assholes...
I did get to catch them a couple of years later at the Bronco Bowl with Public Enemy and Primus. Now that was a cool show.

Various Artists- Future Vintage: Covers of The Apples in stereo

This is a 12" promo I got at the record store I work at one day a week. It's a promo "celebrating the release of The Apples in stereo Travellers in Space and Time" lp.
I was always a fan of The Apples in stereo but never owned any of their stuff in any format. Even though this is a 12" of 6 different bands covering their material, it makes me want to get more of their stuff.
Ted Leo and The Generationals both do versions of "Ruby", Bad Veins cover "Benefits of Lying (with a friend), Throw Me The Statue do "The Rainbow, Maps and Atlases handle "Same Old Drag" and Elf Power finish off the record with "Strawberryfire".
Definitely a nice little collectors item for any fan of The Apples in stereo. I may listen to this one again.....right now.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 16

Ambrosia- One Eighty
The soundtrack for American Graffiti.

Not much to say about this Ambrosia record, but that they are known today as a soft rock band probably because of this record. And that's not a bad thing, but as the album title suggests, it really is a "One Eighty" from their previous song. Still though it has one of my favorite soft rock songs of all time on it, "The Biggest Part of Me". I absolutely love this song! I've put this record on numerous times just to listen to this song. If I had a 45 for it, I'd probably get rid of the record.

Now for American Graffiti. Great movie, and even better soundtrack. Double LP full of great hits from the 50's and early 60's. And you can't beat the Wolfman Jack intros to some of the songs. That's all I'll say about this album. I'm just going to list the songs on here so you can see what I'm talking about. Pick it up if you need some 50's and 60's music in your collection.

  1. "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly (1957)
  1. "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets (1954)
  2. "Sixteen Candles" by The Crests (1958)
  3. "Runaway" by Del Shannon (1961)
  4. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
  5. "Fanny Mae" by Buster Brown (1959)
  6. "At the Hop" by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids (1973)
  7. "She's So Fine" by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids (1973)
  8. "The Stroll" by The Diamonds (1957)
  9. "See You In September" by The Tempos (1959)
  10. "Surfin' Safari" by The Beach Boys (1962)
  11. "(He's) The Great Imposter" by The Fleetwoods (1961)
  12. "Almost Grown" by Chuck Berry (1959)
  13. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by The Platters (1959)
  14. "Little Darlin'" by The Diamonds (1957)
  15. "Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee and the Starliters (1961)
  16. "Barbara Ann" by The Regents (1961)
  17. "Book of Love" by The Monotones (1958)
  18. "Maybe Baby" by Buddy Holly (1958)
  19. "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey (1961)
  20. "The Great Pretender" by The Platters (1955)

  1. "Ain't That a Shame" by Fats Domino (1955)
  2. "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (1958)
  3. "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos (1959)
  4. "Get a Job" by The Silhouettes (1958)
  5. "To The Aisle" by The Five Satins (1957)
  6. "Do You Wanna Dance" by Bobby Freeman (1958)
  7. "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox (1957)
  8. "Come Go with Me" by The Del-Vikings (1956)
  9. "You're Sixteen" by Johnny Burnette (1960) written by Bob & Dick Sherman
  10. "Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers (1959)
  11. "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners (1958)
  12. "Chantilly Lace" by The Big Bopper (1958)
  13. "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning (1960)
  14. "Crying in the Chapel" by Sonny Till & the Orioles (1953)
  15. "A Thousand Miles Away" by The Heartbeats (1957)
  16. "Heart and Soul" by The Cleftones (1961)
  17. "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s (1962)
  18. "Only You (and You Alone)" by The Platters (1954)
  19. "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by The Spaniels (1953)
  20. "All Summer Long" by The Beach Boys (1964)
I just copied the song titles from Wikipedia. It was easier than typing them all.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 15

Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass- Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Ambrosia- Life Beyond L.A.

This Herb Alpert record is a lot of fun. All instrumental mix of Jazz and Mariachi. All the songs on this album are similar yet different. Good record to put on at a party. I'll have to keep an eye out for more Herb Alpert records.

Ok, Ambrosia. Yes, I like them. And I'll have another one to listen to tonight. This record came out in 1978 when they were still more of a prog rock band. You can kind of throw them in the same category as Alan Parsons Project.
I know it's easy to make fun of this band, mainly because their name is terrible, but how many of you have really listened to them? A lot of their stuff really is experimental. It's the "hits" that make them fall in the soft rock category. For the record, I have played them quite a bit at home in the past, and my girlfriend can't stand it when I do. Ha!

Life Beyond L.A. I guess would be the album though when they started becoming "softer". It's still a cool album though. The song most people will recognize is "How Much I Feel". Good tune, but my favorite cut on this album is "Angola". Really do need to get my hands on their first two records. I'm sure since they are a band that's easy to make fun of, I'll find them for a buck or less. Cool with me. Very Underrated Band.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 14

Greg Allman - I'm No Angel

I had a feeling before putting on this album that it was going to be really bad. But it's not. It's just super cheesy. Which is totally fine.

I picked up this record just for the title track. The run of the mill smooth 80's soft rock with an edge really kicks in on track 3 with "Evidence of Love". Pretty much out of nowhere (and for no reason) another voice is taking over on lead vocals. Thinking that was pretty weird for a solo album, I looked up the liner notes to see who was handling co-lead vocals on this song. Surely it had to be someone in his backup band right? Nope.

It was none other than Don fucking Johnson! Yep.

Well, right there I knew I had to keep this record. That's just too funny. Now I need to go find Don Johnson's Heartbeat on vinyl. Which I will admit I owned on cassette tape back in 1986. There are a lot of big time players on that record! Stevie Ray, Dickie Betts, Dweezil, etc...

Ok anyways, back to this record. First and foremost, the only thing the Greg Allman Band share in common with The Allman Brothers is Greg's voice. It does kind of sound like it could have been a soundtrack for Miami Vice.

I will probably never put this record on again except to listen to "I'm No Angel" or the cut with Don Johnson. And I type that with their still being three songs to listen to. That's how confident that the rest is going to be filler.

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters

Ah yes, the good stuff. Prior to only having this record, the only Allmans cd I had was their Greatest Hits. So it's on my list to find as much of their catalog that I can find on vinyl. I got this one first mainly for the instrumental "Jessica". One, because I've always loved this tune, and two, well it's my girlfriend's name.

But this album is more than that. Also has "Wasted Words", "Ramblin' Man", and "Southbound".
Pretty amazing to me that this was the first Allman Brothers Band album to be record completely after Duane Allman's death.

Man, listening to this record really makes me want to go out tomorrow and at least find Eat A Peach. Maybe I will.

I'm going to have to play this record more often. It's too damn good. I don't recall "Come and Go Blues", but listening to it right now and it rules.
It's also odd to me that on the back side of the cover, it only lists 6 songs and they are out of order. "Jelly Jelly" isn't listed. Strange, maybe I have a collector's item on my hands. I really have no idea. Maybe they were all printed this way.

Well that's it for tonight. I'm going to go listen to Side 2 of this record and relax on the couch.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 13

The Alarm-Eye of the Hurricane
I never owned this in the past, but picked it up for .99 cents because I really dug the songs "Rain in the Summertime" and "Rescue Me" when they were released as singles. The rest of the album will be new to me.

The condition of this album is in a lot better shape than the Alarm record I listened to last night, but songwise, not as good. Still worth keeping though. I like the singles too much to part with this record. As well as the Dave Sharp sung "One Step Closer To Home".

So yeah, The Alarm really are a poor man's U2. But so what? I'm poor.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 12

I didn't have time to listen to a record yesterday. Tuesdays will always be hard to squeeze time in for this blog. It's the one day of the week I work two jobs, so I usually get a home and just want to chill out for an hour before crashing out.

But on this Wednesday night, I have The Alarm's Strength. I've always loved this record and this band. Unfortunately, it's sounding like I'm going to have to get a new copy on vinyl. After listening to all of Side 1, I discovered three skips. One on opening cut, "Knife Edge", one on title track "Strength" and one on my favorite Alarm song of all time, "Spirit of '76". I'll hold on to this copy until I do replace it though.

Side 2 is starting off as bad as Side 1 skip-wise. Skips all over "Deeside". Ugh, this blows. Note to self: Stop buying records for .99 cents. Oh, well....

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 11

In the words of Frank Costanza, "I'm back, baby!". Had a great time with my family and Jessica's family in Missouri, but I sure was missing my little experiment here. So it's good to be back.

Tonight I'm listening to the Alan Parsons Project's Eye in the Sky. This album instantly rules by starting out with "Sirius". I wonder how much money they are still making off that song being played at sporting events probably all over the world. Follow that up with "Eye In The Sky" and you have a nice 1-2 punch.

The rest of Side 1 was good, but sounding like some album filler. Side 2 starts out with "You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned". Nice uptempo tune. "Psychobabble" is ok, but wasn't feeling Elmer Gantry's lead vocal. "Mammagamma" to me is just as good an instrumental as "Sirius" is. The last two songs were kinda lame, so we'll leave it at that.

That's it for tonight. Great to be back on here. See you tomorrow!